Three facts I learned today:
Q: Which town is not only the birthplace of Baroness Bakewell, but is also the home of Lottery Street and Hollywood Towers?
A: Stockport! Its inclusion in Crap Towns: The 50 Worst Places To Live In The UK is therefore clearly a travesty.
After recent heavy rain my local nine-hole golf course is suffering from partial flooding. Two holes are unplayable. Immaculately manicured grass is now under a sheet of water which shows no signs of subsiding.
And there in the middle of this new pond, looking content and perfectly at home, glides a solitary snow-white swan.
Have you noticed that supermarkets sell virtually everything at half price, or two-for-one these days? They still make a healthy profit – last year Tesco notched up a 10% increase in profits to make a record £3.4bn. for example, so something isn’t quite right here.
Does the ‘full price’ include an exorbitant 50% profit margin Continue reading
It is exactly forty years since we converted from pounds, shillings and pence to decimal coinage.
I was a keen coin collector in those days, and had already enthusiastically bought several sets of the new coins which were available at the Post Office as early as 1969.
I also purchased Britain’s last complete set of pre-decimal coins – struck in 1953 and sealed at the Royal Mint. This comprised Continue reading
Our local cinema has survived on a shoestring for years. The films it shows are the usual mainstream Hollywood fare, the ambience is comfortable, the prices cheaper than the multiplex barn down the road. Yet it rarely manages to attract more than twenty or thirty customers per night.
Imagine my surprise therefore when Continue reading