“Surprising Item in the Bagging Area”


collection_of_modelsApart from being a great potential title for my imaginary band’s next album (or two possible names for bands i.e. “Surprising Item” and “Bagging Area”) this is a surprising announcement that I have recently heard a couple of times in the Morrisons self-checkout.  The question is “How on earth did they come up with that specific phrase?”  We even had a discussion about it,  imagining the excruciating system design meetings where the wording for that particular eventuality was discussed in exquisite detail and at inordinate length.  It must be meaningful, not confusing, not patronising but still inform and hold the attention of the “bagger”.

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Further to my “Thoughts on the missing underclasses”…


This really does beggar belief.  If David Cameron put just a fraction of the effort he puts into bombing innocent civilians in Iraq and Syria or doling out “parenting classes” into closing down tax havens we wouldn’t require the austerity policies being inflicted on a hapless Britain.

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Star Bores and Thoughts on the Missing Underclass


grey-squirrel-498849_960_720I know that some people, who know who they are, will say that this post belongs on my Ruminations Blog but since I have not posted much recently and am classifying it under “Manners and Customs” I am posting it here anyway.

Although this is the period of our hibernation we do emerge occasionally to check our stores of nuts and the like or to see items of popular entertainment in order to remain abreast of the zeitgeist.  So it was that we found ourselves in the Odeon, Bath with just three other people for what amounted to a private showing of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, in 3D, because I hadn’t noticed that this was a 3D not a standard 2D showing.  Never mind, I quite like the 3D experience even with clip-on glasses, and clearly for a movie such as this it does augment the visuals.

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