02 November 2009
Second chance? Doesn't he mean 14th chance? Given that he has 13 previous convictions, including one for violence against women, I suspect the only thing he'll be sorry about is any potential loss of income. It's his wife and kids that I feel sorry for.
29 September 2009
However, the other day, I decided that, seeing as I was going into the supermarket for soap powder, I may as well buy the food for that day's tea in there too. When I got to the checkout, I nearly had a heart-attack at the cost. £28 for just a couple of items! Now I could understand it if I'd bought luxury items, but I hadn't - just bog-standard ordinary stuff (and no alcohol). The cost of one night's meal was more than I'd normally spend for a week's worth of food on the market.
It made me think about what we buy, where we buy it and why. I receive e-newsletters from a couple of supermarkets, and I looked at the items on 'special offer'. Let's compare some prices:
A 1kg (2.2lbs) bag of potatoes for £1.29 in the supermarket. On the market, it's less than £1 for 5lbs of the same spuds - double the amount.
Mushrooms for nearly £1.50 for ¼lb, when it's about £1.10p for 1lb on the market.
I can buy a week's worth of veg on the market for about £7, and my weekly shop includes potatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, garlic, celery, peppers, swede and, in winter, 1lb of 'pot herbs' (mixed chopped veg suitable for stews), because I'm lazy. For a further £1, I can buy 6 apples on the market. There's no way that I could get so much good quality food for so little cost in the supermarket.
Then there's the meat. 2 lamb loin chops in the supermarket for £3.84, yet I can get 4 for a fiver on the market. Nearly £7 for 5 chicken breasts in the supermarket (£1.40 each), yet I bought 26 chicken breasts for £20 on the market (77p each). Last week I bought 2 fresh tuna steaks, 2 salmon fillet pieces and 2 large bass for less than a tenner. In the supermarket, it's nearly twice that.
Not only is our local market good value for money, but the range of fresh products is far superior to any of the supermarkets.
I'm not just picking on one supermarket either, within close distance of my home and workplace, there's Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Morrisons, Asda and Sainsbury's, and I've shopped in all of them at one time or another.
So, why do people choose to shop in supermarkets? Well, some people don't have a high quality local market within easy reach of their homes, but many do and simply can't be bothered to go and have a look. They'd rather drive to the big supermarket, buy all of their week's shopping in one place and pay through the nose for the priviledge. The annoying thing is, they'll probably chuck half of it away because they buy too much and then don't eat it until its 'poisonous on' date.
05 July 2009
25 June 2009
Well, according to the BBC they do. A survey by Which? magazine goes on to cite examples such as 'Marks and Spencer's Pasta with Tomato & Basil Chicken', Sainsbury's Thai Chicken Noodle and 'Sainsbury's Tomato & Basil Chicken'.
Excuse me? These are pasta and noodle dishes, not salads.
Most people equate 'salad' with plants (although the word 'salad' actually means 'mixture') and, therefore, I think this article is misleading.
This biased article will only serve to allow some people to normalise stuffing their faces with burgers whilst saying "it's no more fattening than salad". They'll probably go on to blame Which? or the BBC for them being overweight.
Salad vegetables are low fat. It's the other stuff you put with them, like dressings and mayonnaise that makes it fattening. Eat a proper vegetable salad and, believe me, you won't be eating a lot of fat.
My mum got it right years ago. She said that if you buy fresh food and don't live off food mixed and prepared in factories, you will have a healthier diet. Stop buying convenience foods and learn how to prepare stuff yourself. It's not difficult.
20 June 2009
Eventually, I had to tell them to sit back in their seats. The woman, who was clearly bored witless, gave me a really dirty look, so I smiled and then sat back to hear "this is our last song, thank you".
Fortunately for me, the band did two more songs as an encore, so I actually managed to see and hear everything for three whole songs.
I was pleased that Chris Drever sang 'The Poorest Company' because I love that song. It's one I'm trying to learn.
John McCusker played a wonderful medley which raised the biggest cheer of the night. If I could play half as well as him, I'd be very chuffed indeed.
One thing that did make my night is that D, M & W have released their album on vinyl, so I had to buy one. Yes, some of us still prefer vinyl.
I'm home now and blogging from my bed, absolutely knackered. Night night everyone.
19 June 2009
18 June 2009
It's OK, I'm not going to repeat my annual whinges about hayfever in this post. Oh no. I think i may have found a solution. My friend Claire suggested one of these . It cost me £15 - about the cost of 2 prescriptions, so if it works, it'll be well worth the money.
OK, I have realised that I look a complete idiot whilst using it (think Arnie in Total Recall when he's taking the bug out of his head), but it does actually seem to be working.
I sneezed as soon as I put the thing in my nose, and continued to sneeze for a good minute afterwards. It was a bit messy. It also made my eyes stream to the point where the tears were dripping off my chin. The pharmacist said that i would have to use it 4 times a day, and it really starts to take effect after about 3 days.
My eyes are still streaming, and I'm still sneezing like mad when I use it. However, I've not been sneezing as much in between times.
I woke up at 5:30am, courtesy of the milkman and his noisy diesel-powered 'float'. Although my eyes were a bit sticky, my nose wasn't bunged up at all. I went back to sleep and woke up to the alarm clock at 6:45 - still not bunged up.
At 7:30am, I managed to use the device for 2½ minutes before sneezing. This time, my eyes started watering towards the end of using it, rather than immediately, as before. I was a little bunged up around 10am, but cleared it easily with a single Locket sweet. Felt fine until dinner time.
12:10 - second use of the day. No sneezing, no runny nose, no runny eyes. Result? Possibly.
16 June 2009
14 June 2009
13 June 2009
12 June 2009
It costs approximately £1.2m each year to provide the service and almost all of this has to be raised by the Hospice and its supporters, so even if you donate only £1.00, every little bit will help to keep this valuable service running.
Please, give 'em some money!
10 June 2009
I tend to work on the theory that if someone comes to my door trying to sell me something I didn't know I wanted, then I probably don't want it.
So, what can I whinge about today? Well, apart from the builders repairing the roof at my office making enough noise to wake the dead, not a lot has happened, and I can't really blame the builders - there's a job to be done.
Ho hum. I wonder if I have time for a snooze before venturing off to the wilds of Blackrod?
07 June 2009
01 April 2009
What this advert says is "You've got grey hair so you've no chance of pulling a bird; you're a loser, with patronising brats".
Words cannot describe just how much I hate this advert.
08 March 2009
I don't get to go to the theatre often, but I was glad that I saw this - it was one of the funniest plays I have ever seen. The actors were superb and interacted with the audience, and I was particularly impressed with the improvisation after a prop 'malfunction'. There was one point where I was laughing so much that I had difficulty in breathing. I'm sure I recognise the bloke playing Paracelsus, but I never did find out his name.
Oh yeah, and Og nicked one of their pens, after purchasing a stolen staff for 50p. He did whinge that he never got his 50p back, but as we pointed out, "buyer beware!". (Don't worry, he wasn't really upset ;o) )
It's on again next Saturday at Bury College, and I can highly recommend it. Not for little kids though.
05 February 2009
Anyway, earlier this week, a few schools were closed here because of the snow which, at my estimation was about 3 inches deep. Apparently it was out of concern for the safety of the children. When I was a kid, the only time the school was closed in winter was when the central heating packed in. We had to walk the mile to school through snow, hail & wind and just get on with it. I remember on some days, the teachers even let us stay indoors at dinnertime, if we wanted to. So when did we become so soft? I guess it was when lawyers started telling people to sue others for their own stupidity/incompetence.
This morning, on the way into work, it was snowing lightly, but there were far fewer cars than usual. I guess people are either taking days off, or working from home. It made my journey nice and quick anyway.