Worn Shoes Rule

[Public notice from council]I SPOTTED THIS NOTICE BY THE CITY COUNCIL TODAY, BUT I CANNOT EXPLAIN IT.

It simply states that

FOOTWEAR TO BE
WORN AT ALL TIMES

Doe this mean that new, unworn shoes are not allowed? It surely cannot be asking people not to walk about Glasgow in bare feet.

My, things are certainly getting worse.

Elvis is Alive?

[Poster of Elvis Presley playing Glasgow SECC 2012]IMAGINE MY SURPRISE WHEN I SAW AN ADVERT FOR ELVIS PRESLEY LIVE IN CONCERT IN GLASGOW.

I had to stop dead in my tracks to check the date first of all. Yes, it was dated for the 11th of March 2012!

The poster reads:

LAST UK TOUR OF
ELVIS
PRESLEY
IN CONCERT
“A concert you just
cannot afford to miss”

and goes on….

“ELVIS – the best concert I have ever
been to – The King is still alive”

Now, as far as I am aware, Elvis A Presley lived from 8 January  1935 to 16 August  1977. And he never played the UK. It doesn’t say this concert involves a tribute act, or a lookalike. It seems that it is the real Elvis!

Things are getting worse when long dead pop singers can fill a 12,500 auditorium, or when some form of conspiracy, sleight of hand, impersonation, trickery, zombie magic or con-artistry can attempt to pass off their act as that of someone else.  Who exactly gets all the dosh this concert generates? Frankly I am too bewildered by this for words!

Cheesy Prices

Cathedral City £11.50/kgIN MY LOCAL TESCO SUPERMARKET, I WAS SURPRISED TO NOTE THE PRICE OF CHEESE.

I would suspect that most shoppers would expect basic British Cheddar to be the most popular and therefore the cheapest cheese.  This would be the staple cheese, the stuff of lunchtime sandwiches, packed lunches for the children, and family snacks in the evening.

[Galloway Cheddar £10.35/kg]These same people would expect imported cheese to be more expensive. Fancy French cheese, such as Camembert and Brie would be thought-of as an expensive treat.  Well, think again; here’re the prices from the supermarket shelves.

£11.50 Cathedral City Lighter Slices
£10.35 Galloway grated cheddar cheese
£8.00 Brie
£7.52 Tesco British Medium Cheddar
£7.03 Mclelland’s seriously strong cheddar
£6.16 Camembert

[Camember £6.16/kg]I would imagine this would come as a surprise to most people. Camembert is the cheapest!

I did a pop quiz around my friends, family and acquaintances, and there was genuine surprise. Many cheeses from all over the world are cheaper than what we consider to be bog standard house cheese.

The moral of this story is not just to shop around to get what you buy cheaper, but to question what you think is cheap in the first place. If you could find an everyday sandwich cheese that was cheaper than cheddar, yet tastier and more exotic, why would you stick with cheddar?

Random Cola Pricing

EVERY TIME I BUY COCA COLA, I AM SURPRISED BY THE PRICE.

[picture fo cola at 155 for 1.25lit][picture of big size coke for £1.50]I was in Sainsbury’s recently, and noticed that the big 2 litre bottles were £1.50.

However, in the next aisle, the smaller, “sharesize” 1.25 litre bottles are priced at £1.55.

Yes – that’s right, the smaller bottle costs more.

It gets worse; the even smaller 500ml size is £1.75 or two bottles for £1.50 —  and often supermarkets sell two 2 litre bottles for £2.00 of two-for-one at £1.50. A 330ml can costs 61p.

The price per litre can vary from 8.8p to nearly 22p. In the same shop at the same time. With different special offers, sales, discounts and the variety of purchase options (boxes of cans, four 2 litre bottles shrinkwrapped together etc), it is anyone’s guess what the cost will be.

It gets worse when one orders a glass of Coke in a pub or restaurant; it can cost almost anything! It makes no sense. Pubs often sell the stuff in pints — which confuses matters even more.

Teetotallers can pay a lot more that alcohol drinkers in pubs — for a drink that can be bought for a lot less in a corner shop.  Soft drinks are not always priced on menus in restaurants – and it often a shock when the bill arrives.

Look, it’s just flavoured fizzy water, does it have to be so expensive? Something ought to be done: we need a coke ombudsman.

Today is Special

A BLACKBOARD SIGN OUTSIDE A GASTRO PUB IN GLASGOW CAUGHT MY ATTENTION.

[Picture of Gastopub sign in Glasgow]I just had to take a photograph with my trusty cameraphone. Click on image to enlarge.

It states:

“TODAY’S SPECIALS

CURRIED COCONUT WINGS £3.50
STICKY ANGOSTURA RIBS £4.50
HAGGIS BONBONS £2.95
HAGGIS, NEEPS+ TATTIES £5.00”

Now, I don’t know about you, but I have never known a coconut to have wings. In fact these specials are notable for being very special indeed.  Most peculiar indeed.

What made me laugh the most was that the dearest thing on the menu is the most normal and most mundane. Haggis with turnip and mashed potatoes is a standard, basic, Scottish meal.

Bonbons indeed!

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