The Nutella Diet?

[Picture of duty-free nutella weekly packs]ON RETURNING FROM MY HOLIDAYS, I BROWSED THE DUTY-FREE SHOP.

I was surprised to see something called a “weekly pack” of seven jars of Nutella.

Yes. Seven jars – that’s one-a-day! A whole tub of Nutella EVERY DAY. Seriously.

We joked that this could be known as the Rhianna diet – Nutella, ella, ella, e, e, e, e…

Happy New Year for 2013 from GW, let’s hope it won’t be as nutty as 2012.

Bearly-Believe-It

[Picture of Evil Build-a-Bear] I WAS IN A BUILD-A-BEAR SHOP RECENTLY, AND WAS GIVEN A FEW SURPRISES.

The first one to take my notice was a Build-a-Bear version of the evil genius, Darth Vader from Star Wars! Now I am not quite sure what it would mean for a child to select this bear from the others on offer. I may be an old fuddy-duddy, perhaps these days playing with the baddies is fashionable or popular.

Picture of a Wheelchair for a teddy bear]I then noticed that you could get your Build-a-Bear disabled! Yes; they do wheelchairs for the bears.

They also do spectacles and much more. It really is a revelation; I thought it was simply a shop that made and sold teddy bears and accessories.  Who knew?

It could be argued that a disabled child might like to have toys that were also disabled, but I am not so sure.[Picture of a teddy bear earing spectacles] I am not entirely convinced that able-bodied children would like to play with disabled toys, and if they were, it would certainly raise my eyebrows as much as if they wanted to cuddle up at night with Darth Vader. Call me old-fashioned, but I think things are still getting worse.

 

 

Single Illnesses Only

[Picture of GP Notice 1 condition at a time]THE LATEST NHS RULE SEEMS TO BE THAT YOU CAN ONLY HAVE ONE ILLNESS AT A TIME.

This means that if you have two illnesses, you have to make two appointments and wait in the waiting room for each ailment.

This could be a problem for people who work — especially those who work for themselves, and more particularly, men; statistics show that men are less likely to visit the GP surgery than women.

I know men who work for themselves, who don’t want to bother the GP with “trifling” complaints, and who stock up ailments until matters reach the tipping point. In short, they visit the GP when they have collected a sufficient number of problems.

This is time management.  It is cost-effective for both the NHS and the patient.

But all that has changed. For each thing, patients now have to make a unique appointment, which lasts a maximum of ten minutes.

It used to be that a mother could visit the GP, discuss her baby’s problems, and have a personal issue raised at the same visit – while she’s sat there. This is no longer the case.

Things are definitely getting worse.

Don’t Buy Condoms

[Poster about Free condoms]WE WERE INTERESTED TO DISCOVER THAT CONDOMS COST NOTHING IF YOU LIVE IN GLASGOW.

All you have to do is pop along and pick up as many as you need. No questions asked. This seems to be an endeavour to reduce teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

[close up of condom poster - with information]What we found more interesting is that the posters for this are located in Gents’ toilets in pubs and restaurants – next to condom dispensing machines! (see also this post)

From what we have heard, chaps would still rather pay a few quid to get dispensed condoms in a toilet than get free ones – and this is a great surprise to us.

We always assumed that men would fall into two camps, those who use condoms and those who refuse to. It had not occurred to us that the condom user camp would be divided into those who would rather buy them and those who like freebies!

Scary Waves

[Photo of radiation shields for mobile phones]WE LIVE IN A SCARY WORLD IT SEEMS.

I recently found in a shop items called “Radiation Shields”. These are for shielding you from the supposedly harmful radiation caused by mobile phone signals and by computer wi-fi zones.

This was a surprise to find, and suddenly I am extremely worried. [Click on image to enlarge]

Is the free wi-fi in my favourite café actually harming me?  Can everyone’s mobile phones be causing me harm? Do I need shielded from this “radiation”? The packaging suggests that this ought to be a real concern, the products have been “tested and approved”. Ought we not to be provided such things free on the NHS?  Why is this not a massive scandal?

If wi-fi and phone signals are safe, then how can selling such items be justified?

Things are getting worse when a little bit of browsing round the shops creates fear.

Cheap Drink

[Picture of a bottle of Oasis]I NOTICED THE FOLLOWING ON A BOTTLE OF OASIS.

I’LL GO WITH
ANYTHING

[Picture in close up of Oasis bottle phrase]

Does it? Does it really?  I am not so sure a whisky and Oasis would be nice. I’m not convinced that Oasis would be a nice accompaniment to a fancy meal in a three-Michelin-Star restaurant.

Things are getting worse when claims like this can be blatantly made in broad daylight.  It is an outrage!

Deposit on a Car

[Picture of car covered in bird poo]WHAT A SHAME I THOUGHT WHEN I SAW THIS CAR IN SHAWLANDS THIS MORNING.

It is completely covered in bird droppings. It seems to have been parked under the railway bridge for a while by the looks of it.

I climbed the stairs to the railway station, and took a picture from up there. Click on the pictures to enlarge the image

[Picture of car covered in bird shit]

I cannot image how the owner will feel when they arrive back to fetch their vehicle!

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