Category Archives: RANTS!

Well, it just NEEDS saying. And about 7 times out of 10, the subject later comes under scrutiny by a wider press.

“by Sainsbury’s”

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I don’t DO Sainsbury’s very much.

I have nothing in particular against them, just prefer NOT to avail myself of theirs, or Tesco’s, or Asda’s self-proclaimed bargains, price drops, ‘lower’s, or whatever else they snowball you with, the second you’re in through the door.

I’ve noticed (on one of my non-visits, you understand) that everything in Sainsbury’s these days is labelled-up like it’s some sort of highly-designed, desirable, specialist, rare, beautiful . . . thing.

A kettle, some Spread for you toast, a toothbrush – it doesn’t matter how plain, obvious or ordinary – it’s all “by Sainsbury’s” – where this kind of labelling, only 2 years ago, used to be the unique reserve of exotic merchandise.

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Eurovision 2015

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Watching the Eurovision last night, Mel Giedroyc and Scott Mills started out with the usual (and plentiful) sarcastic remarks about anything vaguely ‘European’ .

Getting hot under the collar at home, I dialled-up the Eurovision 2015 semi-final Facebook riot and was thoroughly heartened to see many, many similar thoughts aired. “Shut them up! it’s embarrassing!” stormed one, “For god’s sake stop those two with their stupid remarks” was another – good stuff. Favourites of mine: Rumania (Voltaj – De La Capat/ All Over Again) and Hungary (Boggie – Wars For Nothing).

Tescos, rip-offs and market crash? Together?

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Steve Evans raves

I’ve been banging-on about supermarket practices for some years now (February 2013, to be precise), and it seems the media is catching up with me finally.
Guardian – 21/04  –  Supermarkets dupe shoppers out of hundreds of millions
BBC News 21/04  – ‘Which?’ on supermarkets misleading pricing claims

The big leaguers still don’t GET IT, do they?
I’m not sure anyone seriously wants a deal on Eggs or Milk for christsakes (TV adverts this week), if only they gave it a little thought.

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Half what price?

And because they don’t get it,  I don’t give a jot about Tesco’s 6.4 BILLION LOSS – though the numbers are incredible aren’t they?

Especially since it seems to have been such an astoundingly speedy decline, from what seemed an unassailable dominance until now.
Just HOW do you lose that amount of money so quickly?
Foodstuffs need to be the cheapest they absolutely can be, having paid growers, suppliers, transport, and staffing.
If I can’t buy a flat-screen coffee machine at the same shop I chose apples, then so be it.

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Oh dear, Tesco FT drop

Maybe I’ve never given the average shopper as much credit as they deserved?  Maybe “Every little helps” paraded across our TV screens for so long, as the company charged us TWICE as MUCH for some goods as their competitors was a step too far – or, more likely, real Britain needed to look to their wallets – discovered a couple of German supermarkets, and walked.

Hi GUYS

Hey Guys!!  (don’t you just love that?   you can already FEEL the social/political acceptance leeching into your conciousness can’t you? –
I could have been talking to a bunch of Hippos, or Budgerigars, or even . . . a mixed group of ethnic variations, sexual preferences, ages and colours).

‘trouble is EVERYONE’S at it – wander into ‘Consumptive credos R us’  give it 10 seconds, and some twerp will bound-up to You, your 80 year-old-mother, and the 5 year-old grandschild with “Hi Guys!”

Bastards.