May 1, 2020

Surely Tesco mean the exact opposite of what they’ve written front and centre on their website? When this is all over (will it ever be?) they’ll realise that 2m was far too close. And cough droplets can hang in the air for up to 30 minutes waiting for the next passing sucker to breathe them in.

Tesco and all the others are really missing a trick during this unfolding pandemic. They ought to be quadrupling the number of delivery slots/delivery drivers to cope with the surge in demand. Currently there’s a looong waiting list and you have to be lucky to bag a slot for 3 weeks time. If I’m struggling then it would be impossible for my mother’s generation. (She says “It’s worse than the war”. I say “Pity you didn’t keep your gas mask”.)

In fact my mother was down memory lane again today about the good old days of the 1960s. Then no one ever needed to leave their home/their street to get all the provisions required to survive. Vans came up the street all the time and the housewives went out to them for either odd things or orders they had previously placed.
The Bread man
The CO-OP Butcher
The Fish man straight from Grimsby
A van selling Hardware, Vinegar, Calor Gas you name it
The Fruit and Veg man with other provisions. I reminded her of the other important stuff his van contained like Sherbet fountains, Flying saucers, packs of sweet cigarettes containing collectors cards and Bazooka Joe bubblegum with those odd mini strip cartoons.
A Knife grinder came round periodically for goodness sake
An Ice cream van every evening from Easter to September
The Newsagent not only delivered our morning and Evening papers and my comics. They delivered my father’s miniature cigars so he could go straight in to work without wasting any time.
The grocery shop delivered provisions to my mother every friday. Meat, toilet rolls, Washing powder etc so she didn’t need to lug heavy/awkward things home on the bus.
Of course there was the little shop at the bottom of the street where I would regularly be despatched for stuff like bags of frozen peas to be used 5 minutes later to make a meal. They even sold stamps so I could send off entries to competitions in my comics.

PS: Luckily I’m old school enough to still have milk delivered. Milk and More bring potatoes, bananas, cornflakes and bread so even without Tesco I could survive after a fashion on banana sandwiches or cornflakes three times a day!

PPS: I’m staying in as the carer for my 91 year old mother but crowds of people continue to pass the house potentially spreading germs. Joggers, cyclists, gangs of teenagers, families of four with babies in pushchairs and dogs… always with dogs… up and down multiple times a day. They think that it doesn’t apply to them. I was amused when visiting some other forum where someone said about all those defying the lockdown:

“I’d have them sign a disclaimer from using all NHS facilities should they fall victim to Covid 19. This would be called the Totally  Withhold  All  Treatment policy and they would have to wear a badge with those initials on it, or have it tattooed on their foreheads so Doctors, Nurses and Medical staff don’t waste their precious time treating them”.

2 Responses to “Non-vulnerable?”

  1. Niblet Says:

    Corona was helpfully brought to your prefab

  2. When that foul tasting pop was discontinued 20 years ago they just sold the recipe to others who passed it off as beer.

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