Cowart's Common Room
Saturday Shopping

On Monday the local paper shop cum post office was shut and I had to walk into town to collect my newspaper which I paid for with the usual barcoded token. The shop was shut, too, on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday it was open but had no papers; nor did it have papers on Friday or Saturday.

These days, I reflected, supermarkets often give your free newspapers anyway with your shopping or you can sit drinking coffee, watching people instead. This afternoon a young woman, wearing wore a long crumpled skirt of cream damask and a white embroidered blouse, came to buy coffee. With a matching silk jacket she might, I thought, be on her way home from a wedding, possibly her own, though the crumpled skirt and her tousled hair suggested that perhaps the wedding had been yesterday, her jacket left behind at the party with the bouquet. Anyway she looked radiantly happy.

Or perhaps she had run away at the altar for opposite her sat a much older man. He too wore white on his top half - but the garment was a vest. Maybe his shirt and tie had been similarly abandoned or perhaps he was her father, fresh from the allotment unseen dirt under his nails. He lent towards her and his ageing face was full of laughter.

I determined to cancel my newspaper subscription.

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Posted at 26th Aug 2017 - 05:26PM   Posted by Fennie   Saturday Shopping Comments: 4

Withy Brook's Avatar I'm not sure how to take all that Fennie!
Why did your village shop not have papers on so many days? I am aware that it will eventually come to no hard copies but I hope it will wait till I am gone!
Fascinated by your young woman!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 26th Aug 2017 at 08:22PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Has the shop changed hands perhaps? The newspaper suppliers are notorious for making a hash of change of ownership of small businesses (as well as demanding the most ridiculous opening hours and wanting to tell you how you are to run your own business). Rolling Eyes

I've never got into the habit of reading a hard copy newspaper, I watch the news on TV and browse the BBC news pages online most days instead.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 27th Aug 2017 at 12:39PM

Fennie's Avatar No the shop hasn't changed hands,FN. It is run by a gentleman from, I think Sri Lanka, who seems to have a number of these Post Office/convenience stores. He also employs a number of staff who are continually being moved from shop to shut. Consequently when one falls ill or goes on holiday the shop closes. He seems to have a laid back attitude towards such things. The fault lies with our Western habit of expecting shops to be open; the Buddhist tendency would be to marvel at the shop open, but to treat as karma a shop closed or without newspapers. The fault lies in our neediness and our expectations, unless we rid ourselves of these we shall never be truly happy. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 27th Aug 2017 at 02:26PM

Camilla's Avatar Fascinating about that young woman you write about Fennie.Very Happy

I don't always have a newspaper except sometimes on a Sunday either The Times or Sunday Telegraph. I have an App on my iPad so get most of the news on there usually BBC. Also can log onto entertainment, and the arts also.

Posted by: Camilla on 27th Aug 2017 at 03:36PM

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