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I had hoped to show you a picture but for some reason the website won't let me. This is, so I am led to believe, the third most visited tourist attraction in Wales, though I would not have called a cluster of shops, designed to look like tents, and an enormous concrete car park a tourist attraction. But there is no denying its popularity: hordes of people, hordes of screaming children, little push-along trolleys designed as cars for toddlers to run over your feet; humanity at its ugliest.

The cavernous shops, sporting all your high street names, are filled with oceans of goods most of them marked down significantly from the price you would expect to pay by virtue of their being too big, or too small, or the wrong colours or maybe not what you wanted anyway. This is somehow an 'Outlet,' but for what I don't know.

And the people eat as they shop, hot dogs or ice cream and so, not to put too fine a point on it, are hardly dainty and the children are less dainty still and most moan as they shop and look to be the sort of people you tend to see in hospital waiting rooms; for this is Bridgend and one of the hot spots of poor health in Wales. I may be being harsh but I hate this outlet place, nevertheless, even in this pit of emporiatic despair it is hard to come away without something that even without a fair wind can be termed a bargain and J wanted to buy a pair of shoes and asked to be taken there for her Saturday afternoon run out; I didn't want to buy anything but found a shirt half price in Marks and Spencer which was the right size and a tolerable colour.

We came home and I fell asleep. I hate shopping.SadSad Still I hope you had a tolerable afternoon. Where is everyone today? The Coo is sad.

Posted at 16th Sep 2017 - 06:29PM   Posted by Fennie   Loathsome Shopping Comments: 7

Fairy Nuff's Avatar I loathe shopping centers and soulless multiples.
Give me a little town Centre with artisan individual shops any day.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 16th Sep 2017 at 07:59PM

Camilla's Avatar I loathe shopping centres too but I used to love shopping in Oxford Street in central London years ago one very long road of shops galore leading to Oxfotd Circus and Bond Street.

Love as FN says though individual artisan individual shops in a village, we had them in my old village where we used to live I miss them here none at all.

Not about much yesterday Fennie sorry, sorting out new Laptop amongst other taxing demands.

Did 'J' buy her shoes? What colour shirt did you go for Fennie, perhaps a shade of pink perhaps men do wear pink.

Posted by: Camilla on 17th Sep 2017 at 07:34AM

Withy Brook's Avatar I h a t e shopping! And I hate shopping centres even more!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 17th Sep 2017 at 11:31AM

Fennie's Avatar Yes, she found some shoes and the shirt I found was just an ordinary blue workshirt but quite smart and with a fine check - cotton. I have pink shirts and would have bought a pink shirt had they any pink shirts there. Very 1970's pink shirts. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 17th Sep 2017 at 01:06PM

Fennie's Avatar The world divides, Withy, into those who like shopping and those who abhor it. I can't say I even like shopping in the sort of rural artisanal high streets that FN mentions. Antiques shops are quite fun, though and of course book shops and coffee shops but anything else I am strictly utilitarian. I go to buy something I want. But if I have to shop I prefer a small shop to a big shop. I don't care for crowds of people.Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 17th Sep 2017 at 01:09PM

Camilla's Avatar Very HappyVery Happy:-

Posted by: Camilla on 17th Sep 2017 at 05:39PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Antique shops, book shops and coffee shops are exactly what I like Fennie. I buy most of my clothes mail order, have done since I was 18, I've never been into high street fashion.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 17th Sep 2017 at 09:38PM

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