Ridiculous pricing, From Then to Now and other things …


Unfortunately, my From Now to Then series has had to be put on hold for a while. The friend I ask to ‘proof read’ the posts is not going to be available for the next few weeks. He is in the process of changing jobs which has resulted in him emigrating to Canada. So for the next few weeks or so he only has internet access on his smart phone. Once he is settled, he has promised to continue helping. After all, I need to be as accurate as my memory serves me and it needs to be libellous free. Hopefully it will be not too long as I still have a few things to tell.

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Recently, I was asked by a friend if I could do a bit of shopping for him. All he wanted was some blade for his razor. He has a famous brand of razor that uses multi blade cartridges. They are disposable Razorand simply click into 2 Bladethe handle. Very popular as they are supposed to give a very close shave. I have never really found them to my taste as I was put off by those horrible two blade disposable razors that were becoming fashionable in the mid 1970’s. I found them very uncomfortable to hold and use, and could never get more than two or three shaves before they were put in the bin.

But to the point of this moan. I went straight to a well known supermarket and sought out the ones my friend had asked for, only to find that the pack had eight cartridges and cost just over £22. I thought that they must be cheaper than that somewhere. I tried B**ts and they were more Shaving 1expensive there and the price in Sup***rug was the same. I was very shocked to see that the packs also had security tags to prevent theft. I bought some, but vowed never to buy them for myself.

This is my wet shaving setup. The soap-mug was a present, so I don’t know the cost. The soap was bought from the previously mentioned supermarket and was about £4.00. But the real bargain was the razor and the blades. The razor was bought Bladeson eBay and cost me £2.99 postage free. I came with a pack of 5 double edged blade, an comes with its own storage box. I also bought a pack of Astra blades. They came in a box of 10 packets, each packet had 5 blades. Price, including postage £2.00. But the real bargain was the soap brush. I had originally priced them up as around £6.00 for a ‘genuine badger’ bristle. The ones I got are natural bristle and there were 10 for £6.50, and they are just as good. I usually wet shave twice a week and have an electric razor for the other days, as it is often quicker.

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At the beginning of last week I noticed a new bird in the garden. It was small, rounded, grey with a few white spots and a Diamond  Dovered ring around it’s eyes. I did a little probing around the internet and discovered that it could have been a Diamond Dove. This seemed a ridiculous notion as the bird is native of Australia. Now I know migratory birds can travel huge distances but this thing seemed far too small to travel very far. I took a picture and used, what I now know is Google Lens to try and properly identify the creature. Google Lens confirmed that the bird was in fact a Diamond Dove. I can only assume that it had been in somebodies local aviary and it escaped. It was with us up until around Thursday waddling around on the ground picking up seeds that the Starlings drop from the feeder. It now seems to have gone, which is a shame.

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September sees races in the UCI World Cycling Championship being held in Yorkshire. The main racing takes place between the 22nd and 26th, but on the 21st one of the YorkshiBuntingre 2019 Para-Cycling International legs is starting locally in Wetherby. A local Knitting/Craft shop has been  given permission to have knitted bunting both sides of a 1/2 stretch of the route. So a call had gone out for local knitters to create some bunting in the right colours. I managed to knit 20 triangles making 4 sets. I could have done another five, but was running short of a couple of the colours.

A last … it’s all over … for now


I speak, of course about the Olympic Games. Whilst I admit, it has been a great Games for the so called ‘Team GB’ I really do think it has gone on too long. Controversial, I hear you say! Well maybe so. But there are some of us that do not find the idea of near 24/7 coverage of sport that interesting.

For the most part the BBC has covered everything, it thought that we would want to see on three of it’s channels. I have an issue there (wouldn’t you just know it.) The BBC seem to have thought that it would be a good idea to have us flit between channels to see the things we wanted. One minute we are nicely watching the diving on BBC 1, then we are told to switch to BBC 2 to continue. Thirty minutes later, it’s back to BBC 1 again for an hour, but if we want to watch ‘blah blah’, then switch to BBC 4. And to top it all, we have another choice of viewing via the ‘Red Button.’ Meanwhile ‘Casualty’ and ‘Holby’ are are abandoned for the duration. What a let down! Joking about the last sentence.

Next we have the Para-Olympics starting in two weeks time. Only just got the euphoria out of my system, when it all starts again. Now before anybody kicks off, I feel that the Para-Olympics are just as important, if not more so as the other games. However, I do feel that they are overshadowed by the main stream games somewhat. I for one am completely burnt out with the games, and am not looking forward to watching more.

Why do we not have the Para-Olympics the following year? It would be one way of ensuring that the Olympic park is not just used for for the four weeks of the (hate to say this …) ‘Main games’. Mind you, it looks like the Para’s are to be scaled down this time, due to disappointing ticket sales and budget cuts. It seems that making the disabled pay for the failure of others is not just the prerogative of the UK.