I am writing this on a packed train approaching London. Most of my fellow passengers are heading for the January Sales – which these days mysteriously begin on December 26. They are hoping to save money - by spending lots of it! Most will return by sunset, weighed down by shopping bags full of ‘bargains’.
The Sales always attract large crowds and this year promises to be especially busy because a rise in VAT comes in on January 1. Again I suspect the best way to save money would be to stay at home – but what do I know? (You can see that the ghosts that visited Scrooge missed me out again this year!)
January Sales HQ is London’s Oxford Street – one of the busiest shopping areas in the world. Not my idea of a fun place; more like what Edward Munch was trying to express in his painting The Scream.
Fortunately I’m not a Sales day-tripper and when we reach London I’ll be heading in the opposite direction. I’m visiting family in Shepherds Bush, the area where I was brought up. At that time it was the main centre of BBC Television and there was a lot of location filming in our neighbourhood. Once I was watching a comedy show set in Liverpool when I was amazed to see the main characters walking into a house on our street. As readers of a previous post may remember, I still haven’t visited that great city – perhaps that’s why the BBC brought it to my living room!
I’m starting to get excited about visiting the old familiar places of my childhood. That’s a Beatles reference (In My Life) but not the song title in this post. For those of you looking, you’ll find it at the end of the vocabulary section. Last week’s was ‘Get Back’ – well done again, Kirsti!
Looking forward to the immediate future seems a good note on which to end my part in this open blog. It’s been a lot of fun.
So with especial thanks to Leila for her kind words and to you all for reading my ramblings I’ll say goodbye for now.
Wishing you the very best for the coming year and hoping we meet again soon.
Happy New Year!
Sales – when many goods in a shop are discounted
VAT – Value Added Tax paid on many goods and services
Scrooge – from ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens. Scrooge hates Christmas until he is visited by three ghosts. I’ve always preferred the ‘before the ghosts’ Scrooge!
Heading - going
Location filming – when real places are used rather than a studio
The Beatles song is Day Tripper
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