Seaton Woolworths, still empty

It was back in 2008 that Woolworths went out of business. The empty stores seemed to spring back into life reasonably quickly with Iceland, Spar and Poundland among the many names to be seen above shops where Woolworths used to be. I was in Seaton in East Devon recently and was struck by the forlorn looking former Woolworths still standing

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Sticky tape, antifreeze and condoms

Say Durex to someone British and as well as feeling slightly embarrassed they will think of the brand of prophylactic that is know owned by Reckitt Benckiser but used to be a product of the London Rubber Company. Some of you might remember a routine that comedian Jasper Carrott performed in which he described seeing a racing car in Australia

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So Poundbury is now “the heart of Dorset’s County Town”?

Looking at the web site for the Poet Laureate pub in Poundbury I see they claim to be “Situated in the heart of Dorset’s County Town” (see screen-shot below). Excuse me, how long has Poundbury been the heart of Dorchester? Far from being the heart many of us consider Poundbury to be a pustulous boil on the backside of our

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The view from the X53 Jurassic Coast bus

I have seen the X53 Jurassic Coast many, many times on the road as I have travelled through Dorset and Devon. As a car driver never when spotting that red and cream liveried double decker bus have I wondered what it would be like to actually travel on it, the video below has made me think again. Filmed from the

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Farewell to the Co-operative Bank in Crewkerne, & welcome back (temporarily) Bristol & West

There was speculation in the local press in recent months that the Co-operative grocery store in Falkland Square in Crewkerne was going to close and be replaced by an Iceland frozen food shop. Those rumours came to nothing but while in Crewkerne today I noticed the recently re-branded Co-operative Bank branch was no longer there. The Co-operative Bank has been

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Telephone number Oh, Oh, Oh … called today

My telephone rang while I was in the bathroom, I wasn’t expecting a call so I didn’t rush to answer it. They didn’t leave an answerphone message so I dialled 1471 to get the number. The automated female voice on announced “Telephone number 000 000 000 000 called today …“. What sort of telephone number is that? I have had

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You know where you are with Dorset finger signposts

I remember as a child having it pointed out to me that different counties had different designs for their fingerpost signs at road junctions. One major difference between the signposts in Dorset and those in neighbouring Devon and Somerset was that Dorset County Council usually topped theirs with a cast metal roundel resembling the London Underground logo in design. These

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Remember Pascall Fruit Bon Bons?

Remember Pascall Fruit Bon Bons? I seem to recall them being available as one of the sweet selections in Woolworths pick and mix. They were an oblong shaped boiled sweet in a variety of fruit flavours with a soft chewy centre. I had assumed they had disappeared like so many things I remember from childhood. A search revealed that the

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Wrongmove – Could they start fracking under your home?

If you have been following the news you cannot help but have heard of fracking, a technique to recover gas and oil from shale rock deep below the ground. Fracking is proving controversial, those in favour point out it could lead to a plentiful source of cheap energy, those against raise environmental concerns. In the USA where fracking is already

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Artisan Boule Merde

I dislike the word ‘Artisan’, it smacks of pretension and this colours my view of those small businesses that seem to use it as a badge of honour. It doesn’t only apply to the little guys, the big boys are getting in on the act too, as with the Artisan Boule loaf I spotted in Morrison’s in store bakery display.

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