The Anonymous Widower

Afore Ye Go

When I was in my teens, I used to mark up newspapers at this shop, which then was owned by a Mr. Shaw.

The Paper Shop at Oakwood

The Paper Shop at Oakwood

I’d get in at 5:30 in the morning, if I didn’t oversleep, mark up all the newspapers for the delivery boys and girls to distribute an hour or so later. I do wonder, if that routine, which I did for a couple of years, set me into my routine of always getting up early and working.

The flats in the background of this picture had a tale about one of the shop’s customers.


Flats With A Tale

He was the owner of a well-known department store in North London. he was also a dedicated alcoholic and when he went into the local hospital, he was on a bottle of Scotch whisky courtesy of the NHS.

I don’t know the end of that story, but a pharmacist friend has provided a post script.  Years ago, the ward rounds in hospital often offered a top of whisky to those, who wanted it. They found it funny, that each bottle of the Bell’s whisky, they used to serve, had “Afore ye go” on the bottle.

It still does!


January 29, 2013 - Posted by | Health | , , ,

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