The Anonymous Widower

The Tyranny Of Shopping

Today’s shopping showed how sometimes, it can be a complete pain. I went up to Islington and bought this today.

The Tyranny Of Shopping

The Tyranny Of Shopping

My trouble in some ways is that I’m particular in what I like.

1. Bread has to be from Marks and Spencer. Waitrose’s especially is made from cardboard.

2. Only Sainsbury sell my preferred Black Farmer sausages, which go so well in a sausage casserole I’m making.

3. Marks and Spencer doesn’t sell cannelloni beans.

4. I prepay for The Times and getting rid of the voucher can be difficult in some supermarkets.

5. Etc. etc.

So in the end, I ended up going to all of Waitrose, Sainsbury and Marks and Spencer, buying a few items in each.

At least at the Angel, the three shops are close together. In Sainsbury, all I bought was the sausages.

Last week, I went to Waitrose at Canary Wharf to try to get everything in one visit, but they didn’t have the sausages, as they’d sold out and their own gluten-fre ones are tasteless.


September 17, 2014 - Posted by | World | , ,


  1. I empathise with you. We used to go to one supermarket each month and do the non-perishable and frozen stuff, then buy fruit and veg as we needed it. We now seem to go all over the place in faffy little bits. Genius really irritate me, all the major supermarkets stock their products but each supermarket one stocks a different of items from them and apart from bread, these other items are mutually exclusive, not stocked in any other chain!!.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | September 17, 2014 | Reply

    • My trouble is that I don’t have a freezer in the kitchen, so it’s in the garage downstairs. When I learned to cook, freezers didn’t exist too, so I never learned how to defrost anything, except by putting it for a few minutes in the slow over of the AGA.

      Two things would improve my life. All Marks and Spencers food stores, stocking their gluten-free bread and all the littleWaitroses having the same stocking list.

      At the moment both Marks and Waitrose in the Angel have decided to play musical shelves sand you can’t find anything. That should be against the law.

      Comment by AnonW | September 17, 2014 | Reply

  2. My daughter used to work in M&S Ladies Wear over Christmas one year, she said that the display staff really did come in and change the department around every night so nothing was in the same place the next day. Probably a marketing ploy to get people to wander round more! Our Waitrose aren’t too bad for moving things though.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | September 18, 2014 | Reply

    • Some shops these days seem to be designed without store directories. Selfridges seem to be like that, so I never go.

      Comment by AnonW | September 18, 2014 | Reply

  3. I can never find my way around Selfridges, I only ever go into the food hall, which opens onto the main mall in Trafford Centre

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | September 18, 2014 | Reply

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