The Anonymous Widower

Marks And Spencer In Dalston Was On The Ball

This morning, I walked to Marks and Spencer in the Kingsland Road for essential supplies.

I got more than I needed and now have enough food in the fridge and my cupboards for the next ten days.

The hold-up in the store were the tills, but one of the assistants had taken control of the situation, by marshalling customers to spare self-service tills, scanning goods and helping to get the customers out of the store as fast as possible.

It was real East End spirit in action.

Remember that the BBC soap, was nearly shot in a real square close to Dalston and in some ways the chivvying and banter could have been transposed.

Is EastEnders dealing with COVID-19? I doubt it!

March 31, 2020 - Posted by | Health, World | , ,


  1. Well done! Good to hear you got your supplies. I took a deep breath and went to Waitrose in Balham and found a much shorter queue to enter compared with my failed attempt yesterday, when the string of people snaked around the block. There were better supplies of many things including bread and veg, but only one pack of flour (which I snaffled), no eggs, about 6 packets of cereal, no pasta, no ordinary cooking oil and of course not a chance of seeing hand gel, paracetamol, gloves, cleaning products etc – all have been unobtainable round here for three weeks or more. I presume the supplies are being diverted to hospitals and care homes so are never reaching shop and supermarket shelves at all. That would make some sense, but if people lack the basic means of keeping themselves and their homes clean, the risk of the virus spreading will simply increase. Sadly, many of the smaller shops, which have been a lifeline to those unable to obtain supplies at the supermarkets or who are afraid of mixing with big crowds at the main stores, have now closed, though I don’t know why. Banks have closed and the machines have no money in them, and the big stores only allow payment by card, but what about those who don’t have a card?

    Good luck with your foraging. I’m hoping the lack of human activity will encourage rabbits to colonise the green areas round my block…!

    Comment by Stephen Spark | March 31, 2020 | Reply

    • I’m hanging in there!

      Comment by AnonW | March 31, 2020 | Reply

  2. You are never anonymous to us at Dalston M&S come and say hello when you visit our store we value you and feel honoured to support you during this time. Stay safe and well.
    Debbie Dalston M&S store manager

    Comment by Debbie | April 22, 2020 | Reply

    • You certainly have a good shop there and as a coeliac, it’s a big lifeline! I should say that my mother used to shop in the previous Dalston shop before WW2.

      Comment by AnonW | April 22, 2020 | Reply

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