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I feel really sad today, and not because we will be seeing the end of Woolworth’s on the high street and the local Strand Street of Douglas. To be honest its was on the cards for years.

What really made me sad was seeing the vultures, the scavengers and the bargain hunters all queueing outside and later inside once the store opened. The queue must have been 40 people long when I walked passed. People with hoards of selection boxes, discount cds other tacky clothes and cheap electrical goods – and all for what?

I know it’s Christmas soon, but I just cannot stand what the human race has become, obsessed by material goods and spending money, and all for what I ask myself?

Call me cynical and baa humbug, but honestly I am not like that. Yeah I like nice clothes, my ipod touch, and my macbook but I just cannot be bothered fighting, queing and squabbling tooth and nail to get my hands on any of it, no matter how much of a bargain it is!

I really think it’s sad, even despite this current recession, doom and gloom that we still think we can buy our way out of it and make our lives that much better. Sorry I just don’t buy it.

One thing is for sure, I wont be fighting over Brussel sprouts in Tesco! Unlike other sad bastards!

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Lets hope that the local Tesco on Lake Road does a bit more than ‘its every little helps’ motto suggests and really makes a difference when it comes to stocking more locally sourced produce from the islands suppliers.
Well done to the minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Phil Gawne for putting the pressure on Tesco’s. A recent report from the islands local newspapers suggested that there was a very positive meeting between the two parties and that this could really be a step in the right direction for the islands producers.
Not only is the a boost to the local producers but great news for the manx public who will hopefully now have more choice when it comes to buying local.
There are so many of us out there that are really passionate about the Isle of Man and the the great produce that it has to offer. More local suppliers, more great produce, more happy locals!

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I went to Tesco this evening to grab a few bits and pieces that I needed. It wasn’t a weekly big shop, just one of those top up shops you need for fresh stuff like milk and vegetables.I don’t like supermarkets at the best of times but hey our choice is limited these days especially on the Isle of Man due to the sheer power and influence they have over farmers and suppliers. I do where possible try and buy from local butchers and suppliers, but without making excuses it isnt always possible!After rushing around the store I filled my trolley (you always do) and headed for the checkout where the very pleasant check out girl asked if I had a club card, scanned my items and totalled up the bill. As this was an uncalled for shop I wasnt organised and so had to use the plastic bags that are always supplied at the end of the checkout.What really wound me up was the fact that when some bananas I purchased (wrapped in plastic I might add) didn’t have a barcode on them, the supervisor headed off to find the price and during this time the checkout girl said, and I quote, ‘ you do realise you can get double your points if you brought in your own plastic bags and didnt use the ones provided.I said, ‘yes I realise that’ fuming inside! Not at the checkout out girl, just at the people who run Tesco!I am sorry Tesco, but do not fuckin patronise me and make out that its me that ruining the planet and not you! Your the twats that wrap everything up in packaging totally unnecessarily and then fly it all over the fucking planet before it lands back in the store two miles from where it originated! How Tesco have the cheek to tell me its double points for recycled plastic bags is beyond words! Dont tell me to try and change my habits when you should be changing yours.So pull your finger out and do something with meaning and not some shitty double points promotion to try and makes us as consumers feel guilty about the environment!And dont give that bullshit about ‘every little helps!’ Do something major!

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