Revenge of the Staff (Supermarket Chronicles Revisited)

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything Supermarket related. It’s almost as if the Supermarket Chronicles served as a fun purpose at the time, but after leaving the Supermarket business there has been little in the way of stories to tell. UNTIL NOW… This is ‘Revenge of the Staff’ – a Supermarket Chronicles Revisited post.

Shocking as it may sound, I actually do some of our grocery shopping at a shop and not through the Internet. Yep, that’s right. I actually leave the house to purchase food on occasions. And perhaps, even more surprisingly, my supermarket of choice is Lidl! Perhaps the stereotypes here fit, but I’m not too worried about appearance here. The food tastes really good and is insanely cheap. It’s brilliant. But less that a week ago, I had the most fun I’d had in the supermarket as I’d had in a while. You see, I was able to witness a fantastic battle of will, fury and speed. The age-old battle of customer vs staff.

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The Sleeping Toddler

I think one of the strangest things for a non-parent to understand is the watching of a child sleeping. I mean even typing now, to me, just sounds creepy. Why would anyone want to watch their child sleep? We all know that no-one looks their best in their unconscious-REM-cycling-mode, but somehow that doesn’t matter as a parent. In fact as a parent, this is one of the greatest parts of the day for me. Let me explain…

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Death by Rules

Ever seen those articles pop up on your facebook feed? “10 foods that cause depression”. “New superfoods will drop the fat!”. “Eating Bacon signals alien invasion”. Ok maybe not the last one, but the first two are genuine headlines. Snappy titles like that are often referred to as ‘click-bait’. One liners that loosely correlate to the article, but are actually a means to an end to get you to visit the page. Upon completing the article, you realise, actually it’s not addresses the title at all. But sometimes these ‘new research’ claims do present the ‘facts’. And that’s what this post is all about. You see, these articles, coupled with recent comments from our family Dentist made me aware of just how ridiculous some of the ‘health’ guidance we recieve truly is…

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The Time Travellers Life

I’m one for hindsight. I obsess over a situation where I have made a wrong choice or mistake. I think over how it should have gone or focus on my ridiculous actions. But I rarely look back at the right decisions, the right choices. And that is to my detriment. So this is just that. It’s a look back at one of the best courses of action to have occurred in my life. I nearly titled this post: “Never Familiar, Never Taken For Granted”, which would be an apt description too. ‘Big Slice of Meaningful Cheese’ would probably also work.

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The BBQ Factor

Let’s talk something of the upmost importance. Food condiments. Whether eating out, or taking away – I am now of the persuasion that no meal is complete without a dip of some sort. Whether than be to compliment the side of bread or as an integral part of the meal like nachos, dip has become one of the most important parts of my meal.

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DDIY (Don’t Do It Yourself) Sholdstock

I hear it said that one of the most important traits for any father is to have a handy set of DIY tools and know how to use them. Throughout the eight years or so of living away from home, I have slowly accumulated a selection of tools in varying degrees of quality and decency – none of which do I know how to use properly. Perhaps the tape measure – but even that seems to give me evils while uttering ‘You don’t know how to use me, don’t pretend you know. Go get a professional’. So I get a sneaky feeling I’m doing something wrong.

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