Covid: Christmas comes early as grocery sales 'hit record' in November
08/12/2020 | news | business | 532
Spending surged last month as eating out was restricted by England's national lockdown, figures suggest.
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08/12/2020 11:47:55 5 7
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So it was right that they handed back a ton of cash to government.

Now, when are government lawyers going after American Big Tech to make them pay their fair share?

Anyone....?

Anyone............?
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08/12/2020 11:52:18 8 1
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Define "fair share".
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08/12/2020 12:19:08 3 2
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They haven't broken any laws....so good luck.
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08/12/2020 16:05:24 1 1
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The issue is UK Tax laws which have more loopholes in them than a medieval castle. Governments of all political persuasions have the power to change these extremely complex rules - but they don't. They just add even more complex bits every time...........................
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08/12/2020 11:51:58 48 10
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The supermarkets have done well out of this pandemic.
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08/12/2020 12:13:19 33 29
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and the award for stating the bleeding obvious goes to.
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08/12/2020 11:52:02 129 6
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It will always be food.
The answer to any stress is food.
The answer to celebrating is food.
And if you have no stress and nothing to celebrate..... the answer is ....food!
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08/12/2020 12:23:34 12 29
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tic tacs, m8. lockdown snack. tic tacs.
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08/12/2020 15:57:28 1 0
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THIS IS THE MENTALITY OF COMFORT EATING
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08/12/2020 16:01:22 3 0
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I'd love to know what the aggregate weight gain of the UK has been since March. In megatonnes.
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08/12/2020 18:09:28 0 1
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What will we celebrate the end of the transition period with if there are customs issues
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08/12/2020 22:35:13 0 0
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Or drink, or better still food AND drink
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08/12/2020 11:52:10 127 11
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Hardly surprising, when practically every other retailer was told to close.
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08/12/2020 11:47:55 5 7
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So it was right that they handed back a ton of cash to government.

Now, when are government lawyers going after American Big Tech to make them pay their fair share?

Anyone....?

Anyone............?
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08/12/2020 11:52:18 8 1
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Define "fair share".
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08/12/2020 11:59:20 3 5
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Gizza jab.
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08/12/2020 11:59:22 84 5
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This does not surprise me. Almost everything I have eaten and drank since March has come from supermarkets. Normally it would be about 75-80% since I eat out with friends a lot, travel a lot etc.

Plus I've stocked up a bit with non-perishables, just in case I have to self-isolate, so I have more food and other essentials in than usual.
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08/12/2020 17:54:27 10 0
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Add on all the extra food bought in supermarkets that would had been purchased in cafes, pubs and restaurants.
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08/12/2020 12:00:15 8 13
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While the rest of us work and will struggle to get food as the shelves will be empty again by the time we get home through selfish greedy people .
Big thanks to them
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08/12/2020 12:26:32 4 7
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Why don't you shop during your lunch hour then you can be one of the 'selfish greedy people too'! Are you still crying?
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08/12/2020 11:58:01 4 9
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Very clear that the Government has been pushing everyone towards the Supermarkets by closing nearly every other Retailer

The all too obvious carnage on the high street demonstrates the outcome of this ludicrous and bias policy !
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08/12/2020 12:02:22 5 8
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It is not due to extra people going in the supermarkets, it is down to extortionate price rises. Taking advantage of people's lack of choice where to shop.
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08/12/2020 12:05:17 10 2
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The weak pound, and vastly increased shipping charges nothing to do with it then? Just taking advantage?
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08/12/2020 12:16:55 0 2
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Lack of choice?
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Bob
08/12/2020 12:17:27 3 1
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You are right.

Everyone who usually visits cafes for lunch and restaurants for dinner decided that they would in fact starve when those places were closed and not consume food from a supermarket instead.
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Rob
08/12/2020 12:39:27 3 1
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I can't say i have really noticed much of an increase in prices this year. Most of the food I buy regularly hasn't gone up at all.
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08/12/2020 12:02:26 20 21
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Prices have gone up due to the prospect of No Deal. Turkeys won't be able to afford the Christmas they voted for.
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08/12/2020 12:02:22 5 8
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It is not due to extra people going in the supermarkets, it is down to extortionate price rises. Taking advantage of people's lack of choice where to shop.
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08/12/2020 12:05:17 10 2
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The weak pound, and vastly increased shipping charges nothing to do with it then? Just taking advantage?
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08/12/2020 12:07:10 113 40
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I think a fair few people might be buying extra now in the anticipation that the shelves might look like the GDR come January....
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08/12/2020 12:33:56 85 9
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Or it could simply be people stocking up on non-perishables early to avoid the crowds nearer Christmas.
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Ben
08/12/2020 12:45:20 14 2
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People buying extra because they might be empty is what causes them to be empty.
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08/12/2020 12:30:37 16 26
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You doom mongers are going to be very disappointed when the UK economy booms next year, while the EU slides into acrimonious disputes with itself. Most people in the UK work for SMEs, and most SMEs are doing very well at the moment.
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Ben
08/12/2020 12:12:13 105 21
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This is NOT a good thing. It's just a symptom of closing everything else for months. We're kidding ourselves if we think the little boutique shops, pubs, hair salons, etc are going to all open up again soon, most wont, too much damage has been done over a long period. This means huge unemployment. Next year, when supermarket profits aren't as high as this year they'll announce mass-redundancies...
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08/12/2020 12:54:03 54 26
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Not to mention another Covid spike in late January.
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08/12/2020 14:08:00 6 4
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If only doom and gloom could be bottled and sold, there'll be a million new shops on the high street, and never a supply issue.
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08/12/2020 16:36:35 1 1
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Ben? Jeremiah might be more accurate, or Frazer from Dad's Army. I live in a medium sized market town where my wife has a boutique shop and she's really really busy. The High St today was really really busy. Sure, some will not survive but I think your apocalyptic view is a bit ott.
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08/12/2020 16:45:30 1 0
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A tad dramatic, don't you think? Boutique shops and hair salons are already open, even in tier 3 areas.

People just spending money they would have spent anyway, just in different ways.
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08/12/2020 11:51:58 48 10
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The supermarkets have done well out of this pandemic.
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08/12/2020 12:13:19 33 29
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and the award for stating the bleeding obvious goes to.
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08/12/2020 12:15:29 7 2
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you?
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08/12/2020 12:27:07 4 2
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You?
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08/12/2020 12:13:19 33 29
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and the award for stating the bleeding obvious goes to.
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08/12/2020 12:15:29 7 2
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you?
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08/12/2020 12:02:22 5 8
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It is not due to extra people going in the supermarkets, it is down to extortionate price rises. Taking advantage of people's lack of choice where to shop.
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08/12/2020 12:16:55 0 2
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Lack of choice?
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Ben
08/12/2020 12:24:23 4 1
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When you say lack of choice, how much extra choice do you want?
-Tesco
-Asda
-Aldi
-Liddl
-Morrison's
-Sainsbury's
-Co-Op

Bearing in mind, local butchers, bakers, etc were allowed to be open and were open as well.
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08/12/2020 12:02:22 5 8
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It is not due to extra people going in the supermarkets, it is down to extortionate price rises. Taking advantage of people's lack of choice where to shop.
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Bob
08/12/2020 12:17:27 3 1
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You are right.

Everyone who usually visits cafes for lunch and restaurants for dinner decided that they would in fact starve when those places were closed and not consume food from a supermarket instead.
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08/12/2020 11:47:55 5 7
bbc
So it was right that they handed back a ton of cash to government.

Now, when are government lawyers going after American Big Tech to make them pay their fair share?

Anyone....?

Anyone............?
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08/12/2020 12:19:08 3 2
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They haven't broken any laws....so good luck.
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08/12/2020 12:22:25 5 11
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Greta will be very, very upset.

seriously
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08/12/2020 11:52:02 129 6
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It will always be food.
The answer to any stress is food.
The answer to celebrating is food.
And if you have no stress and nothing to celebrate..... the answer is ....food!
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08/12/2020 12:23:34 12 29
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tic tacs, m8. lockdown snack. tic tacs.
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08/12/2020 13:50:47 4 1
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Good tactics m8. good tactics.
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08/12/2020 14:09:19 2 1
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tactics, m8, tactics.
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08/12/2020 15:38:28 2 0
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22 people obviously don't want only one calorie for 5 minutes. 6 do. that ties in with the country. more or less
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Mog
08/12/2020 12:24:16 3 5
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Shop bought fresh mince pies have a 20 day shelf-life so no point in buying them in November unless eaten then. Shop bought packaged mince pies have a longer shelf-life but are not usually as tasty so no point in buying for the sake of it.
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08/12/2020 12:28:34 6 2
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Why have a 3 week shelf life on an item that is devoured in 3 minutes?
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08/12/2020 12:28:52 4 1
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The ones I bought last week have a best before date of March next year. So either mine were baked in Sellafield or you are buying the wrong type.
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08/12/2020 12:16:55 0 2
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Lack of choice?
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Ben
08/12/2020 12:24:23 4 1
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When you say lack of choice, how much extra choice do you want?
-Tesco
-Asda
-Aldi
-Liddl
-Morrison's
-Sainsbury's
-Co-Op

Bearing in mind, local butchers, bakers, etc were allowed to be open and were open as well.
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08/12/2020 12:24:38 3 6
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'Grocery, Groceries'
on and on. Either you're from the 1930s or more likely the US! A bit of English please.
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Bob
08/12/2020 12:25:48 13 17
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How many corrupt business donations have been made to political parties, particularly Bojos mob. Corruption, sleaze and politics are endemic in this country
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08/12/2020 12:31:40 7 4
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If you have any evidence of criminal wrong doing I suggest that you contact the police. Unless of course you just make things up.
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08/12/2020 12:00:15 8 13
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While the rest of us work and will struggle to get food as the shelves will be empty again by the time we get home through selfish greedy people .
Big thanks to them
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08/12/2020 12:26:32 4 7
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Why don't you shop during your lunch hour then you can be one of the 'selfish greedy people too'! Are you still crying?
Some of us don't get a lunch hour as i work for the NHS you moron !! Removed
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Ben
08/12/2020 12:39:55 2 2
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hahaha the selfishness of this comment! People who are stock piling seem to think a zombie apocalypse is on the way. It's Christmas that's on the way, not the end of the world.
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08/12/2020 12:26:53 7 6
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Supermarkets up - all other businesses down.
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08/12/2020 12:13:19 33 29
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and the award for stating the bleeding obvious goes to.
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08/12/2020 12:27:07 4 2
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You?
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08/12/2020 14:55:26 0 0
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Auntie Beeb.
Guff as usual.
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08/12/2020 12:27:23 10 8
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The big winners out of covid have been the supermarkets. Prices have stayed high, Asda broke its fuel promise almost immediately. Sick of their self righteous garbage, they are absolutely screwing us all over.
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08/12/2020 12:39:26 5 4
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And now Asda are owned by a family who own 5000 petrol stations.
Don't see much change coming there except Asda going down the cheap avenue.
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Mog
08/12/2020 12:24:16 3 5
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Shop bought fresh mince pies have a 20 day shelf-life so no point in buying them in November unless eaten then. Shop bought packaged mince pies have a longer shelf-life but are not usually as tasty so no point in buying for the sake of it.
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08/12/2020 12:28:34 6 2
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Why have a 3 week shelf life on an item that is devoured in 3 minutes?
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Mog
08/12/2020 12:24:16 3 5
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Shop bought fresh mince pies have a 20 day shelf-life so no point in buying them in November unless eaten then. Shop bought packaged mince pies have a longer shelf-life but are not usually as tasty so no point in buying for the sake of it.
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08/12/2020 12:28:52 4 1
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The ones I bought last week have a best before date of March next year. So either mine were baked in Sellafield or you are buying the wrong type.
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08/12/2020 12:28:58 22 26
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I’ve been stocking up not for commercialised Christmas but for the impending Brexit chaos. England is stuffed, thanks to its own people. Best of luck to Scotland and Wales.
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Ben
08/12/2020 12:30:25 24 14
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You're stocking up? For crying out loud really? Even after the chaos that caused earlier this year? Inconsiderate.
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08/12/2020 12:36:39 5 1
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You do know that by doing that you are "propping up the rich" dont you.
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08/12/2020 12:38:17 2 9
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Scotland will end the UK very soon and the English based rabid press will encourage the likes of Johnson to get shot of Wales and NI , someone like Forage will start a campaign & NI & Wales won't even get the gift of a referendum as the English britnat types will set it up so as England only gets to vote on the issue
It is frankly written in the stars Wales & NI are deficit economies this occur
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08/12/2020 12:44:54 5 1
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What? Wales is part of the UK and had more leave votes than the other home nations.
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08/12/2020 12:33:32 2 4
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You are going to be very disappointed eating all those baked beans next year, while the rest of us dine well on the success of Brexit. :-)
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ken
08/12/2020 12:29:43 3 4
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And
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08/12/2020 12:29:44 88 11
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Pains me to think of how much will be wasted.
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KH
08/12/2020 12:45:57 123 8
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And how much will be waisted.
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08/12/2020 13:31:20 4 2
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Never waste anything; it all gets eaten
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08/12/2020 13:36:49 7 13
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Christmas is a pointless orgy of gluttony and plastic tat. I pretty much ignore it now, have a quiet day with my partner, sensible lunch, wild salmon or something, walk if the weather is decent, a couple of rounds of scrabble perhaps. I say that as a church goer too. Not sure why the sheeple make such a ridiculous fuss about it.
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08/12/2020 16:01:44 4 1
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Correct. The same folk moaning are the same folk who overbuy
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08/12/2020 21:40:40 0 0
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if it is cans and frozen, then it will keep into the new year and beyond.
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08/12/2020 12:28:58 22 26
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I’ve been stocking up not for commercialised Christmas but for the impending Brexit chaos. England is stuffed, thanks to its own people. Best of luck to Scotland and Wales.
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Ben
08/12/2020 12:30:25 24 14
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You're stocking up? For crying out loud really? Even after the chaos that caused earlier this year? Inconsiderate.
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08/12/2020 12:33:40 1 4
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I've been stocking up on baccie for three years .
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08/12/2020 20:03:05 0 0
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Why? there are no shortages at the moment so its the ideal time to stock up. It will actually help reduce demand at peak times if there are shortages in the future.
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08/12/2020 12:30:31 38 38
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I think the reality is: people quietly stockpiling as Johnson’s Brexit catastrophe draws near.
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08/12/2020 12:32:36 21 20
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Correct , I suspect there won't be many oven ready meal deals for the majority.
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08/12/2020 12:35:14 7 10
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lol. We are buying for a party and whats more with lockdown you are not invited. Win/win.
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08/12/2020 12:31:30 19 20
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People stockpiling before the Brexit disater turns into the inevitable catastrophe. You can't blame them.
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08/12/2020 12:34:01 13 20
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People buying extra to celebrate leaving on 31st December. Best New Year ever... lol
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08/12/2020 12:37:49 5 5
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more likely for xmas, grow up re brexit. Plenty of food for the new year
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08/12/2020 12:37:50 2 6
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We leave the EU and people eat turkey all year... makes perfect sense...
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08/12/2020 12:32:04 281 14
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Not really surprising is it. We're all bored out of our minds and everything else is shut. Food shopping is now the most exciting trip out I get all week.
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08/12/2020 12:45:38 75 131
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When going out for food shopping is your break from boredom, sounds like you need to take up a hobby or two!
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DrR
08/12/2020 13:02:19 15 2
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I don't even get to go food shopping my missus has claimed that pleasure for herself.
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08/12/2020 17:47:01 9 3
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I prefer to take the dog out for a long walk or go on a cycle ride, beats an overcrowded supermarket trip with all that pushing and shoving any day.
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08/12/2020 19:38:22 2 1
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Oh come on; it's not as if finding something interesting to do is that hard, or expensive.
So far this year, I've been walking for 10-15 hours a week, have completely remodelled my garden, redecorated upstairs, been fishing more regularly & read a lot more books.
I've other interests too, which I have pretty much carried on with as usual.
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08/12/2020 20:24:29 0 1
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Maybe a good start would be to try and adopt a more....positive attitude? If all you do is whinge...no wonder!! I guess you are a lot better off than some people who have experienced the truly rough end of this pandemic! Good luck to you.
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08/12/2020 12:30:31 38 38
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I think the reality is: people quietly stockpiling as Johnson’s Brexit catastrophe draws near.
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08/12/2020 12:32:36 21 20
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Correct , I suspect there won't be many oven ready meal deals for the majority.
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08/12/2020 12:16:00 6 20
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The UK is booming. Most people in the UK work for SMEs. Most SMEs are rushed off their feet at the moment, and brimming with confidence. Only dinosaur companies are not able to adapt to Brexit. Time for No Deal with the EU, then we can build trade arrangements with them over time that both us and them.
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Ben
08/12/2020 12:37:34 8 8
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Ok. I voted leave. I hope we'll do well. But we are not booming. We are floundering. Not because of Brexit, but because most small business' haven't survived being closed for months. We are in a recession.
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08/12/2020 12:45:25 0 3
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You missed the word "stuff" out of your last sentence
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08/12/2020 12:50:55 1 3
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Yep, my business has never been in better health. Flexible, ready and able. Already trebled orders to the USA. The only variable out of our hands are heat and light currently.
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Ben
08/12/2020 12:30:25 24 14
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You're stocking up? For crying out loud really? Even after the chaos that caused earlier this year? Inconsiderate.
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08/12/2020 12:33:40 1 4
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I've been stocking up on baccie for three years .
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08/12/2020 12:07:10 113 40
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I think a fair few people might be buying extra now in the anticipation that the shelves might look like the GDR come January....
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08/12/2020 12:33:56 85 9
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Or it could simply be people stocking up on non-perishables early to avoid the crowds nearer Christmas.
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08/12/2020 14:07:57 1 1
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Yep, I literally just got back from buying all the non-perishables well in advance. Got all the meat ordered from local butchers, veg from local greengrocers. Christmas shopping within a week of Christmas is a nightmare.
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08/12/2020 12:31:30 19 20
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People stockpiling before the Brexit disater turns into the inevitable catastrophe. You can't blame them.
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08/12/2020 12:34:01 13 20
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People buying extra to celebrate leaving on 31st December. Best New Year ever... lol
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08/12/2020 12:51:59 3 1
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Technically we already left.
Remember we had the party in January?

The one where Julia Hartley Brewer was in a dress?
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08/12/2020 12:38:00 4 1
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Yep. I have my English sparkling wine (far better value than Champagne, usually beats it in blind tastings and a much superior beast to cheap n nasty Cava or Prosecco) in the fridge to celebrate. :-)
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08/12/2020 12:30:31 38 38
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I think the reality is: people quietly stockpiling as Johnson’s Brexit catastrophe draws near.
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08/12/2020 12:35:14 7 10
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lol. We are buying for a party and whats more with lockdown you are not invited. Win/win.
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08/12/2020 12:36:06 4 9
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No need to stockpile, just shop online and you can get most things delivered when you want!
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08/12/2020 12:36:08 4 3
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Some £10.9bn was spent as eating and drinking out

= It works out about £ 45 per brit per week or around 6 £ per brit per day

This IS miserable

How could some survive on 6 £ per day for food and drink, poverty !!!!
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08/12/2020 12:41:18 7 4
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You can buy quite a lot of food for 6 quid depending on where you shop.
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08/12/2020 12:46:56 3 2
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I lived on £2 per day for two years when I had my own business. Not fun, but doable. I wont be going into business again!
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08/12/2020 12:50:08 1 1
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Is this undetected sarcasm?
It doesn’t seem a lot considering food inflation but with meal planning and batch cooking (no junk food or alcohol) it’s doable.
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08/12/2020 12:59:39 2 1
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My late mum told me I should budget £2 per person per evening meal and I think apart from the occasional treat I manage to do that, and eat pretty well. Just cook from basic ingredients. Don't eat out. Look on the bargain counters. Don't waste food.
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08/12/2020 12:36:13 29 11
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"However, he said mince pie sales were down by 8%, reflecting "fewer opportunities to share a treat with friends and colleagues"."

Really... What does that even mean? The old sharing of the mince pie tradition... It's just another drivel.

Should we be aiming to spend exactly the same every year on exactly the same things? What is the point of this article?
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08/12/2020 12:38:48 22 2
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Given my mince pie intake last year, I'd say that 8% loss is most likely from my diet this year
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08/12/2020 13:14:06 5 1
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Mince pie sales are down but jars of mincemeat are up. People learned to bake for themselves through lockdown.
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08/12/2020 13:27:55 2 1
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Everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) in retail is analysed down to the Nth degree. If there's an 8% drop in mince pie sales, that will translate into millions of £ not otherwise spent on mince pies. That will be revenue the large factory-bakers will not be getting and will affect supplies, hiring and wages accordingly. You can bet they'll know EXACTLY why that is.
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08/12/2020 13:59:20 0 1
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My mince pie purchases are still the same. One of the high points for me.
Removed
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al
08/12/2020 16:50:00 2 0
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Mince pies are often eaten at parties, and there will be fewer parties.
Hope that helps soothe your indignation.
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08/12/2020 12:28:58 22 26
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I’ve been stocking up not for commercialised Christmas but for the impending Brexit chaos. England is stuffed, thanks to its own people. Best of luck to Scotland and Wales.
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08/12/2020 12:36:39 5 1
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You do know that by doing that you are "propping up the rich" dont you.
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08/12/2020 12:44:04 1 4
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£9 a packet in Europe Freddie , £27 in UK .
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08/12/2020 12:37:20 79 10
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I'm buying all food for Christmas from local shops. Supermarkets have had enough of a bonanza this year. Support local this year please
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08/12/2020 12:40:22 37 10
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I'm close to the New Forest, so went to one of the farm shops for almost everything.
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08/12/2020 12:54:59 6 4
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It's a nice thought but what would happen if several hundred people descend on a local farm shop - every local farm shop - in one day?

Buy local for the niche stuff when you can and the supermarket for everything else. They're not mutually exclusive.
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DrR
08/12/2020 13:11:33 9 1
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What do you mean by local?

The small corner shop who buys all the stock from a large cash and carry?

Or perhaps go down to the farm and get it from source?
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08/12/2020 13:45:35 2 1
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I try to when I can but it's been difficult, let's face it. We have loads of shops closing down in the north west of England (pre-Covid as well as now). I try to support local shops when I can.
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08/12/2020 13:56:26 7 2
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Supporting local shops is fine if you can. For those of us who live in the cities the local shops are supermarkets.
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08/12/2020 16:40:37 0 0
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100% agree, local farm shops and veg markets etc, better quality and cheaper too in most cases.
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08/12/2020 12:26:32 4 7
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Why don't you shop during your lunch hour then you can be one of the 'selfish greedy people too'! Are you still crying?
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bbc
Some of us don't get a lunch hour as i work for the NHS you moron !! Removed
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08/12/2020 12:16:00 6 20
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The UK is booming. Most people in the UK work for SMEs. Most SMEs are rushed off their feet at the moment, and brimming with confidence. Only dinosaur companies are not able to adapt to Brexit. Time for No Deal with the EU, then we can build trade arrangements with them over time that both us and them.
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Ben
08/12/2020 12:37:34 8 8
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Ok. I voted leave. I hope we'll do well. But we are not booming. We are floundering. Not because of Brexit, but because most small business' haven't survived being closed for months. We are in a recession.
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08/12/2020 12:31:30 19 20
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People stockpiling before the Brexit disater turns into the inevitable catastrophe. You can't blame them.
52
08/12/2020 12:37:49 5 5
bbc
more likely for xmas, grow up re brexit. Plenty of food for the new year
37
08/12/2020 12:31:30 19 20
bbc
People stockpiling before the Brexit disater turns into the inevitable catastrophe. You can't blame them.
53
08/12/2020 12:37:50 2 6
bbc
We leave the EU and people eat turkey all year... makes perfect sense...
32
08/12/2020 12:28:58 22 26
bbc
I’ve been stocking up not for commercialised Christmas but for the impending Brexit chaos. England is stuffed, thanks to its own people. Best of luck to Scotland and Wales.
54
08/12/2020 12:38:17 2 9
bbc
Scotland will end the UK very soon and the English based rabid press will encourage the likes of Johnson to get shot of Wales and NI , someone like Forage will start a campaign & NI & Wales won't even get the gift of a referendum as the English britnat types will set it up so as England only gets to vote on the issue
It is frankly written in the stars Wales & NI are deficit economies this occur
47
08/12/2020 12:36:13 29 11
bbc
"However, he said mince pie sales were down by 8%, reflecting "fewer opportunities to share a treat with friends and colleagues"."

Really... What does that even mean? The old sharing of the mince pie tradition... It's just another drivel.

Should we be aiming to spend exactly the same every year on exactly the same things? What is the point of this article?
55
08/12/2020 12:38:48 22 2
bbc
Given my mince pie intake last year, I'd say that 8% loss is most likely from my diet this year
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DrR
08/12/2020 13:13:27 8 2
bbc
My mince pie intake will be the same as last year, zero, I don't like them.
210
08/12/2020 14:00:04 1 1
bbc
You poor thing. I can’t imagine Christmas without mince pies
29
08/12/2020 12:27:23 10 8
bbc
The big winners out of covid have been the supermarkets. Prices have stayed high, Asda broke its fuel promise almost immediately. Sick of their self righteous garbage, they are absolutely screwing us all over.
56
08/12/2020 12:39:26 5 4
bbc
And now Asda are owned by a family who own 5000 petrol stations.
Don't see much change coming there except Asda going down the cheap avenue.
87
08/12/2020 12:53:06 1 2
bbc
Going down the cheap avenue? Have you been in one recently. They really are the pits.
10
08/12/2020 12:02:22 5 8
bbc
It is not due to extra people going in the supermarkets, it is down to extortionate price rises. Taking advantage of people's lack of choice where to shop.
57
Rob
08/12/2020 12:39:27 3 1
bbc
I can't say i have really noticed much of an increase in prices this year. Most of the food I buy regularly hasn't gone up at all.
58
08/12/2020 12:39:43 14 8
bbc
We've not stock piled food but we have spent more on gifts. Because we have saved money on transport, it's gone in to Christmas instead, be it presents or decorations. To make Christmas extra special. Although, I would ask, if you have a bit extra yourselves this year, maybe drop something in the food bank, food and or a gift or look up Wave 105 they are doing Christmas Mission for kids.
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TV
08/12/2020 14:09:29 3 4
bbc
Christmas is extra special with extra tat? I thought Christmas was religious festival...
26
08/12/2020 12:26:32 4 7
bbc
Why don't you shop during your lunch hour then you can be one of the 'selfish greedy people too'! Are you still crying?
59
Ben
08/12/2020 12:39:55 2 2
bbc
hahaha the selfishness of this comment! People who are stock piling seem to think a zombie apocalypse is on the way. It's Christmas that's on the way, not the end of the world.
49
08/12/2020 12:37:20 79 10
bbc
I'm buying all food for Christmas from local shops. Supermarkets have had enough of a bonanza this year. Support local this year please
60
08/12/2020 12:40:22 37 10
bbc
I'm close to the New Forest, so went to one of the farm shops for almost everything.
191
08/12/2020 13:39:09 6 6
bbc
I made the mistake of buying some sausages from Sainsbury's last week. Their premium range too. Eeuuggh!!!! Apologised to my local butcher for being so daft the next time I want in. No more supermarket sausages for me!
280
BJC
08/12/2020 14:44:11 0 0
bbc
Also from New Forrest.
Oddly, our gardener friend now goes to Morrison's to buy plants
61
08/12/2020 12:40:51 21 6
bbc
Soon be Easter!
91
Zig
08/12/2020 12:53:52 7 16
bbc
No it won't. It's months away. Honestly what are you like!
46
08/12/2020 12:36:08 4 3
bbc
Some £10.9bn was spent as eating and drinking out

= It works out about £ 45 per brit per week or around 6 £ per brit per day

This IS miserable

How could some survive on 6 £ per day for food and drink, poverty !!!!
62
08/12/2020 12:41:18 7 4
bbc
You can buy quite a lot of food for 6 quid depending on where you shop.
72
08/12/2020 12:47:03 1 3
bbc
Really ???? with 6 quid????? yeah if you meant baby potatoes??? I recall one small pack one quid, you could get 6 pack

assuming a brit eat a pack per day in a week and leave last day's meal from food bank???
48
08/12/2020 12:36:39 5 1
bbc
You do know that by doing that you are "propping up the rich" dont you.
63
08/12/2020 12:44:04 1 4
bbc
£9 a packet in Europe Freddie , £27 in UK .
200
08/12/2020 13:47:20 0 1
bbc
But we pay less income tax here, although more tax on booze, fags and petrol than most others.
64
08/12/2020 12:44:32 42 3
bbc
No real surprise is it. I mean we bought extra food because we had less access to the hospitality venues due to closures. This story is like trying to promote the Pope being a Catholic as astonishing news.
255
08/12/2020 14:28:01 8 3
bbc
Is he (shock horror)
I had no idea
32
08/12/2020 12:28:58 22 26
bbc
I’ve been stocking up not for commercialised Christmas but for the impending Brexit chaos. England is stuffed, thanks to its own people. Best of luck to Scotland and Wales.
65
08/12/2020 12:44:54 5 1
bbc
What? Wales is part of the UK and had more leave votes than the other home nations.
13
08/12/2020 12:07:10 113 40
bbc
I think a fair few people might be buying extra now in the anticipation that the shelves might look like the GDR come January....
66
Ben
08/12/2020 12:45:20 14 2
bbc
People buying extra because they might be empty is what causes them to be empty.
67
08/12/2020 12:45:21 44 4
bbc
Don’t worry there is no naughty list. If I hear that advert once more! Grrr
161
08/12/2020 13:28:14 18 3
bbc
It's "Riz"

"There riz no naughty list"

He says it twice in case you couldn't believe how bad his enunciation was the first time.
172
08/12/2020 13:33:49 2 2
bbc
mute the ads mate, you'll be glad you did.
337
08/12/2020 15:55:52 1 0
bbc
At least it isn't as bad as those dreadful meerkats or the Go Compare man.
Almost as bad as the cretin on the Asda ad. Removed
511
08/12/2020 21:00:10 0 0
bbc
With you there, I do wonder what they do with shoplifters though?
522
08/12/2020 21:55:54 0 0
bbc
Why my post about how awful the Asda advert character was got removed! Do you think the moderator is a fan?
40
08/12/2020 12:16:00 6 20
bbc
The UK is booming. Most people in the UK work for SMEs. Most SMEs are rushed off their feet at the moment, and brimming with confidence. Only dinosaur companies are not able to adapt to Brexit. Time for No Deal with the EU, then we can build trade arrangements with them over time that both us and them.
68
08/12/2020 12:45:25 0 3
bbc
You missed the word "stuff" out of your last sentence
38
08/12/2020 12:32:04 281 14
bbc
Not really surprising is it. We're all bored out of our minds and everything else is shut. Food shopping is now the most exciting trip out I get all week.
69
08/12/2020 12:45:38 75 131
bbc
When going out for food shopping is your break from boredom, sounds like you need to take up a hobby or two!
73
08/12/2020 12:47:41 47 30
bbc
But if your hobbies are now all banned/restricted by this over-reaching Government...
78
Ben
08/12/2020 12:51:14 26 6
bbc
I soon got bored of hobbies. There's a difference between doing part of your hobby every now and then and then all time because there's nothing else to do.
141
08/12/2020 13:17:54 6 2
bbc
maybe train spotting .
208
08/12/2020 13:58:30 45 10
bbc
What's your hobby Mal, being a patronising and judgemental oik?
305
08/12/2020 15:13:37 4 3
bbc
I have lots of hobbies and far too much time to do them. You do need some variety, you know and I like browsing for goods, not buying on line. In ten months I've been in a shopping centre exactly twice. And I used to do that every month! Out of town supermarket once a week is a highlight for me too.
434
08/12/2020 17:57:27 6 5
bbc
What if your hobby is being a keen amateur chef? We all need to find exciting new ways of serving turnips to serve our post-Brexit diet.
445
08/12/2020 18:11:03 3 4
bbc
You’ve rather missed the point: whatever you mean by a ‘hobby’, theatre or concert going, dance studios, artistic and intellectual events, all cancelled.
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adi
08/12/2020 18:27:16 2 4
bbc
You mean like going to theatre, having a pint with friends , traveling abroad, doing indoor and out door sports? Maybe you have not heard, but all these have been banned for the foreseeable future
34
08/12/2020 12:29:44 88 11
bbc
Pains me to think of how much will be wasted.
70
KH
08/12/2020 12:45:57 123 8
bbc
And how much will be waisted.
93
Zig
08/12/2020 12:54:45 9 1
bbc
Subtle :)
152
08/12/2020 13:23:44 5 1
bbc
Very good KH!
333
08/12/2020 15:51:01 2 1
bbc
Well played.
46
08/12/2020 12:36:08 4 3
bbc
Some £10.9bn was spent as eating and drinking out

= It works out about £ 45 per brit per week or around 6 £ per brit per day

This IS miserable

How could some survive on 6 £ per day for food and drink, poverty !!!!
71
08/12/2020 12:46:56 3 2
bbc
I lived on £2 per day for two years when I had my own business. Not fun, but doable. I wont be going into business again!
83
08/12/2020 12:52:07 0 1
bbc
Steve, you must be joking

If you meant 2 £ per day in 1800s, you were a rich man
62
08/12/2020 12:41:18 7 4
bbc
You can buy quite a lot of food for 6 quid depending on where you shop.
72
08/12/2020 12:47:03 1 3
bbc
Really ???? with 6 quid????? yeah if you meant baby potatoes??? I recall one small pack one quid, you could get 6 pack

assuming a brit eat a pack per day in a week and leave last day's meal from food bank???
69
08/12/2020 12:45:38 75 131
bbc
When going out for food shopping is your break from boredom, sounds like you need to take up a hobby or two!
73
08/12/2020 12:47:41 47 30
bbc
But if your hobbies are now all banned/restricted by this over-reaching Government...
489
08/12/2020 19:41:49 0 0
bbc
"Overreaching"?

Oh don't be silly.

Apart from the first few weeks in late March & April, the restrictions have mostly affected going down the 'spoons & getting bladdered.
If you want overreaching, I suggest you try China, where they blocked all exits from housing blocks & the food you got was what you were given.
74
08/12/2020 12:48:49 6 14
bbc
The smart people are stockpiling for Brexit already.
84
Ben
08/12/2020 12:52:47 8 5
bbc
No the selfish people are stockpiling. If you stockpile, you are contributing to the shelves looking empty. If people see empty shelves, they get scared and buy more. Which only make more shelves look empty and then someone else gets scared and....
86
Zig
08/12/2020 12:52:57 1 3
bbc
Rightwing tosh
46
08/12/2020 12:36:08 4 3
bbc
Some £10.9bn was spent as eating and drinking out

= It works out about £ 45 per brit per week or around 6 £ per brit per day

This IS miserable

How could some survive on 6 £ per day for food and drink, poverty !!!!
75
08/12/2020 12:50:08 1 1
bbc
Is this undetected sarcasm?
It doesn’t seem a lot considering food inflation but with meal planning and batch cooking (no junk food or alcohol) it’s doable.
40
08/12/2020 12:16:00 6 20
bbc
The UK is booming. Most people in the UK work for SMEs. Most SMEs are rushed off their feet at the moment, and brimming with confidence. Only dinosaur companies are not able to adapt to Brexit. Time for No Deal with the EU, then we can build trade arrangements with them over time that both us and them.
76
08/12/2020 12:50:55 1 3
bbc
Yep, my business has never been in better health. Flexible, ready and able. Already trebled orders to the USA. The only variable out of our hands are heat and light currently.
212
08/12/2020 13:50:50 0 1
bbc
I usually have a quiet December and use if for maintenance and preparation, but the phone calls and emails and online orders just keep rolling in!!
77
08/12/2020 12:50:59 3 2
bbc
To be fair, the supermarkets were always going to "do well" in the pandemic. They're the only ones with the nationwide infrastructure to (a) gather a vast range of disparate products together in one local building and (b) have the wherewithall to arrange home delivery and/or the space to personally shop while being socially distanced.

How hard would it have been if we'd just had corner shops?
159
08/12/2020 13:27:15 0 2
bbc
"How hard would it have been if we'd just had corner shops?"

Not particularly.
69
08/12/2020 12:45:38 75 131
bbc
When going out for food shopping is your break from boredom, sounds like you need to take up a hobby or two!
78
Ben
08/12/2020 12:51:14 26 6
bbc
I soon got bored of hobbies. There's a difference between doing part of your hobby every now and then and then all time because there's nothing else to do.
79
Zig
08/12/2020 12:51:34 24 7
bbc
Can never have too many Brussels Sprouts!
283
08/12/2020 14:45:34 13 3
bbc
Tell that to my underpants
459
08/12/2020 18:28:31 0 0
bbc
Last year we will have to have some other kind of sprouts after the B word
532
09/12/2020 12:25:18 0 0
bbc
Oh, I think we can...
13
08/12/2020 12:07:10 113 40
bbc
I think a fair few people might be buying extra now in the anticipation that the shelves might look like the GDR come January....
80
08/12/2020 12:30:37 16 26
bbc
You doom mongers are going to be very disappointed when the UK economy booms next year, while the EU slides into acrimonious disputes with itself. Most people in the UK work for SMEs, and most SMEs are doing very well at the moment.
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Ben
08/12/2020 13:03:56 16 8
bbc
Utter nonsense. The UK economy has been closed for months. Debt collectors will be booming next year, I grant you that.
132
08/12/2020 13:16:09 8 5
bbc
A real-life Quitling! You'll be popular in the queues for the soup kitchens next year, that's for sure...
242
08/12/2020 14:17:35 2 2
bbc
Based on what? Becuase hopes and dreams aren't appropriate justification
470
08/12/2020 18:40:49 2 1
bbc
Most people don't and as for the assertion that most SMEs are doing well can be confirmed as wishful thinking by spending a few seconds on Google.
531
09/12/2020 12:23:32 0 0
bbc
Well, my SME is closed due to Covid restrictions. So not doing very well at all. I suppose there might be a dead cat bounce as business reopen next year, prior to relocating to the EU. Anyway, Brexit supplies in the bomb shelter are now topped up.
25
Bob
08/12/2020 12:25:48 13 17
bbc
How many corrupt business donations have been made to political parties, particularly Bojos mob. Corruption, sleaze and politics are endemic in this country
81
08/12/2020 12:31:40 7 4
bbc
If you have any evidence of criminal wrong doing I suggest that you contact the police. Unless of course you just make things up.
43
08/12/2020 12:34:01 13 20
bbc
People buying extra to celebrate leaving on 31st December. Best New Year ever... lol
82
08/12/2020 12:51:59 3 1
bbc
Technically we already left.
Remember we had the party in January?

The one where Julia Hartley Brewer was in a dress?
71
08/12/2020 12:46:56 3 2
bbc
I lived on £2 per day for two years when I had my own business. Not fun, but doable. I wont be going into business again!
83
08/12/2020 12:52:07 0 1
bbc
Steve, you must be joking

If you meant 2 £ per day in 1800s, you were a rich man
74
08/12/2020 12:48:49 6 14
bbc
The smart people are stockpiling for Brexit already.
84
Ben
08/12/2020 12:52:47 8 5
bbc
No the selfish people are stockpiling. If you stockpile, you are contributing to the shelves looking empty. If people see empty shelves, they get scared and buy more. Which only make more shelves look empty and then someone else gets scared and....
97
08/12/2020 12:55:42 2 1
bbc
Absolute spot on. Clearly “zig” hasn’t a clue what happens in a supermarket. I should know, I’ve worked at one for 25 years!
85
08/12/2020 12:52:51 3 3
bbc
I couldn't help it. The endless piped Christmas music made me do it..
119
08/12/2020 13:11:00 0 2
bbc
They seemed to be playing lonely this Christmas on a loop at my local supermarket the other day
74
08/12/2020 12:48:49 6 14
bbc
The smart people are stockpiling for Brexit already.
86
Zig
08/12/2020 12:52:57 1 3
bbc
Rightwing tosh
56
08/12/2020 12:39:26 5 4
bbc
And now Asda are owned by a family who own 5000 petrol stations.
Don't see much change coming there except Asda going down the cheap avenue.
87
08/12/2020 12:53:06 1 2
bbc
Going down the cheap avenue? Have you been in one recently. They really are the pits.
122
08/12/2020 13:12:52 2 1
bbc
Even their advert is appalling. Can't even watch it.
88
08/12/2020 12:53:15 1 5
bbc
The best Christmas ever. Another well worn cliche. That's said every year. Then the best credit card bill ever to start 2021. As usual, Christmas is about record spending. Then will come record debt.
32
08/12/2020 12:28:58 22 26
bbc
I’ve been stocking up not for commercialised Christmas but for the impending Brexit chaos. England is stuffed, thanks to its own people. Best of luck to Scotland and Wales.
89
08/12/2020 12:33:32 2 4
bbc
You are going to be very disappointed eating all those baked beans next year, while the rest of us dine well on the success of Brexit. :-)
90
08/12/2020 12:53:40 106 10
bbc
Gone to less than a weeks wage, a month, due to being laid off in August. Sat at home wearing two jumpers, to keep warm, and haven't got much in, to eat, for tonight. But it's Dole day tomorrow, so life ain't that bad. Just got to hang in there, and I consider myself lucky...
100
08/12/2020 12:56:55 83 12
bbc
Best of luck. With your attitude you deserve it.
143
08/12/2020 13:19:02 11 2
bbc
Just two jumpers? Those are rookie layers! You need to up those numbers! I'm in a thermal vest, thermal long sleeve, long sleeve, jumper, second jumper and hooded cardigan. Layers like this haven't been worn since my grandparents day.
Fingers crossed. Hopefully soon Boris will pull his thumb out of Hancock's arse and they'll realise what damage they're doing to the economy. Removed
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BZ
08/12/2020 13:45:30 12 4
bbc
Good luck to you. Hopefully there should be help available in your community and certainly your work coach at jobcentre can access lots of stuff. Try volunteering it gets you out, good for mental health and often there's tea and biscuits too
237
08/12/2020 14:15:20 15 1
bbc
[Yorkshire accent:]

Two jumpers? You were lucky...
243
08/12/2020 14:17:29 1 11
bbc
My heart bleeds for you Comrade.
278
08/12/2020 14:42:37 3 39
bbc
So on the dole, yet you can obviously afford either a broadband connection or a smartphone with paid data access.
353
08/12/2020 16:12:14 6 6
bbc
Unfortunately it doesn't end with Covid: the B word is coming to bite us, forever!
433
08/12/2020 17:57:21 3 1
bbc
Keep going. No one can promise it'll get better but you cant stop.
446
08/12/2020 18:11:07 2 2
bbc
Wishing you well. Take care <3
455
08/12/2020 18:27:09 3 1
bbc
Good on you. I can afford heating but rarely light it. Far too many waste money heating whole houses to silly temperatures. Been no possible need of any heating until the last few days. Nov was warm! Food is cheap, stick to value ranges, I do.
504
08/12/2020 20:32:58 1 1
bbc
sorry to hear you are short of food, suggest you find out where to get a voucher for local foodbank.
61
08/12/2020 12:40:51 21 6
bbc
Soon be Easter!
91
Zig
08/12/2020 12:53:52 7 16
bbc
No it won't. It's months away. Honestly what are you like!
14
Ben
08/12/2020 12:12:13 105 21
bbc
This is NOT a good thing. It's just a symptom of closing everything else for months. We're kidding ourselves if we think the little boutique shops, pubs, hair salons, etc are going to all open up again soon, most wont, too much damage has been done over a long period. This means huge unemployment. Next year, when supermarket profits aren't as high as this year they'll announce mass-redundancies...
92
08/12/2020 12:54:03 54 26
bbc
Not to mention another Covid spike in late January.
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Ben
08/12/2020 13:01:32 4 2
bbc
That wont help. It will just see off many small business' that are desperately clinging on.
164
08/12/2020 13:29:38 14 3
bbc
Another lockdown wont be feasible in January. Firstly the economy would collapse and secondly people have had enough and wont comply.
171
08/12/2020 13:33:35 1 1
bbc
Really, it's irrelevant if there is or isn't. With many going to have another 2 week period of downtime for Christmas, the economy already on its arse, another spike will just be tomorrow's chip paper.
374
08/12/2020 16:36:50 0 3
bbc
Yep, many Granny's will die in January, all for the sake of a family get together.
70
KH
08/12/2020 12:45:57 123 8
bbc
And how much will be waisted.
93
Zig
08/12/2020 12:54:45 9 1
bbc
Subtle :)
49
08/12/2020 12:37:20 79 10
bbc
I'm buying all food for Christmas from local shops. Supermarkets have had enough of a bonanza this year. Support local this year please
94
08/12/2020 12:54:59 6 4
bbc
It's a nice thought but what would happen if several hundred people descend on a local farm shop - every local farm shop - in one day?

Buy local for the niche stuff when you can and the supermarket for everything else. They're not mutually exclusive.
184
08/12/2020 13:41:45 4 1
bbc
I didn't say anything about farm shops. Local market, local butcher, local grocer. It's quite simple really
192
08/12/2020 13:39:54 2 3
bbc
Then the farm shop could expand, or perhaps another one would open nearby. Stick it to the supermarkets I say!
43
08/12/2020 12:34:01 13 20
bbc
People buying extra to celebrate leaving on 31st December. Best New Year ever... lol
95
08/12/2020 12:38:00 4 1
bbc
Yep. I have my English sparkling wine (far better value than Champagne, usually beats it in blind tastings and a much superior beast to cheap n nasty Cava or Prosecco) in the fridge to celebrate. :-)
96
08/12/2020 12:43:57 0 6
bbc
What a load of rubbish, we have actually spent less than we ever had this Xmas, as we'll not be mixing with family.
104
08/12/2020 12:59:03 3 2
bbc
Well that changes everything! I'm surprised the BBC didn't ask you before they wrote the article...
156
08/12/2020 13:25:47 1 1
bbc
Yeah, the fact that one family has spent less means no-one has spent more.

"Neil Armstrong walked on the moon"

That can't be true, I've never walked on the moon!

Well done for that.
84
Ben
08/12/2020 12:52:47 8 5
bbc
No the selfish people are stockpiling. If you stockpile, you are contributing to the shelves looking empty. If people see empty shelves, they get scared and buy more. Which only make more shelves look empty and then someone else gets scared and....
97
08/12/2020 12:55:42 2 1
bbc
Absolute spot on. Clearly “zig” hasn’t a clue what happens in a supermarket. I should know, I’ve worked at one for 25 years!
98
08/12/2020 12:56:22 3 3
bbc
Christmas, the vaccine...............................nope......................nothing, but nothing will ever make the regular HYS whiners happy.........
99
08/12/2020 12:56:30 39 5
bbc
So, we have food retailers doing record trade. We also have food banks and charitable meal suppliers doing record trade.

Go figure.....
155
08/12/2020 13:25:42 53 5
bbc
Thankfully some of the British owned supermarkets stepped in to make substantial bulk food donations to the food charities as public donations have fallen quite considerably. On behalf of one of the biggest charities thank you Tesco and Morrisons for donating hundreds and hundreds of tonnes of food to keep the food banks well stocked
193
08/12/2020 13:41:32 9 6
bbc
Germany has more food banks than the UK, has for a long time. I thought remainers told us that Germany was the land of gold pavements and everyone thriving.
90
08/12/2020 12:53:40 106 10
bbc
Gone to less than a weeks wage, a month, due to being laid off in August. Sat at home wearing two jumpers, to keep warm, and haven't got much in, to eat, for tonight. But it's Dole day tomorrow, so life ain't that bad. Just got to hang in there, and I consider myself lucky...
100
08/12/2020 12:56:55 83 12
bbc
Best of luck. With your attitude you deserve it.
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BJC
08/12/2020 14:40:21 4 0
bbc
WELL DONE