Dear Black Friday, When did you start to become something that we ‘celebrate’ here in the UK? We do not celebrate Thanksgiving, so how can we have a Black Friday (which is the day after Thanksgiving when many stores open early and have huge sales)? I am beginning to get a bit annoyed by it all. My email inbox is being flooded with Black Friday offers from everyone I have ever bought anything from online, in fact several more have popped in while I have been writing this post. Can’t we just stick to the traditions that we already have without bringing in another one?
Dear cyclists, Here I go again, but I am about to have another rant regarding cyclists. Please, please, please can you make sure you wear something bright when you are cycling, especially now that the mornings and evenings are dark. What chance does a motorist have of seeing a cyclist if you are wearing dark clothes, a dark hat and have no lights on your bike? I am always worried that I am not going to see one of you until it is too late. It isn’t so bad during the day times, but when it’s dark the street lights are on (if there are any) and the cars have their headlights on which causes a little bit of dazzle sometimes, then the chances of seeing you are greatly reduced. And while I am on the subject of cyclists, please can you ride on the road where you should be and not on the pavement/footpath where the pedestrians are supposed to be? I walked out of my house on Wednesday to go to work and was nearly knocked over by a cyclist being pulled along at quite a speed by his dog, which was on a lead. A day or two ago I had to step aside on the pavement while a cyclist rode her bike towards me – she wasn’t planning to move out of my way. Often there are teenagers cycling to school – on the pavement – what are they doing there? If it is small children who are on their bikes, I don’t mind so much, but not adults. Get onto the road where you belong!!
Dear old people in supermarkets, Yes, it’s you again – you really do need to learn some good aisle etiquette so that you can take your time with your shopping and I can quickly pick up the things I need. It’s usually groups of you standing chatting, or individuals pushing their supermarket trolley in front of them whilst pulling their wheeled shopping bag behind them who get in my way, but yesterday there was a new hazard – the wheeled walker-with-a-seat. These things are quite wide, and the lady in question was pottering along browsing the shelves, with no awareness of the fact that she was blocking the aisle. Then there are the ditherers who can’t decide what they want to look at – they step forward, then back, then forward again, then to the side, then they change their minds and move much further down the aisle and start it all again. Perhaps we need to develop some kind of supermarket shopping awareness test for the over 80s.
Dear readers, I’m afraid I’ve been rather grumpy so far with these letters, but I do feel a lot better now that I have got those things off my chest!