The Co-op is the nearest supermarket to our house and so I nudged the spouse to wake up. (Most nights it's the TV watching him). Look! that's a good offer! He gave me a half sleepy ominous look and mumbled "News of the World? No way".
But I couldn't resist what I thought was a fabulous freebie. I must admit the brain was a bit addled from a meal of chicken stew, steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes for dinner. As usual I had to countermand him and suggested that the fiver could get us 2kg of oats, 2 litres of milk and a loaf of Burgen bread thrown in! He nodded off to sleep again.
Came Sunday morning before he left for his walk I reminded him of the OFFER. He came home about half an hour later and voila! there was the News of the World and the Sunday Express.
He bought the latter because BBC Radio 4 , in their roundup of the day's news had mentioned a feature in the Sunday Express about British girls found alive after the horrendous earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan two days ago. On hearing this, we looked at each other and said "Here we go again". Every time some disaster occurs somewhere in the world, the British media without fail will zoom into searching and publicising the Brits caught in the disaster. The other victims - especially the locals - don't seem to exist or get much shrift. It's the "me! me! me!" syndrome. I guess Iain and I are just too cynical and jaundiced and too old. Ten to fifteen years ago the media, especially the BBC, was not this insular and parochial.
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But ........ I hurriedly leafed through NOTW, turning away from the headlines like
to look for my free five pounds. Here it is.
Right now I must look for a deep hole to hide in and escape the spouse's look which said "You've been had!"
Have to go now and prepare a 30 pounds-worth shopping list ...... let me see ..... 4 boxes of detergent, 10 boxes of Thornton's Chocolates, 4 tubs of Elmlea's single cream and loads of soft fruits to go with the cream (yum, yum), 10 packets of Kettles Crisps - or maybe just six dozen tins of baked beans to keep the old man happy..........
See you later says the Bongok, Bodoh, Tolol, Goblok and Siau Chaboh!!!!!!
"Thirty quid! Bloody Hell!" grumbled the spouse.