Village life

We have a couple of friends staying just now for the festival: James I’ve already mentioned, plus joinee Hazel (#1) and her friend Jo, from Devon.

This evening, when they returned from various shows in town, we were joking about how Jo must find this big city a real culture shock from her Devonshire village. I asked Jo if she found it unusual that she didn’t have to buy all her clothes and groceries from only one shop; the implication that most village shops are multi-purpose. You can buy your underwear, and your washing-up liquid from the same place. Or crockery and biscuits. Or board games and yoghurt.

But as I began to think about it, I began to realise that that’s Tesco! Tesco is like a giant village shop from 20 years ago. But with more trolleys. And now Tesco is the size of a small village! Very odd.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 49 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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