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, 47 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.

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