Whilst I was away I finally managed to finish reading Our Farm by Rosie Boycott.
I use to read all of the time, I remember once finishing a book in one sitting one night just so as I would be able to take it back to the library van the next day and get my whole twelve books that I was allowed out on my card ready for the next fortnight’s reading but I don’t seem to get some much time for it now, or I lose interest and never finish whichever book it is.
I bought this book for mother a few Christmas’s ago and have been reading it ever since she finished reading it, so far it as taken me over a year but it was very worth it. As well as telling some of the story of her smallholding it is also a wealth of knowledge about many other related subjects. It charges the coming of a Tesco’s store to the market town her smallholding is near, the worries that the shop keepers have and the fight to stop a new one-way system in the town that will divert all the traffic away from the town towards the new Tesco’s store before anyone could reach the high street. Especially interesting as there is a Tescos planned for my local market town.
It also is a very good starting point for many other interesting subjects that I might not have thought to look into other wise.
When I lived in England I noticed that as soon as a new supermarket was built, the road system and traffic lights were in favour of the supermarket. They are alot more powerful that many people think.
I read this a couple of years ago and never really got over the loss of the turkey that fell in their pond!!! Hmmmm. Me thinks they didn’t try hard enough to help it recover…. oh dear!
My hometown fell victim to Tesco almost 20 years ago or so I think… and it’s never really been able to flourish. The independent stores, unless they’re really specialist, almost always close down because Tesco monopolises (Tescopolises) every corner of the market. I rarely go there any more, almost always go to Waitrose or the market instead. The whole Tesco-building-before-they’ve-even-got-planning-permission-thing scares me. You should read ‘Tescopoly’ for more info. Very interesting read.
Rosie – It is so fightening to think were the power is held in the UK, it doesn;t seem to be where it should be. Iss it very different in France?
Lucy – I have Tescopoly on my shelf waiting to be read but have only really just started reading books again, Our Farm took me over a year to read that. Hopefully now my B12 problem is being sorted out – although I’m still not sure the doctor is not just putting it down to me not eating meat – I will be able to stay up pass nine pm and still be able to get up in the morning the next day so will have more time for reading
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