Monthly Archives: November 2009

Rickmansworth Victorian Evening & Christmas lights switch on 2009

As it’s our first Christmas in Rickmansworth we decided to make the most of the local seasonal events. This involves the customary Christmas lights switch on which is combined with a Victorian Evening. This is a nice community event with stalls from local organisations, businesses and rides for the kids. Here’s a selection of snaps from the evening:

Mulled wine available in exchange for a donation to charity
Mulled wine available in exchange for a donation to charity
Entertainment and crowds
Entertainment and crowds

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Supermarkets

Since we’ve moved to Rickmansworth we’ve predominantly shopped in the two supermarkets nearest to us: Waitrose and M&S Food. There’s certainly no knocking the quality of either, however with our wedding in the planning and much to save between now and then we’ve been looking at options for saving money. Now that we’ve finally got ourselves a car, the number of new shopping options has opened up to us, as had the whole concept of doing a weekly shop.

For our first weekly shop we took a friend’s recommendation and visited the Tesco in Amersham. It’s larger than any supermarket in Rickmansworth and has a rather superior ambience than the Tesco in Ricky. Certainly you can get just about everything there. We stocked up good and proper. 60 items for £101. Average price £1.68. Seems like a good start, food quality was fine and Tesco really promotes itself on cost, so how does it compare?

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Defining a decade

We’ve been watching a programme on BBC3 called ‘The noughties – was that it?” I do enjoy these retrospectives of an era; the ‘I love the 80s’ series was, to my mind,  something of a nostalgia epic. Comparisons are naturally drawn as to which was the most momentous, influential, stylish, and cultural decade that really left its stamp on the years.

At present it seems difficult to put a finger on the noughties, although perhaps it’s not possible to do so while we’re still living through it. It’s almost certainly too soon for any sense of nostalgia to have developed and it’ll likely also take us a while yet to be able to define what has marked the times in which we’ve been living.

Typically for a BBC3 effort the series is rather celeb based (although perhaps also an indicator of the time in itself?) of which I can claim to hold only limited interest. Nevertheless in areas of lifestyle we can probably say we’ve seen the early stages of some technological revolutions during the noughties. At the start of the decade the internet was picking up a head of steam, yet most users still languished on dial-up and it had yet to reach across the whole age demographic.

Nowadays shopping or bidding in auctions on the internet is very much mainstream. We might still go to a bookshop, or we might just as likely go on Amazon. Looking for something hard to find? No end of people will suggest to look on Ebay. The online has not replaced the offline, which I suspect most would agree is a good thing, as both offer pros and cons, but the internet does offer potential and possibilities never before dreamt of.

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