Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

HEART pound­ing, stress lev­els ris­ing and sweat across the brow – th­ese are signs of the mad Christ­mas shop­ping rush. It seems with ev­ery year pass­ing, the amount of money and time we spend at shops grows ex­po­nen­tially. Sud­denly Christ­mas bar­gains ap­pear in Oc­to­ber and it would not be sur­pris­ing if in a decade or two depart­ment stores hang their Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions in Jan­uary. It is not just the crowded shops, over­whelm­ing amounts of junk mail or credit card burn that is the worst. Try­ing to find a car park bay is an epic bat­tle. Calm men and women seem­ingly de­scend into mad­ness as they rev, toot and hoon their ve­hi­cle around car parks, look­ing for the holy grail – a park­ing bay. You feel for the peo­ple who, hav­ing sur­vived shop­ping inside, are trudg­ing back to their cars and are stalked by sev­eral driv­ers all vy­ing for their rare park­ing bay. Christ­mas is a won­der­ful time of year.

John Dob­son - CNG Ed­i­tor

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