This colum­nist is tired of nav­i­gat­ing around su­per­mar­ket clean­ers

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EIGHT years ago, in Septem­ber 2010, I wrote: “Af­ter 40 years at the coal­face of the build­ing in­dus­try, I am rel­ish­ing the chal­lenge of writ­ing a col­umn that you will find both in­ter­est­ing and in­for­ma­tive.” Now we are cel­e­brat­ing an an­niver­sary I never dreamed would hap­pen. Ev­ery week I still get great en­joy­ment putting fin­ger­tips to key­board to try to an­swer your ques­tions or keep you up to date on what is hap­pen­ing in the DIY and con­struc­tion world.

The other thing, of course, is that I am still at the coal­face, run­ning my old com­pany while I keep try­ing to re­tire. The best ad­vice I can of­fer you all is to keep go­ing for as long as you can. I can­not imag­ine a day when I am not at the of­fice by 6.15am. It is my life and pas­sion, and will prob­a­bly re­main so un­til my last breath.

It is also an es­cape from Mrs Mac and her job jar, but the jar has forced me to try my hand at many things I was al­ways keen to leave to oth­ers. I have learnt an amaz­ing amount, some of which I’ve passed on to you.

I have to share my pet hate. Mrs Mac and I have just been shop­ping. Can any­body ex­plain why su­per­mar­kets have clean­ers wash­ing floors at busy times, and arm clean­ers with “wet floor” signs they wave around to dry the floors. Then, af­ter nav­i­gat­ing around the clean­ers, you run into pack­ers’ trol­leys block­ing the next aisle. What hap­pened to putting the cus­tomer first?

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