Va­ri­ety show is not the spice of life for ev­ery­one

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

IWAS pleased to see the re­turn of Sun­day Night at the London Pal­la­dium (SNATLP) on ITV last week, although Mr F made a quick exit to another room with the Sun­day pa­pers and the re­mains of a bot­tle of wine.

I know why. For those of us who were chil­dren when the va­ri­ety show was at its height, the show her­alded the end of the week­end and the thought of school the next day.

Re­mem­ber that ap­proach­ing feel­ing of dread on a Sun­day night?

This time I felt the op­po­site. The world news has been so aw­ful it was great to wal­low in a bit of soft old fash­ioned en­ter­tain­ment, par­tic­u­larly a show that didn’t in­clude bak­ing, prop­erty or em­bar­rass­ing bod­ies.

Best of all, I didn’t have to get my home­work done for the morn­ing.

When my par­ents be­came the proud own­ers of a TV set in the 1950s, SNATLP was the very first pro­gramme they saw.

They flicked the switch and gazed with quiet rev­er­ence as the black and white pic­ture came into view.

That was after much fid­dling with aeri­als and twid­dling con­trols la­belled hor­i­zon­tal or ver­ti­cal hold.

An Amer­i­can strum­ming a gui­tar and play­ing Singing The Blues (which was a hit over here for Tommy Steele) was the star.

Guy Mitchell was a favourite of my mother’s and she was thrilled – front row seats at a London the­atre in our liv­ing room!

Even Mr F knows that it is not al­ways pos­si­ble to es­cape things by go­ing into the next room but Sains­bury’s in Uxbridge re­ally does need to stop bury­ing its head in the sand.

It is ap­par­ently haem­or­rhag­ing cus­tomers after chang­ing its car park­ing sys­tem (Bm@il, Septem­ber 17).

Reader Jane Brown is one. She emailed: “I have stopped us­ing Sains­bury’s in Uxbridge since the new park­ing regime and I now shop in Sains­bury’s Slough.

“It’s free to park, there are loads of empty spa­ces and no coins are needed for the trol­leys.

“It is big­ger and bet­ter stocked too.

“I am for­tu­nate to live two and a quar­ter miles from Uxbridge and three and a half from Slough.

“It takes ex­actly the same time to do my shop­ping door to door.

“For those in Hilling­don bor­ough, give Tesco in Yiewsley a go – it is the same set up as Sains­bury’s Slough.”

Email me – bmail­bar­bara@ gmail.com – and catch up at www.getwest­lon­don.co.uk/au­thors/ bar­bara-fisher/

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