Variety show is not the spice of life for everyone
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.”
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