BOXING DAY SALES: Thousands of UK shoppers queue up from midnight

Newcastle – VIJAY SHAH via ED RILEY and Mail Online/Daily Mail Today sees the launch of special Boxing Day sales promotions on high streets and shopping centres across the United Kingdom, with thousands of keen bargain hunters said to be queuing up outside shops from midnight in some places, reports the newspaper Daily Mail. Ahead of an expected bumper day of GBP 4.75 billion flowing through the tills of Britain’s retailers, reports came in from Newcastle and Birmingham of massive queues in the dead of night, when most people would be sleeping off their Christmas roast dinners. In the northern … Continue reading BOXING DAY SALES: Thousands of UK shoppers queue up from midnight

NUTS ABOUT NUTELLA?: French shoppers riot over heavily discounted chocolate spread

Paris – VIJAY SHAH via CHRIS BAYNES and The Independent Everyone loves a bargain. But on the negative side, a shopper’s paradise can very rapidly turn into a shopper’s nightmare when people turn ugly over bagging cut-price goods. Just ask any retail worker on a Black Friday in Britain. That free-for-all mentality became very obvious this past week in France, when local supermarket chain Intermarché heavily reduced the price of Nutella hazelnut and chocolate spread, only for riots to ensure and people reported injured in mad scrambles and store fisticuffs. Intermarché unveiled a special promo on the popular spread, manufactured … Continue reading NUTS ABOUT NUTELLA?: French shoppers riot over heavily discounted chocolate spread

HIGH STREET TV – New senior team appointed at media company

York – VIJAY SHAH via Entirely Yorkshire A Yorkshire-based retail channel company, High Street TV, has announced the creation of a new team of senior executives which it is hoped will help boost the profile and success of the company, reports the website Entirely Yorkshire. High Street TV operates five television channels dedicated to shopping in the UK, and is described as the country’s most successful and longest running multi-channel DRTV Home Shopping Channel, diffusing around 3,000 hours of viewing time across its platforms, along with advertising on another fifty channels including major outlets like Channel 4 and Five. The media … Continue reading HIGH STREET TV – New senior team appointed at media company

BLACK FRIDAY: Don’t let it become ‘black eye’ day

London, UNITED KINGDOM VIJAY SHAH via SWNS digitalhub The American commercial tradition of Black Friday has made its presence felt on our shores and high streets these past couple of year. One of the most important days for sales and footfall in the retail calendar, Black Friday is when shops slash the prices of items like white goods, clothes and electricals by as much as 50-70%. While Black Friday is a blessing for bargain hunters, it has also become notorious for scenes of absolute mayhem, with videos surfacing of shoppers tussling with and climbing over each other to hook that last … Continue reading BLACK FRIDAY: Don’t let it become ‘black eye’ day

GIFT FOR A BOY?: Young child gets supermarket to remove sexist sign

Maggie Cole, a seven-year-old resident of Poole, Dorset, southern England has struck a blow for gender equality in the war against gendered stereotypes after managing to get her local supermarket to bin what she considered to be a sexist sign advertising a clock in their toy department, the Metro newspaper reports. She stumbled across the sign while shopping with her mother Karen at the Tesco supermarket near their home in the seaside town. The cardboard sign, which was affixed to a shelf in the children’s’ toy aisle, had been erected by the retailer to advertise a Marvel Comics alarm clock. Underneath a picture of the product were the words “Fun gifts for boys” … Continue reading GIFT FOR A BOY?: Young child gets supermarket to remove sexist sign

TESCO CUSTARD CREAM SPREAD: A new take on a nation’s favourite biscuit

The humble custard cream biscuit is a much-loved institution for teatime in the U.K. Consisting simply of a vanilla custard flavoured filling sandwiched between two elaborately-decorated oblong biscuits, the custard cream has long been loved for its wholesome flavour and its duplicity in eating methods. Many just simply take a bite out of the biscuits while a significant minority will separate the biscuits in half and lick off the filling. The custard cream biscuit also lends itself superbly to that other British teatime institution – being dunked in a cup of tea or milk. Supermarket retailer Tesco has decided to make its own take on these homely custard delights by launching its … Continue reading TESCO CUSTARD CREAM SPREAD: A new take on a nation’s favourite biscuit

BIRTHDAY SPECIAL: Vijay turns 30

Say R.I.P. to your amazing twenties As you enter your boring thirties Say goodbye to your crazy ways Say hello to monotonous days Bid adieu to irresponsibility As you strive towards accountability Don’t worry, I am just fooling around Don’t let this rhyme bring you down You will have the best time at thirty So chill out, relax and take it easy Happy 30th birthday Yesterday, Saturday 4th October 2014, I officially kissed my eventful years of being a twenty-something goodbye and said “Oh hi…er…Hello” to my third decade and thirtieth year of milling around on this green, green planet. … Continue reading BIRTHDAY SPECIAL: Vijay turns 30

HUMOUR MOMENT: A cheesy joke from the Co-Operative

  Q. What do you call cheese that isn’t yours? A. Nacho Cheese! This Saturday’s Humour Moment is dedicated to the cheesy joke. These are the sort of mildly hilarious jokes that make you titter and groan in equal measure. Humour-wise they smell worse than an entire overturned lorry of Stinking Bishop fromage on the North Circular, but are incredibly useful for entertaining the little ones as they grapple with their Cheestrings, Babybels and Dairylea Lunchables. This picture was originally published by the Co-operative group of companies from the U.K. The Co-operative Group is an ethical company that is involved … Continue reading HUMOUR MOMENT: A cheesy joke from the Co-Operative

TESCO BROMLEY-BY-BOW: A fresher, brighter store

By Vijay Shah Once again we at the Half-Eaten Mind decided to investigate what the postman/woman left for the office on the doormat (as per usual). As it so happens I am a loyal Tesco shopper. Although I do like to take my chances with the large Morissons in Stratford Central, my family usually swears by the store where ‘every little helps’..and that is a tradition that I have dutifully kept up. Well as we all know, loyal customers need loyal loyalty card schemes, and I have been a member of Tesco’s Clubcard service for a good many years. Every … Continue reading TESCO BROMLEY-BY-BOW: A fresher, brighter store