Perhaps you’ve heard of people that are called mood Hoovers? Dealing with them just saps your energy. Ages ago someone said to me, “Just don’t deal with them.” There was a BBC Radio 4 programme on yesterday where a guest …

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Next announce better than expected results. Based on my experience, I wonder how, but they do make me smile. I was given a jumper, from Next, as a Christmas present. Yesterday I went into Next in Reading to change it …

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We seem all too happy to follow US fads; Halloween and “have a nice day” continue to grate on me. One of our latest adoptions is Black Friday. I set out to look at the impact on retail profits and …

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The umpteenth person this year just said, “Enjoy,” as they delivered my order to me. Is that a request or an instruction? Whatever it was, was she thinking about what she was saying? I doubt it. I suspect it was …

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What an interesting concept, the manager’s special being 3 to 9 times the price of the rest of the stock in store. When is a pound shop not a pound shop? When it sells items for £8.99, according to the …

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I’ve recently become a bit of a fan of TM Lewin. This all started when I went to their store at Cheshire Oaks. The store manager successfully got me to try a shirt on for fit. Previously I had, rather …

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Yup, Specsavers ‘offers to make you smile’ worked for me…I smiled and laughed. The leaflet I was given on Saturday by Specsavers in Chester was for an offer that expired on 29 March 2014, about six weeks ago. Perhaps they …

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