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TIFOoPiaS Part 1, Items 1-9

Welcome to Things I Found Out of Place in a Supermarket!

So, after some searching, I found my first photo that I thought lost! This was taken in Lidl, Yoker (that’s in Glasgow), the picture is of an empty Pepsi Max can sitting on top of a stack of paper towels. I think this is actually a case of ‘rubbish left on an unrelated shelf’. This is mainly because the item arrangement in a Lidl is so haphazard, it’s difficult to determine whether an item has been left on the wrong shelf or if it’s just a victim of their poor shelf layout.

Now we move to Sainsbury; they’ve opened a new mini-Sainsbury in Glasgow city centre, and it provided a couple of photo opportunities. We’ve got sushi on top of Bernard Matthew’s turkey breast:

Next, a bottle of salad cream next to, surprisingly, some salad. It’s not often that the misplaced items have anything to do with their unsuspecting new neighbours.

And now to a Tesco Metro in Glasgow city centre. Plenty to be found here. For example, these toy cars from the film Cars seem to be getting everywhere, even onto the biscuit shelf! I’m pretty sure there should be Digestives there.

Here’s his pal, and he’s kidnapped a helpless lettuce and gone to hide out in the bread section!

Somebody’s put some WeightWatchers bread down next to packs and packs of chocolate. They’re either really quite mean, or they’ve just fallen off the wagon.

I give a pass to the reduced shelf, as it usually has a whole mess of different products sharing space, but this reduced pack of ham is sitting among clearly-not-reduced dog food tins.

I also found a pack of shortbread fingers next to the Dairylea Dunkers. I can see the logic here. Finger-shaped food, I get it. Dunking shortbread is just asking for a crumb-filled cup of tea, though.

And finally (for today, still got 91 to go!), a bag of Rowntrees ‘Very Berry Jellies’ sweets, sitting happily in the bananas. Yes, they taste like fruit. No, they are not one of your five-a-day.

And there you have it, my first nine items Found Out of Place in a Supermarket! Many more to come 🙂

To Write, or Not to Write?

Sometimes it’s so hard to write. Just to put pen to paper – and that’s even more difficult than putting fingertips to keyboard, you can’t easily delete mistakes or sentences you don’t like – can be a real struggle for me. I used to be quite prolific; fanfics, daily LiveJournal posts… Now my followers are lucky if they get more than one Tweet a day.

I don’t quite know what happened to my muse. Did it abandon me? Did I do something to offend, maybe write the wrong pairing one time? But then I prided myself on writing ‘rare’ pairings (such as they are in my fandom, where anyone from anywhere and anywhen in time and space can hook up with only minimal hand-waving), so if it objected to my weird fandom match-making then it’s only got itself to blame.

So, it’s not here much anymore. Fleeting visits, and usually not long enough for me to get out anything of any substance. I’ve even let my blog languish since Guy Fawkes Night; how terrible is that? I’m very sorry for leaving it so long.

So, to take an attempt at rectifying this dreadfully wordless situation, I intend to take part in a challenge called 100 Things. There are many things I could find one hundred of to post about, and I perused this list of suggestions for a long time, but I finally decided on ‘Things I Found Out of Place at a Supermarket’.

Unfortunately, my first photo was taken while the memory card for my camera was still in my computer at home, silly me, and I can’t find it on the camera to upload it… I don’t know if the picture even successfully took, or if it vanished into the creepy Kodak ether. So this is more of a ‘Watch This Space!’ post. There will be pictures here, of stuff that’s been misplaced on the supermarket shelves (my definition of supermarket may be quite loose, depending on availability of photo opportunities; it may stretch to Superdrug or Poundland), and to fulfill the not-quite-promise of attempting more writing, I may comment briefly on them. I hope you enjoy the dose of randomness that comes with viewing a photo of a banana on top of a pack of toilet paper. I can’t promise to find that exact photo op, but I’ll try.

Best. Bus Ride. Ever.

Most people ignore loud headphones. That annoying tinny sound, caused by music played loud enough to damage the ears, is the expected soundtrack to any bus journey in Glasgow. What’s not so expected is for an elderly drunk man to retaliate by getting out a clarinet and playing jazz.

Check out these videos.

– King of the Road 🙂

– He busts out the Star Spangled Banner for my girlfriend Sabrina, on a visit from America 😀

– Tell Me Ma. I love this song.

– And in this one, a lovely medley of Show Me the Way to Go Home, In The Mood, another tune I recognise but don’t know the name of (anyone know?), and What a Wonderful World. Made for a lovely end to a great day out.

Sabrina really wanted to sing along to some of the tunes, but was on threat of deportation if she did any singing while in the UK. More on that in my next post 🙂

If You Go Down to the Woods Today…

One of the things I like about the area in which I live is that there are a lot of parks. One of the most interesting, in my opinion, is Linn Park. As the least manufactured of the local parks, it’s by far my favourite. I went for a ramble through the woods the other day, while the sun was out (which is becoming rarer now that autumn is fast approaching), and the experience was far more rewarding than walking along the neat, tarmacked paths of some of the other local parks. In those, a few large grassy areas is all there is to see. I prefer to pick my way along a foot-worn path through the trees to get a good look at the waterfall, and never mind if I get my shoes a bit dirty.

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Meeting an Old Soldier

It’s Sunday, and I’m wandering around the Braehead shopping centre like I’ve never been there before. Eventually I have to ask a security guard where the ‘arena’ is, because I’ve never been here while there’s been an event going on. I’ve been dimly aware that a local hockey team plays here, but never really given thought before today to exactly where they play.

Massive signs point the way once I follow the guard’s directions, and I make my way, three hours after opening time, into Collectormania 2011. (more…)