Day: May 16, 2014

The high street shops have disappeared and it’s all my fault

Mum was eager to finish shopping and start the long walk home up Dartford’s East Hill. My brother was sat on the pavement, struggling with his shoelace. That was the trouble with our butcher’s shop. The sawdust on the red tiled floorneeded to be piled into mounds with your feet, and you only had until the butcher stopped talking to mum, so you had to work fast, and sometimes it got in your shoes. Mum wasn’t a fan of our game, but the butcher never seemed to mind. “Hurry up and get that shoelace tied, or Mum won’t let...

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I don’t think my high street will ever be the same again.

“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.” I didn’t think of that. Henry Ford, the American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company did. I agree with the first part. “BIKE!” Thinking is very hard. “BIKE!” Thinking is virtually impossible when your child wants your attention. “DADDA BIKE!” ‘Yes William, that’s a lovely bike. Is that one your favorite?’ My son absolutely loves bikes. ‘Bike’ is one of the dozen or so words he has mastered so far, but it’s said with much more vigour than the...

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