You might have seen in the news recently that poor old Peterborough has been named as the worst place to live in the UK. That seems a bit harsh! We visited it yesterday and I can assure you that it's really not that bad. With Mr Thorley’s birthday coming up, we were there to find him a present. The indoor shopping complex is like many others around the country, but it does have a lovely limestone floor that pleases us.
First stop, as always, was John Lewis: not to buy anything, but to wander around the kitchen section. It's hilarious. There are so many ridiculous gadgets on sale for stupid prices. For £10 you can buy a giant pencil sharpener for peeling carrots, or some little hairnets to protect the cut surface of a lemon (should putting it upside-down on a plate be beyond you). For £12 you can buy tongs for extracting a boiled egg from a pan (in case you don't have any spoons). Or you could go wild and for £18 treat yourself to a self-tapping sieve. Say, what? Best of all, buy a JosephJoseph GoAvocado tool that 'cuts, de-stones and slices'. What, like a knife? We also saw an enormous, gleaming coffee-making machine. I’m sorry, but if you’ve got £2,000 to spend on making a coffee you have too much money.
Of course we ended up in a bookshop. Anyone else bemused by the success of Pinch of Nom? Apart from anything else, it's a stupid title - and would you take slimming advice from these two women?
Anyway, we managed to have a largely satisfactory trip, marred only by the presence of a dog on the adjacent seat in the coffee shop. What is wrong with people?