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Topic moved from
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"Education and Employment Channel"

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I was so eager to reply to this I overlooked the fact that it would probably fit better in the Employment Channel as essentially it's about the impact of progress on people's jobs and livelihoods!
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I'm afraid I just see this as the cost of progress isabel10. Itinerant peddlers were largely killed off by regular town markets, and in many places they were killed off by high street shops, which in turn have been killed off to a large extent by supermarkets and the internet. We have grocery superstores (the big stores to which you refer), but they mostly belong to the same companies as the supermarkets.

Some stores, like those selling CDs and DVDs, do appear to be in serious danger of extinction in favour of online buying. But I think there will always, in the foreseeable future, be a place for small shops of various sizes.

Increasingly supermarkets are moving out of the centre of cities, and those who do not wish to drive out to them come to rely on convenience grocery stores within towns. In Britain we have thousands of what are generally referred to (even if they are in the middle of a terrace!) as corner shops, often run by ethnic minority families, and they show no sign of disappearing.

In my experience most people still like buying their household goods in person rather than online, so supermarkets and these smaller shops seem safe. Similarly, people enjoy browsing clothes shops, trying items on, leafing through books before buying, looking at fridge freezers rather than comparing them on a website and so on, which gives high street stores an advantage over the internet. Many people impulse buy as they wander around a store, and the internet is not favourable to that approach. And there will always be room for niche shops, for example specialising in cheeses or soaps, antiquarian books, quirky gifts for friends that you would never randomly find online (such as solar powered dancing flowers or singing fish).

One trend I do regret though, is the loss of individually in shops. Walk down a high street in Britain and you could be in any town: there's the local branch of Next, next door to Boots the chemist, across the road from the row of usual name mobile phone shops, Starbucks, Costa Coffee, W H Smith, Pizza Hut, Gap, Fat Face, Accessorize, Greggs the bakers, Specsavers, Schuh, the Apple Store....
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I must admit, I didn't notice the topic was five years old, nice to see alexa2 is still here.
on May 28, 2017 at 14:09:39
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Locked as duplicate post.
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Locked as duplicate post.
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Moving Violations

"Well, nobody's perfect".
on May 28, 2017 at 01:52:14
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Isabel10, you have my sympathy for the loss of your daughter, and I am sorry your son is not returning home for Mothers' Day, of course he may have good reasons for not doing so. I am pleased to know you and your husband are going to celebrate the day, I hope you have a happy time.

Different countries have Mothers' Day at different times of year. Foe example, in Britain it is in March, and in much of the world I think it was a week or two ago. I would suggest the best response for members to this topic is to tell us about your pwn Mothers' Day experiences, good and bad, as a parent or as the child of a mother.
on May 27, 2017 at 12:14:26
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Isabel10, I have to lock this topic as it is very similar to topic #17973 which you posted on 16th April 2017.
on May 27, 2017 at 12:09:34
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Hi Alexa,

One of my friends, from Sweden, visited three of the Azorean islands very recently and she sent me some wonderfully colourful travelogues of her time there, and some lovely photos - stunning scenery. I know Madeira quite well but the Azores have definitely been added to my bucket list. I hope you make it there.
on May 27, 2017 at 02:32:55
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graolily, one of our TV comedy shows used to include sketches including a character called 'the baldy man', who had only a handful of hairs and would comb them carefully across his scalp to proudly pretend he had a full head of hair. The character even made it into a TV advert.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0SbVFxl64A
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