October 7, 2010

I’m sorry, but this global recession thing is just getting too damn personal. First I lose my lovely little part-time job. Then a nice restaurant in the village, Piaf, suddenly closes down with virtually no warning. And now I hear that the handbag shop, Jags, has also gone for good.

This is doubly sad as, not only did Jags sell gorgeous bags for less than stratospheric prices, it was also run by really lovely people, whose daughters went to my daughters’ school. What a terrible shame that they’ve had to close. I hope they’re not too sad, and that they can start up again somewhere else really soon.

When we went to Wales over the summer, and the friends we were staying with had named their pigs Goldman and Sachs, I really thought it was a little harsh. Particularly as everyone knew that Goldman and Sachs would shortly be appearing at the breakfast table in the form of bacon. Now, though, I’m thinking, it wasn’t nearly harsh enough. Next year  I hope they’ll simply call their pigs Effing Banker and Peeing Banker.

And, to add dire insult to painful injury, it turns out that the Brockwell Park Firework Night display has been cancelled this year. The Council can’t afford it because of savage, banker-induced budget cuts, apparently. That is a crying shame, as it’s a fantastic display that the whole of Herne Hill goes to and loves. And the fact that we get amazing unimpeded views of the whole show for free from Child One’s bedroom has nothing to do with my disappointment. Well, maybe just a little bit.

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  • Footballers Knees October 7, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    That’s a real shame. We’ve had several shops in our small cathedral town shut down – and the landlords are still trying to charge £1000 per week for a small high street store space! Effing and Peeing pigs come to mind.

    • Dulwich Divorcee October 11, 2010 at 3:31 am

      I think rents are the problem in Dulwich too – a lot of land is owned by Dulwich College and I’m not sure they are terribly understanding! Small cathedral town sounds lovely, lucky you!

  • Sarah, Maison Cupcake October 8, 2010 at 7:42 am

    What a shame about the fireworks, I wonder what will happen in Walthamstow. I’m still spitting feathers about child benefit, it’s insane that it gets taken off one family with 44k income and another with 86k can still get it. That’s the effing bankers fault aswell.

    • Dulwich Divorcee October 11, 2010 at 3:32 am

      I know, those effing bankers!! It’s all their fault. I’m not sure these people in the treasury are terribly good at sums. The milk in my tea was a bit off this morning and I’m pretty sure the bankers had something to do with that, too ….grrrrr!

  • Courtney October 8, 2010 at 7:55 am

    That’s too bad about the fireworks display. I think fireworks are best enjoyed out on a chilly November night, hot chocolate in hand. But I envy you that amazing bedroom view!

    Last year we had fireworks going off on the common right outside our house. Not quite so organised and therefore a tiny bit unnerving, but they did light up the whole bedroom!

    • Dulwich Divorcee October 11, 2010 at 3:33 am

      Mmmmm, that sounds a little bit too alarming for my taste! Mind you the view must have been amazing …. maybe buy a tin hat this year just in case!

  • naomi October 10, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I am sorry to hear about your job. I hope you get another really soon. As for all the other cuts – its very sad and life is getting a lot harder for a lot of people. Best wishes

    • Dulwich Divorcee October 11, 2010 at 8:03 am

      Hi Naomi, thank you! I’m sure something will turn up and meanwhile I have a lot more time for the really important stuff …. hope all’s well with you x