Well, well, well. Three holes in the ground? How we hope we should all be
feeling? Or in this case just an interesting prefix to start this month’s
column. I do hope that you all survived the night of ghoulish terrors and
lecherous fondling from hideous ghastly predatory creatures grabbing any and
everything they can get their hands on.
No I’m not referring to our own parliamentary brethren I was in fact
referring to the festive frivolities of Halloween that seem effortlessly to
gain in popularity up and down the land. This custom of begging for sweets,
money and other treats, seems to have been inherited from the USA. And
judging from the size of some of the cauldrons of sweets and other goodies
that were collected these little children soon run the risk of, at best a
huge sugar rush and at worst an ingested copy cat form of child obesity,
should the little darlings had consumed all the same said booty before bed
Still me thinks that around Sheringham, on the whole, most dressed up spooks
were very well behaved and chose to ignore in the most part those households
that chose not to engage in such frivolity. In good old time tradition my
front door was closed locked and bolted and the house plunged into pitch
darkness for the whole evening! Mainly due to not paying the electric bill!
No, not really but it had you going there didn’t it.
Actually we had a party on the previous Saturday, with pumpkins fake blood
and sticky latex open sores, which incidentally made for a very unappetising
cake I can tell you. Still the peeps came and a good time was had by all.
And by all accounts we can all do with some good times as yet again atrocity
plagues the news in many parts of the world as I put pen to paper. It all
depends on how you view atrocity though and some here in Sheringham might
say that the news that our Nobby’s store is closing is somewhat of a
catastrophe, let alone the news that is circulating of late that it might be
replaced by another Superdrug like store, not unlike the Savers store that
set up next door only in the summer. I have patronised Nobby’s for many
years and for me was part of my weekly Saturday shopping ritual and I shall
News is spreading that Store 21 is now going to sell inexpensive books etc
and that the empty gents outfitters is to become yet another coffee outlet,
to some is an outrage. But then again this is all hearsay at the moment
hence the name of this very piece. So don’t panic just yet. After all it
could be that a victim support shop could come there for the victims of
sexual abuse in public office. Sadly me thinks that that might take up the
space of most of the retail space in the whole of Sheringham and, at the
moment be kept busy for the foreseeable future it would seem. Is there no
one out there in the public eye that has not been involved in inappropriate
shenanigans? I really have been going to the wrong parties for all these
years or as it turns out all the right ones.
With that party mode in mind, the big “C” word is approaching fast, and the
anticipation of a White Christmas rears its place in the news again as it
does every year. Doomsday merchants are again predicting the coldest winter
on record is about land upon us. Ho, ho, ho is what I say. The last time
Sheringham had snowfall on Christmas Day was in 1970! That was more than
just one generation ago. Anyway, in these days of uncertainty on the fiscal,
political and climatic fronts, we will as they say have to put up with what
It’s what makes the UK special, after all we do put up with an awful lot! I
hope to have, by the next time I write a little more news on the state of
the shops and Xmas lights and this year’s possible Xmas lights sprouts in
the window competition.
Intrigued? You will be! So until then I’m off to find a quiet corner of the
Bahamas if there’s anything left to inhabit whilst the firework celebrations
are on, which like last year will probably go on till February! So until
then, take care now.