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Friday, 28 January 2022
January Afternoon Sunshine (and an empty shopping centre)
Spot the dog :)
The collapse of the High Street retail trade?
I was walking over to the main shopping centre in the next town - this is on a dry, bright, not very cold Thursday afternoon, at around 4 pm. Underneath that church spire, above, you can see that the bus station and the bus are empty (my walk took me past it, on a bridge).
Around half the shops have gone - Argos, Pound Shop, bakers', a nail studio, a furniture shop, a shoe shop and many more.
Before 2020, you'd see more people than this first thing in the morning, or on a Sunday.
Of course, South Park got it exactly right a few years back, in the episode about Amazon. When there's a strike at the local depot, the boys try to remember where they used to obtain stuff they wanted before. It's just a couple of minutes long, and very funny!