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WH Smith’s. A mistake or a big Xmas con?


A few days before xmas we were shopping in Wimbledon and looking around an impressive WH Smith shop that maybe focuses on books. To be fair there were many true bargains there. But what caught my eye was a shelf that had many ” £20 for 2 books” offers on there, some of them again real bargains, like Guiness Book of Records, £19.99 each or 2 for £20. But I digress. There was also a huge selection of books far less than £10 included in the 2 for £20 offer and stickered. I did an A level in Maths ( or as the Americans like to say, Math)so was not too numerically challenged by this. But there are folks who struggle with numbers and these are the folks who maybe may have been taken in by this. For one book, one might say a simple error, but at least 5 books, suggests perhaps not. This suggests a cynical ploy  that does not endear me to WH Smiths, and one that maybe they might like to explain.

So as a few examples here are some I Phone photos, less than perfect but nonetheless clearly visible what the stickers are offering. The worst culprit was a £2.49 book, that had never even been £10 at full price, so could never in any system generated by a computer be suggested as stock that should be sold in this great alleged bargain.

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Pay what you want to watch Brentford v Stevenage. 22nd Dec.


Strange but true. Brentford ask a minimum of 1£ only but you can choose what to pay if you buy your ticket beforehand up until 4 pm friday evening. Why are they doing this? Perfect sense. They have around 2000 season ticket holders, who do not begrudge them doing this at all, and will make it up to their season ticket holders later in the season with some offer one suspects. So 2000 have already paid. The expected crowd for a home game the saturday before Xmas is never high, maybe 5000 maximum and possibly lower. Stevenage will not bring armies of fans and most likely will bring around 200-300 only. Folks will not pay 1£, they are likely to choose to pay a median amount of between 5-10£ in my opinion.

So a good PR activity, a good day out. Lets hope this works. A few years ago a home game versus Peterborough was sponsored by a company (maybe St George Homes?), and they essentially made it free to get in. Result, great crowd,great atmosphere and home win! So spread the word and call Brentford to buy your tickets over the phone or online. Lets fill the ground. Already two sides have sold out, so don’t delay.

Wisley


Few more photos from yesterday. As can be seen a grey day and little real plant life of interest. However this is winter!

Apple Trres in Winter

 

Wisley River

 

Painting of an old bench at Wisley

Xmas


xmas seems to have zoomed by fast. Silly amounts of food and wine. Little exercise. An appalling game of football on boxing day Brentford v bournemouth 1-1 which made me seriously wonder why I am a Brentford fan. However all presents seem liked! Tonight we went on a whim to the Rose Theatre in Kingston and saw the Snow Queen. this was fabulous. Well acted and in a great little theatre, so small that non-one is far from the front.

 

Swans in Painshill Park

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