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sean
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 06 9:44 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Not if you buy malt. It's about three bottles.

cab



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 06 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Silas wrote:
Err.. They do have free range chickens - drive to collect or have home delivery - its all the same.


Didn't the last time I went into a Tescos (thumping great big place up in Histon, not far fromhere) a couple of months ago. We got back from her parents place up in Yorkshire, and actually had a hire car so we went to stock up on a few bulky things. I asked whether they had a free range chicken, and they didn't, but apparently the next day they were due to get two(!) delivered. Offered me a 'corn fed' one instead, as if that might be an appropriate substitute

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cab



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 06 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
Not if you buy malt. It's about three bottles.


And at the rate we drink that in this house, thats more than three years worth of malt whisky. I hide the good stuff when family visit, you understand, otherwise they'd visit more often and it would hardly last at all.

Errm... Whats a 'normal' rate of comsuming spirits? Think I'm going to go get a glass of calvados and think about it.

Edit: Hmmm... Calvados. First spirits I've had in months.

sean
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 06 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Dunno. I used to get free tasting samples, at which stage my consumption was probably quite high. Nowadays I have to pay for them, so between two of us it's prolly about half-a-dozen bottles/year.

cab



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 06 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
Dunno. I used to get free tasting samples, at which stage my consumption was probably quite high. Nowadays I have to pay for them, so between two of us it's prolly about half-a-dozen bottles/year.


Gosh... Although thats three bottles each a year, doesn't sound so bad at all. I've got bottles with a wee bit left in from when I first moved down to Cambridge in 2000. I've seen my brothers and my dad get through a couple of bottles a week, each, quite easily. Always seemed rather excessive to me.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 06 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

cab wrote:
... I rather resent the combination of location, masses of 'free' parking and bulk-buy marketing that make the whole thing so very seductive to the motorist, and so very un-seductive to anyone who isn't a motorist. Environmentally, and just in terms of sheer accessibility for a broader range of people, I've always thought that stinks.


So I take it they don't run free buses to your nearest stores, then?
Its something Tesco do organise in some parts, not sure if any of the other majors do?
I suppose in Cambridge the supermarkets must be surrounded with acres of bike sheds...




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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 06 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
Not if you buy malt. It's about three bottles.


You've been looking at my shopping list again. Some will be pressies so I don't even have to justify drinking them, anyone got any birch twigs?

I'm sure ours also has free range and organic chickens if you like that sort of thing, I've decided to not buy any until we can raise our own though so not looked in ages.

cab



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 06 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dougal wrote:

So I take it they don't run free buses to your nearest stores, then?
Its something Tesco do organise in some parts, not sure if any of the other majors do?


No. When Asda opened up in my home bit of Gateshead then they did that. Ran the busses from the main road (right in front of all the other shops) to Asda.

Even if they did do that here, I'd hate to have to get the bus back and forward from somewhere in cycling distance. I'd much rather, say, get three vouchers worth a third of a bigger voucher to turn the offer into rucksack sized chunks.

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I suppose in Cambridge the supermarkets must be surrounded with acres of bike sheds...


Acres is the wrong word Theres the Tescos out on Newmarket Road that has good bike parking facilities, Tescos in Milton has terrible bike facilities, and Asda down on the Beehive Centre is sort of middling. Waitrose down out the other end of town is poor, if memory serves. Have no idea about the big Sainsburys, but the one in town suffers the same as any centrally placed bike locks (i.e. so many bikes, so hard to find a locking spot).

On the whole, I'd say that the bike spaces at shops here range from unbelievably poor (Scotdales, the big garden centre and the only one thats any good, have none!) through to quite good (Tescos on Newmarket Road is perhaps the best in town).

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 06 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The tescos at milton generally has plenty of free range and organic meat both british and otherwise and if I have forgotted to get anything out of the freezer on a monday night when we "shock horror" go the the supermarket I will tend to buy something

interestingly tescos have started offering free range precooked chickens too!

cab



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 06 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

bagpuss wrote:
The tescos at milton generally has plenty of free range and organic meat both british and otherwise ...


Not when I've gone in it hasn't

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 06 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They will only have delivered what they believe they can sell, if you are going in at the end of the day then you can pretty much be certain that some product will, rightly or wrongly be sold out.
Mind, its constantly sold out then its a good indicator that you need to order some more in my book.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 06 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

cab wrote:
bagpuss wrote:
The tescos at milton generally has plenty of free range and organic meat both british and otherwise ...


Not when I've gone in it hasn't


All the major supers now sell a wide selection of free range and organic products. From some of the advertising I've seen recently they are starting to push their local suppliers as well.

cab



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 06 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jonnyboy wrote:

All the major supers now sell a wide selection of free range and organic products. From some of the advertising I've seen recently they are starting to push their local suppliers as well.


All true of course. Some of it has even filtered through and is having an impact. Doesn't mean that Tescos has had chickens I'd be willing to buy any time I've been in lately.

Thank heavens we've got a good butcher

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 06 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well my local one had plenty of Organic chickens in and I'm happy to report UK organic beef rather than Argentinian. Plenty of UK fruit 'n veg, much more than a local farm shop I visited last week.

How on earth though do they manage to sell perfectly reasonable jeans for 3 - that's the full price.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 06 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:

How on earth though do they manage to sell perfectly reasonable jeans for 3 - that's the full price.


Buy in bulk and keep the wholesale costs down. Can't see that they will be paying too much to the suppliers for them.

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