Sunday, 1 February 2015

Ikea madness

We were travelling through Eastwood today. Not a pretty place, no wonder D H Lawrence was grumpy about ugliness. On the way home we happened to pass a large IKEA shed next to the A610 with a number of other unmemorable sheds on the same site. The picture gives some idea of its retail beauties.

As you may know, IKEA is a large purveyor of cheap tat with strange Scandinavian names such as KRAPSTÜHL which might be an item of bathroom furniture - or not. We’ve visited the place once or twice, when cheap tat was on the shopping list, but the attractions are pretty minimal.

Yet the vast car park seemed full to bursting, with cars queuing from all the way from the A610, Not only that, but when we arrived at the traffic island we found it choked with IKEA-bound traffic too, including the slip road

We weaved our way through the madness and sped off home with a sigh of relief. Wherever one goes these days there is sure to be lunacy around the next corner.


Michael said...

They've all returned the Christmas stuff to Argos, and have next month's credit card balance to waste...

It still costs nearly forty pence a mile to go anywhere, but why not buy on-line, and let the Ocado look-alike people do the rushing around?

Us here? We actually like using our local Tesco Metro, because we happen to like the guys and girls who work there, and it's a pleasant experience!

Anonymous said...

Known (unkindly) as 'The Chav's John Lewis'. An odd phenomenon is the practice of traipsing to Bluewater or Lakeside or Eastwood, wandering round aimlessly and traipsing home again. Cheaper to randomly trawl ebay.

James Higham said...


Like it.

A K Haart said...

Michael - that's the surprise, why sit in a stationary car in instead of sitting on a stationary sofa?

Roger - it is odd and randomly trawling ebay is more interesting too.

James - (:

Mac said...

You remember this one from a long gone site, The Brains Trust?
Paul the Apostle;
Chapter 56 verses 87–201 of The Corinthian Letters, bear an uncanny resemblance to the instructions for assembling an Ikea pine double wardrobe.

A K Haart said...

Mac - ah yes I know the passage:-

“Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of IKEA wardrobes..."