Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Therapy and retail

I’m not one of life’s natural shoppers. By contrast, Dolly D seems to have an insatiable appetite – not for spending money, just for looking and enjoying the experience. Inevitably shopping featured in our trip to London, but with agreement about how the time was balanced. I’m sure that she would have taken up residence in Selfridge’s, given the opportunity.

To be fair the shopping experience wasn’t too bad for me – given agreed limits and my permit to be elsewhere at times while ‘shopping’ was happening.

When we were in London some, but not all, of the Christmas lights were on. I found Oxford Street to be disappointing, although some of the individual department stores had made an effort.

By contrast, I thought that Carnaby Street was fantastic – really captured the mood of the season and the street. Maybe they use the same lights every year, but they seemed to me to be innovative and fun – definitely worth the detour from Regent Street to see them.


But behind it all I still have nagging doubts about our (societal) propensity to consume. Hmmm…

3 comments:

That Hideous Man said...

You should write a book about rejecting consumerism. It would be a best-seller. It could come with associated anti-consumer logo'd pens, T-shirts, retreats, courses, CDs, DVDs or even T-towels. I reckon you could shift millions of units.........

Endlessly restless said...

Do I detect the whiff of irony? Or is it the reek from your lum wafting across the river?

His Girl Friday said...

...Is it human nature to conquer and acquire/possess?! hmmmm, perhaps a chapter can be about possessions replacing intimacy and relationships, or at least filling a void where relationship is lacking? I hire out as a ghost writer...I'll take a percent on the logo'd pens and DVD's!! ;D

HM's lum is quite reekin, have ya seen his blog!! ;)