CHRISTMAS – ’tis the season of goodwill to all men. Don’t you believe it. Just look at what’s happened as Sainsbury’s stores up and down the country ran out of £10 Mog the Cat toys 10 days after their Christmas advert featuring the cuddly animal was first aired.
Sainsbury’s underestimated the popularity of Mog and thousands have been sold, with profits going to Save the Children – but not before some nasty scrotes bought armfulls of Mogs and put them on ebay for as much as £90. Shoppers bought tens of thousands of the toys for £10 with the accompanying book, Mog’s Christmas Calamity, for £3. Bosses at Sainsburys now admit that they only had a ‘limited supply’ and that stores will not be getting anymore before Christmas.
Lynne Dyke took to Sainsbury’s facebook page to say “Not one available in store today. Have since found out people have been buying by the handful and promptly listing them for sale at extortionate prices. Shame on Sainsbury’s for allowing more than one purchase at a time. I refuse to line somebody else’s pockets and purchase off a selling site. I hope these people get landed with Mogs they don’t really want because nobody will pay their high prices, but sadly lots of bids already.” What did I say about goodwill to all men?
YOU know how everything American eventually makes its way over here? The Black Friday Christmas shopping phenomenon started there 10 years ago, but it took off in the UK in 2013 with an eye watering £800 million spent in 2014 on that day. But forget that. Greedy shops have now invented Black Thursday.
Several online stores tried to beat the competition on Black Friday by releasing their bargains yesterday. Online beauty retailers and department stores slashed prices in the hope of cashing in on bargain hunters. I don’t know about you, but the whole thing leaves me cold.
DUNCAN Bannatyne has been found out playing dirty during his divorce. Not content with making an absolute arse of himself on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, he has now been exposed as concealing £10 million of his assets in an attempt to reduce his divorce settlement in 2012. Predictably, he is now in full mid-life crisis mode – running around with 35-year-old Nigora Whitehorn – with whom he is ‘actively trying for a baby’. Duncan, you are old enough to be Nigora’s father. Grow up before it’s too late.
HELL hath no fury like a woman scorned and Laura Arnolds of Nuneaton lived up to the proverb with considerable aplomb when she found steamy messages on her husband’s ‘phone, days before he jetted off on a business trip to New York. In the two weeks her husband was away she organised an ingenious plan to take her ultimate revenge. While he was in America she sold the marital home and had all the locks changed.
When cheating husband Craig returned from New York he found himself locked out and was greeted by the sight of six students from Warwick University lounging in his living room. Revenge is a dish best served cold, they say.
MAD council story of the week goes to Truro. When a 980 ft bus lane was created at a cost of £30,000 it was expected to improve traffic flow and slash the time of daily commutes. After just 21 days, it is to be scrapped, after a study found the lane on the A39 Tregolls Road had, in fact, tripled the average peak-hour journey into the city from seven minutes to 21. Cornwall council will now have to pay another £30,000 to remove it. You couldn’t make it up.
Kevan Blackadder is a media consultant who runs Blackadder Media Limited. Kevan was previously editor of the Gloucestershire Echo and assistant editor of the Bristol Post. A Cumbrian who moved to the South West “for a couple of years” in the 1980s, he can’t quite believe he’s been there ever since.