Y'all must be fed up with hearing the Little Drummer Boy in every store this week. Dau.I tells me that modern retailers slope the floors in their shop-floors to make gravity drift the punters towards The Thing of the Week, and puts the clothing display rails in subtle pits which make it a teensy bit difficult to escape from. Can this be true? It is literally years since I bought clothing outside of ALDIDL. Dau.II keeps me in socks each Xmas and I inherited my father's office shirts [N=a dozen] when he died 15 years ago and they lasted me in rotation for at least a decade. I still wear them to work (only the cuffs are frayed) if The Beloved is off-site and cannot inspect me as I leave the house.
Shortly after I arrived for grad school in Boston, I went up to the University Bookshop to purchase the the text-book for the multivariate statistics course which I'd signed up for. I was less calm in those days and was incensed that a functional warehouse, almost entirely filled with purely functional course material, should have piped music. I stomped back to my lab and wrote a
We have the Campaign for Real Ale to thank for the fact that The Sky & the Ground in Wexford serves a bewildering array of 'challenging' beers. Now a group of British celebs of a certain age and background [Stephen Fry, Johanna Lumley etc.] have elevator music in their sights with a Campaign for Freedom from Piped Music called Pipe Down. It is unclear whether their objection is to the fact that piped music is unashamedly low-brow or if it's driving up the rate of hearing loss. Whatever, their fact-sheet claims that a sizeable minority of those surveyed detest mood musak. 17% of Sunday Times readers hate it more than Syrian refugees, Europe, or having to pay tax on their share portfolio. Have you noticed that Aldi and Lidl don't have musak? Don't seem to stop folks buying groaning cartfuls of groceries there. If you join PipeDown you can get an envelope full of stickers and a newsletter which will make it easier for you to tell shops, hospitals and airports that you'll be taking your business and your confused and partially sighted mother elsewhere.