Funny piece showing how difficult to master English is where the rules are often more like guidelines!
Have your ever felt as irrelevant as a Blockbuster store
Or maybe Woolworths or BHS
One of those chain stores that folded
And people who once shopped there
Say things like “Oh, that’s so sad”
And “I’ll miss it”
Not because they still shopped there
But because they did, in times past
They liked the familiarity of a store
The idea of it
The notion that it would always be there
Without them having to actually visit
Or make purchases
Buying stationery elsewhere
Choosing other clothes shops
Prioritising other retailers
Have you ever wondered how long it would be
For anyone to truly notice if you disappeared
Or if they’d care
How long they’d miss you for – how long you’d miss someone else
It’s no use shedding tears over a store you don’t shop in closing down
Or a show you’ve never watched getting cancelled
Or a musician you never listen to quitting show business
Or someone you don’t seem to care about dying.
Notes: in the UK Blockbuster placed its UK subsidiaries in administration 2013. Today the Blockbuster brand has mostly been retired, with one remaining US store open, and a few in Australia.Blockbuster continues as a video on demand service in some Nordic countries (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockbuster_LLC).
Woolworths Group was a listed British company that
owned the high-street retail chain Woolworths. It entered
administration in 2009,and was officially dissolved in October 2015.
Woolworths Limited, the largest retail company in Australia and New Zealand; named after the American F.W. Woolworth brand, is unrelated (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woolworth)
British Home Stores, commonly abbreviated to BHS and latterly legally styled BHS Ltd, was a British department store chain. It entered administration during and was dissolved by the end of 2016. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Home_Stores)
While Blockbuster fell victim to new technology and streaming services, other stores have fallen out of popularity for other reasons. There’s often a nostalgic outpouring when something familiar disappears, sometimes by those who did nothing to support the business. If you like a business, a television show, a musician (or any other artist) or care about a person, you should probably show your appreciation in some way.
So many articles pile on the guilt if you don’t or can’t write for a day, a week, longer. But guilt doesn’t help and can in fact make things worse. This article is a much needed rebuttal to the “you must write every single day or you’re not a writer” mindset
By Annie L. Scholl
I’m not sure how I got the message that I had to write every day to be a “real” writer, but I’ll blame it on Julia Cameron and her book, The Artist’s Way. I read it when it came out in 1992. Cameron suggests a daily practice of “Morning Pages:” Three pages of longhand, stream-of-consciousness writing you do first thing in the morning.
To be fair, Cameron makes it clear that your Morning Pages don’t have to be “high art.” You can rant, write your shopping list over and over, whatever you want. She does insist, though, that you fill three pages—every day.
I did Morning Pages religiously—for about a week-and-a-half. Over the years, I’ve tried again and again. Although the daily practice of Morning Pages didn’t stick, the idea that I had to write every day to be successful did. After all, Ernest Hemingway…
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