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Casualty beats Corrie to land Best Soap BAFTA.

Fans of all the soaps surprised at the result as Casualty steels the glory for only the second time ever! Some beaming faces from the cast and crew showed their delight. (Pic courtesy of 'The Sun')

example article - number 3 - 'baftas'

Peaky Blinders took the main drama prize, while the Handmaid’s Tale won the international category.

DRAMA SERIES

Line of Duty

Peaky Blinders — WINNER

The Crown

The End of the ******* World

LEADING ACTOR

Jack Rowan, Born to Kill

Joe Cole, "Hang the DJ" (Black Mirror)

Sean Bean, Broken — WINNER

Timothy Pigott-Smith, King Charles III

LEADING ACTRESS

Claire Foy, The Crown

Molly Windsor, Three Girls — WINNER

Sinead Keenan, Little Boy Blue

Thandie Newton, Line of Duty

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Adrian Dunbar, Line of Duty

Anupam Kher, The Boy With the Topknot

Brían F. O'Byrne, Little Boy Blue — WINNER

Jimmi Simpson, "USS Callister" (Black Mirror)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Anna Friel, Broken

Julie Hesmondhalgh, Broadchurch

Liv Hill, Three Girls

Vanessa Kirby, The Crown — WINNER

MINI-SERIES

Howards End

The Moorside

The State

Three Girls — WINNER

SOAP AND CONTINUING DRAMA

Casualty — WINNER

Coronation Street

Emmerdale

Hollyoaks

ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

Britain's Got Talent — WINNER

Michael McIntyre's Big Show

The Voice U.K.

COMEDY ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM

Murder in Successville — WINNER

Taskmaster

The Last Leg

Would I Lie to You?

ENTERTAINMENT PERFORMANCE

Adam Hills, The Last Leg

Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show — WINNER

Michael McIntyre, Michael Mcintyre's Big ShowRAM

Sandi Toksvig, QI

MALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAM

Asim Chaudhry, People Just Do Nothing

Rob Brydon, The Trip to Spain

Samson Kayo, Famalam

Toby Jones, The Detectorists — WINNER

FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAM

Anna Maxwell Martin, Motherland

Daisy May Cooper, This Country — WINNER

Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe

Sian Gibson, Peter Kay's Car Share

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example article - number 4 - 'tesco'

One stop, Londis, Budgens, premier and Makro are all tesco

No sign of Tesco's name on these stores they control and which include Family Shopper and Makro too.

Tesco is competing with itself having stores branded Tesco Express and One Stop Shop. The interior style of the brands is different, but the opportunities for Tesco to offer poorer value in these ‘local’ shops is very apparent. In addition, Tesco now controls Londis and Premier - both of which have shops here in St Annes – read on . . . .


 Wikipedia states: "Britain’s biggest supermarket uses its chain of 639 One Stop convenience shops – which many customers do not realise it owns – to charge up to 14 per cent more for goods than it does in Tesco-branded shops." 


Tesco has massive buying power and is very able to provide everyday and essential items at comparable prices through all its store brands and in all its outlets. Is this not opportunism and the 'greed' culture at its worst?


Tesco has bought 'The Booker group' for £4 billions. In a piece from The Guardian, “Tesco’s takeover of Booker has created a new powerhouse in Britain’s £200bn-a-year food market.


Booker is a grocery wholesaler supplying 125,000 independent convenience stores as well as 468,000 restaurants, pubs and leisure facilities such as cinemas. It employs 13,000 people and has sales of £5bn.


It is the UK’s largest cash-and-carry operator via its 172-store Booker chain and Makro, which has 30 outlets. Booker (now Tesco) also controls  the 'Premier', 'Londis', 'Family Shopper' and 'Budgens' outlets which make up about half of the retail clients it supplies.


Premier is the largest branded group with 3,358 outlets, while Londis has 1,903, Budgens has 150 and Family Shopper 52.”


That means that locally, another two convenience stores (Premier & Londis) now come under Tesco. There will soon be no convenience stores left that are non-Tesco. Is this healthy competition for us - the shoppers? Why did the ever useless competition watchdog allow this? - Is this good for us, the comumers?


There is also a merger / buy out under way with Sainsbury's and Asda (The latter belonging to the American Walmart chain).


At this rate the 'customer choice' philosophy will be non-existent in the next few years. We think Morrisons is vulnerable and may be swallowed up. Where is our government & the 'Monopolies & Mergers Commission' hiding this time?


Finally, it seems that the definition of a Conveniene Store is one with less than 280 m2 of floor space and nothing more defining than that !

spot the difference - win 1/2 pint of milk !

2 Litres from One Stop Shop

How do you explain this Tesco?

£1.10 each but a full 1/2 pint difference, that's 2 kids cereal portions or 4 white coffees, or two Angel Delight portions.

2.272 Litres from Tesco

"Every little helps" eh Tesco?!

TWO THIRDS 9/14 of all the Convenience Stores in our area belong to Tesco . . . . Click on 'FIND OUT MORE' and check out:


 Tesco Express (pricing)

 One Stop (pricing)

 Corporate Social Responsibility

 Advertising: Face Scanning to target ads to individual shoppers (scary)

 Criticism (over recent years)

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In the interest of balance "well done" one stop

Probably, like many people, I received an email from One Stop Shop, promoting chocolate, crisps, processed meat snacks (Fridge Raiders) and chocolate yogurts for children's lunch boxes. Needless to say, this was not at all impressive.

I eventually spoke to a very pleasant Customer Services lady who ran it past Marketing and they agreed not to promote that kind pf product towards children again (we'll keep a cynical eye out, in case they forget). So well done One Stop for listening. Ed.

RESULT !

So tesco, why not offer better value years ago ?

From ‘Love Money’ – Wednesday, 19th September 2018 :


"Prices are intended to be competitive with Aldi and Lidl and on par with the own-brand ranges in Tesco stores. Jack’s prices were:

A loaf of pre-sliced white bread is 55p; broccoli 39p; a six-pack of apples for 59p; lean beef mince (500g) is £3.15; a whole chicken costs around £2.50; free-range eggs for 80p and 4 pints of milk for £1.09."

"That's certainly cheaper than Tesco, but how does it compare to Aldi & Lidl? It's obviously not possible to compare the same brands, but we can compare products.

A wholemeal loaf costs 49p at Aldi, and a white loaf is the same price at Lidl.

In Lidl's fruit & veg aisle, broccoli is 49p a pack (or 98p a kilo), while six large eggs are 90p.

At Aldi, you'll pay £2.75 (1.67/kg) for a whole chicken** and £1.09 for four pints of whole milk.

Crucially, Tesco Clubcard collectors should be aware that you can't earn or spend Clubcard points at Jack's."

  • Rain or Shine says "Actually you can buy a whole chicken from Aldi for £2.09, and 10 large eggs for 99p. Aldi & Lidl also source fresh foods from the UK.

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