I write to you from my garret in early December. The Christmas buying season is upon us.
Visitors from the future, let it be known that in this year, 2013, the United Kingdom (Royaume-Uni, nil points) enjoyed its first Black Friday.
This glorious institution, imported from the United States, involves retailers slashing prices across the board on what is, for us, a random Friday in November (I appreciate that in the US, it’s the ‘dead day’ between Thanksgiving on Thursday and the following weekend*).
We were treated to scenes of visceral consumerism and supermarket fighting. A joyful time of year. Continue reading