Apologetic milk — 12 Comments

  1. I find it cool – shops should be closed on Sundays, full stop. Everybody deserves a Sunday (well, ok, maybe not everybody, but keeping a shop open is not crucial in any way).
    Also, Brian, that’s a very sad cliche you present here.

  2. Agree with Jedrzej on the principle of shops being open on Sundays. The opening times of shops here take a bit of getting used to.  Where I live the baker and butcher are open on Sunday mornings, as is the supermarket.  But nothing opens on Monday, apart from the supermarket. 

    Now try looking for a tobacconist on a Sunday …. that’s a challenge!

    Also, milk on its own is not a big part of the French diet, so they tend to buy it in bulk, for sauces, coffee etc.

    And the cliche about the French being surrender monkeys, though funny, is not true.  A visit to any town or village square will give you a sense of the losses the country suffered in both world wars (almost 200,000 in WW2, believe it or not).  We were neutral and so weren’t put to the test, so we shouldn’t be so quick to throw stones … 

  3. Jedrzej – I agree.  Shops should be shut on Sunday.  But only if I don’t need anything.  How do the French buy Sunday newspapers?  Just wondering………

    TonyS – I tried three towns.  The only town that had anything open had an 8 a Huit which had closed at twelve thirty.  Could I sue them under Trades Descriptions?

    And please ignore Brianf’s prejudices.  He’s just a reactionary cranky old Mercan. 

  4. Like a lot of European countries, France has no Sunday newspapers that I know of.  Saturday and Monday papers are pretty comprehensive in terms of analysis and take care of that market. 

    Us?  We have the Sunday Independent … I rest my case …

  5. Shops close on Sundays here as well, however have ‘Katy & Anna’ who are Albanian and have a shop the size of a garden shed and they are always open.  Well they do close on Christmas Day…….

  6. If you want the French lifestyle – it costs. Part of it is closing the shops on Sundays. It’s alright when you get used to it – but, granted, a nightmade until then.
    There’s usually somewhere open briefly near the church after mass – cunning priests trying to lure you in.

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