Tuesday, 5 July 2011

M&M World - A world of M&Ms

I was walking around London today when I saw this...

It's on the corner of Leicester Square and Wardour St. just opposite the KFC and the McDonalds. On spotting it I sighed, as clearly here was just one more notch for rampant consumerism at a time when it's getting harder for the average man to put bread on the table. 'But that's the way of the world these days' I thought. In these straightened times it's nigh on impossible to build anything, particulalrly in the high rent areas around Soho, without big buisness backing.

So I decided to go in, I mean this is a prime retail/leisure location, what had the M&Ms brand put their name to in order to entice passing tourists? It might be a cinema, what with the red and yellow M&Ms now presenting those silly adverts in theatres nationwide. Or maybe some kind of games arcade, with an M&M store inside when you need a chocalatey break. Indeed, I just got the feeling while standing outside that there would be 4 distinct levels, each with their own fun activity...

Oh yes Ladies and Gents, I got that impression because that's what I was promised. So what was inside?

It was a shop. A giant bloody shop selling loads of M&M merchandise. Only a small corner of one of the floors was even devoted to the selling of the snack itself. There were M&M lunchboxes, M&M t-shirts, M&M hats, M&M bibs and much more besides.
Who on earth concocted this idea? What blithering loon thought that there was enough demand for clothing and accessories with a coloured circle with an 'M' in the middle that they would build a giant shrine to the things? I'll tell you one thing, I had no fun at all. I walked round, gagged at the thought of the depths Westminster's planning committee had sunk to, and left, past lots of joyous people all getting their photo taken with a statue of the 'yellow one'.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011


Ok. So I've decided I'm going to do this again.

Hello and welcome back for those of you that have missed me in the almost a year I've not posted (where does the time go?). The plan is to try and post a couple of missives a week in order to get me back in front of the computer and writing again. Because I have this terrible habit of thinking I don't have anything important to blog about, I'm not going to limit my writings to things that actually matter. Instead, I plan to just sit down and force myself to write about whatever comes into my head.

This SEO defying approach may well lead to a distinct lack of intrest, but I guess the point is that I should be doing these sorts of things for me. Improve my writing skill, whether it be politics, football, life or any other nonsense. What won't happen on here from now on is any post about video games, as I'll reserve those for Common Ground Games.

Just occurred to me that the last post on here was in reference to the recent AV debacle. Well what a clusterfuck that was. It does seem that if the reformists can't design a coherent plan for themselves, what chance have they got of convincing others? It all got a little bit Judean People's Front for me. Depressing.

Right, that'll do for now. Like I say, hello again, hope you are well. See you all soon.