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mister byrite (or however it was spelt)
there are a number of reasons for this, I shan't bother going into them
after only two months.
still one of my proudest moments.
Tell every customer that they're going to Hell for buying shit albums?
i wasn't quite like that, i think i just found it hard to feign interest in selling cassette copies of 'Champagne Dance' by the Pay As U Go Crew to thirteen year olds.
It's probably the best reason to get fired.
No wonder you got sacked.
before disappearing forever...
I don't miss V.Shops at all.
..hmm, young people like music, and also phones, how about we combine the two of them in one handy shop?
it worked on me! god i'm a sucker for awesome marketing.
I can remember Al getting a voucher for that place and coming back with something rubbish..
in the early 90s?
I didn't go to a McDonalds until I was 18, and haven't been since.
it didn't sell hardly anything.
Gateway. It did have funny adverts.
it had cheapest and biggest selection of dvds in durham
there are none left in the uk actually.
but i saw a massive on in berlin.
when I saw that one in Berlin
still gone from these shores though
i found a MASSIVE one in San Francisco. that was a bit strange.
Look right: safeway. Look left: golden gate bridge. WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON
That's who Martin Short works for in InnerSpace!!! :D
Have you seen innerspace recently, or do you note down the workplaces of every character in every film you've ever seen. Ever.
It's one of my crap 80s faves, for sure.
what a shit school trip
It's no 3 fugitives though.
and hired out at least 3 times by me one summer due to lack of choices in crappy corner shop video selection
Is that where there's a little girl and two tough guys, or something?
in the world or so it claims. It probably is though. I used to do my weekly shop there when I lived there and then go to the burrito shop just over the road and play pinball in the bar on the corner. I miss SF
that i REALLY hate you?
but they're not the same. I think they're just a grocers or something.
They were all over Canada too.
I've never spotted one in Canada. Although I don't think I've actually been to a supermarket in Canada. Too busy hanging out at Tim Hortons.
Yeah, they were certainly big in Alberta and BC.
I used to live in an appartment above a combined Tim Horton's/Wendys, it was a dream come true.
and bought pants and a towel. Still going strong on the continent http://www.c-and-a.com/
it was awesome i got some bargains!
I spent a lot of money in the Mansfield branch!
I bought disc 2 of the Roses single from there, then realised he'd given me disc 1 (which I already had). I didn't dare ask him to change it (because I was a very awkward teenager and buying it in the first place was hard enough).
So I went back in, over to the 'd' section, and stole disc 2.
Then I realised I'd just stolen a case sans CD.
So I went to our price and bought disc 2 the following weekend.
I've still got the empty sleeve, should anyone want it?
I'm trying to remember if I bought Roses from Andy's Records - I probably did.
Do you want me to make a copy of disc 2 for you?
It's not as good as disc 1.
if you want that?
Do you want a copy of 'wild mountain nation' by Blitzen trapper? It's really good! I've got 2 copies due to stupidity.
she was a complete cow, Andy's daughter that is.
Oh and she liked Shania Twain and pretty much nothing else.
I just liked the OTT name for a video games shop
i had one of their loyalty card things.
With the elaborate sign featuring some kind of 3D computer faced man thing.
I remember those places, all yellow and metallic blue coloured. Used to get my Mega Drive games from there in days of yore.
and looking at the games on CD-ROM, and thinking that it really was a 'Future Zone'. The box art for Doom 2 is something I remember fondly. And Theme Park.
branch of Electronics Boutique for constantly setting off the theft-detector things. Turns out it was the Vanessa Mae cd I'd bought for my dad, but I stood by the door checking all my purchases to see what it was. The security staff weren't too happy.
Likely story ;)
Ahh, I remember them well.
Bucket o' Asbestos
The Pog Warehouse
mini virgin megastores right?
they were a re-branding of Our Price, with less emphasis on music and more on selling mobiles. But it still made no money so they sold half the stores to an Australian chain called Sanity and turned the others into Virgin Megastore Expresses.
Every Christmas my mum would give me some money to buy her and the rest of my family presents from me.
I'd go into town on Christmas Eve, whizz around buying everyone a piece of cheapo tat and then head straight for the Beatties to spend the ample change on a scale model remote control car kit before taking it home and covertly putting it together in my bedroom under the pretence that i was wrapping everyones presents and no one was allowed in. I'd then bring the toy out on Christmas Day safe in the knowledge that, amongst all the other stuff i received, nobody would question my ill-gotten car.
I suppose i could have just asked Santa to put one in my massive Christmas stocking each year, but where would the illicit fun have been in that?
is still a spud-u-like in Churchill Square, Brighton.
i went there 4 days ago. it was rad.
on Oxford St
You could rent a film for 99p as long as you bought it back before 6pm that same day. Just perfect for the school holidays. Sadly, Blockbuster scrapped that as soon as they bought them out.
although I think it does still exist in backwater towns.
No more No Frills smooth peanut butter.
Aldi's own is the best replacement I've found so far.
of brown mushy stuff.
loads of rare imported stuff. No wonder they folded.
it happened when i was there in 2006. as i headed west across the country the discounts would get bigger, from 15% in DC to 40% by the time i got to california. it was brilliant. i got the 3CD Mcluskyism set for about £3.
because the bankers that lent them money to make stock orders THOUGHT that cd sales were going to go down due to downloads. tower records was actually a profitable company.
or whatever it was called. They had amazing animals in there.
like Pets 4 U Lol
The Camberley one had a ramp that was really fun to run up and down.
For some reason I quite like department stores.
The one in Oxford sold the most amazingly lethal fireworks ever for some reason.
o wait, that's right - nobody.
including Ratboy, so named because of his habit of chewing through plastic DVD safers so he could steal them.
not really sadly missed but those places were everywhere in the early-mid 90s.
You indie geeks have really dropped the ball this time.
Fopp stores stille exist?
The one in Reading is now a Somerfield. they still sell CD's though. On a little rack next to the counter, so all is not lost. Daniel O'Donnells Greatist Hits for £7. Who could argue with that?
I loved that Reading Fopp. Only shop in town that I would buy things from and they closed it down.
I also liked Muji and Cafe Iguana. Apparently my seal of approval is a kiss of death.
I find it depressing that Reading Fopp is now a Somerfield.
i am still mourning the loss of the beijing noodle house or whatever it is called opposite primark. :(
though I was wondering if G:4 is just a rebranding of them?
still exist in some form. they still make products anyway.
there's one in Kennington
I found one in Brighton, but I remember when they were like MASSIVE
got swallowed up by the inferior Waterstones. HEAR THAT, WATERSTONES? YOU'RE AN INFERIOR BOOK STORE!
that used to be one, you open draws and cupboards and find photos of its former ottakars glory, it looked like such a nice happy place
The manager of my old local one was insane and brilliant - how bookshop managers should be.
my first job. Radio control cars/Scalextric/computer games counter = GOOD, fluffy toys/Lion King/kids bikes hanging from ceiling counter = BAD