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madhippy
16th August 2006, 18:54
... having a discussion today at work - baked potatoes nowadays are about the size of an apple ...

when I was a lad I remember you could get them in humongous sizes - like the size of a small dog

am I suffering from some sort of false memory syndrome?
did I actually eat dog?

or back in the day were potatoes actually bigger?
and if so is the EU to blame?

CaribbeanPirate
16th August 2006, 19:07
When I was a lad I could get blind drunk, bag of chips and my bus fare home all for a tenner - same thing?

TheMonkey
16th August 2006, 19:43
... having a discussion today at work - baked potatoes nowadays are about the size of an apple ...

when I was a lad I remember you could get them in humongous sizes - like the size of a small dog

am I suffering from some sort of false memory syndrome?
did I actually eat dog?

or back in the day were potatoes actually bigger?
and if so is the EU to blame?

You can get real sized ones in Morrisons.

AtW
16th August 2006, 19:44
You can get real sized ones in Morrisons.

As from last week I switched to Morrisons from ASDA - maybe somewhat higher price but quality is considerably better, so is choice.

Diestl
16th August 2006, 20:37
order of price vs quality in supermarkets is
Lidl/Aldi - Dirt Cheap - Low Quality
Asda - Cheap - Ok Quality
Morrisons - Low Price - Quality
Sainsburys - Pricey - Good Quality
Marks&Sparks - Expensive - High Quality

Anyone remember Finefare?

AtW
16th August 2006, 20:39
How Tesco fits into it? They have for some reason like 30% market share, and few times I was there it did not occur to me they were obviously better than ASDA (that I now stopped using).

Alf W
16th August 2006, 20:42
Waitrose - Expensive / so-so quality

madhippy
16th August 2006, 20:46
that's all very well but what about my bleeding taters?!!?!

Alf W
16th August 2006, 20:50
That was probably back in the day when farmers grew mutant sized vegetables by spraying them with all sorts of nasty, synthesised, carcinogenic pesticides and fertilisers.

Diestl
16th August 2006, 20:55
How Tesco fits into it? They have for some reason like 30% market share, and few times I was there it did not occur to me they were obviously better than ASDA (that I now stopped using).

Tesco just above Morrisions and below Sainsburys.

Lucifer Box
16th August 2006, 21:07
order of price vs quality in supermarkets is
Lidl/Aldi - Dirt Cheap - Low Quality
Asda - Cheap - Ok Quality
Morrisons - Low Price - Quality
Sainsburys - Pricey - Good Quality
Marks&Sparks - Expensive - High Quality

Anyone remember Finefare?
Local farmers' market for me.

All of the big 4 supermarkets offer poor value for money and sub-standard quality.

wendigo100
16th August 2006, 21:21
when I was a lad I remember you could get them in humongous sizes - like the size of a small dog. Or back in the day were potatoes actually bigger?Perhaps dogs were smaller.

I used to nick them from the farmer's field behind my house in Norfolk, and cook 'em in a bonfire.

Alf W
16th August 2006, 21:24
Dodgy that. Stealing off your relatives.

mcquiggd
16th August 2006, 21:28
The worrying thing is that stealing and cooking dogs is probably legal in Norfolk.

I lived there for a few years (parents still do) and it has to be said some of the best 'British' food is to be found there... quality of vegetables and beef for example that can be bought either direct from a farmer, through a market or shop is way ahead of the artifically ripened Dutch tomatoes etc...

Fleetwood
17th August 2006, 06:53
Anyone remember Finefare?
Budgen?
International?
Gateway?

Where are they now?

hyperD
17th August 2006, 07:25
Local farmers' market for me.

All of the big 4 supermarkets offer poor value for money and sub-standard quality.
As always, LB speaks the truth. Remember your baking potatoes from supermarkets will come from the overfarmed and over-pesticided mega-Dutch fields producing tasteless roots that lie in warehouses for 6 months or longer. They will then be washed, selected on size and rotundness, packaged using MAP (modified atmospheric packaging, containing ozone which will destroy most of the surface vitamins within days) and sent to your local supermarket.

Notice the words freshness and taste have been conveniently omitted from the above scenario. That's why farm shop English potatoes, dirty and ugly bastards, taste wonderful.

DimPrawn
17th August 2006, 07:55
Just like IT contractors then. The dirty ugly bastards are the best.

wendigo100
17th August 2006, 07:59
Anyone remember Finefare?We used to have one in Borehamwood, another place I lived.

Borehamwood is different to Norfolk in that you don't marry your sister, you beat her up. Then you go down to The Crown pub by the station and have a fight, then up to the Bull and Tiger for some drugs and another fight.

gingerjedi
17th August 2006, 08:19
Come on admit it... who shops at Sainsburys/M&S during the good times and Asda/Tesco when you're 'resting'?

I usualy 'downgrade' after my 4th week of 'resting' but as soon as i get that phone call it's back to looking down my nose at the trash that is Asda.

Bagpuss
17th August 2006, 08:26
Marks and Spencers have removed EVIL transfats from their foods. So, I shall only be shopping with them. Everyone else can save their money in exchange fro cancer.

gingerjedi
17th August 2006, 08:36
Tesco express seemed like a good idea, but whenever i've nipped to get a bottle of wine or some toothpaste there is always a queue the length of an aisle full of people who dont get the concept off 'big shop'=supermarket 'small shop'=express. :mad:

AtW
17th August 2006, 08:38
What about Somerfields?

A real class act.

Are you being sarcastic? There is hardly another store that looks so bleak, so rip-off and so crap choice wise - at least ASDA and others are cheap. Their model seems to be to acquire local monopoly on high street as otherwise nobody would pay their prices.

Lucifer Box
17th August 2006, 09:28
Try reading Shopped: The Shocking Power of British Supermarkets (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0007158041/026-3801937-4010040?v=glance&n=266239&v=glance). Highly recommended and likely to make you think twice about using a supermarket again.

hyperD
17th August 2006, 10:13
Tesco express seemed like a good idea, but whenever i've nipped to get a bottle of wine or some toothpaste there is always a queue the length of an aisle full of people who dont get the concept off 'big shop'=supermarket 'small shop'=express. :mad:
The concept of "Tesco Express" was simply a malicious marketing ploy to circumvent restricted town planning permission and local monopoly laws to oust any local grocers, butchers and farm shops, thus effectively putting the competition out of business.

Read more on LB's suggestion of the book: The Schocking Power Of British Supermarkets (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0007158041/026-3801937-4010040?v=glance&n=266239&v=glance)

You'll never buy a grey, slimy organic Tesco's chicken, on the pretense it's healthy, ever again.

xondo
17th August 2006, 11:21
Anyone who shops at Morrisons should be banned from this board

CaribbeanPirate
17th August 2006, 11:31
I like Tesco's - I can convert my Clubcard points into BA Miles. If I spend over £20,000 in their stores I can earn enough for a flight home!

It'll cost me nearly £700 quid on BA's website otherwise. Using New Labour's economic model, that has got to be the barging of the decade.

Fleetwood
17th August 2006, 11:33
bargain

wendigo100
17th August 2006, 11:49
bargainOh, I thought he meant barging.

TheMonkey
17th August 2006, 13:32
We used to have one in Borehamwood, another place I lived.

Borehamwood is different to Norfolk in that you don't marry your sister, you beat her up. Then you go down to The Crown pub by the station and have a fight, then up to the Bull and Tiger for some drugs and another fight.

That's so right it's not funny.

shaunbhoy
17th August 2006, 13:47
How Tesco fits into it? They have for some reason like 30% market share, and few times I was there it did not occur to me they were obviously better than ASDA (that I now stopped using).

So you find large discrepancies in the pricing of the cabbages and beetroot that comprise your staple diet then alexei?
:rollin: