Posts Tagged ‘Farnborough’

WHSmith Farnborough: Paulo Coelho’s latest book

August 29, 2014
Adultery Will I survive? Of course I will I've survived storms before.

Adultery Will I survive? Of course I will I’ve survived storms before.

Just when I think WHSmith can not get any worse (WHSmith Lincoln, WHSmith Camberley, WHSmith Farnham), WHSmith Farnborough once again proves me wrong.

Did they have Paulo Coelho’s latest book?

I look in all the obvious places, latest releases, special offers, even where it had been randomly filed over a week ago. I draw a blank. Nada.

A member of staff sees me looking lost, and offers to help.

Now there is a rarity, a helpful member of staff.

I say what I am looking for, he does not know, and goes off to ask another member of staff.

He returns with the answer, we had two copies, we sold them.

Now I think it fair to say, Adultery, Paulo Coelho’s latest book is not a rare limited edition. It is an international best-seller, last week in the Sunday Times best-seller list, WHSmith Farnborough sells their only two copies, but fails to re-order. A best-seller they have on special offer, only they do not bother to stock!

It is unbelievable anyone can conduct business in this slapdash manner and still remain in business. WHSmith has become a laughing stock. But I doubt they even care.

Adultery, published earlier this month, an international best-seller from an international best selling author, WHSmith has it on special offer at half price, they have failed to restock the copies sold, let alone on prominent display!

If you have an international best-seller on special offer, do you not have it on prominent display?

It is little wonder WHSmith a failing High Street chain, permanent fire sales. The only surprise is that they remain in business.

WHSmith Farnborough: Paulo Coelho’s latest book

August 20, 2014
Adultery international best seller

Adultery international best seller

I managed to catch WHSmith Farnborough about ten minutes before they closed.

Would WHSmith Farnborough have Paulo Coelho’s latest book?

I looked, I could not find, not with chart hardbacks, not with hardback special offers.

I asked at the information desk, or at least I did when someone came to man it.

As I asked the lady, most of the lights went out.

How to make customers feel valued and wanted. Health and Safety.

Paulo Coelho’s latest book?

I am now used to the blank stare. I give the title and am asked to spell Adultery.


Not shown.

I look. Adultery misspelt, entered as author.

Try again.

Yes, we have, No idea where. Has to consult a list which shows where shelved.

We go to the end of an aisle, where as far as I can tell, the books are shelved randomly.

Yes, two copies, even have stickers saying on special offer at half price, but you would not know this, as shelved with only the spines showing.

I take both copies, two copies their entire stock.

Half price, a 20% off voucher giving a further 20% off, two books for £9-98, less than the cost of one at £14-99. Better than Amazon, even at half price without the extra 20% discount.

Adultery, published last week, an international best-seller from an international best selling author, WHSmith has it on special offer at half price, they have all of two copies in stock and not on prominent display!

If you have an international best-seller on special offer, do you not have it on prominent display?

It is little wonder WHSmith a failing High Street chain, permanent fire sales. The only surprise is that they remain in business.

Dysfunctional Stagecoach No1 Goldline bus service

August 14, 2014
Stagecoach clapped-out double decker bus

Stagecoach clapped-out double decker bus

Late lunch at Caffe Macchiato, I would have lingered for a tea or coffee or maybe a Peroni, but it was not raining, and as there had been heavy showers and thunderstorms all day, I decided not to risk it, leave and catch the bus.

I may as well not have bothered, the bus failed to tun up, neither did the next bus, finally a clapped out double-decker bus.

The 1825 failed to show, the 1840 failed to show. Finally a clapped-out double-decker bus turned up at 1850.

This is supposed to be a Goldline route, low loader easily accessible buses for disabled, kids in buggies, not a route for clapped-out double-decker buses. And yet that is what Stagecoach are running, and have been for some weeks.

I asked a couple of days ago, why? I got no response. I asked again today, to be told management decision.

An elderly disabled man who had been waiting sometime (I had been waiting 25 minutes) was left stranded. Driver and passengers did offer to help him onto the bus, but even had he been helped onto the bus, there was nowhere for him to park. The driver said the next bus too, was double-decker. The man said he would get a taxi. If he did, then Stagecoach should pay.

Speaking to the man left stranded at the bus stop, he said he had waited twenty minutes to get a bus into Aldershot (when buses are allegedly every ten minutes), then two buses came.

As I alighted from the bus, a second clapped-out double-decker passed us by.

On the bus all this week, notice saying new timetable, more frequent buses. Collect new timetable from bus station. Why not on the bus? Going in there were timetables (September 2013, not new timetable).

Many of the Goldline buses are not roadworthy. As they pull away from a bus stop, they belch out a cloud of black sooty smoke.

Whilst waiting for the bus, very black clouds approaching. Luckily though, I reached my destination before the rain arrived, but no thanks to Stagecoach.

Farnborough International Airshow 2014

July 20, 2014
Red Arrows

Red Arrows

Airbus A350

Airbus A350

Airbus A380

Airbus A380

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing 787 Dreamliner







Red Arrows

Red Arrows

Farnborough International Airshow Monday 14 July to Sunday 20 July 2014 in words and pictures.

Shame those local businesses who saw the airshow as an opportunity to rip off locals and visitors alike.

Nightmare for residents who find roads blocked, one way systems reversed, the area gridlocked.

A fun day for the family, but in reality, the world’s biggest arms fair, and as we are seeing in Gaza, it is civilians, women and children, who bear the brunt of casualties.

Benefits for a few, disbenefits for the many. Disbenefits greatly outweigh the benefits.

Lunch at Nepalese restaurant

July 20, 2014
lunch at Nepalese restaurant

lunch at Nepalese restaurant

A break from the airshow with lunch at the Nepalese restaurant across the road from The Swan Inn.

Not busy, indeed it was empty, which meant the buffet had been sitting there for some time. Being empty, meant a choice of tables, therefore could sit by the window and watch the planes. Sadly yet another local business that sees the airshow as an excuse to rip people off. And yet, on other days, apart from Sunday, they were closed during the afternoon.

The Gloster

July 19, 2014

On a businesses park, a pub The Gloster or Hungry Horse, confusing as it has two names, and a businesses park a strange place to have a pub, even more so with private security and signs saying No Entry Private Business Park. I have come across ghastly pubs, but none as ghastly as this pub. On offer, a hog roast, at least there was if you were willing to pay £5 or was it £15, as two signs with different price to gain entry

Greed rules ok for local pubs. Fleece visitors every which way.

On a par with the rough pubs in Aldershot, and seemed to attract the same clientèle.

Lunch at The Swan Inn

July 18, 2014
The Swan Inn

The Swan Inn

view of airfield deliberately obstructed

view of airfield deliberately obstructed

I had decided to have lunch at The Swan Inn. Had I not already decided, I would not have eaten there, as I was appalled at the marque and vans that were deliberately obstructing view of the runway from the main road. Something locals may wish to reflect upon.

A special Airshow menu. There was nothing special on the menu, other than the price, therefore reasonable to assume Farnborough Airshow being used as an excuse to rip off customers.

A chalk board advising 20% discount with voucher if you register to receive their newsletter.

Registration made, voucher printed and presented.

I have come across bad service, but nothing to compare with the reception of my voucher.

First girl looked at it with distaste, called over a second girl. She spent at least five minutes scrutinising it, trying to find grounds to refuse it. Finding none, she told me to go to a different part of the bar. This I did, but finding it busy, I came back, made it very clear their behaviour was unacceptable.

A third girl who looked like she was moonlighting from school, then intervened. Grudgingly, she accepted the voucher.

I also ordered a drink, to be told does not cover drink. The beer was served in plastic, not a glass.

Second girl told me voucher required two courses. Nothing on the voucher to say so, even though she tried very hard to find.

Third girl asked where I was sitting. I pointed to a table in the bar.

No, you cannot sit there, the offer only applies to our restaurant.

I asked was the menu different.

She said no.

Earlier, I had said I wished to sit on the veranda, to be told no. No reason was given. I then said garden, to be told it was £30 to sit in their garden.

But odd, I am being asked where I am sitting. On walking in, a sign saying ask to be seated.

Maybe I should have pointed out their own sign.

Maybe too, I should have pointed out their very prominent sign saying subscribe to their newsletter and receive a 20% discount voucher.

Or drawn attention to their website (actually I did):

Subscribe to our newsletter and we’ll give you a voucher for 20% off your food bill!

I then settled down to what I excepted to be a long wait.

Impossible to relax, moronic pop music blasting out.

Surprisingly not a long wait.

beer battered haddock

beer battered haddock

Haddock and chips. The haddock served upside down and plonked on the chips. The so-called chips, potato wedges, that most people would have thrown out. Mushy peas, in a tiny little pot the size of an egg cup.

No salt and pepper on the table. I was not asked if I required. I looked around and could not see any. No one inquired was my meal ok.

I was not the only person not happy. Other people I spoke to, were not happy either.

The kitchen closed at three, not open again until six. What world are they living in?

Ropes were across the door on entry, and across the door leading down to the veranda. Rope trailing on the ground, ideal trip hazard walking into a dark pub from brilliant sunshine outside. One of the girls (not who served me) did trip as she came in from the bright sun.

After the girl tripped, it was pointed out a trip hazard, but no action taken.

In the absence of a discount voucher, haddock and chips £10-95.

Again from their website, I think someone’s idea of a sick joke:

An historic building set in a fantastic location, The Swan Inn is now open after a major refurbishment and this welcoming, independently run gastro pub boasts a stylish beer garden with unique views over the London-Farnborough runway.

Enjoy quality, freshly-cooked food with locally sourced ingredients … Our popular lunch and dinner menus serve traditional and healthy pub alternatives, and our friendly staff will gladly take you through the seasonal menu and daily specials.

Gastro oub it certainly is not, whether locally sourced ingredients, I know not, apart from the fact the haddock came not from the nearby Basingstoke Canal, and there is nowhere local growing potatoes or peas (which were mushy not fresh), and the stylish garden (an area of grass with tables) costs £30 to sit in, and if what I experienced is welcoming, one wonders what unwelcoming is like.

The garden, for which it was being charged £30 to sit in, even though you were a customer, is on the centre line of the runway. It is not safe. It is within the PSZ (Public Safety Zone), defined by 1 in 100,000 risk contour, within which cannot build, cannot allow people to congregate, as deemed too high a risk, ie not safe. The 1 in 10,000 risk contour lies just short of the garden.

The best place to observe the planes, unless you wish to view the underside of a plane landing or taking off, is outside and to the side of The Swan Inn.

In light of the fact The Swan Inn was deliberately blocking local residents passing along the main road of a view of the airfield (many were enjoying that view earlier in the week), I suggest locals show what they think of this pub by boycotting it.

Apart from blocking the view, there were vehicles parked on the footpath, forcing people out onto a very busy main road. Police on cycles came by, stopped for several minutes outside the pub, but took no action. Nor did they take action on drinks being consumed outside the pub.

The Swan Inn was refurbished some years ago. Before then a very rough pub. A quality pub, good food, may work in Farnham or Godalming or Guildford, but not Farnborough. Revisiting a couple of years ago they seemed to have repositioned themselves at the lower end of the market, their clientèle being rowdy drunks. The outside of the pub is now looking the worse for wear.

The Swan Inn is owned by TAG who also own the airfield.

99p Stores obstacle course

June 19, 2014

99p Stores obstacle course

I do not know why this shop is always so bad, always stock on the floor, a trip hazard, but I have never seen it this bad. the staff are always told, they take no notice.  Maybe they are waiting until someone trips and falls, injures themselves and sues.

A price war has broken out between 99p Stores and Poundland. Poundland dropped prices to 97p, 99p Stores followed, Poundland dropped again, this time to 95p, 99p Stores did not follow. Net result, 99p Stores empty, Poundland  not empty, but could hardly describe as busy. On the other hand, town is empty, all other shops are empty. 

No problem with traffic congestion

June 9, 2014
The Tumbledown Dick traffic congestion

The Tumbledown Dick traffic congestion

No problem with traffic congestion, that is what the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor in the pocket of Big Business and greedy developers said of plans to demolish the c1720s Tumbledown Dick for a 200 plus seater Drive-Thru McDonald’s.

Farnburger: Chavsville degenerates into Ratsville

May 13, 2014
piles of rotting rubbish

piles of rotting rubbish

A week ago, I found piles of rotting rubbish around the back of what used to be HSBC.

Today Watching Rushmoor posted:

We came across these pictures on the web today – what concerns us the most is that these are overflowing bins at the Max Serviced Apartments (the old HSBC building) on Victoria Road which is the site next door to the old Tumbledown Dick, so…on to be a McDonald’s. Who would want to buy food next to this health & safety disaster!? Looking forward to yet more rubbish!! Just aswell a Litter Picker won the Rushmoor Community Award recently, he will be a very busy chap indeed.

It looks therefore as though this rubbish has been there at least a week, if not longer.

Welcome to Farnborough, run by the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor!

This of course will be as nought, once a Drive-Thru McDonald’s opens.

The lying head of planning said there would be no rubbish. But then the liar also said, no traffic congestion, no antisocial behaviour, and that health was not a planning matter.

Is this why Rotten Borough of Rushmoor chose a litter picker for their community award? A decision taken in secret. But then they like meeting in secret, they met the Fat Clown in secret, to stitch up the local community, and destroy the c 1720s Tumbledown Dick for a Drive-Thru McDonald’s. An award that should have gone to Fran Beauchamp, who has done more for the local community than most of the sleazy councillors have ever done.

In Iceland corrupt politicians and bankers are rotting in prison. Time to put corrupt planners, bankers, politicians in prison. But if we did, we would need a massive prison building programme.

Iceland did it ... so can we

Iceland did it … so can we


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