Posts Tagged ‘Aldershot’

Aldershot Christmas Market

November 18, 2017

Passing through Aldershot on my way to Farnham, a rather sad affair of a Christmas Market in Union Street.

A handful of stalls selling rubbish.  A brass band, and sheds selling junk food.

The sheds have made an appearance the last few years. Now Union Street has the appalling stench of their food for the next few months.

Does Aldershot not already have a bad enough image for its disgusting junk food outlets without taking it further down market, if that is possible?

Once again an example of the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor does not care about Aldershot.

A far superior Christmas Market in Farnham.

At  a guess, the Christmas Market was for turning on the Christmas lights, as when I passed through later, I saw the Christmas lights were on.

Why so early, why not wait until early December?

I like what they did in Winchester, instead of wasting money on a so-called celebrity, they had the local Big Issue seller turn on the Christmas lights.

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Lemon Plaice closed

November 14, 2017

Lemon Place added to the growing number of shops closing in Farnborough.

No surprise, the only surprise it did not close years ago, as disgusting fish n chips and always empty.

A chain store opposite selling cheap rubbish has closed.

The biggest closure being Debenhams.

There are close parallels with closure of M&S in Aldershot. Both were selling rubbish the rest of the chain could not shift.

Debenhams bore no resemblance to the rest of the chain. The only time it saw anyone in store was when it held a sale.

St Modwens are threatening yet more regeneration.

Farnborough was not in need of regeneration prior to St Modwen trashing the town, demolishing half the town centre, in doing so destroying many small local businesses and throwing people out of their homes.

Time useless councillors stood up to St Modwen and said enough is enough.

Half a dozen sheds selling crap for Christmas takes the town further down market. The stench of the cooking turns stomach over as walk past. Loud music causing a nuisance.

Why does the council allow it? Because it rakes in some money. No thought given to the impact on the town, impact on businesses in the town.

Not possible to sit and relax in Starbucks with the noise and the stomach churning stench. No that I would wish to as I prefer coffee.

The next to pull out Wilkinsons? The store has been dead for years, ever since Poundland opened.

Both Aldershot and Farnborough in a downward spiral. Both due to the same causes, councillors getting into bed with developers and decades of bad planning decisions that favour greedy developers and do not do either the town or local community any favours.

The Coffee Bean Club

August 16, 2017

I noticed The Coffee Bean Club at Aldershot Station a couple of weeks ago when passing through on returning from Staycation Live in Godalming, not to be confused with the cafe at the waiting room, but only open in the morning.

Until today, I had never found opened. As my train was running a few minutes late I deiced to check it out and ordered a cappuccino.

Beans on sale, but nothing on their provenance, no roast date.

I asked where were they roasted? Did not know, did not wish to know, or with poor command of English, maybe did not understand.

They claim to be purveyors of fine coffee, meaningless, when cannot tell anything of the coffee, then take with a  pinch of salt.

Speciality coffee is defined, coffee with a Q rating higher than 80, anything below is commodity coffee.

Pleasantly laid out but tiny. If open during the day, if used quality beans, if employed a barista, could be a nice little coffee shop

The cappuccino was undrinkable. When I arrived at Alton Station I emptied it into a flower bed.

To date, nowhere in Aldershot serving quality coffee.

Aldershot Live Music Day

July 29, 2017

If putting on a music festival, either do it properly or do not bother.

Aldershot Live Music Festival must rank as one of the worst music festivals in the country.

As always no advance publicity. They erect posters in the town on the day it happens. There had not even been any information at the bandstand, one of the venues.

Two stages, in the past three.

Why not one, as they cannot find the talent for even one stage, let alone two? Use only the bandstand.

By the bandstand, a handful of people, no one playing.

In the town, a small stage, an audience of zero, literally no one, a sole female singer playing a guitar, could not play, could not sing.

I cannot comment on the acts as I did no stay, but if anything like previous years, not worth staying for.

I saw better at a  garden party a few weeks ago in Farnham and at the Godalming Food Festival.

Why no concessions? I expected to find at least something to eat and drink. Charge £50 for stall by the bandstand. Though even if free, vendors would have lost money.

What is it for, other than to give the impression the council is doing something? It cannot be to bring people into the town, as would only find out if in the town on the day. And clearly it did not bring anyone in, as the streets were deserted.  I contrast with Guildford yesterday, town centre packed as though Christmas shopping.

The council needs to terminate this farce,  as an appalling waste of public money.

If there is money available, then hand it to the West End Centre and ask them to organise a music festival.

Let us hope decent weather for next weekend, Staycation Live in Goldaming.

Flooding of Upper Union Street

July 27, 2017

All it takes is a brief heavy downpour for a stream to start  flowing down Upper Union Street.

The water flows in at the top, down the street, out the bottom, flows along the next street, where it then floods The Queen Hotel.

It is easy to see why. There are no drains.

Exactly the same problem as the flooding of Queensmead in Farnborough every time there is a heavy downpour.

Customer abused by Lidl duty manager

July 10, 2017

Fuck off and don’t come back. — duty manager Lidl Aldershot

Is this acceptable behaviour for staff in any store, verbal abuse of a customer?

But let us rewind a little.

The service in Lidl Aldershot is appalling, and it is getting worse.

It is not uncommon to find pallets and boxes in the middle of aisles, ideal trip hazards, and in the case of pallets, all too easy to catch ankle and receive a nasty cut.

When this has been draw to the attention of a member of staff, that a customer could trip and fall, the response was: they got eyes haven’t they.

Tough luck I guess if of poor sight or blind.

This evening, milk in the middle of the aisle, apart from the obstruction, it should be in a chiller cabinet.

The service at the tills is appalling. It usually takes longer at the till than it does to shop.

Now getting worse following the introduction of automated tills, tills that keep failing, no one manning any of the tills.

This evening one of those occasions, no one manning the tills, a queue forming for the self service tills, three members of staff holding a conversion whilst looking on and doing nothing. A member of staff when asked to man the tills, an abrupt no. Not the first time a refusal by staff to man the tills when requested to do so.

On leaving, duty manager obstructed a customer and shouted at the customer for having had the audacity to complain about the appalling service.

She then shouted at the customer, fuck off and don’t come back.

Asked to identify herself, she refused, other than saying she was the duty manager.

Then to compound her appalling behaviour, accompanied by a fat male colleague, followed the customer out of the store, down the street, shouting down the street at the customer.

Does Lidl consider this an appropriate way to treat its customers?

The duty manager was clearly lacking in any social skills, and raises questions how she was ever appointed as duty manger.

If there is an issue to raise with a  customer, approach the customer, introduce yourself, ask may I have a word. The customer under no obligation to agree.

We live in a world of social media. Any error, any poor service, abuse a customer, and it will be on social media and go viral.

If your appalling service is highlighted on social media, you do not improve your image by abusing a customer and telling them to fuck off, that merely highlights that  something is seriously wrong with your business. What you do is apologise, and attempt to improve your appalling service.

When a member of staff abuses a customer, you do not hesitate, you fire them on the spot.

When it is highlighted that something wrong with a  store and its appalling service, you do not enhance your reputation by verbally abusing a customer.

Lidl Farnham does not have this appalling level of service. Why is it deemed accepatable in Aldershot?

There is something seriously wrong with Lidl Aldershot. Is it not time Lidl sent in a hit team and sorted it out or do they not care?

Iced latte in Caffe Macchiato

July 3, 2017

Last week I had an iced latte in Caffe Macchiato.

Today a variant on what I had last week.

Last week, milk, ice cream, two shots espresso, ice, mixed in a blender, poured into a glass, add a straw.

Today, as before, but no sugar. I was not aware before sugar had been added. The espresso at least ten minutes in  a freezer to chill.  Add to blender as before, but not the espresso. Pour into the glass, then add the espresso. This should achieve a marbled effect as the espresso is added. It did not, practice required. Then add straw.

 

Aldershot Labour tried very hard not to win an election

June 11, 2017

Aldershot is a run down town, more like a large inner city. Prime picking for Labour one would have thought when Theresa May called an unnecessary General Election.

Labour in Aldershot ran an atrocious campaign. They tried very hard not to win.

Local candidate, local party, leader of local party, did an excellent job to work really hard not to win an election.

A useless candidate, and little evidence of any campaigning.

But when you look at their local councillors, easy to see something very wrong.

The only reason these useless candidates get elected is that they stand in slum estates where the electorate, when they can be arsed to vote, vote Labour as a knee-jerk reaction.

A complete failure to make use of social media, both by the candidate and leader of the local party.

Where were the posts of Jeremy Corbyn addressing mass rallies, John McDonnell making excellent economic points, the videos produced by Momentum?

The only video posted, of Dan Jarvis, who for some perverse reason was invited, the same Dan Jarvis who had been calling for Jeremy Corbyn to go. I say invited, not invited to visit, invited to post a message, that is so lacking in enthusiasm, it is palpable.  A video that was going to go a long way to obtain votes, I think not.  But if nothing else, illustrates how bad their use of social media, if this was the best they could do. And sadly it was.

But then this local party was one of the few not to support Jeremy Corbyn

Local activists did more on social media than the entire local party.

The candidate was not even local, parachuted in from outside.

Where Jeremy Corbyn inspired people, the Aldershot candidate generated as much enthusiasm as a wet dishcloth.

It could though have been worse, neighbouring Fleet the candidate was one of these useless local councillors.

To show how bad these councillors are, at least two have used social media to attack and abuse local activists who support Jeremy Corbyn.

The useless councillors would argue the Labour vote increased. Whilst this is correct, it should be noted the Tory vote has been on a  downward trend. Any increase in the Labour vote is entirely due to the efforts of Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and Momentum, and the work of local activists.

Aldershot Labour would form an excellent case study in how not to win an election.

If a second General Election is called this year, which is a real possibility, the candidate needs to be someone from Momentum, an activist, a candidate with vision and drive and charisma, who is known on the streets and has the ability to communicate and connect with people.

Food waste by Morrisons

September 15, 2016

Morrisons Cafe in Aldershot, used to late afternoon, mark down their cakes to ensure none left.

Not anymore. Now official edict, no cakes to be reduced until last hour.

Staff used their initiative, judged when to mark down the cakes. They shifted the cakes, no waste.

But it appears, initiative is not welcome in Morrisons.

An overpaid fool descended on the local Morrison store, threw a wobbly when he saw cakes reduced half an hour before the official sanctioned mark down time.

Now one would think, this overpaid fool would have better things to occupy his mind, like service, strategy, that the food served in this cafe is often disgusting, but no, cakes reduced half an hour too early. He should have been praising the staff for showing initiative, not criticising.

For the sake of making the price, Morrisons would rather see food waste than stock cleared.

Basingstoke Silver Band

August 27, 2016
Basingstoke Silver Band

Basingstoke Silver Band

Passing through Aldershot on the way to Farnham, a brass band in the bandstand in Princess Gardens, Basingstoke Silver Band.

An elderly gent and a couple of others.

I felt sorry for the brass band, having come all the way from Basingstoke.

Does no one understand publicity?