Saturday, June 16, 2007

supermarket sweep

Scene outside the new Hartcliffe Iceland. I watched a constant stream of chavs - some were smoking! - load up with junk and walk sullenly back to their cars.

Ignorance is bliss.

Supermarkets will be an early victim of Peak Oil, attacked on both the supply and demand side. Supply will splutter as petrol becomes scarce - a few will get a private rail siding in time, probably, but most will just wither. At the same time many of the supermarkets' customers will simply no longer be able to reach the shop. Local shops will spring up everywhere, selling local produce. We'll miss the supermarkets, but I can't see any way that they will survive, even if they have been building them pretty much exclusively alongside existing and future railways for years now.
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