Jim asks a question to which I would dearly like to know the answer myself.
“I was wandering past Olivers the other day and saw a planning application posted outside. Fearing the worst (particularly with the old Spread Eagle antiques shop looking ominously stripped out and ready for ‘improvement’) I was relieved to read that the bar just seems to be
expanding somewhat. Can you shed any light on what’s going on, both there and in the old shop?”
The Phantom Replies:
I saw this notice myself and have no idea what’s going on. I’m sure someone here does, though. Please put Jim and myself out of our collective misery.
While we’re about it, a rumour reached my phantasmagorical ears that a second fishmongers was to open in Greenwich, in Royal Hill. Frankly I hope it’s not true. I don’t believe there’s room for two fishmongers in such a small area and if we’re not careful they might steal each other’s thunder and end up both closing at the same time. The Fishmonger Ltd was brave enough to stick its neck out when no other bugger would touch the idea. They deserve our loyalty rather than some Johnny-come-lately who’s seen the concept works and thinks they’ll go for the easy location. What we need is a truly decent bakers – or one of a host of other lovely shops (votes for the return of the sausage shop are never far away from my mailbox) not doublings of the same thing.
Phew. Glad I got that off my chest. Blimey, I’m an angry Phantom today. Must be the change of season…