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Bill Collins
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Posted: 07 November 2018 at 1:50pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I`m not a taxi driver, Robbie!
Yes, i know Queen`s Square and Dudley St, i think i know
the shop you mean, it`s in a little olde worlde type
side street? What is this "Greggs" of which you speak?
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Greggs is the store one never goes in because THEY PUT MAYO ON THEIR SANDWICHES!

Do let me know if you go in that shop. Photos welcome. There are fewer comics than other stores as it's more toys and merchandise than anything.

And can you please tell your city to set up a WHSmith there? When I'm there, where am I supposed to buy magazines? 
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Oh Robbie, there WAS one in The Mander Centre, but it
closed a couple of years ago...another reason for me not
to visit!

Interesting fact...The Greggs in New Cross Hospital is
claimed to be the second busiest in the country, how`s
that for irony?
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Welcome our dear American friends. Yes, this really is the stuff us Brits talk about.

Keep it going guys, this is car crash forum if ever Iíve seen it. But oh so entertaining.
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That`s how conversations work, James!
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I dare say, my good men! Well said! Well said, indeed! And how's about that all that uproar and codswallop at Harrod's, eh? Blinkered case of the collywobbles in a pig's eye there, if you ask me, eh wot? 

Okay, you're right. The rest of us can't play here. Carry on...

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I love this thread!
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Greg, my uncle ventured into Wolverhampton by car at 
night to visit the theatre, he hadn`t driven in the city 
for a couple of decades.Confused by the road layout and 
poor signage, he merged into a lane a couple of metres 
too early and got TWO fines for being in a bus lane.He 
vowed never to visit the city again.

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Bill, I also fell foul of bus lanes in Glasgow when working up there. My sat nav took me on a route past Central Station which is a two lane road. No markings for a Bus Lane, 3 weeks later a £90 fine hits me. I queried and challenged it, and it turns out there is a tiny sign that says the left hand lane is for buses only, and I should have been more observant!!! No leeway given. My Dad got caught out by it 5 weeks later, and a work colleague shortly after that. Must be a great money spinner.
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Greggs is the store one never goes in because THEY PUT MAYO ON THEIR SANDWICHES!

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Robbie, I only stop at Greggs at motorway services, but was in one in Folkestone the other week and see they charge 50p to sit inside and eat your food.

Everyone else reading this, this is how exciting Britain gets and is indicative of the shared problems we face on our fair isle ;)

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Yes, the New York store is FPI.

On a related note, we used to have a lot of non-FP comic stores around. There are some - check out Dave's Comics in Brighton if you're ever there - but there was one called Another World in Wolverhampton.

I think most either "died" or became absorbed by FP or FPI. 

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Thanks, Robbie! If I ever make it to that part of the world, I'll look out for it. 


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I used to use Futureshock in Glasgow as a comic shop. Which was Glasgow's first comic shop.

A Google search of it reveals a colourful history about it to say the least.
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"I dare say, my good men! Well said! Well said,
indeed! And how's about that all that uproar and
codswallop at Harrod's, eh? Blinkered case of the
collywobbles in a pig's eye there, if you ask me, eh
wot?"

If i EVER hear any of my countrymen saying any of
that, i`ll let you know!

In reply to Greg, yes the local councils wring their
hands and shake their heads at the death of city
centre`s, whilst raking in millions by persecuting the
innocent motorist, driving them to out of town retail
parks.
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Regarding Greggs charging 50p to sit inside, i remember
McDonalds doing something similar, there was one price
for take away, and a slightly dearer price for eating in
the restaurant, and heaven help you if you claimed you
were taking away, then sat down to eat!
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I could be wrong, but isn't the extra charge for eating inside something to do with VAT? 
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I think so.
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Re Greggs

I stand by that company as every Monday they give us all their unsold food which we then distribute to the local homeless. They give it to a different charity each day.
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Yes, James, i read that they are quite ethical, and i do
like their sausage rolls!
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I only ever bought from the new York City Forbidden Planet and I guess I don't really care how they were connected back in the old country, I just know they offered some good stuff for sale. From England I mostly have bought from David Nightingale's Thunderbooks when it was operating, and under the Mr. Thunder name since then I guess.
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Thunderbooks is a good name for a store, Rebecca! 
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Thunderbooks, in Blackpool, I visited that store whenever
I went to Blackpool for the illuminations!
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