And has anyone ever bought one of those hideous orange 'rock lights'? I use the word 'light' in the loosest term, as those things are so dim that I'd imagine the room gets darker when you switch it on! Again, you see the same rock lights in exactly the same position day after day, week after week... Who on earth persuades these poor people that Southend is the Mecca for 'pick n mix' and rock lights??
However, I was delighted to see that an open air yuletide bar had been set up at the top of the High Street, selling German beers and various mulled wines... Now that DID appeal! The only thing is, they've set the whole thing up right next to the permanent High Street sign warning you can be fined £500 for drinking alcohol there! That's gotta affect business!
The other thing of course is that because the overheads are so huge, most of the prices throughout the market are extortionate! £6 for a small gingerbread heart anyone? Toffee apple for £3? a manky bag of roasted peanuts for a fiver? Just what people are looking for in a credit crunch Christmas!
Other delights on sale right now in Southend High Street include
- A "big meat stick" made from "Turky"
- How about a "big knuckle" for six pound? or if you're feeling flush, why not add "cabbage and noodles" for an extra quid?? Yum!
- Biltong Droewors (I tried some, and yes they taste ever bit as nice as they look! See pic below)
Hey! an open air Bavarian bar! That looks tempting....
Hey! A £500 fine for drinking at the open air Bavarian bar? Not so tempting!
Biltong Droewors anyone?
Surely you can't resist a big knuckle? Someone should have told them that knuckle sandwiches are already common (and free!) in Southend High Street, especially after closing time...
Meat on a stick? Come on mum, give the kids a treat!
Traditional Bavarian white and pink chocolate mice...