Sunday, January 17, 2021

What a Crazy World

 


“It’s tough to make predictions,

especially about the Future.”

(Yogi Berra)

 

Nine months ago, who would have thought there would be global/national shortages of elastic, garden chairs, pasta machines and jigsaws?

 

Louise Eccles wrote a great article in The Sunday Times looking back at a year of shortages, stockpiling and human ingenuity – when bread was in short supply we got baking, when exercise was restricted we bought trampolines (!!) – and bouncy castles – and Home Brewing went through the roof!!

 

Department store chain John Lewis in the UK revealed the Pandemic trends of 2020.

 

March:

Freezers up +177% as panicked shoppers stockpiled groceries (and landline sales were up 80% as workers bought equipment for their new home office).

 

April:

Loaf tins up 303% as homes were filled with the smell of freshly baked banana bread, sourdough and soda bread.

 

May:

Loungewear and leggings up 1,103% - waist up dressing and dress down Blursdays became the norm.  You know who you are!!

 

June:

Sewing machines up 203% - make your own face masks – if you could get hold of the aforementioned elastic.

 

July:

Picnic rugs up 900% - eating in the park and on the local beach.

 

August:

Paddling pools up 970% - children going crazy at home (you too!) – get them into the garden.

 

September:

Christmas trees up 233% - early Christmas shopping to lift the spirit – ornaments, cards through the roof (did you receive and send more cards than since the ‘good old days’ this year?).

 

October:

Jigsaws up 708% - what else can you do after you’ve binged everything in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Hebrew on Netflix?

 

November:

Patio heaters and fire pits +2,007% - lockdowns abound – back into the garden – barbecues and pizza ovens also all a go.

 

December:

Board games +83% - Monopoly for Millennials! – with vegan bistros and meditation retreats now on the board.

 

So – you were not alone!

 

KR