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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 10th March, 2023)

Robin Park


Robin Park
That’s good advice that is "Drive Thru". All the way through and out the other side.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
Views: 1,817

Comment by: Irritating Rash on 10th March 2023 at 00:47

I have a soft-spot for Burger King.

Comment by: e on 10th March 2023 at 00:55

The teacher spoke of Shakespeare,
not kestrels in the sky ,
hypnotised I watched them ,
hover up so high,
Once we had our pitches ,
a try or goal to keep,
a schoolboys kestel morning ,
a Shakespeare falling sleep.
Now a yank style feeding ,
the pitches all are gone ,
I thought I'd float a memory ,
to hang my sleep upon ..

Comment by: PeterP on 10th March 2023 at 07:20

Not been to Robin Park to shop for a good while. Led to believe due to over development that it is a nightmare to find a parking spot.If its true then this will deter shoppers and will defeat the object of out of town shopping

Comment by: Gary on 10th March 2023 at 07:20

Not a criticism Dennis, it is a good photo, yet it could be anywhere in the UK with those brand names.
The satirical magazine Viz, a North East theme, has in the past referred to Offal King and Cost a Fortune.

Comment by: T on 10th March 2023 at 08:11

Need one of those advanced driving qualifications if you're planning on going on there these days

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 10th March 2023 at 08:21

Agreed, Dennis....drive straight through! Everything looks just so "American" these days....WHY do we have to copy their "shopping malls" and even their speech. "DRIVE THRU"??! Drives me potty! Especially being addressed as "you guys"...I make a point of saying "I'm NOT a "guy", and get looked at as if I've just landed from Mars. I detest retail parks and the only time we have visited here was when we needed a new bathroom suite and I was told by the young sales assistant that I had a choice of "faucets". I asked him if he meant taps, and walked out. We are being forced into these out-of-town, soul-less, impersonal places. and what happens to people who don't have a car? I know that only a few people will agree with me but we are all entitled to an opinion.

Comment by: Poet on 10th March 2023 at 08:27

Just about sums up the modern world . Americanisation , junk food and people too lazy to get out their cars to buy it .
The road layout is a mini spaghetti junction . I'm amazed there aren't more crashes with so many vehicles seemingly coming and going from all directions . It reminds me of that film ' Falling Down ' , where Michael Douglas is slowly driven mad by it all .
A good picture Dennis of an absolute nightmare .

Comment by: DTease on 10th March 2023 at 08:31

Them burgers go straight “THRU” me.

Comment by: Julie on 10th March 2023 at 08:36

Were do we think we are America, its a joke what do we want all those drive throughs and coffee houses for on a retail park. All everybody does today is takin in by it people have not got a mind of there own, supposed to be a cost of living crisis but yet daft people will go and pay £3 for a coffee and junk meals at £6 or 7 pound at a time i would not go any off them places and get ripped off.

Comment by: Julie on 10th March 2023 at 09:41

Well said Irene Roberts, completely true i absolutely agree with you100% .

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 10th March 2023 at 09:58

I suppose we are lucky in Nth Norfolk...some would obviously say we are unlucky.....as we dont have a ' mall ' nearby, neither north or south of us..and the hinterand is fields and more fields.
We have been infiltrated by Costalot coffee shops where people seem to sit & read newspapers or gossip all day long on leather sofas.
Luckily we have tried & tested places owned by locals where you can get a cup of coffee which is not chosen from a board with umpteen ways of having the said cup of coffee at an exorbitant price......& I agree with Irene about all this Americanism that has crept into English....I feel better for that !

Comment by: Veruca on 10th March 2023 at 10:17

I avaid those coffee places like the plague, especially starbucks. I went once and it was vile.

Comment by: Poet on 10th March 2023 at 11:17

I say chips you say fries
You like burgers I like pies
I say bonnet you say hood
I say mate you say bud
I say petrol you say gas
I say bottom you say ass
You say faucet I say tap
You say sidewalk I say path
You say tamayta I say tomato
Let's call the whole thing off .

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 10th March 2023 at 11:20

Thanks for your support, Julie and Helen....I didn't expect that....I actually expected to be told I was "old-fashioned and behind the times in Modern Wigan". Something else that drives me mad is when people "up" their voice at the end of a sentence like Australians do....WHY do we have to copy other people? And as for "giving it the heads-up" and "blue sky thinking" .....don't get me started! I don't think "inside the box" and I don't think "OUTSIDE the box".....I don't even know where the flamin' box is!! (Wish I could put a "smiley face" on at this point but there isn't a facility). DTease, keep off those burgers, lad! (You always manage to make us all laugh!). As for the comment from "Veruca".....there was one on a couple of days ago from "Veronimo"....I get the feeling it is someone impersonating Veronica.....I assure you it isn't her! I don't know why people feel the need to do that.

Comment by: Rusty Iron on 10th March 2023 at 13:30

"Modern Wigan" is exactly the same as any other modern town, with no character. Except some towns have got more "sameness" than others.

Comment by: Strebor Eneri on 10th March 2023 at 13:37

If the council are trying to make Wigan into a better shopping town, they're going the wrong way about it.
Everything seems to be going backwards.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 10th March 2023 at 13:59

Our "new" contributor, Strebor Eneri is Irene Roberts backwards ....I assure everyone that it isn't me...someone on here is playing silly beggars with regular contributors' names, ie myself and Veronica. What they get out of it is beyond my comprehension, and what a waste of space.

Comment by: Veronica on 10th March 2023 at 14:05

Some people like us so much Irene our names are put on backwards and partially….
I don’t have a verruca but do have one painful corn! Strebor is a definite fan Irene. Even Mick couldn’t think that one up….The photo reminds me of Grease thru and thru…which there must loads of in those burgers Dennis. Mind you don’t trip up when you’re going for a cost a lot coffee.

Comment by: Garry on 10th March 2023 at 15:17

It's a nightmare too. If you ever go to Wickes DIY store you get dizzy turning left and right for ages, it's like a maze, too many junk food outlets on a small parking area and "we buy any car" take up valuable parking spaces.
I need a sherry.

Comment by: Sandra on 10th March 2023 at 15:20

Gary not anywhere in the UK, DW stadium is in the photo.

Comment by: Sue on 10th March 2023 at 15:38

We are getting like USA all the time, and we even look like them in some cases, with all this nonsense junk grub so called food, we are pileing on weight like never before.
We use to see adverts on TV about bread, washing powder, butter, dog and cat food etc etc, now the adverts are Dominoes pizzas, Burger King, Mc Donald's KFC etc.
Where is all this going to lead with our younger people?

Comment by: DerekB on 10th March 2023 at 15:42

Why has now (as in the present time) suddenly become right now to everyone speaking on radio and TV programmes.

Comment by: Malc on 10th March 2023 at 15:45

How many Chickens do KFC sell across Britain???
They're open everywhere everyday, shourly Chickens don't breed that fast.

Comment by: Alex on 10th March 2023 at 15:50

Can younger women and men cook at home these days.....?
I mean, a good square meal.

Comment by: Verandah on 10th March 2023 at 16:42

The way food prices are going, it'll soon be cheaper to eat in McDonald's or Burger King. Not the chippy, that's too dear.

Comment by: Veronica on 10th March 2023 at 16:52

It seems everything is for the easiest these days and blow the expense.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 10th March 2023 at 16:58

You're right Sue.....half the adverts are for Fast Food to be delivered at people's homes, and the other half are for funeral plans! The adverts used to be better than the programmes years ago, with little jingles that everyone sang along to....."Everyone's a Fruit and Nut Case" and "Murray Mints, Murray Mints, Too Good to Hurry Mints"....now we only get to choose who does our cremation! Bring back Captain Birdseye, I say!

Comment by: Cyril on 10th March 2023 at 17:18

I don't venture down there now it's been altered, it's far too congested and with narrow roads with tight bends, they must think everyone drives dinky cars.

Irene and Veronica, I too have noticed those odd and different poster names creeping in lately, and they are creepy too, whoever must have plenty time on their hands, so true the saying - Idle hands are the devil's workshop.

Malc, and there are also chickens and bits of chickens for sale in all the supermarkets too and they have thousands of stores across the country. The chicks are bred on in massive sheds and gaining weight by being pumped full of 'whatever' - is it any wonder the end product just doesn't taste like chicken as it once did - when it was natural, now it's tasteless, and in these fast food shops it's coated with umpteen chemical powders to give it some sort of flavour.

Comment by: DTease on 10th March 2023 at 19:49

If yer feeling pecking and you don’t know what to do
Just buy herself a burger and it’ll go right “Thru”
Wash it down with a Costa, it’s the only thing to do
Just give it a couple of minutes and that’ll come “Thru” too
You’ll know at once that you’ve made the right decisions
When it all comes away like a flock of Pigeons.

Comment by: Pat McC on 10th March 2023 at 19:59

Count me in too Irene - I agree wholeheartedly with you. No wonder spelling and grammar has become such a problem today.

Comment by: Pw on 10th March 2023 at 21:18

Language and grammar evolves.I always found old poetry and Shakespeare play difficult to read but folk of that era must have understood it.

Comment by: Jembo on 10th March 2023 at 21:39

Mmmmmm.... Burger King! I'll have an Steakhouse Angus with fries and a portion of onion rings please :)

Comment by: Edna on 10th March 2023 at 21:52

Count me in as well Irene. I think we are on the same page..DTease, you get better every day at bringing a smile ???? and Garry, I need a double Sherry if I go to Robin Park, I'm dizzy.

Comment by: Venezuela on 10th March 2023 at 23:14

Jembo, no, not for me. That 'Steakhouse Angus' should be a good meal, with chips, but they serve it with 'smokey bacon' and 'smokey BBQ sauce'. They want 'smoking'.
To make matters worse, it comes with 'fries'. Aaaaaagh.

Comment by: Alan on 11th March 2023 at 07:25

Most Junk food outlets put ie BBQ sauce and other sauces on poor food so all you can taste is the sauce. It could be out of date food, but you wouldn't know. And that's a fact.

Comment by: Poet on 11th March 2023 at 11:41

If you have a pizza with radius z and thickness a , it's volume is
pi *z*z*a .

Comment by: Garry on 11th March 2023 at 13:58

Never had a pizza in my life, and proud of it.

Comment by: Iseen Theateam on 11th March 2023 at 15:47

I've never had sea-food in my life, but I can't say I'm proud of it because, to me, it's not something to be "proud" of. Or is it just me who thinks that way, because I'm not from Wigan?

Comment by: Pie eater. on 11th March 2023 at 20:10

That last comment is on cloud 9.

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