The “Don’t Believe The Hype” Diary Special
I’ve had a busy few days. At the tail end of last week I was at the Newton Village Hall Committee meeting helping the great team there to finalise plans for a number of forthcoming events for the village. On Friday night I attended the Leverington Conservative Branch meeting which was focused on fundraising and other business.
On Saturday I worked a final day at one of the businesses I am a involved in – Number10 Cafe in Wisbech. We have now closed up shop (though will re-open briefly for Rose Fair.) It’s been a fun couple of years and I’ve enjoyed being a part of the cafe, but anybody involved in business knows when circumstances change you have to change with them and sometimes that means cashing in your chips, which is what we’ve decided to do. It wasn’t an easy decision because we will miss the many excellent regular customers we’ve come to know. But external changes beyond our control, coupled with some staffing changes, meant this was the right time to bring the business to a close.
I was amused by the sensationalist report in the Usual Local Paper (no prizes for guessing which one) which said that we had opened in a “blaze of publicity” (we had an opening party that lasted an hour) and which then said that even our good reports on Trip Advisor “couldn’t save us.” Typical article from the Usual Suspect. I’m a bit worried that he might be in love with me but that he doesn’t express emotion well :) Interesting aside – the only comment on the article from a member of the public suggesting that “the business would have worked 30 years ago, but now it had to be Russian to survive” or something. Of course, the fact that our next-door neighbour, an Eastern European delicatessen, shut up shop a few months ago neither merited a news article nor seems to agree with the commenter’s sentiment. Probably it has escaped the Wisbech Standard’s notice that quite a few shops have shut or are shutting in the last few months in our town and others. Obviously the special thing about my shop shutting it that its my shop, and so the opportunity for another of his sly little snipes. He should just ask me for a date. I’m married – and I don’t swing that way – but at least he’d be out of the closet. It’s unhealthy to keep these obsessions on the inside. :)
For the record: we (the owners) have closed up shop for our own reasons and at our leisure. Those reasons have naff all to do with Eastern Europeans, despite them being the bogeyman of choice for so many of late. We have not “gone bankrupt” and are entirely solvent. Nobody has “forced us” to close, we have no outstanding bills to any supplier or anybody else and we have the best wishes of the staff – all of whom have received their full legal compensation in the proper way. We have chosen to sell at this time, we have not “been closed” by anybody or anything. Meanwhile, we provided jobs for local people for two years and we are proud of the service we provided our customers. That’s the actual truth. Simple, really.
On Sunday I was at an Eastern European birthday party. Lots of vodka shots were drunk. Great food, too, and a really enjoyable and positive atmosphere. I had a lot of fun! My Latvian (I’m learning to speak Latvian) got a bit of a workout and I quickly found out I need to learn a lot more before I try and chat about anything other than: “Where is the toilet?” and “My name is.”
Monday evening I took part in the Wisbech Town Council Festival’s Committee, which is presently working on the August Rock Festival (it sounds like its going to be really, really exciting!) and our activities during the Rose Fair.
Sadly, today (Tuesday) I will be spending about fourteen hours doing accounting. Blurgh. Not my favourite task, but its gotta be done. I suppose, then, I’d better get started. Hopefully, my blog post has been long and varied enough to give John Elworthy an article or two to fill the empty spaces in his paper with. I know he relies on me for content and I wouldn’t want to let the side down. Maybe: “Tierney does vodka shots”, or “Tierney says Aliens Have Visited Earth” would be a suitable headline? Does it have to be true in order to be printed? I forget. :)