I’m not sure where to put this or whom to tell so I thought I could keep a blog about it. It’s basically just an account of all the completely random things in my life - random things that I think and do. This seems like the most appropriate place to talk about this kind of stuff. I am a dental nurse with a particular interest in fashion and design. I had always wished I had studied it and I still consider studying fashion and design to this day. I also enjoy going to IKEA with my family and browsing the new furniture, but I suppose you think I’m quite weird by now!
I love to watch daytime programming on the rare occasion I get the day off. I think shows such as bargain hunt and cash in the attic are quite amazing in terms of how people can generate so much money from old antique furniture in their living rooms or old ornaments in their attics. I love all different variations of design that you see on such TV shows and I hope their broadcasting does not end.
Did I mention that I just found out my salary will be cut by 2%? Oh, yes, despite all the prices going up so much we are expected to make do with less money. Not even a salary freeze for us lowly dental nurses, no, a cut! Have you noticed the ridiculously high prices in shops nowadays? Particularly in the Cooperative; some examples are wispa chocolate bars for around 70p (anyone remember the days you could get a decent sized bar for 25 to 30 pence?) or a medium sized tub of strawberries for over 4 pounds! Even Tesco is becoming ridiculous in many cases. They are struggling to keep up with rising commodity prices but all the while our (the consumers’) wages are being frozen or cut. If you charge us 4 pounds for a tub of strawberries that’s 4 pounds less we are going to have to spend on other things! Our money is not infinite, you know!
At the very least we’ve got low interest rates: our mortgage is a tracker so it only stays a certain amount above base rate. Thankfully, we have one of those, otherwise we would never be able to afford basic living costs. And thankfully, once again, we only browse the furniture in IKEA as opposed to buying anything, because we are all now fully furnished, and have been for a good few years now, well before this financial crisis hit us.
It all comes back to the financial crisis, whatever else I try to talk about. When was it said, so many times, that we would see bankers’ bonuses cut? During the crisis. But now that we are ‘out’ of it, no one does anything, and the bankers are being paid as much money as they have always earned, it’s quite disgusting. After all, if the financial centre of the country, the city, is where the money is at, it is relatively difficult to get it out of the city, much easier to keep it in. That’s why my wages as a dental nurse are cut whereas bankers are still being paid hundreds of thousands per year. I am getting angry now, so I will stop writing. We will speak soon, Serena.
Introduction - Strawberries, Bankers and Furniture