I was in Woolworths on Saturday, their last day of trading and I must say it was a sad sight.

I’m not a big fan of the shop, it just didn’t grab me to be honest - I’m not sure why exactly but I would never have thought of going there to buy anything.  When I was younger there were a couple of shops I was interested in visiting - John Menzies and Woolies, however as time passed I realised Menzies had everything I wanted and so Woolworths drifted out of my life.

It’s new year time, so of course it’s only natural that thoughts turn to possible resolutions.

At this present time, with all that’s happily financially in the world and with the doom-mongers promising more of the same (if not worse) lying ahead in the upcoming year my mind has been turning to resolutions revolving around finances.

I’ve not set anything in stone as far as the resolutions go, but doing a few sums has brought up some sobering figures.  Firstly, the mortgage is obviously the biggest millstone around most people’s necks so it’s there most of the horror figures lie.

In 2002 I bought a new MINI, and was over the moon - if a little skint because of it.  The best thing about MINIs financially speaking, was that you could order a TLC pack when you bought it which basically meant you spent £100.00 at the outset and that entitled you to a booklet of vouchers which covered your first 3 years servicing.

£100 for 3 years servicing = a very good deal indeed.

Hmm, last post was on 18th June 2008 - almost a month ago, and I feel a bit ashamed at the lack of action!

Don’t really have any excuses either other than the fact I’ve just been lazy of late.  Well, we did eventually move house, but I can’t blame that for almost four weeks inactivity.

So what’s happened in the intervening period?  Well, for a start the spacebar on my laptop appears to be about to give up the ghost so apologies for any words running into each other - I think I’ve caught any so far, but some may slip through.  Pennies are tight so this thing has to last me a few years yet!

I’ve been looking forward to the release of Rock Band since I heard about it last year sometime, but now the time has come for it to reach our shores I’m pretty disappointed.

Not by the game itself, but by the cost.

For those who don’t know the game, it involves playing instruments connected to your Wii, Xbox 360 or PS3.  The relevant notes appear onscreen and the object is to play along in time.

Other games have been produced in the past, most of which allowed you to play along with an electric guitar - or some allow you to sing along karaoke style with a microphone.

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