Tuesday, September 7, 2010


streets of Ayr #2, originally uploaded by julesberry2001.

The ghost of commerce past.

Actually I thought Ayr was looking a lot happier than when we last visited 1.75 years ago. Back then there was the depression of almost every shop being in a state of closing down bankruptcy. The still open cafes served recession specials and the remaining shops had special recession deals. Now all that has gone and one notices more the signs of carpentry indicating new shops about to open.

This street down by the harbour though was another story... I think only one establishment was still in business, and it was closing down.

I've not noticed recession elsewhere - not in Glasgow 1.75 years ago, nor Cambridge now. Glasgow is far shinier than it ever was and Cambridge about the same, although the roads are busier.

The house prices everywhere are unbelievably enormous. Clearly, when we retire, we will all go and live with our parents.

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