Published: Friday 2004-05-21.
Even though I do buy my groceries from a shop in the Coop chain, which is not affected by the transport strike, their shelves are also empty when I visit the shop on Friday night. I can understand that people who normally shop elsewhere, where they are out of goods, go there instead, but I still get sort of an “eastern Europe” feeling from seeing the emptied shelves everywhere. Oh well, it isn’t a catastrophe since I do have a buffer in fridge and freezer, I got my milk cartons and can wait for the next shipment of goods tomorrow.
At least the brewery strike didn’t last for as long. I saw a bit of beer hoarding before the holiday, on Wednesday, and apparently there was a significant surge in the cross-border shopping in Sweden yesterday when the Norwegian grocery shops were closed. Just imagine the horrors of a couple of weeks without beer...
The journalists’ strike continues, and from Monday it will be escalated with, among others, the newspaper I subscribe to on the week-ends. But it seems that Anders’ prediction has come true, the sale of foreign newspapers have increased substantially while the Norwegian journalists have been on strike.
I guess the best thing to do is just to smile and enjoy the nice weather.
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