I happened to be making the most of my short time in the UK, and was in Croydon recently. To my shock, the popular Allders store in Croydon in South London was no more there. It had gone into administration. One of the iconic department stores of Croydon which had been open since 1862!!. I used to go shopping there with my dad, mother, and sister when I was a kid. Allders was also a shopper’s paradise during the weekends when people could do shopping, and eat good food at one of the many eateries in the store- all under one roof. The store was also a sign of the strong and proud British retail industry which was very much admired in the 1980s and 1990s. Nowadays everything is heading off to China, or India. Now that a giant such as Allders has gone into Administration, what next? Seems everything is going into administration...! Change of the times I'm afraid.
I should have put these photos up while I was in the UK but unfortunately, due to a short and hectic schedule I did not have enough time to update my weblog while I was in London. But nevertheless, here is a show of some of the beautiful weather that I happened to enjoy on my short trip. Rather unusual for London to experience such glorious sunshine in the first week of October. In fact the unseasonably warm weather brought in the hottest October for over a century to the U.K. Just four weeks before the clocks go back for winter, Britain was in the middle of an Indian summer like no other with sizzling temperatures soaring all over the southern region. It was nice to be a tourist in your own city for once and also to go to Hyde Park.
I recall my younger years in the 1980s when it used to start getting miserably cold during late September in London. This kind of weather would have been unheard of during this time of the year. I would not be surprised to see this kind of weather in the future. Here are the shots of London:
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