Thoughts from a Fried Chicken Shop

KFC Mapperley Nottingham

KFC Mapperley Nottingham

Julia had an appointment for lunch with some of her colleagues from work yesterday. She has more friends than I do, and no shortage of invitations. As a consequence I found myself in a familiar situation – dining alone at a fast food outlet. Fortunately I like my own company. and I like fast food. The choice was KFC.

My first thought on arriving was “Where are all the people?”. I know KFC suffered from bad press recently with their supply chain debacle, but I had thought there would be more than three people in there at 1.30pm. That number was reduced to two when one of us left with his food to eat it elsewhere.

My second thought was that I was surprised by the average age of the clentele. I always think of fried chicken being food for young people. Bearing in mind that I’m 60, and that I’m not wanting to be ungallant about the lady who was the other customer, I reckon that our average age was about 70. This did fall when a couple of youths came in, but not as far as the drop in the average IQ.

This brought me on to thought three – why do white youths adopt the lisping patois they seem to associate with black youth in the ghetto? Or should that be “lithping patois”. It completely seems to escape them that we don’t have ghettos in Nottingham, and that there’s a distinct lack of rap music. I’m not sure whether it’s a case of imitation being the sincerest form of flattery or some sort of condescending cultural appropriation.

Anyway, back to a thought with less potential for argument. Would it be possible to develop a vaccine, or maybe a yoghurt drink, to increase IQ?

Talking of dodgy liquids, I had the gravy. It isn’t really gravy, and Colonel Sanders once referred to it asΒ Β “sludge” that had a “wall-paper taste”. That was while he was acting as a brand ambassador for the company after selling it. His idea of an ambassador seems slightly at odds with mine. The company felt this too and sued him. They were unsuccessful, indicating that judicial opinion was on the Colonel’s side.

It’s better than that now, though I do think it’s been better in the past. This isn’t unusual, I tend to think everything was better in the past.

The final thought, as I stared across the road, was that 20 years ago Collectors Corner was still in business and there were none of those shops about that bought old clothes by weight. This is progress.


A closed collectors’ shop – the very definition of sadness

And on that note I think it’s time to go.


23 thoughts on “Thoughts from a Fried Chicken Shop

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  2. Laurie Graves

    Not a huge fan of fast food, but I must admit I have a soft spot for KFC. In fact, I could have some of their chicken right now.

    1. quercuscommunity

      Yes, I’d agree Ali G bears some responsibility.

      I hate myself for eating fast food but chicken is healthy and the crispy coating is delicious.

      If you ever fancy a new experience I’d be delighted to take you for KFC in Mapperley. πŸ™‚

  3. jfwknifton

    I think there’s a difference between IQ and education. Years ago, areas such as the Meadows and Sneinton regularly used to send people to Oxford and Cambridge where they frequently excelled. It’s all down to the schools kids go to. And don’t forget where our beloved county stands in the official lists of school excellence for the whole country. Our local school was Haywood and it was so bad that they eventually bulldozed it.

    1. quercuscommunity

      You are correct about IQ and intelligence -I’m just too lazy to differentiate when I’m writing.
      Haywood was our local school too – I was glad when they closed it as my kids were in danger of having to go there. One actually took the tour and came back with tales of an environment that sounded more like a prison riot than a school.
      We actually considered moving, converting to Catholocism or remortgaging the house to pay for private education.
      They were lucky falling under the influence of some good teachers during their school careers, and that made a big difference.
      As for our place in the list of schools, I don’t know what to say. I honestly think it should be a shooting offence to run such a consistently shoddy school system.


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