Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Thursday, 25 July 2013

"But I haven't got a baby..."

It seems there are no such things as celebrations any more; only retail opportunities.

Marks and Spencer, within minutes of the announcement of the royal birth, were e-mailing customers offering a cornucopia of champagne, flowers and party food and a tin of commemorative shortbread inscribed - with an impressive bit of bet-hedging - 'congratulations and warm wishes to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their beautiful baby, Summer 2013'.

Debenhams, however, have gone one better, announcing to customers, 'The Royal baby has arrived! Let's celebrate with 20% off babywear'.

Personally, I think I'd rather stick with the champagne.


  1. Now that's odd! I got an M&SOnline mailing, but it was for baby clothes!

  2. Given the descent from Plantagenet, might I suggest Saumur fizz?