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Surfers, Sheep and Other Australian Species

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It’s a strange image, that of a sun bronzed surfer sitting on a beach, feet wrapped in pieces of sheepskin.  After all, if I were to say “surfer” to you I’m betting a likely image to come to mind would be of a well-toned young man, clad in O’Neill boardshorts and a Quicksilver wetsuit with a pair of sunnies nestling in his sunbleached locks - clothes fit for purpose it’s true, but also with a certain awareness of style.   And yet, back in the mists of time, surfers in a particular part of Australia would come out of the...

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A Dog's Life

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Now I like to think that I provide some amusement in these little musings of mine but I try not to let it go to my head.  I am merely providing an important service for Boutique Planet and therefore try not to let my ego run away with me. I don’t expect The Observer to phone me up any time soon.  However, dear reader, I have to tell you, I feel as though I have been upstaged - by a dog!   I am referring to the utterly original business networking cafe and  meeting space, previously called Maximo Learn, now...

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If mannequins could talk...

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As I was cleaning the bits inbetween the toes of the mannequins in the Planet window the other day I was reflecting on those truisms that people come out with about whatever job you’re doing you should put 100% into it.  Or my friend’s Mum’s favourite of “Never think any job is beneath you”. (There weren’t many things below me as I was attending to the mannequins’ toes I can tell you!)  It’s true that those mindless tasks are good for zoning out and freeing the mind up to bring moments of inspiration.  However,  there have been times when that...

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Bollywood, Bedford & Keralan Cuisine

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It's been plugged already in local publications such as The Bedford Clanger, but I really feel that The Cochin needs to be sung about much more loudly from the rooftops because the success of this restaurant will be in part reflective of our attitude to our town and of the issues that it faces: namely, diversity and independence.   As you’ve probably noticed, here at Planet we’re always banging on about the importance of independent retailers because we provide the diversity not seen on every high street.  One of the gripes I had when I first came to Bedford was...

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Dismaland and the Approach of Autumn

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Perhaps its the dismal weather outside but I love the sound of Dismaland, Banksy’s ironic take on a theme park, in Weston-Super-Mare.  If I could bear queueing on that stretch of the M5 again - which I can’t, having done it on the way to and from Cornwall this summer - I would be there like a shot.  It has been described as a family theme park unsuitable for children.  Its probably not for the die-hard Disney kid, but the jaded parents who’ve endured the usual attractions might find the rusting metal structures and crumbling grey concrete a humourous antidote...

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