I was surprised to find the roads and shopping areas in and around Ruislip to be almost empty today.
Expecting to spend half the day trying to find a parking space in Ruislip High Street, the place was very quiet and a parking space found in the main High Street itself. The shops were also quiet for a Saturday, let alone a Christmas Eve Saturday – Woolworths, Superdrug, WHSmith, Iceland were all quite empty. This strikes me as strange considering that economically, we have had a better year than 2004.
Similarly, the A40 motorway was deserted, as was the rubbish dump when I dropped off the pre-Christmas garden and household trash.
There was one exception to all this – Argos. The recently-opened South Ruislip branch was packed, which provided some economic encouragement!