Your views Last issue we looked at internships. This issue weâ€™re keen to hear your views on the rise and rise of supermarkets.
Not-so-su Save the greengrocers
I am currently on an unpaid, publishing internship in London. Although I believe entry-level work experience is brilliant and one of the best ways to learn, the lines between what we can and canâ€™t experience are blurred. I canâ€™t do anything that constitutes paid work which makes it difficult to get the full experience. Luckily my agency pay for my travel, but well over a grandâ€™s worth of expenses has come out of my own pocket. This makes it more difficult for the talented but less well-off people to get noticed. Being paid would not only widen our range of experience but help those who arenâ€™t as well-off. Alice Morgan I enjoyed reading [SL issue 2] and absolutely agree that unpaid internships give an unfair advantage to young people able to afford the experience, rather than those who might be best suited to, or indeed best assisted by the opportunity. However, there are other ways to start a career in politics. Political activism, energy and idealism can be as valuable as internships. Councillor Alison Walters
ith three new supermarkets being planned for Solihull, Claire Hargreaves weighs the pros and cons of supermarkets and asks whether we can afford to shop anywhere else?
Trade, in the English dictionary, is defined as â€˜buying, selling, or exchanging of goodsâ€™. This simple process that may have been the kickstart of human civilisation, has since evolved to such a complexity that in 1916 the first self-service grocery
Retail stats The British Retail Consortium estimates that:
12 per cent of high street shops are vacant Over the past year thereâ€™s been a:
3.2 per cent drop in the number of people visiting shops in the East Midlands.
6.6 per cent drop in the number of people visiting shops in the West Midlands.
store was opened. Clarence Saunders, an American entrepreneur developed Piggly Wiggly, an early form of the supermarket which grew to become a familiar franchise in the USA. In its time Piggly Wiggly was a novelty. It had opens shelves and no staff to shop for the customer. But for us in the 21st Century, popular opinion on the supermarket is divided. Are we still appreciating the supermarketâ€™s ability to create convenience (as well as jobs) on a mass level, or are we despairing because of the way it has drawn us away from our charming greengrocers and butchers? On the one hand, it is hard to ignore the fact that most of the countryâ€™s population use the supermarket. It may be daily, weekly, or even just annually, but we nearly all do and itâ€™d be tough to find a person who doesnâ€™t. It seems like we just canâ€™t resist the supermarketâ€™s permanent offering of â€˜dealsâ€™, its convenient choice of brands, and its ability to supply your whole weekâ€™s shopping within a single trip. But maybe we are not all so easily seduced our local convenience store. Produce is a very debatable issue and many would agree that the best and freshest produce is only available at
Published on Oct 3, 2011
As the dust begins to settle from the August riots, issue 3 of SL Magazine brings together the reactions of young people in Birmingham, and...