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Those elusive pages

I have finished really-rather-poor book with the telegram. It featured some spectactularly hilarious info-dumps, so good I may yet share one with you before I return this to the library. But it was also clearly written by someone who was not British. (The author is American.)

At one point, the heroine spots a suspicious person going into a chemists. So she follows that person in and, to look busy while listening in, browses the magazines.

In American and Canadian drug stores, magazines are ubiquitous. It's one of the basic places to go and buy a magazine.

In the UK? Chemists don't stock magazines. The only time I have seen them there have been in giant Boots, Boots so large they are mini-department stores with an electronics section, books, and stationary.

Have you ever seen magazines for sale in a normal chemists in the UK?


Sep. 6th, 2011 06:27 am (UTC)
My gran recently cited a novel featuring an American woman who somehow travelled directly from London to Paris in 1942. Gran was impressed at her resourcefulness.
Sep. 6th, 2011 10:46 am (UTC)
Boat train? I recently read an Agatha Christie novel where passport control for travel to Europe was done in one of the London railway stations.
Sep. 6th, 2011 12:31 pm (UTC)
During the war? You can't travel to an occupied nation during the war. Hence Dunkirk?
Sep. 6th, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
Er, yes. Very true. My only excuse is not enough cups of tea before posting. :]