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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?

Comments

saffenn
Sep. 6th, 2011 09:35 am (UTC)
I wish they called them chemists in the US.

That's really all I had to say.

Oh, other than the fact that it was funny to see Matt Smith and Karen Gillian doing their "American accents" on the Doctor Who in America special. Because, you know, just as there is only one "British accent" - there is only one American one as well. :)

(edited to add: apparently when I post directly to your blog - rather than from my friends page - it defaults to my Facebook id).
owlfish
Sep. 6th, 2011 01:32 pm (UTC)
I sometimes feel sorry for people who practice chemistry professionally and are not involved in pharmaceuticals though, as a result of the name.
owlfish
Sep. 6th, 2011 01:33 pm (UTC)
P.S. It was extremely clear that it was you! But you may well not wish that account so publicly connected when you have your LJ one you can involve instead.
saffenn
Sep. 7th, 2011 11:31 am (UTC)
You know....I never thought about it until now, but: My Dad has a B.S. in chemical engineering and has worked in that capacity for 40+ years...but I have never heard anyone refer to him as a chemist. Granted, he doesn't usually actually mix any chemicals himself (it's more of an advisory/theory type thing) - but I never really thought about that before now. :)

I don't really mind my FB account being linked to my LJ account - it was really more of an OCD reaction about orderliness than anything. :)