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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 10:44 am (UTC)
No, I've never seen magazines in chemists, neither in the past or now. We just group our products differently here in the UK.

Magazines belong with newspapers, cigarettes, sweets and cheap toys at the newsagents. Chemists dispense prescription medicine, sell over-the-counter remedies and personal grooming products. They sometimes used to also drift into photography and even cameras for sale, though you don't see that so much now everything has gone digital, though our local Boots has memory cards and batteries.