I’ve written about things I miss about the UK before. It wasn’t a very long post, because there aren’t too many things that I do miss.
In fact, at the time, there were only two. You can read about them in my post called What Do I Miss About England? But if you don’t want to read the whole post, it doesn’t matter; I’ll tell you what the two things were here.
“My local pub and playing football.”
I can also tell you that I am now playing football again and barbecues, dinner parties and days out with friends have easily replaced the pub.
So, there is now nothing I miss about England, right?
This is going to sound really strange, but recently I have started to pine for something that England has and we don’t. When I lived in England, I took it for granted. When I first got here, I never missed it or gave the place any thought.
But I do miss it now.
What’s worse about this thing that I miss is it’s a shop.
I’m a bloke, blokes don’t like shopping. I think that’s why I like this shop. I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but…
I miss Argos!
At this point, my Australian and non-UK readers are probably wondering what Argos is. My UK readers and, strangely, my readers from Spain, (Argos now delivers to Spain) are probably wondering why on earth I do miss Argos.
Sounds like I have some explaining to do.
- Want to buy an MP3 player? Check out Argos.
- Need a new barbecue? Find one at Argos.
- A new lawnmower? Argos.
- Perhaps a leather sofa? Buy one at Argos.
- iPad? Argos.
- Jewellery? Argos.
- Need toys for the kids? Loads at Argos.
- Maybe you want a quad bike? Get one from Argos.
- Need a new beer fridge? Yes, Argos.
Are you beginning to see how easy this is? It gets better.
You don’t even have to search for these things online; Argos will give you a catalogue with the full details of every item (over 8,000 of them, apparently) it sells, including the price.
You can view the online catalogue here.
Argos has around 800 stores throughout the UK. I lived in a relatively small town in England and there was an Argos in our High Street. There was another Argos about 3 miles away at a drive-in shopping Park.
Almost every town nearby where I used to live had an Argos too, here’s the one in Romford…
But the real beauty of Argos is that you can’t walk around the store browsing. There are no lifts to take you up to the Electrical Department on the top floor. You don’t need to take the escalator all the way down through five floors to exit the building.
There are only catalogues on tables, so you can choose your goods. Tills so you can pay for them. And collection points, so you can collect your goods.
As a bloke, this is how I love to do my shopping.
Incredibly, when I lived in England, I used to take Argos for granted. In fact, I used to regard their “system” as a bit of a pain.
- Select goods from the catalogue.
- Fill in goods catalogue number, quantity required and price on one of their order forms.
- Queue up at the till and pay for goods.
- Receive receipt with an order number written on it and details of your “collection point”.
- Wait to be called to your collection point, point A, B, C or D, for example.
- When called, go to your collection point to receive your goods and have your receipt stamped.
Nowadays, I realise how fantastic that system is. No need to traipse round the entire store, as you do at IKEA.
Argos, I miss you. When are you coming to Australia?
I’ve replaced football with…. football.
I’ve replaced the pub with barbecues and parties.
What can I possibly replace Argos with? The beaches??
Hmm, well, yeah, I suppose I’ll get by.