Deb's Digest
Debbie Atkinson’s family life column, as featured in the Southport Visiter.

Wednesday, 30 July 2008


Last night I set up a business. Today I've closed it. It was a local mystery shopping company called something-or-other - not really called something-or-other, it's just that I can't remember what I'd decided to call it. I couldn't sleep for excitement last night - I'd contacted a garden centre about my venture and a director rang me, she was on for 40 minutes and wanted my views and was very enthusiastic. So far so good with my new enterprise. Then this morning I got a nasty email from a local businessman saying that I was obviously very busy trying to tell other people how to run their businesses (because I'd pointed out that his glass doors were dirty). How rude. That settled it. Unless I absolutely have to come into contact with people like that, I'd rather not. So my money-making scheme has bitten the dust at the first hurdle - if that's not mixing metaphores.

Then at lunchtime we went and did a mystery dine in Liverpool (on a train packed with screaming kids) and it took an hour and a half to get one course. The form asked me to say what the atmosphere was like. "Tense" was the only polite descriptive word I could come up with.


  1. Ruth O'Donaghue30 July 2008 at 14:59

    Hello Deb, I think you are mixing metaphores!! But nevertheless you shouldn't give up so easily. Your business idea sounds like a winner so go for it.

  2. Your business sounds like a good idea to me, too. Don't be bullied by a man with dirty doors!

  3. Do you really need a money-making scheme anyway?