3.69 Oxford Market defended; solipsism (52)

Fri, 26 May 89 00:10:49 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 69. Friday, 26 May 1989.

(1) Date: Thu, 25 MAY 89 10:14:26 BST (24 lines)
Subject: Oxford Market

(2) Date: Thu, 25 May 89 10:21:00 EDT (7 lines)
From: <BCJ@PSUVM.bitnet>
Subject: solipsism

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Date: Thu, 25 MAY 89 10:14:26 BST
Subject: Oxford Market

I, too, must spring to the defence of the Oxford Market. Although it is
perhaps not what it was ( whatever is, alas) it is still a vital thriving
everyday market with a large variety of traditional purveyors of the finest
quality produce, both mundane and specialist (this last thanks to the high
tables of the Oxford Colleges, where one don was recently heard to say, as
he cast his eye over the menu, "oh no, grouse again"). And new shops aren't
all bad shops -- there is, for example, a good new pasta shop.

But the market is under threat. It is being prettied up -- a sure sign
of incipient trendiness (the perfectly adequate floors are going to be
tiled), there is already a completely useless "medieval" addition with
expensive tourist shops, and several stalls are being taken over by
fly-by-night tea-shirt and souvenir type stalls. Rents are being raised too
high, and soon the tea shirts will drive out the butchers, etc.

The greatest threat to most genuine living parts of old towns is
prettification. A sign of our times?

Catherine Griffin
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Date: Thu, 25 May 89 10:21:00 EDT
From: <BCJ@PSUVM.bitnet>
Subject: solipsism

In a recent note, a Humanist suggested the substance of an earlier note
was "a little solipsistic" -- Is not solipsism one of those entities
that does not admit comparison? Either it's solipsistic or it isn't.