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Martin Pawley: life was hard before out-of-town supermarkets

Twenty years ago, it was architects, now it is supermarkets (and giant out-of-town stores such as the Trafford Centre). There is always someone to blame. In the us, there used to be a game show where a huge rotating arrow on a spindle stopped to determine whether contestants had won or lost. It was called the Fickle Finger of Fate. Older readers will be aware that this is not a game at all, but life itself. If you lose, there is always someone to blame: lackadaisical smear-testers; ...

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