We are in the season of remanent it seems. This picture taken today of the entrance to an Italian deli on Emilii Plater. The note above says they are closed until 6th Jan but, given that today is the 7th and they are not open, we must assume that was just a big practical joke. One can almost feel the pain of those whose supply of mortadella is in need of replenishment arriving, as they must have been throughout today, only to find the curse of the remanent has struck.
Remanent (stocktaking) used to be much more common here say 10 years ago but I’ve not seen it for a while. Never did understand why they have to close a small shop for a day or more to do it. I think Zosia and I could count everything in this deli in one evening.
I remember stocktaking happened in the UK too, before those new fangled computers took over such aspects of our lives, but I can’t remember the shops actually closing, or did they? Maybe in the 50’s perhaps.
“G.. G… G… Granville, put the stocktaking sign in the window! Arkwrights is closed today!”