Friday, 8 November, 1940. It's the custom for fish and fruit shops in Barrow to print their special lines on the outside with a small brush dipped in whitening: "SPECIAL! RABBITS. CRABS." The better-class shops never do, and I was really amused by one such shop today, for on both windows - it's on a corner - was printed neatly and in extra large letters:
NO EGGS NO LEMONS NO ONIONS NO LEEKS NO PAPER BAGS
I wondered how many times Mrs Jones had had to say those words before, in exasperation, she printed them on the window.