Recession, what recession?

Recession, what recession?

I was amazed by the number of people having breakfast in cafes on a sunny Sunday morning in Islington. The credit crunch clearly hasn’t affected vast numbers of middle class Londoners at all so far at least.

Personally I can think of a better place to enjoy a coffee and croissant than on the trottoirs of the Essex Road or even the distinctly chiquer Upper Street, but chacun à son goût, I suppose. And people were queuing to buy so-called mineral water at £1.50 a bottle at the Screen on the Green.

How do you spell “chiquer” by the way? There is definitely such a word in the sense that it sounds fine in the context, but no matter how you spell it, it looks wrong. “Milometer” is another word that always looks wrong. Sometimes I spell it “mileometer” (I translate such words for a living) but that looks even worse if anything as it looks like it is pronounced “miley-ometer”. Americans escape the quandary by saying “odometer”.

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