Monday, April 6, 2009

What's in Store

What's In Store
Transmuting Shop Baffles U.K. Policeman

--From http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/alabaster/A684821

The following is a story from the mouth of a Merseyside policeman who inadvertently traveled back in time when he was off-duty in July of 1996 in Liverpool's Bold Street area.

Frank, the policeman in question, and his wife, Carol, were in Liverpool one sunny Saturday afternoon shopping. At Central Station, the pair split up; Carol went to Dillons Bookshop to buy a copy of Irvine Welsh's "Trainspotting," and Frank went to HMV to look for a CD he wanted. [Shortly] into his stroll to the music shop, he walked up the incline near the Lyceum Post Office/Café building which leads onto Bold Street, when he suddenly noticed he had somehow entered an oasis of quietness.

Suddenly, a small boxvan that looked like something out of the 1950s sped across his path, honking its horn as it narrowly missed him. Frank noticed the name on the van's side: Caplan's. When he looked down, the confused policeman [saw that] he was standing in the road. Frank crossed the road and saw that Dillons Book Store now had "Cripps" over its entrances. More confused, he looked in to see not books, but women's handbags and shoes.

When he looked around, Frank realized people were dressed [in fashions] from the 1940s. Suddenly, he spotted a young girl in her early 20s dressed in a lime-colored sleeveless top. The handbag she was carrying had a popular [modern-day] brand name on it, which reassured the policeman that maybe he was still partly in 1996. It was a paradox, but the policeman was slightly relieved, and he smiled at the girl as she walked past him and entered Cripps.

As he followed her, the whole interior of the building completely changed in a flash to that of Dillons Bookshop of 1996. As she was leaving [the store], Frank lightly grasped the girl's arm to attract attention and said, "Did you see that?"

She replied, "Yeah! I thought it was a clothes shop. I was going to look around, but it's a bookshop."

It [was later determined] that Cripps and Caplan's were businesses based in Liverpool during the 1950s.

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