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Reporting. The last talk show in the UK? grocery store

Every morning at 10am, in Malton, Essex [au nord-est de Londres], locals meet at the Morrisons supermarket cafe. Around a table and a glass of juice, customers exchange the latest news — yesterday's TV shows, political news, health concerns — against a background sound of beeps from cash registers and the crash of shopping carts. There are ten regulars, such as Joshua, 23, in emerald green nail polish and a black gothic T-shirt, or Suzi, 71, a vivacious retiree in a bright pink pashmina. The “harmonious place” was set up two years ago by 53-year-old Lisa Crutcher, who has worked at the supermarket checkout for eleven years.

As soon as I sat down, I was immediately relieved: “Tea is free today, there's an error in the payment terminal.” I was able to speak to recently bereaved retirees, disabled people and newcomers to the city – mostly from the east London suburbs of Dagenham and Plaistow. “When my husband died, I had to start all over again.” Susie, who worked as a secretary at a major newspaper, moved to Malden two years ago to be closer to her son, she tells me. “It's hard to make new friends at my age, and this place helped me a lot.” The group sometimes meets for seal watching and bowling.

Maldon Supermarket is no exception. Spaces provided for informal gatherings (tables and benches) are beginning to appear in spaces reserved for business; They are managed by volunteers and associations like the “Chattie Cafe Project”. [littéralement le “Projet cafés blabla”]. Ten “socialization benches” were installed three months ago, even in the inhuman glass fortress of Westfield shopping center in west London, and are planned for Manchester and Bradford in north London.

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