Perhaps I should have described the obese Germans as
members of der Arbeiterklasse. As I have forgotten any Marxist political theory that I might once have read, I can't remember what further degradation is required to become a prole.
I have to admit that the first word that came into my mind before posting was actually "ordinär". Perhaps I am secretly a snob of the same order as Mapmaker!!!
I agree with Sarah that I find it hard to imagine that Gregg's could be successful on the Continent. England had the reputation of the country with bad food, whereas this appears to be untrue. But, the one thing that I find a nightmare in this country is bread.Most of the time bland, sticky sponge. A good, tasty, solid bread with a proper crust is very hard to find and, believe me, I have done my best finding it. I used to cycle to Belgravia to Poilane or Boulangerie Paul to buy my bread. Luckily I found decent bread at Neils Yard in the Bourough Market, but it costs a fortune. Greggs, for that matter, is an insult to 'le metier de boulanger'.
Just realised that Greggs published their preliminary results on 5 March, from which we learn...
"Greggs Continental Europe
Our first two shops on the Continent, at Antwerp and Leuven in Belgium, opened early in 2003. Both have achieved progressive sales improvements after a slow start, as our local management team has worked to refine our product range and retail format, and to build consumer awareness. We have always viewed this as a long-term, low-risk experiment to determine the potential of the Greggs concept in Continental markets. This learning process will continue in the current year, when we expect to open at least two more shops in Belgium."
So Germany can sleep safely for a little while longer...