You may be surprised, as I was to discover there is such a thing as an emergency avocado but apparently this tropical fruit is one of the top most ordered items from Waitrose to be delivered by Deliveroo to people desperate for an avocado.

An unlikely item to be ordered by so many I would have thought but no, avocados were among Waitrose’s top five most requested items through the delivery app in every city in the UK and were the most in-demand in Oxford, Cambridge and Brighton.

Strangely the fruit was also popular in the north, with avocados in fourth place in Newcastle and second in Glasgow and Birmingham which one might not have expected although Waitrose suggested the emergency avocado trend was driven by people wanting to enjoy brunch on Saturday or Sunday.

So what conclusions can be drawn from this sudden upsurge in the desperate desire for an avocado and the demographic of the towns who favour this tropical fruit most highly.

All the towns mentioned have top Universities which are all part of the Russell Group except Brighton University which was formed as Brighton School of Art in 1858 and is now a public University based on four campuses in Brighton and Eastbourne, only achieving University status in 1992, however with the town’s high proportion of gay people it is also well known as the gay capital of Great Britain.

So it seems that students from a number of Russell Group Universities and gay people are all partial to an avocado for brunch on Saturday or Sunday, which rather surprises me as the report also found that nearly 70 per cent of Waitrose customers said reducing their climate footprint was very important and are concerned about the environmental damage caused by intensive farming of avocados. 

As the old saying goes, there are lies, damned lies, and statistics and who knows what to believe, it could just be that Russell Group University students and gay people don’t give a damn about the environment as long as they can get their emergency avocados and lie when asked to fill in a questionnaire about the environment, I will leave it to you to decide!



About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on Amazon.co.uk and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse. I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mr-Joe-Wells/e/B06XKWFQHT/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
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  1. I can’t think of a single thing that I would need to order in an emergency!

  2. Very good point and yes, I did earlier this year and cannot fault the response.

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