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Peek-a-boo! A Shop for all seasons (well, all kinds of oddities anyway) - KesterTester109

Updated: Feb 9

Watering cans, plastic bottles, hosepipes and inlaid somethings - they've probably got socks, car tyres and laptops round the back to boot

Photo: These guys are clearly out to found a domestic hypermarket chain, though I suspect they might find a better choice of FMCG goods would improve their cashflow!

But where could this be? And what are these items on dominating the photo on the left?

Apologies for not keeping up with the testers of late - KT108 is still open for entries if you'd like to buy me two beers - but I promise to sort out the draw in the next few days.

These traders remind me of an emporium way up in the Douro Valley in Portugal, when I first went there in 1971. Today, it's all tourism, boat cruises and winery visits, but 50 years ago there was none of that, Portugal was fighting colonial wars in Africa. It was a poor country, and the upper reaches of the Douro were definitely dirt poor.

I think it was the village of Tua, just outside the railway station, there was a big barn which sold everything from plastic buckets and taps and chairs to smoked river fish - something tells me those fish wouldn't have passed EU food safety standards of today.

Anyway - back on topic. The photo above is somewhere other than Portugal, much nearer to our Danube home base. For your first step towards global celebrity status, answers please via the site messaging system or in an email - kindly put KT109 in the title so I don't miss your entry - I can't afford any complaints from the European Competition Regulator in Brussels :)

And have a good week!

UPDATE: Hmmmm, this one is proving difficult. How to give you another clue without giving away the whole shebang? Well, the items to the left are hand-made wooden cradles. Local mothers presumably still use these to gently rock their children to sleep, telling them fairy tales in a tongue baffling to the vast majority in this part of the world.

I reckoned when I saw them that some bright entrepreneur should get them made in bulk, pack 'em in parts and ship them off to Paris or London where they would sell for ten times the price they could fetch in this location. Perhaps, indeed, someone has alreay done this - but there might be a ton of customs duties n paperwork involved.

Does this help?

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