Off their trolley

A bizarre mix of old and new awaited shoppers on Saturday.

In Broad Street trolleybuses were admired my hundreds of people as a promotion for an open day on Sunday.

Go into the Oracle and even bigger crowds were rushing to the new Apple store, a playground for those for whom technology is the latest fashion.

There was not a price in sight but no shortage of people drooling over the ipad 2.

The curious difference between the people attracted to the buses and those swarming to the Apple shop was that while Apple’s customers seemed largely English, I was amazed by the number of foreigners drawn to the trolleybuses.

True, there were the bus fanatics hanging around dreaming of the golden era of rattling old public transport but the foreigners didn’t seem to need technology to turn them on. They were taking pictures of their kids with the buses and really enjoying the unusual site of these things.

Apple customers would no doubt have parted with many thousands of pounds on Saturday.

The foreigners, I suggest, had just as good a time.

But didn’t need to use their credit cards to do it.

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About Alan Bunce

Freelance journalist Former Community Editor with the Reading Post. Former Business Editor with the Reading Chronicle.
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