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Who was Mr Lidl?

Who was Mr Lidl?
By Mark Mason on 18-11-14 16:21. Comments (1)
As a nation changes, so does its trivia. Traditional supermarkets - your Tescos and Sainsburys and Asdas - have been joined in recent years by those cheeky young upstarts Lidl and Aldi. The latter gets its name from Albrecht (the family who started it) Diskont (meaning, of course, ‘pricing policy that has people flocking out of Tesco when a recession hits'.) But where does the name ‘Lidl' come from?

Who was J.D. Wetherspoon?

Who was J.D. Wetherspoon?
By Mark Mason on 16-08-13 11:20. Comments (0)
Who was J.D. Wetherspoon, the founder of the pub chain? Or the Mr Dixon of electronics store fame? Or the Mr Bailey who invented the Irish whiskey liqeur? The answer is that none of them ever existed.

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