My merry walk took me from home to Chorlton Precinct, to the shops down by Guardi’s new place, and to Age Concern. It took me to the Furniture Warehouse on Upper Chorlton Road, and then to B&Q on Great Stone Road. I ended up in Stretford Mall – which is oddly reminiscent of Wellingborough’s Swansgate centre – and the only half decent hat-stand I found was in Argos, for fifty quid. Too steep? Yes, double my budget. I trudged home, disappointed.