WALK from Bolton Cross down Fore Street towards the quay, stop people you meet and raise the question: 'Tesco or no Tesco?'
And I'm sure you'll receive a variety of different answers… plus perhaps a few choice swear words.
In truth, negotiations between the developers and Torbay Council must have been going on for close on 10 years now.
What began as a possible multi-million pound community benefit has been reduced almost to a political embarrassment.
Those residents in favour of the proposed new supermarket were hoping work would begin next month, thus reducing traffic and parking 'inconvenience' to last through just one summer.
Sadly, the confusion goes on. We're now informed that because of certain legal 'complications' regarding the use of Union Lane, the developers have requested more clarification from the council.
Consequently, 'if' building does begin, it won't be until April next year. That means Brixham town centre will lose its central car park for two summer seasons, not just one. No wonder folk are frustrated.
LIFE is full of surprises. A couple of weeks ago, attending a concert in aid of the Fishermen's Mission, the programme announced a guest appearance by Quay Harmony.
In truth I'd never heard of them and expected perhaps four or five ageing fishermen, who might sing a couple of sea-shanties.
Great surprise was when they turned out to be a dozen or so attractive mature ladies, who produced songs and music which filled the church with beautiful sounds.
Like the audience, I could have listened to them for hours. It was lovely.
I just hope the BOMVC committee request the ladies of Quay Harmony to guest at more of their' concerts. They were a credit to Brixham.
I'M NOT 100 per cent sure of the facts, but there are several different stories buzzing about town over the future management of Shoalstone Pool.
It seems the Friends of Shoalstone consortium, who requested a long lease from the council are now experiencing financial problems with their backers and consequently the project is facing major difficulties.
We can only hope David Giles and his associates can sort out the problems before next summer. The last thing we want is for Torbay Council's members to quietly smile and say, 'Well, we did warn you'.
The history of Shoalstone is part of our heritage and to consider losing this fine saltwater bathing facility would be like having Berry Head lighthouse extinguished… darkness. A few weeks ago, a real 'old timer' told me that, 75 years ago, as a schoolboy he'd learned to swim at Shoalstone.
He'd chuckled while telling about a certain guilt which remains with him to this very day: "As a schoolboy on my first time in the pool, having such a great time, when I needed to spend a penny… I didn't get out. I still feel slightly guilty to this day!"
Join the club, sir. Join the club.
THE puzzle concerning the demolition of the old Threshers' building seems to rumble on.
Most of the Brixham public is still wondering, 'is it about to come down or not? And is the intention still to partly rebuild it? Answers on a postcard, please.
Still on the same subject, we were originally told demolition was necessary because heavy traffic, waiting at the traffic lights, caused foul air to build up at Bolton Cross.
Personally I can't see knocking down the historic building and then reconstructing a smaller establishment will completely solve the air pollution problem. But what does the ol' sailor know about such things.
However, from what I read, even stricter rules covering air pollution (NO2) come into force in 2015. What happens to the Bolton Cross junction then?
Will the rebuilt Threshers building have to come down again, or perhaps Torbay Council might consider demolishing the Town Hall… after all they don't manage it anymore.
You'd think our local authority, if they gave it some thought, might come up with a plan to keep most heavy traffic and double decker buses away from the Cross.
The main bus station could be positioned further up New Road and large fish lorries could easily enter and leave town via Furzeham. There. Sorted!