After 11 years in Dubai, you kinda get used to the idea that something you take for granted today might not be available tomorrow. Over the years there have been lots of different commodities that have disappeared from the supermarket shelves for a few months only to reappear again later. There have also been a few things which have disappeared permanently - never reappearing!
Some of the things that Mrs DB and I have used in the past that are no longer available include Friskies cat food in soft pouches - Baggins used to eat that stuff exclusively, he point blank refused to eat anything else. One day there was none to be had and it took a while to get him to eat anything at all! Then about 6 months later it came back - we were in Spinney's one day and saw it on the shelves so we bought a years supply. Never seen it since!
We used to use Herbal Essences shower gel - but that would disappear for weeks at a time - every time we saw it we would buy several bottles in case it wasn't there next time we needed it. These days it can't be found anywhere.
And there have been others, but what the heck.
So today, two of our friends, Peter and Mary, are coming round. Now they will probably have a little G&T or two, and when people hare having G&T's my tipple of choice is a rye'n'dry. If you don't know, rye'n'dry is Canadian Club Rye Whisky mixed with Dry Ginger Ale, ice and a slice of orange - delicious!
Guess what, no Dry Ginger Ale, of any make! No Canada Dry, no Schweppes, no other make, not in Spinney's at Umm Sequem, not in Park'n'Shop. Oh dear, as shortages go, I don't think this is a good one.
Get some in, guys!