Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Akin breakin' hearts

Continuing our Election 2012 theme, here's another gaffe which appeared on Republican Todd Akin's web site in his bid to become Senator of Missouri.

Todd has form when it comes to issues related to women so he's clearly trying to redress the balance.


That he can't tell one woman from several women doesn't do his cause much good, I fear.

Even worse, though, is that one of the women featured in the photograph is not one of his supporters.

But it's worse than that.

The woman in question is on Akin's left. Yes, that one. The one whom Akin's wife, Lulli, is hugging so lovingly.

She is, in fact, Corinne Matti and she's a full-time employee of the Missouri Democratic party. Her job as a Tracker is to attend and monitor Akin's public appearances and report back to her Democrat bosses.

Surely he didn't simply grab the first women he could find?

That would be entirely incorrect, wouldn't it?

In fact, not politically correct.

And not correct politically.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Keeping abreast

The Massachusetts Republican Senator, Scott Brown, made a bit of a boob the other day in his re-election campaign.

In a flyer entitled A Strong Record On Women's Issues, Brown released an advert proclaiming that he supported women and women's issues.

He then posted from his personal Twitter account asking his backers to spread the word.


Looks like he's really got the hang of this Titter thing.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Acronymious headline

Taken from The Times on Saturday 6 October. Thanks very much to Jon C for ensyring we received it.


Maybe it's another acronym.

I've a couple of suggestions.

To the Sub Editor perhaps:

Editor's Note: Sure You've Read Everything?

Or: e-newspapers sabotage your reading experience.

You?

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Counting on spell check

Many people were quick to offer their congratulations to Felix Baumgartner on his brilliant triumph.

None more so than Red Bull, the main sponsor of the event, whose social media people congratulated him on the Red Bull Stratos Facebook Page.


There's a trend these days for using nouns as verbs.

But I'm not at all sure how this one would work.

Monday, 22 October 2012

To infinity and beyond

Taking nothing away from Felix Baumgartner's recent record-breaking display of bravery and madness, I came across this the other day.

Many superlatives were used in the commentaries both during and after his fantastic achievement.

But MSNBC, you need to hold your horses.


Yes, Felix made a jump and he certainly has drive.

But there was no jump drive involved.

c what I did there?

Friday, 19 October 2012

Tesco the munificent

Thanks, once again, to Dennis A who came across this sign displaying Tesco's generosity.


Still piling 'em high and selling 'em cheap.

Well, ever so slightly cheaper.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

A rubbish bin

Householders in the Aylesbury Vale District who signed up for the Aylesbury Vale District Council's garden waste collection service were surprised last week to receive a new wheelie bin.

It's brown and it's for collecting garden waste.


OK. No surprise there. After all, that's the very least they'd expect for their £36.

(Actually, the fact that householders must pay for their garden waste to be collected comes as a monstrous surprise to me.)

Anyway, the main surprise for AVDC householders is this uneditable typo.


Radwort?

Now I'm no Botanist but, as a boy, I enjoyed collecting caterpillars on many family holidays in Anglesey. And even my 8 year old self knew where to find them. On Ragwort.

That's Ragwort, AVDC. Ragwort.

Or, if you prefer, Stinking Willy. (Another name for the plant, I hasten to add. Not for AVDC.)

Uneditable?

Yes, because AVDC saw fit to have the rules moulded into the lid. Not printed on, say, an easily-removable, self-adhesive paper. Not even printed on an information sheet.

No. Moulded in. Permanently.

So what does AVDC mean to its householders?

A Very Disappointing Cock-up.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Tomato source

Thanks to Dennis A who spotted this John West ad in Sainsbury's magazine.


Someone can't read.

Or check.

Or both.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Gas mask required

I've never been to Airdrie and wouldn't, therefore, presume to know anything about the place.

It's one of those Scottish towns that make an appearance every Saturday teatime when the football results are announced.

Anyway, Airdrie may well be very pleasant.

But ScotRail isn't exactly encouraging anyone to visit, based on this poster spotted at Partick railway station. (There's another of those footballing towns.)


ScotRail clearly has a need for a Proofreader.

A dire need.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Something fishy

Well, I agree with Dennis A who found this. It's not how I would go about attracting customers.

Especially those seeking a degree of discretion, shall we say.


Can't quite read i


Exceptional standards? No doubt.

Impeccable service? I'm sure of it.

Subtlety? A big fat zero.

Monday, 8 October 2012

No laughing matter

Here's another typo that falls into the not-so-humorous category.


The caption appeared in a recent article in the Welsh tabloid Western Mail about Bob Jones who died earlier this year in a plane crash.


I'm guessing, rather generously I think, that the Journalist was either remembering Mr Jones with 'lots of love' or sending the copy to an editor with the same valediction.

Either way, it should have been spotted by a Proofreader or Sub-Editor before it went to print.

And, in case the Journalist doesn't actually know, LOL stands for Laugh(ing) Out Loud.

Or perhaps in this case, Lowest of the Low.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Mind - Readers required

Not sure that I'd trust these guys with any of my websites.

First of all, their Home page...

london.


Not a good start.

Then their About page...


dediciated instead of dedicated

closley instead of closely

companies resources instead of company's resources

Oh, and they've thrown in a random & for no reason.

It may be their idea of a 'fantastic and high quality service'.

But it ain't mine.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Unsavoury invitation

A great big thank you to Joan C who found this in the September 2012 issue of a free magazine called Go Local which goes out in Haddenham, Bucks and surrounding villages.


Looks like they've got the nibbles covered.

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