Friday, 28 November 2014

Ooh er, missus

No. Surely not.

Jon C must have thought he'd walked on to the set of a Carry On film when he spotted this car repair shop in Redwood City, CA.


Yes, you read it correctly. And, as way of proof of its existence, here's the web site which innocently carries no hint of irony.

Now, I appreciate and understand the need for garages to appeal to female car owners, but do Americans not get this? Is sniggering at the name just a UK thing?

Providing the clearest opportunity for double entendres that I've seen for a long time.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Giving thanks

There's no need to give thanks this year because Thank itself is doing the giving.


Or maybe Thank owns a giving.

Either way, we're being warned in plenty of time.

Those dates correspond to Thanksgiving 2016.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Casting pearls

Flicking through LinkedIn the other day I came across this profile.

Call me old-fashioned, but it's not too long ago that attending University was something worth doing.


I'm surprised the word Education isn't in inverted commas.

OK, quotation marks.

As I said, I'm old-fashioned.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Taking action

You may get more than you bargained for when you steal from this shop.


Well, I suppose it's one way of collecting the fine.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Song Sung Ginger

Yes, he may well have sung, as we are wont to do, at the funeral of an old friend.

But there's no way on God's green earth that Ginger Baker can be described as a singer.


Here's the nearest he got.


Not exactly Ave Maria, is it?

Monday, 17 November 2014

Brooklyn: my kind of town

Ellie J stopped dead in her tracks at the weekend when she stumbled across this t-shirt for sale at Primark in Nottingham.

It has the word Brooklyn emblazoned across it, together with New York USA.


It also has a photograph taken in er, Lincoln Park, Chicago, nearly 800 miles away.

I've read that Primark has plans to open some shops in New York in 2015.

It'll be interesting to see exactly where they end up.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Milk snake

No.

Not this milk snake, Lampropeltis triangulum hondurensis, which originates from Central America and whose name derives from the myth that it drinks milk from grazing cows.


But this equally eye-catching one, found on the Tesco shelves in Terenure, Ireland.


I know which one I'd rather face.

After all, the milk snake is harmless to humans.

Unlike the packaging design which could scar you for life.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

BBC bucks trend

Are you, like Greg L, concerned that more and more Americanisms are creeping into the BBC's output?


For those of you who are hard of hearing...


Who knows? It may well be a sterling article.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Unspeakable date

Driving through Santa Clara CA, Jon C was just about able to capture this banner outside the Portuguese Hall of Santa Clara on Lafayette Street.


It's interesting, not least because the Sociedade Do Espirito Santo (the SES) is an organisation whose aim for nigh on 120 years has been to preserve and promote Portuguese culture.

But the sound th doesn't exist in the Portuguese language.

So not only is November 22th meaningless to all and sundry, it's also unpronounceable by the very people at whom the banner is directed.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Hard cash

Angie J was more than a little surprised the other day when she came across this ATM outside a new Tesco Express in Aberystwyth town centre offering Welsh speakers a degree of largesse not normally associated with bankers.

That's Bankers for those of you whose ears suddenly pricked up.


We've come to expect free cash withdrawals.

But free erections? Now that is big.

OK. It may serve to underline the somewhat diverse benefits to be enjoyed from a hole in the wall by certain of those who live among us.

But to ask a Welsh speaker to check a few words before going public?

Surely it's not that hard.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Be wear

Thanks, Dennis A, for this one.

There's some debate about whether the caption is, in fact, intentional or a typo.


Either we are Number 1 in which case we're definitely not as far as apostrophe placement is concerned.

Or we were Number 1, in which case we might have been at one time but we're certainly not now.

Either way, it's not particularly good news for the UK.

As for the hoodie, where would we wear it?

Well, we're wearing it on the weir now but where were we when we were wearing it where we were then?

In the warehouse. Which, if there's any justice, is to where these were wares which we were wearing would wend their weary way.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Cereal con artist

Such a shame about Tesco recently, isn't it?

Shameful that the company hasn't been investigated before for fraud, theft and duplicity.


After all, the evidence has been clear for everyone to witness.

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