Vanishing Road

[Picture of Deanston Drive Road Works with confusing signs]ACCORDING TO THE SIGNS AT THE RECENT ROAD WORKS, DEANSTON DRIVE VANISHES.

If the road was closed, they would have used a “road closed” sign, a “No Entry” sign or “Diversion” sign. If the road was blocked off from the left, then they would have used the narrowed from left sign, and if the road was blocked off from the right, then they would have used the narrowed from right sign.

To use BOTH the narrowed from left sign AND the narrowed from right sign, effectively closes a two lane road, yet the road was open on both lanes. Even the turn off to the left was open.

To add even more confusion, there’s a “bear left” sign!

With the naked eye, no road works were taking place whatsoever, and this remains as it has always been — even though all these signs and fences have been removed since the photograph was taken.

Things are getting worse when the road department store their equipment on roads. It is the only explanation for all this fuss — the only other explanation being that the road is pinched from both sides and vanishes!

Nothing Off Sale

[Picture of PC World price ticket - save zero!]I WAS BROWSING FOR A BARGAIN IN PC WORLD, SO MY ATTENTION WAS CAUGHT BY THE NUMEROUS “PRICED TO CLEAR” TICKETS.

Imagine my disappointment to discover that the price was unaltered.  A close look (click on image to enlarge) showed me that the price reduction was zero.  So the “Priced to clear” price was in fact the “Price” price — the FULL price!

Was this an isolated incident? Some mistake perhaps?  I decided to move along to the next aisle and investigate — and there were more yellow tickets — more bargains?

[Picture of PC World sale prices -- with nothing off!]

No sir.  In fact EVERY single PRICED TO CLEAR ticket and sticker had NOTHING OFF the full normal everyday price!

Things are getting worse when shops have the appearance of a sale and bargains are implied, but there is in fact no sale at all. No Sale being the topic, I left, and they made no sale with me!

My 1st Traffic Jam Puzzle

[Picture of children's toy box: my first traffic jam puzzle]MY FIRST TRAFFIC JAM PUZZLE.

That’s what it says on the box.

Yes, things are that bad, and getting worse it would seem. Is there a grand plan to prepare children for inevitable traffic jams in later adult life?

Is there a grand plan perhaps to sell children a series of traffic jam puzzles? This is MY FIRST traffic jam puzzle — and that suggests the possibility of a second, third and who-knows how many more.

On further consideration, it is possible that the puzzle is “why have we got traffic jams”?  How much fun would it be to consider all the options to transport and travel for the 21st century. Yes, what a fun toy!

I don’t know about you, but this – whatever it is — does not immediately strike me as an absolutely brilliant idea for a children’s toy or game.  Things are definitely getting worse when someone can successfully pitch their idea about a puzzle for children based on traffic congestion.

Looking again at the box, I see that it could be that the entire reason for the traffic jam could be the child driving the big green tractor.  How hilarious! The child can play at being responsible for road rage and disgruntled commuters for the FIRST time! My, oh my; what kind of monsters are we trying to create here?

Getting Famous

[Cover of a teenage girl magazine 'Wanna be famous']THE WORLD IS GETTING WORSE WHEN EVERYONE ASPIRES TO BE A CELEBRITY.

Here’s a snapshot photo of a typical weekly magazine for teenage girls [click on image to enlarge].

The main cover story headline is “WANNA BE FAMOUS?” Inside is a guide.  The people with the speech bubbles (I am reliably informed) have become famous overnight, and they promise here instant fame — or fame in 30 seconds!

Wanna bet that the guide does not recommend talent or hard work and years of devotion and relentless practice? This sort of thing is selling magazines by encouraging such bizarre notions as the “dream of being famous”. Good grief!

Things are  also getting worse for those of us who do not wish to be famous; as consumers we have to suffer reading about what these famous people do all the time!

Crime Pays Royalties

[Picture of Bookshiop window display of Glasgow crime novels]THE THING THAT GETS ME ABOUT GLASGOW GANGLAND CRIMINALS IS THAT THEY ARE NOT MERELY SATISFIED WITH BEING GANGLAND CRIMINALS, THEY ALSO WANT TO WRITE BESTSELLERS!

Just look at the main window display in a local bookstore [click on Picture to enlarge].

Glasgow has been the murder capital of Europe in recent times (see This Clipped News article).

It seems incongruous, but it is true; Glasgow gangland bosses must be the best educated gangland bosses anywhere.

Where else do gangland criminal bosses make the bestseller lists?

Things are getting worse when gangland criminals make as much of not more money by writing crime novels than by doing novel crimes!

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