Sign of The Times

[pciture of sign-maker sign]I WAS SENT THIS PHOTOGRAPH BY EMAIL TODAY.

As you can see, this is a company looking for work. The company is called “The Sign Maker”, so it would be natural to assume that they are in the professional business of making signs. However, they seem to have chosen to make their own sign in a rather inexpensive way; this is a square off-cut of plywood board leaning against a roadside railing — facing the wrong way for passing traffic and at a level too low to be easily seen.

They have barely managed to fit in the title, “Sign Maker”, having started too far in from the left, with too large a font size (if you can call that scrawl a font)!  Having noticed the cramming on “Maker”, the next line is started below, further to the left, and with a smaller character height — resulting in too large a space to the right, so to finish off, the last line — the line with the contact details/ telephone number — is started further in again — and again, is crammed in!

This is ugly, ill-executed, illegal, and potentially dangerous. Graffiti is better executed.  There is neither artistic flair, nor any display of the basic concepts underpinning the concept of a “sign”. One wonders how much work this has generated.

Then again, perhaps this is a start-up company, by the look of it, a couple of illegal immigrant teenage entrepreneurs trying to find paid work that is different from washing cars? Who knows.

Things are getting worse when sign-makers cannot properly make signs for their sign-making business!

Scary Quotes

[Picture of Sign misusing quotation marks]I WAS SENT THIS PICTURE BY E-MAIL.

It shows very well how inverted commas can change the meaning. Click on the picture to enlarge (as ever).

It states:

Please enjoy our “Safe” and “Comfortable” flight

Just the other day, I spotted a very similar thing on the side of a business van.  Naturally I snapped a picture.  As you can see, the meaning is completely changed — and this cannot be what the business intended… can it?

[Picture of van ]

Providing Services to the highest levels is “Our Priority”. Indeed. Things are getting worse when businesses are sarcastic about their poor quality service.

Cream Pies!

MEMORIES COME FLOODING BACK WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING YOU HAVEN’T SEEN FOR YEARS.

[Picture of Cream Pie]This happened to me recently, when I came across an original Cream Pie.  I haven’t had a cream pie for years, and had quite forgotten about them! Ah, the cream pies I have had in my time, my goodness I used to have them all the time.

Fancy that!  As a matter of fact, I did — and I enjoyed my first cream pie in many a year that very afternoon.

From Rose too.  The original.  Now you know, you can enjoy a cream pie any time; there’s nothing quite like a cream pie! Do a search on Google for the nearest supplier.

Bas Relief Graffiti

MY SUMMER’S EVENING STROLL THROUGH SHAWLANDS CAUSED ME TO PASS BY THIS EXTRAORDINARY WALL.

I have never seen graffiti quite like it outside of Egypt!

Naturally I took several snaps with my trusty camera phone to share with my dear readers here.  Things are getting worse when graffiti has to be done to this extent — whatever happened to a can of spray paint or a chubby permanent marker pen?

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