Pass The Rennies

French Doors by Rennie MacKintosh!GLASGOW’S MOST FAMOUS ARCHITECT IS CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH, WHO WORKED WITH THE LOCAL FIRM OF HONEYMAN AND KEPPIE.

I feel sorry for the chap.  One can imagine that his friends and colleagues never discovered his silly middle name, “Rennie”. I recall that he had the nickname of “Tosh”, and was generally called Charles.  Maybe he got “Chick” or “Chuck”, and he signed “CR Mackintosh”.

However, these days, since his fame overtook that of Alexander “Greek” Thomson, we see everywhere, “Mockintosh” and all sorts of things purporting to be in his style.

His name seems now to be “RENNIE Macintosh” — the “Charles” has all but disappeared!  I see various spellings of the surname — “MacKintosh” (capitalised “K”), “McIntosh”, “MacIntosh” and “McKintosh”.  I feel sad for Charles that his silly, embarrassing middle name is now his most distinctive legacy.

The above sign reads:

“French Doors/ Rennie MacKintosh/ Doors / SUPPLIED & FITTED/ Complete with Brassware”

Mackintosh was never really known for doors, let alone “French Doors”. What exactly ARE “French Doors”?  My understanding of “French Windows” is a set of double Georgian glazed doors.  It is just possible that there is some confusion, and that these “Doors” are in fact “French Windows” — but not in any style associated with Charles Mackintosh!

No wonder he gave up architecture to become a watercolour painter!

Deep Fried Proles

Fryer for ProlesTHE GLASWEGIAN DIET IS FAMOUS FOR DEEP FRYING EVERYTHING.

Probably the most disgusting example is the Deep Fried Mars Bar.  No wonder we have such a bad health record. I noticed a cheap electric stainless steel counter-top deep fat fryer in a local shop the other day.

“Turn on for style” is the tag-line. Yeah, right.

Click on the image to obtain a larger view.

Can you see the brand name.  It is “Prolex”, but the way it is shown, it definitely looks like “Prole” is quite distinct from the St Andrew’s Cross. Yes, this is is aimed at the Proles who live in Scotland.

Things are getting worse when being common/ working class is actively marketed.  This is basically saying, “You are poor, eat chips and fry your Mars bars at home”.

Brand New – Old Story

[Picture of energy rating notice at Sainsbury's latest store D+]IT HAS TAKEN A LONG TIME, BUT FINALLY THE NEW SAINSBURY’S SUPERMARKET OPENED FOR BUSINESS.

I was surprised to discover, by virtue of the posted notice at the entrance (click image to enlarge photograph), that the brand new store had a very poor energy rating.

Things are indeed getting worse when buildings can be created that cost the earth.  One wonders if the sum total of the legislation in this regard results merely in the posting of a notice at the entrance.

Proffessional!

[Poster misspelling in Glasgow]I TOOK THIS PICTURE WITH MY CAMERA-PHONE FROM THE UPSTAIRS OF MY BUS THIS MORNING, AND HAD TO SHARE IT WITH YOU ALL.

As you can see (please click on the image to enlarge), there are several windows completely covered with posters.  On one of them is the word “Profession”, but it is misspelled, “Proffesion“.

Other words appear in the series, on other windows, for example, “Legal” and “Council” as shown here in this snapshot.

Things are getting worse when people can put a lot of thought, time and effort into creating a message that is so prominently visible to thousands of bus passengers every day, yet which (instead of getting their point across effectively), manages to annoy and confuse!

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