Scary Waves

[Photo of radiation shields for mobile phones]WE LIVE IN A SCARY WORLD IT SEEMS.

I recently found in a shop items called “Radiation Shields”. These are for shielding you from the supposedly harmful radiation caused by mobile phone signals and by computer wi-fi zones.

This was a surprise to find, and suddenly I am extremely worried. [Click on image to enlarge]

Is the free wi-fi in my favourite café actually harming me?  Can everyone’s mobile phones be causing me harm? Do I need shielded from this “radiation”? The packaging suggests that this ought to be a real concern, the products have been “tested and approved”. Ought we not to be provided such things free on the NHS?  Why is this not a massive scandal?

If wi-fi and phone signals are safe, then how can selling such items be justified?

Things are getting worse when a little bit of browsing round the shops creates fear.

About Face

[Photograph of sign in Shawlands]THERE ARE A GREAT MANY SIGNS CONTAINING SPELLING ERRORS.

My favourite this week is from Shawlands. [Please click on the image to enlarge]

There is a lot of information on this sign, the word that caught my eye was “FACIA’S”

Clearly they meant “FASCIA”. It is a pity that no-one thought to use a spellchecker feature or a proof-reader.

The possessive apostrophe is also an error, it is clear that they intended the plural. The plural of FASCIA is not FASCIAS, but FASCIAE.

Now that would have put the cat amongst the pigeons!

BBQ Wine

[Photo of barbi wine bottle]WINE LABELS AND NAMES THESE DAYS TRY TO ATTRACT A CERTAIN TYPE OF CUSTOMER.

I wonder who would buy Barbi wine?

Still, if you click on the image to enlarge it, you will see that the wine looks quite serious and not at all what one might expect from the name.  I wonder how it tastes? Perhaps it would go well with barbecue meats?

It could be that the family name of the wine producers is Barbi, in which case (excuse the pun), it would be unfortunate, particularly if they have daughters at school.

 

Thieves Beware – We Have Water

[Photo of Smartwater sign]I WAS SURPRISED TO SEE A DETERRENT SIGN IN A LOCAL SHOP.

It states

THIEVES BEWARE

Then has a centrally located word inside a scientific looking graphic (atomic? planetary?), the word is:

SMARTWATER

What can this mean? Thieves have to beware of smartwater? Not exactly enlightening for the average shoplifter is it?

It also states that there are:

FORENSIC SYSTEMS IN USE.

For shoplifting? really?

Most people, including thieves, alleged thieves and potential thieves, would understand forensics to have to do with murder and other serious crimes, rather than shoplifting.

It is intriguing – some form of forensic smartwatery way of catching shoplifters? Seems far-fetched. I wonder how much of a deterrent this sign is. Perhaps some more information would help in the deterrent stakes.

Unfortunate Advert

[Picture of Newspaper Page]NEWSPAPER EDITORS ought to know better when placing adverts on their pages. Common sense would suggest that they check the ad against the news.  [Click on image to enlarge].

“MAN PLUNGES
TO HIS DEATH”
And underneath is an ad that states:

“Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah”

… then again, perhaps this was intentional – or is that too cynical of me?

What a shame for the relatives and friends.

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