Mystery Machine

[Photo of mystery machine]I AM ALWAYS SURPRISED AT WHAT PEOPLE DUMP ON THE STREET.

I saw this mystery machine dumped on the pavement. I have no idea what it might be or might have been.

A small crowd had gathered, and various theories materialised. One was that it was an ice cream maker. Another that it was a very small washing machine – perhaps a toy for a child.

I liked the idea that it was street art, but my companion reckoned it was an alien life-form ala The Daleks. What do you think?

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Heterosexual Pants

[Photograph of label inside pair of jeans]HETEROSEXUAL TROUSERS FOR SALE?

These were spotted in a local Tesco store. They are clearly labelled as not being suitable for homosexual men.

It is perhaps nice to know that straight men can now begin to dress better on a budget.

The Missing Cheese Mystery

[Picture of Lidl Pizza]THE TRADES DESCRIPTIONS ACT HAS BEEN BREACHED HERE.

Look at the Picture (Click on it to enlarge). It was taken in Lidl. It shows a shelf of  “Trattoria Alfredo Quattro Formaggi Pizza”. It is clearly an Italian dish where quattro means four and formaggi means cheeses.  This is a four cheese pizza. One would expect the number of cheeses topping this pizza to be four different ones.

How much is it? Well, the shelf has the price of £1.99, but wait, it is described as only having Three cheeses. Somewhere along the line, a cheese has vanished!

Things are definitely getting worse when a cheese can disappear form a pizza on the local supermarket’s shelves!

Coleslaw Overkill

[Picture of tesco aisle - coleslaw]WE WERE GRATEFUL TO RECEIVE A PHOTOGRAPH BY E-MAIL OF A TESCO SUPERMARKET AISLE SIGN.

It would seem from this picture (click pic to enlarge), that there is a LOT of coleslaw on aisle 5.

Ironically, there was NO coleslaw to be found on aisle 5, just green vegetables on one side and ready meals on the other.

Perhaps Tesco were anticipating a great demand for coleslaw this Christmas holidays?

Who knows… but Merry Christmas with or without it anyway!

Bearly-Believe-It

[Picture of Evil Build-a-Bear] I WAS IN A BUILD-A-BEAR SHOP RECENTLY, AND WAS GIVEN A FEW SURPRISES.

The first one to take my notice was a Build-a-Bear version of the evil genius, Darth Vader from Star Wars! Now I am not quite sure what it would mean for a child to select this bear from the others on offer. I may be an old fuddy-duddy, perhaps these days playing with the baddies is fashionable or popular.

Picture of a Wheelchair for a teddy bear]I then noticed that you could get your Build-a-Bear disabled! Yes; they do wheelchairs for the bears.

They also do spectacles and much more. It really is a revelation; I thought it was simply a shop that made and sold teddy bears and accessories.  Who knew?

It could be argued that a disabled child might like to have toys that were also disabled, but I am not so sure.[Picture of a teddy bear earing spectacles] I am not entirely convinced that able-bodied children would like to play with disabled toys, and if they were, it would certainly raise my eyebrows as much as if they wanted to cuddle up at night with Darth Vader. Call me old-fashioned, but I think things are still getting worse.

 

 

Police Parking

police_parkingIT IS ANNOYING THAT THE POLICE DO NOT OBEY THE LAW.

The police would quite happily arrest you if you broke the law, but they do it themselves all the time. I often see police cars park inappropriately (and even thoughtlessly).  They run traffic lights, cause all sorts of problems chasing boy racers.

They are never around when things turn violent; most of the time they seem to be strolling about ASDA buying cola and cakes. I wish I were joking; I cannot think of a time I have been shopping in a supermarket that there hasn’t been at least four uniformed police wandering around, shopping for snacks.

The most annoying, though, for me, is parking on double yellow lines. They do it all the time. Every day, right outside Strathclyde Police HQ on Pitt Street, there are double yellow lines, cones and signs — and yet I have never walked past and it has been clear.

[Picture from Google Maps of Pitt Street Police HQ]There always seems to be a police car, an unmarked police car,  a van, or something else parked right outside — and as far as I can see, no tickets have been given, no fines paid, no fines paid, and no vehicle towed away. Ever.

In fact, if you go to Google maps and look at the street view, there are police bikes right outside the front door!

It is bad enough when police flaunt the rules of the road, but it takes it to another level to do it right outside police headquarters! Things are getting worse indeed.

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.

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