Paris Seine

[Photo of mislabelled baguettes]THIS WAS SPOTTED IN A LOCAL GLASGOW CO-OP.

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It’s a basket of Bread. Baguettes or French sticks.  However, the co-op is trying to compete with M&S and sell fancy food from around the world.

This must be the idea behind the label, it states:

Parisien baguette

Clearly, they meant the baguette to be from Paris, in which case it ought to have been labelled, Parisienne Baguette.

Things are getting worse when shops try to be cosmopolitan and fail, despite having Google available.

Glasgow Crime Poster

[Photo of police poster]THIS POSTER WAS SPOTTED OUTSIDE CROSSMYLOOF RAILWAY STATION IN SHAWLANDS.

It states:

“3691
fewer victims of common assault”

I don’t know about you, but this poster troubled me.

First of all, why are the police paying for advertising posters like this? Is this a good use of financial resources? Perhaps, as a result of the suggested drop in criminal activity, the police have the time and money for this project?

It then begs the question, why are there fewer victims? The police deal with assault, rather than with the reasons for assault, so they cannot be given credit for lower crime, however, the poster carries the  suggestion that the Police have had some positive effect, that the police in some way are responsible for the drop in this crime figure, when such a notion is utterly preposterous.

This leads to the next question: are there fewer victims of common assault because of a drop in reported assaults, a change in the definition of common assault or victim, or a change in reporting period?  What is the context, and what possible reasons – what lessons can we learn? The poster is an insult to the intelligence.

We’re not especially au fait with Scots Law, so the term, common assault, suggests that there could well be other kinds of assault (although I don’t know what they are, nor if they exist), perhaps the figures have been manipulated such that the 3691, or a portion thereof, has been taken from the common assault category and simply moved to another category, or other categories, of assault.

I have a problem too with the number given.  It is not a percentage, it is an extremely precise (not rounded up or down) figure, 3691.

What does this number mean? Fewer than what and when? 3691 fewer than last week? Last year? what?

Finally, if the poster is not pro-Police, but simply to make Glaswegians happier or to feel safer, it fails miserably because 3691 is a massive number — and yet it is not the number of common assaults, it is merely the variation!  If 3691 is the drop, what on earth is the actual number of common assaults?  Having a drop of 3691 implies that common assaults must be many times greater than this figure.  One ought to immediately begin to take care as assault is very likely imminent.

I must say that it would not be much of a comfort to visitors to the city. Poor tourists! Mind you, they ought to have heard about Glasgow’s violent reputation before coming, from sites such as this. Or this.

Things are getting worse when Police put up posters to scare or con an unsuspecting public.

Lidl & Aldi

[Picture of Lidl microscope]WHAT CAN’T YOU BUY IN LIDL AND ALDI?

Over the years I have seen entire motorcycle outfits and accessories, gardening gear, telescopes, keyboards and guitars, language courses, and more besides. It is always a surprise, and often amazing, so I thought I would share this with you all.

This is what sets these supermarkets aside from the others. They are just so bizarre. Click on the picture to enlarge the image.

The picture is of a MICROSCOPE. Yes – a real microscope – and for under thirty quid. It connects to a PC via USB, so this is serious stuff!  Note that it’s next to a child’s activity set!

 

Latest Computer Equipment?

[Picture of Picture Framer's Poster]I WAS AMUSED BY THIS POSTER FOR A PICTURE FRAMER.

According to the poster (click on image to enlarge), they have the latest computer equipment — which, unfortunately, they did not use in the creation of this poster.

It would have been so easy to use a spell-checker, but no.  They seem to have proof-read to some extent, because someone noticed that they got the telephone number wrong, “0142” instead of “0141”, this has been corrected by sticking on a “1” over the “2” on the glass covering the poster.

Look how they managed to spell “International” with just one “a”.

Once again, it begs the question, if they cannot pay attention to detail on their poster, what is their work going to be like? They want to work on your Limited Edition Prints and expensive work by International Artists — would you really trust them if they cannot get their own telephone number right?

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!

Greek Island of Theate

[Picture of sign in Travel Agents]IN A LOCAL TRAVEL AGENT’S WINDOW, I SPOTTED THIS ITEM.

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It is headed:

THEATE BREAK

Now, there are many exotic destination in travel agent’s window that I have never heard of, so I just assumed that Theate was one of them. Possibly one of the Greek Islands?

It was only when I saw that it involved a musical in the Playhouse in Edinburgh that I realised that they had not proof-read the sign before putting it on public display in the shop window. It clearly ought to have been “Theatre” not “Theate”.

I wonder how many people scanned over Theate, and thought, like me, it was somewhere exotic and foreign – perhaps they were looking for a cheap UK break. Can a spelling error be more costly? I wonder.

You Are!

[picture of sign in Ketchups]I WAS SENT THIS PICTURE OF A SIGN IN A LOCAL BAR/ RESTAURANT*

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The item that stands out for me is:

THINK
YOUR
MAN
ENOUGH?

Clearly, this ought to be “You’re” as in Think you are man enough?”. I hate to see mistakes of this nature.  They have gone to the trouble of getting this sign hand-painted, but just because it wasn’t done on a computer with a spellcheck feature, doesn’t mean it can’t be proof-read.

Things are getting worse when it’s considered acceptable to put up signs with mistakes and bad English.

*Thanks to Peter for the picture

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