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[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.

 

 

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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.

Secret Road Sign

[Picture of bus stop hiding u turn sign]WHAT A STUPID PLACE TO PUT A ROAD SIGN.

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On Pacific Drive down at the BBC and opposite the SECC is a bus stop. For some unknown reason, the bus shelter is some distance away from the bus stop itself. The strangest thing is that there is a road sign (no U-Turn) obscured by the bus shelter!

It is impossible to see this road sign.

The entire arrangement is not very well thought through; the street lighting pole could have been incorporated — either for the bus stop or the No U-Turn sign.  The shelter ought to be nearer the bus stop. Things are getting worse when a simple uncluttered space can be turned into a mess by the so-called city planners.

Leaf McDonalds

Mcdonald leafsPOOR SPELLING IS RIFE.

Things are getting worse. A walk around the city is always marred by signs and notices containing spelling errors and apostrophe abuse.

Bad education may explain hand-written errors, but we have always maintained that if a poster or notice is produced on a computer (irrespective of company size), it is not terribly difficult, nor too much to ask, to run a spell-check program.

When it comes to van livery, shop signage, and mass-produced marketing and advertising campaigns, then it is, we think, even more important to check and double check the work, especially if you are selling a service that claims to provide attention to detail. This site is full of examples where this has not happened.

With all this in mind, imagine getting it wrong on a grand scale — a large franchise’s make-over for all it’s branches. Something rolled-out across the country.

Imagine a place that attracts children, families, and which is trying to educate in its very décor.  This is happening with McDonalds.

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Looking at a pillar in a local restaurant, it is clear that McDonalds are trying to educate customers about their ingredients and philosophy. Note how they spell LEAVES.

Yes, they have a spelling mistake — “leafs”.

This fact was brought to my attention by a school child (aged about 7) who mentioned it to her mother.

Things are getting worse indeed.

Strange Place to Have a Door

20121008dpyjamasMAGAZINE HEADLINES ARE GETTING WORSE.

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This magazine states:

“ALEX SMASHED DOWN
THE DOOR IN HIS PYJAMAS”

I have never heard of anyone having a door in their pyjamas, let alone smashing it down. This is a “World Exclusive”.  I fear that this glamorises domestic violence (or at the very least, normalises it). I cannot see what is to be gained by leading with this story; it cannot be good for anyone reading about it or involved in it.

The fact that he smashed down a door is enough, the added detail of being in his pyjamas is irrelevant – but it serves to just lower the tone that extra notch, it is the same as the choice of the word “Frolicked” or the term “Breakdown”.

This poor couple are going through a rough, tough time. They are not really celebrities, but they are not “ordinary” people either. It is such a shame that their financial security depends on having their ups and downs displayed on trash magazine covers.

Yes, Things Are getting Worse.

Aimed at Bolt

[Picture of Billboard from Durex]AS OLYMPICS FEVER GRIPS US, I WAS SENT THIS PICTURE OF A BILLBOARD.

It appears to show the Olympic rings, but they are actually contraceptives called “Performa” by the company, Durex.

The tagline reads:

Bolt – Not every man wants to be the fastest in the world

Usain Bolt is the fastest male runner in the world, and I suppose one could take this as a light-hearted joke, but I have trouble with it.  They are not official sponsors of the games as far as I can tell.

It seems to me that they are abusing the Olympic rings, and indeed the name of an athlete to promote something that has nothing to do with sport.I don’t even get the joke angle — how does using a condom slow you down? I can only imagine that the act of finding the condoms, unwrapping and putting it on is a damper on the heat of the moment. What a great advertising concept — our products disrupt your foreplay and takes the “pan off the boil” so that you have to basically start the passionate build up all over again. Heaven help the advertising industry!

Things are definitely getting worse when anything can jump on the Olympic bandwagon. I bet the Olympic rings would attract young children to read this ad – and then ask questions. Thanks Durex – maybe it’s the fault of parents for having children instead of using your product.

All Dutch To Me

[photo of chines menu]I WAS BROWSING RESTAURANT STREET MENUS FOR LUNCH RECENTLY WHEN I CAME ACROSS THIS HELPFUL ITEM.

Yes; it is in in Chinese (I think).  The prices are Pounds Sterling, the restaurant is in Glasgow City Centre, but that is about all I can say. Click on the image to enlarge.

I decided not to have lunch there, it seemed very likely that they would not speak English.

Things are getting worse when restaurants in the United Kingdom can be so discriminatory as to exclude natives of the United Kingdom in this way.

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