Friday, 13 August 2010

Trust the Trust....

When things got quiet on the sign front, it took a visit to Snowshill Manor and some nifty bad signage from the National Trust to pick things up.

It's be lead lined has it? I could forgive this chalk sign if there was a space where the 'en' had been erased from 'been', but as there isn't....

Not suitable for wheelchairs? Who would have thought it!

Monday, 12 July 2010


I saw this in a lift in Bournemouth and tried very hard to picture myself doing it:
I am not sure how you can do this excessively, but clearly it is such a problem here that they need a sign to advise people not to do it.

However, it pales into insignificance with this sign in a Bournemouth car park:
Disabled Must Pay!!!!
How threatening is this? It is the largest text on the sign.
Maybe Bournemouth has decided to take revenge on all those disabled, excessive-door-holding people.

Monday, 31 May 2010

Mixed vegetables

...well, fruit, really.

Saw this in Tesco, Trowbridge:
Yes, folks, extra large pineapples cunningly disguised as melons. Not a pineapple-looking pineapple in sight! No wonder they were half price.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Unsatisfactory Staff

So, we were wondering around New Arlesford and saw this sign on the public toilets:

What is it with Wincester City staff that the public are advised to call up to report that they have seen them in an unsatisfactory state?

On the subject of toilets.... we saw this while getting tyres replaced in Canterbury: many things are wrong with this? Both apostrophes, just to start with. Do they only have one customer? Or just one toilet and, if so, where is the noun at the end of the sentence?

*shakes head in exasperation*

Monday, 3 May 2010

Confusing Messages

What can I say. The Labour party is trying everything it can to win the Devizes seat, including promising:

I want my future fair now!

The next we saw in a shop - we can't remember which one - but the labelling seems a little confusing: pack, two pack, heat pack, cool pack...

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Animal Magic

Two signs sent in by my parents show that the National Trust can be both skillful sign-writers and have interesting wildlife at Dyrham Park:

Okay, this just needs a bit of punctuation, for example, "Please drive slowly - livestock". That is, unless they are referring to the livestock.

Need we say more? The National Trust putting conservation first!

Sunday, 25 April 2010

EMPHASIS, Spellinks and Mis-Directions

We have just spent the last week staying in a very nice hotel in Bournemouth that seemed to have a little trouble with its signs at breakfast.

Firstly, it paid not to follow the signs for the contents of these three jars. Just to say, we were among the first down for breakfast, so this was the full brilliance of the staff shining through:

This was only bettered by the spelling on this engraved plate:
Do you muse over your muesli?

The following signs were seen at the office I had the pleasure of working in during the week:
Remember to emphasise THE right WORDS when making posters.

This was lovely - in an emergency, I am meant to press and hold the alarm button while not using the lift. Yes, I know it is for two different emergencies, BUT!!!!!

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Fake imitations

So, we were shopping about a week ago and saw the following:

In case you missed it here is a (blurry) close-up:

Chicken 'flavor' noodles. Okay, so I can cope with that, even with the American spelling of 'flavour' in my British supermarket.

I can cope with understanding that 'chicken flavor' noodles means it is unlikely to contain anything that has previously worn feathers, especially when the word 'VEGETARIAN' is written directly beneath the description.

What I am have trouble with is that it is 'imitation chicken flavor'.

Does an imitation chicken flavour (or, indeed, flavor) taste even vaguely like chicken?

Why not give it a different name if it is not actually chicken flavour?

Or, maybe, why not just drop the 'imitation' part....

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Spelling Bee

Spot the mistakes. Enough said.

('Bagguettes' as seen in Devizes)

(Seen in Dorset, we think)

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Roger who??

So, two people at work decided to share teabags and put both their names on the box.

You would have thought they would have realised what they were writing, but no.

At the end of the day, you have to ask: is it a statement, or an order?

Monday, 15 February 2010

Traditional.... Ale's

We were driving past The Mason's Arms pub in Warminster, Wiltshire, and were.... amazed!

Why....... food worth such an exclamation?

Why is there an apostrophe in "ales" ("ale's"!!!)

Why all the ..............