Saturday, 25 March 2017

Ambiguous signs/notices (London)

Lots of pillar boxes in London have two compartments, marked "London" and "Country".  I was once standing by one of these when I overheard a baffled tourist ask, "Which country?"

This sign by Tube escalators is increasingly disappearing now:  "Dogs must be carried."  Someone once asked, "What if I don't have a dog?"


*pillar box: (in the UK) a large red cylindrical public postbox.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Batting it back (London)

On one of my Saturday night pub shifts, I walked past a high round table at which were seated two men in their fifties.  They, like most of the customers at this north London pub, were very friendly towards me, saying a cheery hello and asking how I was.

About half an hour later, I was around that part of the pub and found them now seated in one of the booths, with two new female additions.

One of the men said, “We’ve moved.  Sorry to confuse you.”  I said, “It’s not confusing.  It doesn’t make any difference, because all Westerners look the same to me anyway.”  All four of them collapsed in laughter. 

(London, 2017)

Friday, 3 March 2017

Freudian slip? (USA)

Evening Standard, 27 Jan 2017:  

White House drops an ‘H’ and a clanger

Aides were left red-faced today after the White House misspelled Theresa May’s name.  
The president’s press office sent out a memo about Donald Trump’s Oval Office meeting with Mrs May today but missed out the “h” in her first name.  It read:  “The President will partake in a bilateral meeting with United Kingdom Prime Minister, Teresa May.”  The “h” in Mrs May’s first name was dropped in two other mentions.  The mistakes were later corrected.  
The slip-up is all the more embarrassing as Teresa May is a retired glamour model and former soft-core porn actress. … 

Freudian slip?

(USA, 2017)