Norfolk is a long way away from anywhere, and if I were you, I shouldn't start from here. By the time you get to the outskirts of Cromer, any distinctions between science, beachcombing, social commentary, writing and animal husbandry have started to blur. When the process is complete, you know you've arrived at the End Of The Pier Show. So, welcome. Find somewhere to park your unicycle. Pull up a girrafe chair. Make yourself comfortable.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Signs of the Times #431

This one spotted by Cath@VWXYnot...

 a business model we'd all do well to adopt in these straitened times. I can think of several businesses in Cromer that run like this - they seem to be the ones that go on forever, whereas the more go-ahead, seemingly dynamic businesses round about go to the wall.

The second exhibit for today comes from Mr J. McQ. of Hackney, following a visit to China. The translations are quite charming.

OOFTUGs all round, I say.


  1. These are sensible measures we could include in every day life. "Forbidden Rocket Here, please don't take tinder." I mean, come on. There's multiple levels of wisdom in this statement.

    As for you, Henry, as humanity's oldest living ancestor, clearly you should always be accompanied by a parent whenever you push violently, laugh and frolic. I always knew you were an elf. You taught the trees to speak, didn't you?

  2. Ah, but as I rarely 'push violently', 'laugh' or, indeed, 'frolic', these measures are scarcely necessary.

  3. So you can't carve arbitrarily? Does that mean you can carve if you choose a specific brick using valid, logical criteria?

  4. Actually, I think it says pash violently, not push/pass. Where I'm from, to pash is to kiss passionately. I think that violent pashing should be banned in all public places, not just on the Great Wall of China.

  5. #3 is almost certainly a metaphor for the current economic crisis.