Sunday, November 30, 2008

Mini Photo Post

I may not be able to start posting Aussie photos yet (bloody computer...) but I had a few pictures taken on my phone that I thought you might like. They made me laugh, anyway.

This is a price label on a shelf of chocolatey Christmas treats. I suspect that it might be somwhat juvenile of me to still be sniggering at the word 'balls'. Oh well.
balls sign

I found this very 1970s kitchen appliance in a charity shop. I managed to resist buying it. ;-)
Classy Cutter
Does it make your food fancy? Is it only for using when preparing an especially posh meal?

Yesterday, at the craft fair, I found these...

Summer Bizarre
This was a leaflet handed round all the stallholders, advertising another event. We wondered if they'd meant to put 'bizarre' instead of 'bazaar' as some sort of joke, but it seems really unlikely.

This sign made me laugh for ages.
Toddlers sign
I have a lovely mental image of a toddlers' AGM, where it's perfectly normal to hold your breath until you go blue if the committee doesn't agree with you, and that winds up with sippy cups of juice and a nap for all attendees.

I don't have a photo of the last thing I have to share with you today. The local council has been doing various public consultations recently, discussing several proposals about parking, new building permits and so on. They came round the craft fair, handing out questionnaires. Most of the letter was fairly straightforward, until I got to the last question.

Here it is, word for word.
4. Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace is an iconic building. Do you believe it should be

* Left in its current conditon as a glorious ruin

* Be partially re-roofed

* Be restored to as near its original conditon as possible before being ravaged by fire and becoming a building that tells the History of Scotland


Now, firstly, I have no idea what the italics are for. What is 'a glorious ruin'? In that context it makes no sense.
The main problem, though, is their lack of understanding that punctuation is their friend. Based on its last sentence, one can only assume that the authorities plan to rebuild the Palace then burn it back down again.

Actually, I'm assuming that that's not what they plan to do. Councils here aren't known for their ability to effectively spent taxpayers' money...



At 11:33 pm, Blogger Hieronymous Anonymous said...

Chocolate balls.

I truly don't know how you managed to resist buying the Fancy Food cutter-y thing. I would not have had your willpower in that regard.

Is a Toddlers' AGM anything like the Kangaroo AGM?

(Word verification is 'perajean', by the way...)

At 11:50 pm, Blogger Mouse said...

I realised that I already don't have enough storage space in the kitchen for my current set of unused pointless appliances... ;-)

At 2:42 am, Blogger Shawna said...

Yup, I have to laugh about the "chocolate balls, too...and the questionnaire--I also thought they were going to burn it down again!

And, um, what's an AGM?

...and my word verification is herpot...

At 11:55 pm, Blogger Nettie said...

AGM is an Annual General Meeting Shawna.

I actually thought the funniest part about that questionnaire was that they are so biased against it actually being restored. They seem to really want to keep it as a ruin...

At 3:31 am, Anonymous DavePrime said...

Shamefully I must admit I at one time also thought of buying the "Fancy Food" cutter.....

I had seen it at my favorite second hand store, but I was able to subvert my desires into a cool new (to me) pasta pot instead! LOL

...And i just LOVE the way "glorious ruin" sounds. (their opinion in that survey isn't obvious at all...) :)


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