I remember reading some weeks ago about a County Wexford publican, and former councillor, who was fined for having an unlicensed cigarette vending machine and also having antique signs advertising cigarettes.
I really hope that the publican annoyed the official majorly and the charges for the signs were added to the main offence – otherwise I suspect that there may be many signs around the country that may need to be taken down.
These signs are a record of a previous time.
The HSE insisting on these being removed is akin to rewriting history.
If this policy continues, the effect of any suggested ban on alcohol advertising and sponsorship could be extreme with regard to old signs.
Close the Gate
Sometimes I wonder if those who place signs on their premises actually read them before they they sign-off on the proof.
Or maybe it is me reading them too literally. I will keep an eye out for suitable medication.
But I cannot be the only person who wonders how people enter and leave a premises through a closed gate – the gate is not to be closed after entering or leaving. It is to be closed when leaving.
Wall Art - Carey's Lane
The artwork is close to The Pav.
I am unsure as to whether the artist considers the lady with the gun applies to all of the female population or whether directed at a particular target.....
As for the pheasant, my understanding was that the hens were brown and the cocks had the coloured tails.
There appears plenty of opportunity for double entendre in discussing the image.
4 Patrick's Quay - McKechnie
Opera House - Wall Art
I suppose that it is a case of getting one’s revenge in first.
Maybe there is a belief that graffiti vandals will not apply their markings to street art.
A couple of weeks ago, I spotted that the rear wall of the Opera House at Half Moon St had replaced the bits of graffiti with some wall art – a definite improvement.
Interesting choice of authors – particularly the 2 Cork writers.
F. H. Thompson & Son Ltd.
Having walked up and down MacCurtain Street for many years, it was surprising that it was only last week that I registered the fanlight sign.
It brought back memories of the Thompson bread man calling in his van with bread orders and for sale – my recollection is that a Vienna loaf was a treat.
The cake treat was ‘Milly Filly’ which grew up to be Mille Feuille but my suspicion is that this came from Roches Stores tea shop rather than Thompsons.
Is the Brown Thomas sign correct as intended? Or is it correct by default?
When I saw the sign first I thought the placement of the apostrophe was incorrect. But if it is ‘delivery’ rather than ‘deliveries’ that is accepted then it appears to read correct as ‘Delivery is accepted’.
But the more the image of the sign rattled about the recesses of my brain, the more I suspected that it was a case of two wrongs making a right.
Generally signs at Stores Entrances refer to ‘deliveries’ not ‘delivery’ – as Eason’s photograph. That is logical as most suppliers will be presenting with more than one item to be delivered and also because more than one delivery will be accepted in a morning.
This jury is still out as to whether the person who drafted or prepared the sign intended to mean ‘deliveries’ or 'Delivery is'.........
Dr. Patrick Moylan
Maybe it is a consequence of my Leaving Certificate many decades ago. Maybe it results from my college years in Dublin when Patrick Kavanagh’s seat on the Grand Canal, when visited, was a place of downtime, a time for me. Whatever the cause, and even despite my attraction to signs, I have admired the idea of a seat to act as a commemoration.
When in Ennis last weekend, I saw the commemorative seat idea merged with a sculpture. The outcome was brilliant - visually attractive; useful; thought provoking; and, allowing for personal contemplative space.
What a way to be remembered.
Thank you to Dr Moylan and his family.
Mayfield Community Arts Centre
I really like the initiative by Mayfield Community Arts Centre with the large painted panels erected on the gables of houses of the North Ring Road at Gweedore Avenue, Ballinderry Park and Ardnalee Grove.
It appears that there may have been an additional panel. There is indication of one that may have existed on one gable wall. The web indicates that there may have been ten originally. I may need to do further exploration.
Regardless of the sense of community that may have resulted in their creation, they are definitely an improvement on the blank brick gable wall.
Phil Prendergast - J'accuse
The date, location and topic of the meeting are not readable from a car. If you had truly wanted to inform the public as to the meeting, I would have thought that these details should have taken prime position in the poster.
If the objective had been to use the meeting as an excuse to promote the name and face of an M.E.P. who was not elected by the public but who may stand for the next European election, I think you have had some success.
The fact that the signs have remained in position well after the date of the meeting does give some credence to the theory that self-promotion was the objective. From my perspective, that is an abuse.
Your signs refer to Socialists & Democrats. There is not a mention of the Labour Party anywhere. There are so many metaphors that could be used in this situation that there is bound to be a mixture – biting the hand that fed you; trying to pull wool over eyes; fooling some of the people some of the time.
Regardless of which metaphor you prefer, I find your signs very strange and very much less than admirable.
Spotted this plaque only recently.
It got me wondering as to the layout of the Brian Dillon Park and Dillon’s Cross area in 1920.
The construction in Brian Dillon Park appears to post-dated 1920 but I did wonder if the naming of Dillon’s Cross also post-dates 1920 – my guess would be yes as would not have thought that the imperial rulers would have allowed naming of Dillon’s Cross
Another item on the ‘To Do’ list
I was in Fitzgerald’s Park last Sunday for the celebration and release of balloons for Donagh McSweeney’s birthday.
I spotted this plaque in the grass and wondered if it represented freedom or celebrated someone named Saoirse, or even both.
A nice form of celebration if that is what it is.
Arnott's Prize Medal Porter
I would regularly have stopped at traffic lights at end of Popes Quay but it was only in last week or so that I spotted this painted writing on wall near the funeral home.
It proves that there is much to be taken in if I only slow down to read what is there.
It also raises the question as to whether there was another sign horizontally above the first floor windows.
I have never heard of Arnott’s Porter – a possible candidate for resurrection by a microbrewery.
Can you construct a sentence that reads correctly, that is grammatically correct and has the same word five times consecutively in the sentence?
(‘I had had that before’ has the same word twice consecutively but you need to include five consecutively)
I plead Guilty.
I am as guilty as most to using a mobile phone – phone, text and web. So far I have managed to avoid games – they are in same category as facebook and twitter.
But I am not always a fan.
Sometimes, the past - before mobile phones when one was reliant upon telephone boxes – can be attractive. It may be just me but those times appear to be becoming more frequent.
When on the train and a nearby fellow passenger decides to have a long loud conversation…..
When someone walks into you in the street when they are texting and not looking where they are walking…..
When you are trying to get work done and mobile goes off disturbing concentration ( yes – I have not yet mastered turning off)……
When you are with someone (at meeting, pub or otherwise) and they take a call on their mobile …..
Maybe I am turning into my grandfather and have nostalgia for the past………
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