Tuesday, 20 February 2007

Museum of street semiotics

Here's an occasional post, basically it's pictures of shop signs . I'm not that interested in cute puns although they can be funny nor is it an exercise in taking the P##s out of people with English as a second language. It's more about how flexible and annoying English is , how so often English has so many meanings. Also the reality of peoples shops are sometimes in stark contrast to the surroundings. Also Some signs are quite touching in their optimism. The first entry was on a cafe that was being cleared out up in Stamford hill.. When I first saw the sign I thought it was for a kosher milk restaurant which raised all sorts ideas of jolly Jewish people eating bowls of milk. Why was kosher milk so important why not meat or bread. Anyway it's a nice sign, I do think developers should be made to take them down and take them to Museum of London for us all to enjoy.

The next picture is fag packet hanging off the smallest leave of ivy which was so surprisingly i took a picture. Aren't smokers untidy

1 comment:

Coventry Blogger said...

It used to give me several moments of pondering on the early-morning bus about the meaning of the 'pillow rice' advertised on a curry house. Was it rice so fluffy, so light, that you could lay your head on it and go to sleep? It was at least the third time I passed when it dawned on me that it was an alternative spelling of pilau.