OF THE TIMES …
Dammit—for the past two weeks I’ve been happily snapping signs to make a post (eeek~!) and now I’m beaten to the draw. ‘Twas ever thus— so here y’ go:
What caught my eye was (if you look closely) the apparent fuzz along the lintels—fine wires set in stone, to keep the pigeons off. Those wires are found all over some of the more financially capable buildings in town, and nary a poop to be seen so something unobviously works …
Our friendly local Inst of Tech advertises itself far and wide as ‘Zero Fees’ (which I just don’t understand). Certainly it seems prosperous enough, students come from all over the world and as students are notoriously impecunious there must be some truth in it—
—but like the great noted cynic says “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch” so I guess it’s the good ol’ kiwi taxpayer that funds it, somehow … (more shots from here soon, the campus is quite large and impressive in a small-town-cosy sort of way).
AND NOW FOR AN OLD
friend who’s moved location. Elvis carving, I don’t really know the proprietor who has still got the same affable manner, huge doberdog (a pussycat really) and work ethic that screams out for emulation—
—and it’s probably him that pays for the education of so many overseas students and our own studential party life. ‘Twas ever thus.
This one (above) I’ve driven, walked, hurried, ambled and strolled by so many times I just had to include it. Never been in there although the folks tip a friendly nod and a cheery smile whenever they see me (or are they laughing? Bugger, must smarten self up a bit) …
Then around the corner, go north, cross highways and byways and stuff then stroll along a bit to where you’ll see a school. Right in the entrance-way there’s this wee symbiotic pair of signs—
—which could be taken literally by anyone who reads signs as an exhortation to contraception?
Interestingly enough, when I was young such signs had the little boy leading an even littler girl by the hand. I believe the Women’s Lip people got it changed in the interest of sexual equality … so the sign in its present form is also a ‘belittling propaganda’, and should be further ‘improved’?
To really make it ‘gender neutral’ (eeek!) they should double the image from two folks to four (and reverse one half of it with a wee gap between)?
PERHAPS THE WHOLE THING
can drive a guy to drink—or a seal to seek an honest living. This guy (below) is eternally busy, spinning that beer can on the tip of his nose. Beak. Snout, muzzle, whatever it is that seals have …
—he’s certainly a patient wee bugger. Bigger than me, too, that image has deceptive perspective. I’d have dropped that can, opened it, scuppered the contents and gone back to sea ages ago myself but he’s got a steady job and is in for the long haul, I guess.
A sign of the times, maybe?