advertising whoredings

D’ya see what I did there? Do ya? You might have previously thought I was good, but I believe I’ve gone that one step further along the pun highway in your mind to arrive at the little town of Comedy Liquid Goldsville, USA.

In previous days, when man was a more simpler creature, there used to be a trend in advertising to use ruddy great big building-sized boards along the side of the road to shout out your product’s message.

In Ipswich, we used to have hundreds of them, stretching away into the distance spouting forth their carefully-worded advertising-speak. These days, now that man is a more educated… er… thing… we have about four of them left. Plus a half-a-one if you count the “Fire and Ice” Christmas promo which features an ugly bird in a little “Santa” outfit. It’s by the Yeah Man Bridge* should you wish to go see it. But you don’t.

Satisfyingly,  and creeping ever nearer the point to this post, I pass two-and-a-half of these boards on my way to work.  The main two are on Grimwade Street, where Unc once spent some time up against it at the Civic College.  Up to a few days ago one of these hoardings was proudly displaying a classy pictorial for Marks and Spencer.

It featured a ‘lovely’ in some M&S clothes and was a most considered distraction from the week-a-day morning slog into the office.

Now I spot that this ad, which was nigh on high art to the considered opinion of BigBlueSturge and I, has been replaced with a badly montaged picture of a Land Rover and an old aeroplane, apparently both travelling at quite some speed if the ‘speed lines’ are to be believed, literally inches away from each other.

Except the Land Rover doesn’t have a driver. Go look.


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