Friday, 15 July 2011

Also, Allington Nursery and... what?

Hello. There will be a 'Newcastle' post, but not until Monday. Real life is in the way. In the meantime, though, and from the same cycle ride as the Salad Depot, the most English 'advert' imaginable.

I was going to crop it to just the top half, which is the bit that made me take the photo. But actually, I like the bottom half as well. 'Showroom'?


Kaitebon said...

Presumably "and fireworks depot"?

E. said...

Hi there John
Just wanted to say I thoroughly enjoyed 'Newcastle' today, fabulous casting with Anthony Head. More from him and Carolyn? I just wanted to ask you a couple of things. All the games that you play on the MJN Airdot: Do you just make them up? Or are they based on past experiences? And also, is Mr Birling based on the fictitious character of Mr Birling from An Inspector Calls? They do sound remarkably similar. I am interested because I am a GCSE student who studied the play. Both pompous, fat men with too much money and a fake idea of reality. I do over analyse things though. Are 15 year olds allowed in you show on saturday nights? Hopefully you can answer, but I know your a very busy man. Thanks for reading!

fittykitty said...

To answer the above question-my sixteen year old daughter came last time & loved it. No-one said anything!

E. said...

Thanks fittykitty.
Thats good to hear. My dad and me love John's work so we wanted to see whether it would be possible to see his sketch show.

2fishinatank said...

Have a sudden "Arthur-esque" need to watch some fireworks!

My favourite sign of all time (should be used at gyms) -

Miss Pear said...

Firework showrooms are not uncommon, actually - well, not in our part of London, anyway - we live in a predominantly Asian community and there are a lot of places selling fireworks, particularly (obviously) around Diwali, and they're all on display in glass cabinets. It's slightly bizarre, but it makes for a gorgeous festival! (I am slightly overexcited by fireworks. I am a four-year-old.)

Although, I am now thinking of fireworks being sold like cars. I'm convinced a mega-rocket would last longer than my dad's Astra did...

Easy Breezey Kiwi Kelly said...

"Tom Goodman-Hill as Martin"?!

Ginge said...

Kelly: Benedict Cumberbatch was ill the day they recorded that episode, hence the joke about sick pilots in the opening scene. :) BTW, Mr. Goodman-Hill was an awesome makeshift Martin! And Mr. Giles Pendragon/Herc should stay forever. His voice fits in so well with the rest of the cast!

Meanwhile, a firework showroom sounds bangin'. :)

Andrew Bossom said...

There's so much to be said about that sign. "We endeavour" is not the same as "We guarantee", but the real sting in the tail is the small print underneath that says, " the big four garden centres". If English garden centres are like German garden centres, they're horribly overpriced and staffed by incompetent assistants who can't tell you the difference between "annual" and "perennial".

My wife regularly comes home from trips to the big garden centres with hair-raising stories which bring to mind Jack Dee's routine about the "plastic flappy things" at B&Q. She once asked why the exact same species of flowering plant was in two different sections and priced differently in each, and was told that "these ones are yellow and those ones are red". She only goes to those places to look for stuff marked down because it's no longer flowering and the customers are too witless to realise that if you plant that straggly brown twig now, next spring you'll have a magnificent display. She regularly gets strange looks from the cashiers.

Musical Lottie said...

I'd be interested to know what the four big garden centres are ... I can think of maybe two, but the others are a mystery to me.

Finally I've found a Saturday when I can come to your sketch show, along with a couple of friends who were also at the Cabin Pressure recordings - we're rather excited!

Also, instead of spamming your comments, I'll write it here: I like the idea of a salad depot. it brings to mind a quaint, whimsical image of salad clocking in an and out, having tea breaks ...

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xl pharmacy incredible nice photo! actually I like the bottom half too.

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