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Thursday, December 17, 2009


EducashunFull marks to Nanny's educashun system for producing literacy levels such as those exhibited by the hapless sign writer, who painted the "guided busway" sign on the St Ives to Cambridge road the other day.

A workman, working for the contractor, painting white Guided Bus Only signs in the road has written the "N" back to front.

A Cambridgeshire County Council spokesman said the contractor was "already aware of this mistake and will be putting it right".


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  1. Perhaps the opperative that painted the line is of Eastern European origin; The letter "N" backwards is a Russian letter that makes an "ee" sound.

    Had one of the UK's victims of Ed-ucation Balls-up indoctrination programme have written it, it would have read "Buzz Lane init."

    Enjoy painting bollocks on the highway responsibly.

  2. microdave1:04 PM

    Alas, he isn't the only one....

  3. Bucko1:06 PM

    "Buzz Lane Innit"
    OMG, LOL M8

  4. Archroy2:21 PM

    I wouldn't be too hard on the guy who did this. I used to do a lot of graphics work and lettering and sometimes you are just so concentrated on a particular letter or element of a sign that you miss the 'big picture' especially in a vary large format like this example

    I think it must be particularly the case when painting on a horizontal surface where you can get a bit confused over which way things are laid out.

    (It's OK, I'll go back to beinmg cynical next time!)

  5. Lord of Atlantis3:54 PM

    "We don't need no education,
    We don't need no thought control,
    No dark sarcasm in the classroom,
    Ed Balls leave them kids alone!

    Hey, Balls! Leave them kids alone!

    All in all we're just another brick in the wall!

    (with acknowlegements and apologies to Pink Floyd)

  6. Grant5:34 PM

    microdave said...

    " Alas, he isn't the only one....
    1:04 PM "


    See, that's not the UK is it? So that means the Conspiracy for Poor Education (CPE - try Google) must be world wide.

    Have to say I agree with Archroy though. It's easy to make a mistkae and not so easy to correct it at the time.

  7. Anonymous5:54 PM

    Re typos as well as spelling and grammar in general:

    Is there not possibly also a positive correlation between typos and the harassed or weary or traumatised or suffering or ill?

    Remember Postman Patel (though please do not read anything into this paragraph)?

    Sometimes the rewards of studying hard and access to a good education such as good spelling, grammar and writing style are affected adversely by Nanny-types in or outside government, even for those whose writing was previously of a good standard.

    Also, it is not necessarily someone's fault if they didn't have access to or weren't able to benefit from a good education. For example, hungry children or those without adequate glasses or hearing aids don't learn well, even if they attend a good school.
    Likewise, those grieving a loss may also struggle to concentrate as do those who don't have a quiet or safe place or do homework, who don't sleep well in crime-ridden areas or who don't have time, money for transport or real access to books (including at a well-stocked library) or to those who are both able and willing to encourage them to read and write in a way that makes reading and writing a rewarding and pleasurable experience.

    And grades do not always reflect underlying ability. Einstein did not do well at school even though he was not dull. In addition, some individuals develop exam block and grades and tests are occasionally fixed, even in democratic countries. Some computers or connections do strange things occasionally thus messing up the student's words. Sadly these principles also apply sometimes to adults who are no longer in the education system.

    Laziness, being stressed out or being in a hurry may sometimes contribute and I personallly am guilty there.

    AT the Daily Telegraph website there is a wonderful series of humurous signs and samples of "English" caused by spelling, grammatical and translation errors, life's ironies and foot in mouth disease, as suffered by us all.

    Enjoy affecting and critiquing people's written words responsibly !

  8. Santa Claus6:38 PM

    ... Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

    All together now!

    Dee, diddy-dee, diddy-dee-dee!

    Dum, diddy-dum, diddy-dum-dum!

    Sorry, but I do get carried away sometimes when I look out the window and see the snow falling deep and crisp and even.

    Looks like Christmas has arrived.

    Merry Christmas boys and girls!

    Ho, ho, ho!

  9. Anonymous9:02 PM

    Firstly, Tonk comes on and can't spellopperative properly!

    Secondly you really are clutching at straws if you are trying to claim that you only get spelling mistakes under a Socialist Government.

    Running out of ideas?

  10. Santa Claus9:37 PM

    Ho, ho, ho!

    The old Blogger's Law does seem to be true.

    When criticizing another blogger's post, the probability of making the same mistake yourself greatly increases.

    PS Here at Santa Towers life is getting very tough. We have blizzards, thunder, lightning and power cuts.

    Even my broadband is going down with each power cut.

    Eeeh! Tis grim down south.

  11. Anonymous10:52 PM

    Dear Santa Claus

    For Christmas I would like to be able to spell perfectly and would also like a load of nice presents.

    I confess I noticed as soon as I wrote my comment today that as soon as I criticise someone for something I start noticing the many Christmas logs in my own eyes, past and present.

    I am sorry so please don't put me on the naughty kids list. I know I deserve one of Ken's Prat of the Minute awards but I promise to try to do better.

    Which leads me to the following question: are you Ken jesting with some of defenders of spelling errors and the like in your blog comments? Is he (a.k.a. you) in the North Pole preparing presents for all the wonderful but wearied-by-Nanny-types kids and adults out there? Do you write Ken's blogs to protect us when you're not busy with Christmas? Hmm.

  12. Santa Claus12:31 AM

    Yes Anonymous, it seems to be a general law of life that as soon as you try to pull a clever one on someone, life seems to conspire to rub your nose in it and make you look as silly as possible in front of the maximum number of people in the worst possible way.

    After about the tenth time, the penny dropped with me and I gave up trying it.

    Also, Crime of the Century Number 2 is to flame someone from behind an anonymous identity. Just between you and me, I have, on occasion, used the Anonymous identity myself and did feel limited in what I could write. My attitude is: if I'm going to flame someone, I first have to decloak (as per Clingon starship), otherwise it sets a bad example in front of the boys and girls at home.

    So, two Hail Marys and an Our Father and I'll let you off my son.

    Must fly. I think I'm snowed in without a drop of Diet Coke in the house. How bad is that?

    And no, I'm not Ken.

    Merry Christmas!

    Ho, ho, ho!

  13. Tonk.2:46 PM

    Bin police, carbon police, insulation police and now, spelling police.....Oh dear....I must try harder

    operative.....Is that better for you?....It is only under socialism that we have had such buzy bodies....

    Enjoy buzy bodying responsibly.