Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Surreal London, 1991

I scribbled furiously in my London notebooks, taking note of anything and everything I could, usually while en route from one place to another. Here's a snippet transcribing some graffiti and related things caught along the way, including adverts and slogans. This truly being pre-digital in 1991, sketching and writing in cursive were the best ways to capture impressions.

The smokey Prince of Wales Pub off Clapham Common Southside.
Pork scratchings. Shandies -- beer and fizz water & something that looks like H.R. Pufnstuf. The Berlin Corner: memorabilia of the Wall & the needle tower. Green Ginger Wine. A great ceramic flip of the bird (the up yours). A Statue of Liberty holding a giant ear of corn on the cob. Hussars, bells & chimes. The Prince of Wales' portrait and various things dangling from the ceiling. A new jukebox with CDs, songs from albums instead of singles.

People saying: footpath (sidewalk). Brilliant = great, cool, neat, brilliant.
Do you fancy = would you like . . .?  and/or What would you think of . . .?

Beware of:
Mr. Nasty
Fascist Pig
Mr "B"
Mr. Lobster
Mr. Jack the Ripper
The Fly
Godfather III 1/2
The Jackal
The Original English Football Hooligan
Mr. Perfick

"It laughs in the face of spots & spanks the bottoms of pimples!"

I'll get to the "exotic Budweiser" ad campaign soon . . .

Today's Rune: Breakthrough.


the walking man said...

I've been to London Ontario and I don't remember any of that!

Charles Gramlich said...

It laughs in the face of spots...? That would convince me I wasn't in the US anymore.