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While walking down Abbey Street towards my tap class this evening, I saw a large billboard advertising those well known patrons of slave labour, Irish Ferries. What marketing ploy could the beleagured slave drivers have dreamed up now?

The poster was emblazoned with the words "Don't be a clot!" over an image of comfortably outstretched legs. It took a moment for me to realise that they were advising us to avoid the dangers of deep vein thrombosis by choosing to travel by ferry instead of by plane. In case you were wondering whether they'd started ferrying people to Australia, I can tell you that they are still just going to Britain and France. Lest we forget, a flight from Dublin to London lasts about 50 minutes. My bus journey home from town takes longer than that in really bad traffic, and I'm pretty sure my blood flow isn't going to sieze up in that time, although perhaps I should invest in those special "flight socks" they sell in Boots next time I get the 45 (its route doesn't have bus lanes). Anyway, it's good to know that Irish Ferries are saving us from the dangers of all those long haul flights to Birmingham and Glasgow. And as for the ferries Cherbourg and Le Havre, well, it's about bloody time! How do they expect us to survive the epic trek to Charles de Gaulle or - heaven forfend - Toulouse airport?

Of course, it's not the classiest billboard around. That honour goes to this.

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slemslempike
May. 24th, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
Oh no. She can't possibly. Did they mean Australia and it's an awful, horrible, mistake?

That smile.
The coiffure and make-up.

Oh dear.
clanwilliam
May. 25th, 2006 09:12 am (UTC)
My brain automatically went to a bad, bad place when it saw that billboard.
theodicy
May. 25th, 2006 12:29 am (UTC)
Damn billboards. They'll pay. They'll all pay.
jane_the_23rd
May. 25th, 2006 08:32 am (UTC)
Yes, the threat of DVT is definitely enough for us to get over this pro-union claptrap.

But that Oprah billboard? Christ.
stellanova
May. 25th, 2006 08:42 am (UTC)
Yes, the threat of DVT is definitely enough for us to get over this pro-union claptrap.

I know! "Hmmmm, I don't agree with their shady business practices but NOW I AM AFRAID. Of the medical perils of a 30 minute flight. You've won me back, Irish Ferries!"
jane_the_23rd
May. 25th, 2006 09:31 am (UTC)
Yes, we are all doomed to die a painful, thrombophilic death if we do not embrace exploitation! Yes! Let's all take the ferry to go buy lots and lots of diamonds from Sierra Leone!

Ick ick ick.

I am listening to a thing on Pat Kenny on the big divorce settlements in the UK, and I AM SHOUTING AT THE RADIO.

I really should be banned from listening to the radio.
stellanova
May. 25th, 2006 09:38 am (UTC)
Listen to Radio 4 online instead! Woman's Hour is on and they are talking about Joan of Arc, having had discussions of women truckers, and Iranian women going to football matches.
jane_the_23rd
May. 25th, 2006 09:51 am (UTC)
Oh, cool! Actually, Pat is now talking to this quite interesting actress and social activist from India, so it is no longer completely shit.
stellanova
May. 25th, 2006 10:34 am (UTC)
I can't relax while listening to Pat Kenny because I'm sure that any minute he's going to say something really crass and stupid and annoy me - although that said, his Late Late interview with the lesbian couple who want their Canadian marriage recognised was really good and rather touching, as he and the audience were overwhelmingly on the couple's side.

Still, I'm sticking with Radio 4 - it's usually more soothing than RTE Radio 1. And interesting, come to that...
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