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.