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Thursday, 17 January 2013

Let's Talk Tripe


It's a shame about the missing apostrophe in the new sign over the tripe stall in the indoor market inside Clarendon Mall, but Lyndon is to be congratulated on taking over this long-standing business. He knows the trade well and will be a worthy successor to Jack Curvis.

I published the photo below in April 2006 and it went on to be voted 2006 Photo of the Year.

This post is another contribution to the CDPB Festival of the Belly Button where bloggers look at how they've changed over the years. In this case, whereas the photo of Jack was posed, the one of Lyndon was a candid shot.



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25 comments:

  1. May time and life continue to treat this business kind. Please have a good Thursday.

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  2. Funny how they'd take the time to put the quotation marks, but leave off the apostrophe!

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  3. Ahhh ... yes, I like this idea of change, Gerald. I have noticed it with posts from many of our bloggers. Life as it continues in front of the camera lens is more important to me (and perhaps to you) than staging - and freezing - a moment in time. Good observation.

    I am not really into tripe, or any ofal. However, I do talk a lot of tripe at times!

    I agree with Pat, that it is remarkable to put in the quotation marks and omit the apostrophe. What IS the Queen's English coming to?

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  4. When I lived in Hull I loved the little market in town. So many butchers to choose from!

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  5. Well, I *do* love tripe and it seems time has usually not been kind to these businesses. How lovely to see that time passed in front of your camera, but this place remained.

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  6. I'd say the bottom one is a portrait while the top one is more street photography. I usually find portraiture more daunting than street. You actually have to go up and talk to people.

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  7. Hi Gerald, could you do me a really BIG favour? I am a Hyde boy, living in New Zealand. I would love you to post a photograph taken from the middle of the road facing down towards the allotments at the bottom of Gower Road. Please take the photo from outside number 42 Gower Road. Not too much sky ... not asking for much eh?! I was visiting my dad for the first time in 20 years and that was the first view I had from the taxi when we arrived and the last view I had when I was leaving, yet I failed to capture the shot. For a bit of Nastalgia and just because, it would be greatly appreciated when you are next in that neck of the woods. Kind regards Andy Barnes.

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    1. Hi, Andy from New Zealand here. Thank you very much Gerald for the photo of Gower Road. It Brought a tear to my eye. A true photo of Home. I rode my first bike, a triang ride on Tin Train down that road along with the many go carts made out of old pram wheels.
      I had the local paper round that introduced me and my ducks to the neighbours in the local streets.
      I drove my first car down that road, a VW Beetle bought from the shell station at the top of Gower road. I used to walk down to the bottom and run back up when I was trying to keep fit in my Dukinfield Rugby days.
      It was where most of my friends came from and where my first love went to. It was my HOME. It is where I am from. Thank you.



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  8. An explanation of the missing apostrophe:
    The Health and Safety Act (1984) only permits 4 punctuation elements per square metre and the proprietor chose ungrammaticality over the emasculation of a quotation mark.
    (He could have borrowed one from the greengrocer's next door, though..)

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  9. Used to dislike tripe as a child - white and strange. But when I tasted it French style, in a rich tomatoey sauce (don't know ingredients or how it was made) it was completely different and good to eat.

    About the apostrophe . . . it would have lengthened the name which would have altered its relationship with the frame - which might have been ok or might not. It doesn't look sloppy, it looks smart. The look of a shop sign matters.

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  10. P.S. Cant' remember whether I let you know yesterday that I've gone back to posting at the original Message in a Milk Bottle now the Google storage issue has been sorted.
    http://messageinamilkbottle.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. From a design point of view the sign works best as is. A shop selling tripe ... have never heard of such a thing. I'm sure it would not do well in this country.

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  12. A real butcher! There not so easy to find in central london

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  13. I can't believe that people seriously give consideration to the "design takes precedence over correct grammar" theory.
    Excuse me while I switch on my collar ventilator.....

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  14. What a lovely photo of one of the sterling folk across the north west who continue an age-old tradition of selling tripe! Here at the Tripe Marketing Board we keep a spare supply of apostrophes (unlike our colleagues at the British Greengrocer's Association) which we are happy to make available free of charge to any tripe seller, on request.

    Emily French
    www.tripemarketingboard.co.uk

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    1. I saw Lyndon earlier this afternoon and he's promised to fix the missing apostrophe.

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    2. Don't worry, Gerald - we're on the case. He's got one of our clocks on display, so we won't drum him out of the trade!

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  15. PS Any of your readers with a love of tripe are cordially invited to join us on Facebook at We Love Tripe! https://www.facebook.com/groups/349868178430408/

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  16. I am amazed that a shop specializing in tripe would still be doing so well.
    Perhaps it was an aesthetic to leave off the apostrophe? I would rather see the apostrophe than the quotation marks.

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  17. http://tmbindustrynews.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/times-up-for-grocers-apostrophe.html

    Thank you for alerting us to this, Gerald.

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  18. Glad to see Lyndon and the stall doing well... these local shops need all the help and support they can get. My support comes in the form of buying and enjoying the Rag Puddings and bacon ribs... I might try the Cow Heal, which I've not had since I was a child.

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  19. Well its all fixed now Lyndon has rectified the sign this morning it now has an apostrophe.

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