Sunday, September 16, 2012

Ireland in a nutshell #1

Ireland 2
2.5 years in this country, not enough blog posts. That needs to change! Right now:

One of the first things I noticed here is a job that is immensely popular in Irish shopping streets but that I had never seen elsewhere: Holding up signs. 

It's a bit unusual that this guy has a multi-purpose sign for three shops - a symptom of the crisis, maybe? - because usually, it is one person per sign and one sign per shop. And usually they stand around in groups, blocking pedestrian traffic and chatting with other sign holders - because their job is just to make sure the sign is upright. Their job description does not include encouraging people to visit the shops. Because that's the sign's job. 

2 comments:

binajabber said...

Thanks for reminding me how much I love Ireland. Well, in summer that is, sorry...

Funnily enough I didn't notice any sign holders when I was there, but maybe that's because I visited smaller towns. I'm guessing the picture was taken in Dublin?

Love the post, can't wait for Ireland in a nutshell #2.

Anke said...

Oh, there are summers in Ireland? ;)

It's very possible that it is a Dublin thing - this was taken in Grafton street (the posher pedestrian area), but Henry street (more average high street) also has quite a few sign holders.