Thursday, January 10, 2008

Taking Le Pis

Well-done Westgate resident, Barrie Smith, who having seen the recent Eurostar advert for London, lobbied both our own Advertising Standards and the equivalent Belgium Authority and has now received a letter, in French of course, which confirms the ruling that Eurostar have to remove the advertisment.

While it didn't reinforce the true cultural benefits of London, it appears that "L’image d’un hooligan urinant dans une tasse de thé est vulgaire, indécente et socialement irresponsable. Uriner en public est une incivilité notoire, d’ailleurs punissable en Grand-Bretagne," or as I understand it, urinating in public is an offense in Great Britain. The Belgian tribunal clearly don't travel in our town centres on a Friday night as perhaps Eurostar did!


anon again! said...

anon again!

Quite rightly so too! We don't advertise the damned thing with the Frenchy blighters pooing over a hole in the ground or eating snails!!!
Just goes to show, we should have tunnelled a bit longer and come up in Belgium or Germany!!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Anon,
you might note that is was not the French that posted that awful advert but the Belgiums so I do not really see the point to your tunneling.

Anonymous said...

What can we expect from the Belgians, when one of their 'sites not to be missed' in Brussels is a statue of a little boy urinating.

Jeremy Jacobs said...


This did the rounds in the run up to the opening of St Pancras International.

Look if that's the way the Belgians see us there's not a lot we can do to repair the damage.

And on the subject of St Pancras, why won't the proposed CrossRail be stopping there?

anon again! said...

anon again!
Sorry Barrie, I thought it was the French. No Tunnels to Belgium!!!
I remember you,(racing cars), your Mum & Dad....aaaah, those were the days.....

Anonymous said...

Looks like a pretty fair representation to moi. What happened to the famous British sense of humour? I think it's really funny.
On my own then.