Paddle faster!

I have always had a great affection for bumper stickers, which segues into an equally affectionate regard for witty graffiti. Many years ago, when I was a young and mostly foolish person masquerading as a free spirit, I made use of the unusually long journey coming up from London’s Hampstead underground station to street level by writing a graffiti of my own on the lift wall. (“If work were a good thing, the rich would have grabbed it for themselves long ago.” And please note, with admiration and respect, my use of the subjunctive.)

Anyway. The classic Key West bumper stickers are SLOW DOWN, THIS AIN’T THE MAINLAND and ONE HUMAN FAMILY, both fine in their way, and if my bike frame had space for either of those I would stick it on.  Last time I was in town I saw what immediately became a new favourite: PADDLE FASTER! I HEAR BANJO MUSIC! (And if you’re too young to get that reference you need only to rent a DVD of ‘Deliverance’. When you’re old enough, of course.)

Again: anyway. There is now a new jeep in town plastered in good bumper stickers, and yesterday I finally remembered to (a) take my UK iPhone out with me so I could photograph the jeep if I saw it, and (b) search the known hangout spots for this particular jeep.  So here are some (OK, not very clear – sorry) photos of the results – my favourite is WELL BEHAVED WOMEN RARELY MAKE HISTORY, although WILL WORK FOR WORLD PEACE and  YOU CAN HAVE EVERYTHING BUT WHERE WOULD YOU PUT IT?  have a lot going for them. too.

But maybe the best of all isn’t on the jeep at all, and as far as I know isn’t yet a bumper sticker. It’s a notice in the kitchen at the Medical Foundation for the Victims of Torture in London, and it says this:



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