Every time I'm walking through my local tube station in London, I see a sign. It's a handwritten sign and it says:
'Bakerloo line - good service.'
And I want to scream and rant.
'YOU tell me if the trains are running PUNCTUALLY or not. I'll tell YOU if the service is good .'
Well there has apparently been an outbreak of funny signs on the tube, as reported by the London Evening Standard. www.standard.co.uk/news/
I particularly like the museum one. It's a fallacy that only upper middleclass Brits take their children to museums, although it's true that the ones who do all call their children Hugo.
Including the girls.
'What's this all got to do with losing weight, eating healthily and being a Spark Person', you may be asking.
Gentle reader, let me explain.
I love how savvy your average Spark Person is. In tube signage terms, we are the people who run up to the poster advertising the latest low calorie soup and write on it in fluorescent marker pen 'Contains a load of sodium they don't mention in the marketing'. Or slap a label on the latest no-calorie fizzy drink saying 'Do you REALLY want to ingest the funny chemicals they've put in here to make it taste something like the full fat version? That's the version containing 2oz of toothrotting sugar.'
Spark Persons read the labels, question the manufacturers and see through the marketing. I have colleagues who really think that because a cereal bar is sold as a healthy breakfast option, it must be as good for them as a bowl of homemade porridge with fresh fruit in. Or they go to the salad bar and get a plate of carbs covered in mayo and think it's a good healthy choice.
If I could vote for a Spark Goodie, it would be a magnifying glass to read the small print with. And a law to insist on warts-and-all labelling. Till then, we have to keep doing our own detective work.
Move over, Sherlock Holmes. The Spark People are coming.