Life imitating art?

Optician advertEach week my Mum sends me The Selkirk Weekend Advertiser through the post; a local newspaper that combined the long-running The Selkirk Advertiser with its upstart rival The Selkirk Weekender, and until relatively recently was still printed in Selkirk.

It’s great, it keeps me up to date with what’s going on in my hometown of Selkirk, in the heart of the Scottish Borders: who’s getting married, who’s been arrested, and what folks are selling in the classified. My favourite classified ad, to date, was advertising three bridesmaids’ dresses. “Never before worn in Selkirk” it stressed at the end of its description. These minor details are the important ones.

A couple of weeks ago Mum sent me a copy of the Border Telegraph, a newspaper that covers news in Selkirkshire, Roxburghshire and Berwickshire. On the frontpage was this advert (see above) for Crown Optical Centre. Now, I’m not quite sure whether this is a genuinely badly printed advert, or whether they are trying to recreate something from the brilliant local-newspaper-spoof The Framley Examiner. The advert really is that blurred.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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