Truth in advertising?

johnboy 7 December 2008 22

One of the stranger (or perhaps more depressingly predictable) things about Canberra is our rules on advertising signage. You can’t put up a billboard. But if you can write it with flowers and pay off the Government you can still advertise on prime real estate down Northbourne Avenue. Assuming, that is, your outfit is adjudged sufficiently worthy.

Babscott1 sent in this one from the foot of Vernon Circle a few months ago. She thought it a profound statement on Canberra’s heart.

Go on, have a snigger. You were probably going to hell anyway.

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22 Responses to Truth in advertising?
astrojax astrojax 1:05 pm 08 Dec 08

and ian dury, of course, was spasticus autisticus. (he was also a clever trevor and would hit you with ‘is rhythym stick if you gave him a hard time)

R. Slicker R. Slicker 10:13 am 08 Dec 08

It seems that many people with CP actually refer to themselves as spastics. I remember that the comedian Steady Eddie used the term constantly and said he wasn’t offended by it.

p1 p1 8:51 am 08 Dec 08

I imagine that they have considered a name change but figure widespread brand awareness for the wrong reason might be better then obscurity.

Thumper Thumper 8:44 am 08 Dec 08

Sorry, I just can’t help laughing at that.

Who was the bright spark in government to put that in such a prominent place? Everyone driving in from interstate will just nod their heads and agree…

On the serious side, good to see that such a worthy organisation is getting some exposure.

H1NG0 H1NG0 8:34 am 08 Dec 08

Hehehe that is certified gold.

Fiona Fiona 7:43 am 08 Dec 08

It all depends how it’s used right? The difficulty for the spastic centre, like all organisations, would eb to then find at new name that replected wehat it did. Yes, it caters pretty much only to those with cerebral pasly, who aren’t all of the spastic CP type.. but there are other groups in there who get services depending on the resourses avaiable…

farnarkler farnarkler 4:42 am 08 Dec 08

Next time the ‘planters’ need to position the flowers so that, although the flower bed is on a slope, the letters appear vertical; like the advertising banners ‘painted’ onto AFL grounds.

Instant Mash Instant Mash 6:59 pm 07 Dec 08

Looking forward to it haha!

bubzie bubzie 6:27 pm 07 Dec 08


see you all in hell 😉

Mordd Mordd 6:14 pm 07 Dec 08

Location, location, location!

Instant Mash Instant Mash 6:10 pm 07 Dec 08

Placement is everything…

p1 p1 4:13 pm 07 Dec 08

I would have thought the same. I appears to depend on wether you follow the US or UK understanding of the word Spastic

R. Slicker R. Slicker 2:05 pm 07 Dec 08

I’ve often wondered why they still use the name Spastic Centre. Surely the word “spastic” is politically incorrect nowadays, a bit like the word “abo”.

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 1:23 pm 07 Dec 08

Funniest thing I’ve seen all month!

Thanks JB!

p1 p1 1:18 pm 07 Dec 08

I have always wished I have a few thousand dollars to slip the guys who plant the bulbs so that something unauthorised sprouts…

This is probably better then anything I could have come up with though. See you in hell PB, maybe we could meet up there for a drink?

futto futto 1:17 pm 07 Dec 08

I hope they leave that exact flower sign up when they move the Legislative Assembly behind it.

Gobbo Gobbo 1:05 pm 07 Dec 08

I love calling a spade a spade, and I love flower writing.

trevar trevar 1:03 pm 07 Dec 08

Yes, I guess it’s a good thing… but I wish they’d be a little more careful about what gets written. ‘Spastic Centre’ is just a little too close to the truth in Civic…

emd emd 11:03 am 07 Dec 08

But they’re all charity or non-profit organisations, right? And what they’re engaging in is a community-sponsored “brand awareness” campaign, probably at a lower cash cost than traditional billboard advertising would allow, while adding a bit of colour to the city. I think it’s a good thing.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 10:55 am 07 Dec 08

Thanks Johnboy…

And yes, I’ve got a first class, one way, all expenses paid, champagne quality, trip to hell following viewing of the image.

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