A series of anecdotes with or without any connection to the running of a restaurant.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Who's taking the piss now?

I really wonder!

This tiny statue of an incontinent cherub on a Brussels street corner is being milked like a sacred cow or a golden goose (Can one milk geese?) by the Belgian merchandising machine.

It is being used to sell anything and everything. The bottom photo is that of a tiny part of a large shop window just a couple of doors away from the Manneken Pis.




























The sticker on the large brass replica "Fonctionnant" means that the waterworks are fine and you can use this little pissing man as a water feature around your house or garden.



















Can you think of any other landmark that can top this one for commercialism?

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18 Comments:

Blogger zoe said...

and did you buy one of the little brass statues? i do hope so ... the cork screws are useless, though.

2/11/07 3:05 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

That is so funny! It's everywhere here, too - but I've never seen such a collection of them together!

2/11/07 3:09 PM  
Blogger Queenie said...

Lacreazion Creazoin, Sistee Cappella. I've had one in stone for an age, but you see it everywhere now.
I'm quite happy with my peeing dragon in the garden.......

2/11/07 3:29 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

I usually steer clear of tourist traps like that, Zoe. Although I bought a black bull for the tapas bar once.
This is my favourite corkscrew.

Hayden, there were all kinds of replicas. Even out of Belgian chocolate!

Queenie, trying your Italian on me?
I'm not keen on this kind of souvenir.
I think I've seen a photo of your dragon.

2/11/07 5:29 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Holy shoot! I can't think straight, I'm laughing too much.

You should see the carved wooden rasta men in Jamaica...hundreds in Ocho Rios.

2/11/07 5:51 PM  
Blogger muddy red shoes said...

ha ha ha, I want that corkscrew!
Lovely music btw

2/11/07 6:07 PM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

I'm a bit worried about the ones with the corkscrews! :0

2/11/07 7:15 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Oh, yes, Gigi, them Ocho Rios are everywhere. I've even seen them in Spanish markets.

Which corkscrew, Sarah? My favourite or the Manneken Pis one?
Glad you like Cesaria Evoria.

They are frightening, Akela, aren't they? Just like curly pigtails!

2/11/07 7:23 PM  
Blogger Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

The Eiffel Tower has been made into everything you can think of - I think I even had a pair of Eiffel Tower earrings once!

I'm having trouble embedding tracks from Deezer to my blog - is there something I'm not doing right? Or is it because my tech guru has disabled popups? Even the toaster ...

2/11/07 10:18 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Haha I had the corkscrew.

Years ago local native communities made dream catchers and they were special and had meaning. Now they're everywhere. Sold at the dollar store, made in China.

3/11/07 3:48 AM  
Blogger Mélanie said...

I think Lady Diana may be can ...The corkscrew pieces make me laugh ...It is very weird when you think about that ( about what it represents )

3/11/07 9:29 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Mmmm, I'm not sure I'd like to be stuffing one of those in any bottle of wine I intended to drink! :]

3/11/07 10:43 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Eiffel Tower earrings! How Eiffel, Daphnee!
I just copied the link for Deezer and put it on my template. Not sure where what's wrong. Might be the pop-ups.

I've seen those dream catchers in shops. Beautiful.
Sad but everything seems to be made in China nowadays, Christine.

Melanie, very weird indeed. Yes, I think the late Princess was used to the hilt.

Yes, Akela I can imagine what the wine might taste like!

3/11/07 11:34 AM  
Blogger A Kite Rises said...

Is there any more godawful, crass, cliched, and racially insulting piece of commercial tat than the ubiquitous Irish Leprachaun?! Those redcheeked, bulbous nosed, glinty-eyed, shilayley-under-me-armpit, horror-gnomes really are the last word in bad taste and such a cheap shot, trying as they do, to encapsulate in a statuette what marketeers see as "Oirish" and Begorrah-be-the-hokey charm. ICK! Funny photo :)

3/11/07 8:26 PM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

You're always finding all these incredible stuff! What would we do without you!;-)

5/11/07 8:36 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Rising Kite, I was in Whitby yesterday and there were a few Leprechauns about.

Thanks, Bella. Just a little bit of fun, I guess.

5/11/07 10:46 AM  
Blogger Merisi said...

If the chocolate replica tastes good .... well, what the heck, hand him over, please!

6/11/07 7:00 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Real Belgian chocolate, I can assure you, Merisi.
Your first bite is the giveaway...;o)

7/11/07 8:58 AM  

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