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Daily Grind

Daily Grind

Daily Grind

I pass this tiny van selling fresh coffee on Queen Victoria Road every time I go to see my chiropractor Dr Hester Potts near St James Park for my monthly spinal check.

The play on words “Daily Grind” is great and there’s usually a few folk standing in line waiting for a freshly ground coffee. I’m always tempted to buy one but as I have my own fresh coffee machine at home, I can resist until I get back to Ponteland.

It’s still terrific vehicle livery though with good use of space on a van so small and the colours from the Italian flag. Does anyone know if they have a website?

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Norcia, Umbria

Shop Sign, Norcia, Umbria

Great Signage, Norcia, Umbria

Umbria is one of my favourite regions in Italy. It has some great wines, particularly Montefalco Sagrantino and of course, fantastic food. The first time we visited in 2002 we stayed at the Relais il Canalicchio, a beautiful old hotel that boasted commanding views over the tranquil countryside. I did a number of sketchbook studies around the hotel including a view of the hotel itself. The owners ended up commissioning me to do a limited edition print of the Relais to sell to their guests.

It proved to be an excellent base to explore from. On one of our day trips we visited a small town called Norcia, renowned for its truffles and wild boar salami. It nestles at the foothills of the Sibillini Mountains where there are “lupo”, wolves. We came across many shops selling local produce, the distinctive aroma of truffles and salamis drawing us in, but this one really caught our attention.

“We produced and we sell the bestest chocolate of the world” and “Bitter and Grappa to the truffles” are statements that are irresistible to any foodie. “Biscuits worked on stone” are a must! As I’m writing this post, I’m tempted to make a return, so one has to say that the signage, despite its translation, still works.

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Technical Scissors

Technical Scissors

Technical Scissors

As soon as I saw this sign, I wanted to buy a pair. However, just how technical are they? Would I be able to handle them okay? Can you buy an app instead? Are they expensive?

Instead, I bought a pair of “non tech” pink kid’s scissors for my grandaughter for just over a pound from a nearby mall.

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The Cod Father

Fine Fish of Benwell

Fine Fish of Benwell

Because of my background trainting in graphic design, I love interesting signage. This van is owned by the Cod Father who provides fish (and other food) around the city of Newcastle. The humour is great.

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