As I am sure you can imagine we have a vast amount of materials stored at the Admiral Document Storage centre in the West Midlands.
As you would expect from the name “Admiral Document Storage” mostly we store documents. But documents, as I have discovered, come in all sorts of forms.
Perhaps the strangest item that we have ever had in store is a selection of sheets of A3 paper laying out t-shirt designs, and when they first arrived I got talking to the designer, and he showed me some of the sheets.
What made this quite interesting, for me at least, is that these designs this firm is involved with are not just boring labels about the company that makes the t-shirts. Instead they are comments on contemporary life, and I found many of them to be genuinely funny. Not to say quirky.
I think my all-time favourite is “Bomb squad. If you see me running, please try to keep up.”
Quickly followed by a sign akin to that which sometimes appears on the backs of lorries and trucks saying, “How’s my driving?” Except this says, “How’s my dancing?” Below is a phone number, which happens to be the phone number of the T-shirt company.
I thought of this firm because this week a new collection of t-shirt designs appeared, and according to the manifest these include:
I’m not clumsy. It’s just that the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, and the wall gets in the way.
And then there is the wonderful and totally irrational: “No more than two questions per customer.”
Of course not everyone would be amused by a picture of parliament with the words underneath “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups” and I am not by nature an anti-democrat but that made me smile too.
And all this before we got to
“Think you can’t be fooled? You just were” (written, I should explain, in such a way that one reads it straight, without seeing that extra “o”).
Or how about
“Do not read the next sentence,” with the phrase “You little rebel” in tiny type underneath.
And to round it off…
“If I had one pound for every time I got distracted… I want ice cream”
OK, you get the picture. They are just phrases and they are silly, and maybe I noticed them because I like silly, but even so I must say I rather enjoyed them.
Those designs have gone now – that is the nature of the storage business – one holds things for a while, and then they move on. But it made a nice change and they gave me a smile.
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