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If I gave LadyLove such a 'market-first jewelled masterpiece' with its 'ornate 22-carat gold accents, plus faux gems', I'd be picking bits of it from whence the sun shineth not for the next 12 months at least.
Tch. You peasants just don't appreciate high quality tat when you see it. There are collectors out there you know. I'm led to believe that StopStart has one of the best collections in Wiltshire, if not Rutland.
Hmm.. My Atomic Time-Radio-Synchronised mantlepiece clock cost me a tenner. I see that their RAF Cuckoo Clock comes at a mere £124. Seems to conform to MOD procurement best practice, provided they delay delivery for five years.
Another firm of Memorabilia Shysters called in Mint used to sell stuff which stated that "This edition will be forever limited to orders placed before December 2010" ie everybody silly enough to order the stuff would get one and there was effectively no limit at all. It is embarassing that the RAF is lending its name to this overpriced fairground tat!
I can't help thinking that anyone who purchases this type of tat is going to be terrily disappointed when the thing actually arrives, and that that disappointment is going to be reflected in what they think of the RAF - ienothing good.
You have to ask what on earth is going on with our PR people. I would love to know what they think is in it for the Service.
Last edited by SirToppamHat; 31st Jan 2009 at 12:50.
Terribly disappointed when it arrives?? I suspect the sort of bottom feeders that purchase this sort of bilge would be over the moon. If anyone from the MoD is reading, may I suggest we recruit some personnel with even a modicum of taste into the office that approves this sort of crap? Just because it makes money doesn't make it good thing. If, however, that is the case may I also suggest that instead of destroying all the opium we recover in Afg we instead fly it home and flog it on the streets? We'd make a mint. You utter, utter peasants.
PS. Gainsey, whilst you are indeed correct about my tat collection it is worth pointing out that my tat is purchased on the basis of insulation or tog rating. Thus when it goes straight in the loft it will cut my heating bills. I fear the only insulation the RAF Porcelain Dog's Egg would provide would be that liberated through incineration. Minimal.
Location: Quite near 'An aerodrome somewhere in England'
Whilst chatting with Jeremy Clarkson at a book signing recently, I noticed that he was wearing one of the 'RAF collection' leather flying jackets - complete with the small 'wings' badge.... Normally I'd be Outraged of Oxfordshire at someone wearing 'wings' to which they're not entitled, but as he's done so much for Help for Heroes, I made an exception.
He once wrote that he is the proud possessor of a 'shit' cabinet at his home, containing all the worst examples of utter tat he's noticed during his travels. Pink plastic mosque alarm clocks (just for you, Stoppers, they're available at Mosque Clock . com - Home of the mosque shaped alarm clock - Classic )*, snowstorms, etc. I wonder if he has any of these Elvis-eggs-on-Tutenkhamen-Spitfire-plate bits of worthless tat?
*If you do visit this site, press the 'Hear Alarm' button - you know you want to!