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Life’s last spin

Blog | By Nigel Summerley | Oct 02, 2018

My recent blog on dreadfully written public signs – composed with no thought for punctuation or meaning – has prompted readers to draw attention to similar crimes against grammar and spelling.

We are indebted to Patrick Cooney of Perth, Western Australia, who spotted the sign pictured above in a launderette in Kidsgrove while he was visiting the UK.

It seems perfectly reasonable to ask folk not to end their life in a public washing machine. But who knows? Possibly there are people in Staffordshire who see a last trip to the launderette as a cheap alternative to flying to Switzerland for a date with Dignitas.

I suppose there’s nothing like ending things cleanly…