Do you know any derogatory terms for beer mat collectors? I don't. Neither does Google. But Simon Atkinson, the BBC's Business reporter in Weisenbach (I suspect he covers a larger area than that) does. He says they're called tegestologists, though others have less kind epithets in this piece about the world's largest beermat manufacturer, which has 75% of the market, going into administration. I can't help wondering what these nasty names are. Beermat head? Beermatty weirdo? Beermat maniac? They're not very good names. Not that I'd want to call beermat collectors derogatory names. But I can't imagine anything I could call them that wouldn't be rubbish even if I wanted to. That's some knowledge Simon is sitting on, all credit to him for being so responsible and not mentioning any of them. I wonder if he'd tell me if I met him in private or something? Once he was satisfied that I wasn't going to use them, of course.
Barr's Irn Bru has missed the boat. There's a stupid 'ooh, it's a secret formula' puff piece in the BBC Scotland news web by one of their business reporters, hung on the chairman retiring. Why have they missed the boat though? Well, because It Is What It Is covered Irn Bru plenty in 2006 and 2007, and we moved on. The chair is seventy-one, he could have retired a couple of years ago and got some decent coverage here. Perhaps in those slightly less jaded times I might have found the story charming, rather than risible. I find it hard to imagine now, but those were different times.
I'm off on a train today. And then I'm coming back. I always come back. That's why my strapline is He always comes back on that poster.
Rather alarming developments at the end of the beermat piece:
Do you have a beer mat which you have kept as a reminder of a special place or occasion? Why not send us a picture of the mat and tell us the story behind it? You can send your stories using the form below.
Send your beer mat pictures to email@example.com or text them to 61124 or if you are outside of the UK +44 7725 100 100.If you have a large file you can upload here.
Read the terms and conditions
At no time should you endanger yourself or others, take any unnecessary risks or infringe any laws.
That's not fair. I've got a beermat that got swallowed by a shark, it's still in there, it would be a great story and a sure fire winning picture. But they've fixed it so I can't enter with their stupid risk-averse last paragraph. Come on, BBC, people have to take risks, that's how they learn! If I ever get killed because I've never learned how to take a photo inside a shark safely, well, you know who's to blame.
that's all from me for now
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