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Offline Mr Max

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What Exactly Is The Point
« on: October 30, 2008 »
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  • On the subject of Muppets, which seem to have made a regular appearance recently, what is the point of the Muppet with the speaker van?

    This morning he is driving around, blaring out his music with his disjointed messages badly interspersed. 

    Sadly, since he was probably driving at 60 or 70 kmph along the front through Playa Arena towards Los Gigs, only about a quarter of his message was audible before he disappeared round Spanish Corner and beyond.

    Seriously though, and mindful of other posts complaining about the lack of advertising and publicity for events like the Tourist Day, what the hell is the point of this ineffective and (I gather) very costly method of advertising.  It is a complete waste of money, and surely even a few posters in and around the areas where the events it allegedly publicises  (i.e. the PS and LG "Plazas") would be more effective.

    Where's a councillor when you need one?


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    « Reply #1 on: October 30, 2008 »
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  • The best place to find out what's on is to keep an eye on our "What's on locally" page.  The council do send me the info (often last minute) and I announce it as soon as I receive it.  Most of the entertainment bars are now on board with us too.  Councilor Steve is quick to call me to let me know of any last minute changes.

    I take your piont about the van.  I will pass on the message.

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  • The announcement referred to in the opening post of this string was nothing to do with the Town Hall.  The van was out on private hire and as it only concerned Canarian  residents it was not in English.

    Occasionally the Town hall use the van to announce courses.  As these courses are only in Spanish then there is no point announcing them in English.

    Whenever an announcement is made relevant to tourism and the English speaking community Councillor Gerald makes it a priority to ensure a clear recording in English as well as Spanish.

    Offline Mr Max

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  • Hi DD

    I am sure your source of information is reliable, but I beg to differ..

    The announcement was in fact for a Hallo'een event (in Spanish yes), the important details of which became inaudable as he sped away into the sunset.

    I think, but can't be 100% certain, that it was in fact for the Council organised event which had already (according to your board) been cancelled!!

     

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  • I'm not going to argue with you, I didn't hear the message.  What I quoted was from the Council. 

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  • A white van passed through Cuevo de Polvo today, announcing a childrens Halloween party (in Spanish) for Saturday 1st Nov. 11am til 3pm, at the Cento Hipico in Alcala.
    (1st left after the gas station)
    appearance of grand magician, 100s of treats, kid's entertainment, lots of fun, don't miss it, free entry etc. etc. ...........

    Maybe the point was they were hoping for a free translation and plug on this very site !

    Well, they're not gonna get one from me.

    amunette

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  • When-oh-when will the Brits in LG/Santiago del teide municipal stop expecting everything to revolve around them?!!!! YOU LIVE ON A SPANISH ISLAND, messages are going to be in Spanish, so learn to understand the rapid lingo, or shut up!!!!!!!!!

    These vans are a daily occurence in the Canarian villages, selling fish,clothes veg etc, always something wizzing past announcing whatever. I understand about 1 in 4 of them, but my OH(Canarian) understands every word!! No matter how fast the van goes LOL.

    Offline Mr Max

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  • When-oh-when will the Brits in LG/Santiago del teide municipal stop expecting everything to revolve around them?!!!! YOU LIVE ON A SPANISH ISLAND, messages are going to be in Spanish, so learn to understand the rapid lingo, or shut up!!!!!!!!!

    These vans are a daily occurence in the Canarian villages, selling fish,clothes veg etc, always something wizzing past announcing whatever. I understand about 1 in 4 of them, but my OH(Canarian) understands every word!! No matter how fast the van goes LOL.

    Might I suggest you get your eyes tested.

    Read my post(s) again - nowhere did I complain about the language of the announcement - get off your high horse.

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    « Last Edit: November 01, 2008 by Mr Max »

    amunette

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    « Reply #8 on: November 04, 2008 »
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  • Mr Max, as I am allergic to horses, I am most certainly not on one, high or otherwise. As for my eyes, my opticain assured me only 2 months ago I will make it to a ripe old age with the need for glasses.

    My point was, Canarians have no problem following these messages, so I suggest you learn better Spanish so you too can listen at high speed!! You cannot expect a culture to change its habits to suit the foreigners. The vans ALWAYS zip about, babbling away and as I said, I rarely manage to catch what they say, but my OH and all the other locals have no problem.