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Hermanus break ii - Closed!

Posted by
dobbino (Cape Town, South Africa) on 2 June 2009 in Business & Industry.

Couldn't resist this for the Silly Tuesday post (see Liner's blog) for the other submissions today. This shot was taken at about four o'clock on the day we arrived, during a walk around the town. Ok - write-up on the photo:

Closed??? Of course it’s bloody-well closed!!! This is a competitive, difficult, and cut-throat business, you know! Not many survive!

And an extract from the Ballad of Sweeney Todd:

Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd.
His skin was pale and his eye was odd.
He shaved the faces of gentlemen
Who never thereafter were heard of again.
He trod a path that few have trod
Did Sweeney Todd
The demon barber of Fleet Street.
He kept a shop in London town.
Of fancy clients and good renown
And what if none of their souls were saved
They went to their maker impeccably shaved.
By Sweeney,
By Sweeney Todd
The demon barber of Fleet Street.

BTW - the following lunchtime we went to a restaurant that served a variety of home-made pies. We both chose chicken.

Also - for those who might not know the story, there is a short summary here.

Canon EOS 40D 1/400 second F/8.0 ISO 200 28 mm

All images © Rob Minter, and licensed in terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 South Africa License

zOOm from Paris, France

I've loved the movie ! ;-)
Take care when it will be open !

2 Jun 2009 7:15am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Very nice shot..

2 Jun 2009 7:35am

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Hehehe brilliant!!! Nicely seen and shot Rob!!

2 Jun 2009 8:07am

Mandy Provan from Johannesburg, South Africa

hahahaha...maybe he was taking care of other business.....as the poem suggests!! hahaa. Nice spot Rob, a real old time feel with the striped pole and all! :)

2 Jun 2009 8:10am

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

hehehe did himself out of business maybe. Pleased that you had the chicken pies and not the meat ones.

2 Jun 2009 8:56am

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

LOL, I wouldn't have thought that, Sweeny Todd as a name for a barber shop would instill confidence in there clients. A place for the brave and reckless, me thinks. :D A great ST shot.

2 Jun 2009 8:58am

ManuelaR from Hainburg (Frankfurt/Main), Germany

What a find... great shot!

2 Jun 2009 9:24am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Not the place to go for a shave, might be a bit too close. Was the pie shop across the road open?

2 Jun 2009 10:05am

@grouser: Ooooh! Too close indeed! And yes, but as I said above, we chose the chicken ones!

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Woah Sweeney Todd! Even if its opened, I'll think twice. :P

2 Jun 2009 11:32am

roentarre from Melbourne, Australia

Excellent streetscape shot

2 Jun 2009 1:29pm

MrsAmber from London, United Kingdom

Ha ha..I know the story...sends a shiver down my spine! Very brave to name their business that ..but very funny for you to spot. Good ST shot!

2 Jun 2009 2:28pm

@MrsAmber: Thanks MrsA - reading your comment made me realize that ST day could have been Sweeney Todd day too!

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

didn't understant at all but I love the picture

2 Jun 2009 5:00pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

Great catch! As for the picture itself - I especially like the shopping cart reflection. Maybe transportastion for his last customer?

2 Jun 2009 5:12pm

@willow: Yeah - maybe - thought that too! And by the look of the blinds it looks like the last customer might have put up a bit of a fight :)

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

What makes you so sure it was chicken?

2 Jun 2009 5:14pm

@grouser: The chicken meat is quite a bit drier than the other kind, Grouser - thought you would know that :)

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Can't help but laugh! :-))) What a find! Great contribution to ST!

2 Jun 2009 5:25pm

@Betty: Thanks Betty - lovely comment.

Graham Russon from Cape Town, South Africa

Silly stuff, great shot.

2 Jun 2009 7:57pm

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

Additional to the Silly side, t is an ace composition fitting in the shapes, colors and the slash of light. Very nice work.

2 Jun 2009 10:27pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks Ronnie - lovely comment and much appreciated.

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is priceless.

2 Jun 2009 10:59pm

@Michael Rawluk: Thanks Michael - glad you enjoyed :)

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

beautiful use of light and color here Rob!! crystal crisp too!! love the sweeney todd bit! :)

3 Jun 2009 2:51am

LauraS from Chico, United States

Oh, bravo! Brilliant share today! Thanks for all the innuendo! Good one!

3 Jun 2009 3:19am

@LauraS: Absolute pleasure! Thank you for your kind comment.

Canon EOS 40D
1/400 second
ISO 200
28 mm