Gutless Octopus

Remember this? One of my favourite Faded Greenwich’s ever, not least because of the marvellous results of the challenge I set for people to fill in the blanks as to what it might have orignally advertised. Sadly the suggestions got lost when the blog changed sites, but most people agreed that it was probably an old Co-Op ad – it was, after all, on a bit of road that used to have the old Co-Op funeral parlour (opposite the hospital, made sense, really). It was generally agreed that it probably said something like ‘and cut your costs on…’ but that didn’t stop Scared of Chives coming up with the immortal


which up ’til recently still made me smirk every time I passed.

Sadly no more. This is what it’s like now:

The whole thing’s been painted over in a colour so dull that I almost wonder whether it was the same guy who painted over the other faded sign at the entrance to New Capital Key.

I know progress has to happen, but I am sad to see this little piece of recent history gone. The only thing that would cheer me up would be for a shop to actually open in the space – a real shop that is, rather than another bookies.

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No Octopus No More low
No Octopus No More low

and gut your first octopus
and gut your first octopus

6 Comments to “Gutless Octopus”

  1. capability bowes says:

    When I read the headline, I immediately assumed it was an article about Chris Roberts.

  2. Franklin says:

    Heh heh heh… SoC sets it up, CB drives it home…

  3. RogerW says:

    It was yesterday that I noticed it had been painted over, as well, on my way to the riverside.
    Then there was the ghost sign for a coal merchant’s. that was on the wall on the corner of Norway St. First painted over, and now gone completely.

  4. Indeed – I linked to that in the post.

  5. Nick says:

    The sign is still alive and kicking on Google Street view. It’s quite amazing how aged some of these signs can appear – I was looking at the frontage of the Plumbing and Heating Supplies shop in Trafalgar Road on Street View. This shop was a funeral parlour in the 1960′s, with a respectable bland black frontage, and Carem Limited was formed in 1983, but the wall signs above the shop look a lot older than that to me.