Monday, January 04, 2010
Stobbie versus Nobbie
On my way home from dropping the bichons off for their regular grooming session (every five weeks, poor little white dogs who stay whiter than white this way) I saw an Eddie Stobart lorry and just had to yell at the top of my voice STOBBIE. This will sound absolutely crazy to you lot over the pond but Eddie Stobart lorries (the Stobbie) and their French rivals Norbert Dentressangle (the Nobbie) have long prompted this sort of daft behaviour in English and French people.
It's something that helped pass long car journeys, first with my parents and then with friends when we travelled around the UK on driving holidays - the first person seeing either a Nobbie or a Stobbie and yelling the name at the top of their voice didn't have to pay for their dinner that evening. Of course when I was a child I didn't have to pay either but it did guarantee me an extra pack of sweeties that day (favourite ones when a child were American Hard Gums that took forever to finish).
For anyone who thinks this all sounds just a bit too nutty to be true - this will confirm that Stobbies are indeed an English institution and - I've grudgingly got to admit - the Nobbies also prompt equally daft behaviour amongst the French