Saturday, February 9, 2008

Need a Plumber?


Need a Plumber?, originally uploaded by schmidwix2.


If you walk down derb Dabachi in the other direction from the main square, you come to a rather quieter part of town that has only recently seen paved.
It's where I found the picture of the paint shop the other day.
There is a charcoal seller, a wedding dress shop, several teleboutiques ...............and this plumber showing you what he can do for you.
It's hard to see if he has written "plombier" or "blombier" - but both would make sense. There is no real "B" in Arabic - so the police can be bolice, and pastilla (the super multi layered chicken/pigeon/ nut delight) can also be said "Bastilla".
This is quite a traditional display which predates the necessity of having to read.


ps. Our talented daughter has posted some new super photos of our roof terrace etc. Makes the place look artistic........

8 comments:

Paz said...

Well... The plumber is important. ;-)

You're right. Your daughter is very talented. Loved her photos.

Paz

Frank Gardner said...

He looks very skilled. The display probably help in case you can't understand what a blomber is.
Here the v and b are interchanged a lot.
I love all of the little shops. There are a lot of them here in Mexico too Elizabeth. It seems like everyone has a little something that they sell, sometimes in wierd cominations.
Your stories remind me of a guy with a small Mom and Pop grocery store here a while back. Dr. Pepper was not easy to come by a few years ago, but a few people carried it and this guy was one. After a few months he stopped stocking it. When asked why he said that it was too much work to carry it because he kept running out.
P.S. Your daughter has a great eye for photography.

Sara said...

That is certainly a very creative and ingenious plumbing/blumbing display!

I knew that about Arabic; it's interesting how languages are different...this always fascinates me. Peach can be beach and vise-versa!

In Hebrew the word that is pronounced "me" means who, "who" is he, an "he" is she, and "rock" means soft. Endlessly interesting...

Rima said...

This is fabulous :) A wonderful creative display of pipery :) Yes I agree ..comparisons of languages are endlessly interesting ..
You writing about the goings on in Marrakesh is great...
All the best from chilly grey Scotland :) Rima

My Castle in Spain said...

Hi Elizabeth! Eh oui...les joies de la plomberie...(plombier) but with such colorful equipment it can be but fun !

ps: as always, it's lovely to hear from you. :-)

Lala

Willow said...

Will he paint your pipes too?

In parts of Papua, Indonesia, t and s are interchangeable. My househelper came in one day, claiming to be sore from a satanus (Satan) shot, when she really meant a tetanus shot!

beth said...

Just found your blog. Love it !!

M.KATE said...

at a very quick glance, looked like bomber to me, anyway he's real creative and got hold of everyone's attention :)