This intrigues me for a number of reasons. Firstly, I am a student of Staffordshire University so I ought to be flattered that this strapline indicates I have a great mind. Thank you, Stafford station! Secondly, this might imply that other towns which contain great upstanding educational establishments do not house great minds. Or if they do, perhaps their stations also ought to declare: Exeter University: The home of great minds, Bath University: The home of great minds. Then where do all the dunces live? On the roads between these towns?
At Crewe station I saw this one:
This one annoyed me because it is clumsy. It is the ‘everyone’ and ‘everyday’ combination that I stumble over. And is it true? Not sure it is. It should say ‘Virgin Trains: Everyone home at some point and hopefully in one piece’.
I then also came across this one:
No offense to the lovely Staffordshire but I’m not sure it is renowned for housing more creativity than, say, Oxfordshire, or Nottinghamshire, or Devon. I reckon if a scientific study was to be carried out on the total creative output from the counties of England that Staffordshire might fare quite well, but would it come top? It may be the home of great minds but are they creative great minds?
Later at home after my train journey, upon scanning Facebook I saw this one:
What does that mean? Happiness is not a science. Of course there is no formula. Although five tonnes of money might help, mixed with eight acres of sunshine and three kilogrammes of smiles from passers by.
My hometown’s strap line is:
Do not ‘original’ and ‘one-off’ mean the same thing? It’s almost as annoying as ‘very unique’.
On Monday at college I saw this one:
So the home of great minds (i.e. Staffordshire University) can only keep its crown if those minds keep eating?
Here are some famous (and less famous) ones that irritate me:
And finally, local governments make the best straplines and here are just a few:
I’m going to go live in Knowsley or Dartford. I can’t decide which is the best place to be.