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Pegman – A Wales by Any Other Name

Here is my post for What Pegman Saw. This week Pegman is in Gwynedd, Wales. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve contributed 😦

The photo I chose is of the Cross Foxes Inn where I stayed a few years ago on a little holiday. My story is more inspired by Wales than in Wales, and I’ve popped a couple of photos at the end which I took while I was there.

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“At last week’s product meeting we tasked Barry to give us all his view on the market in Wales. Barry?”

“Thank you Alyssa. Ahem. Whales. Monsters of the sea. Grand, majestic…”

“Uh, Barry…”

“… blubber for oil, bone for corsets…”

“Barry, stop! Not only are you horribly out of date but we need your product evaluation for Wales, not whales. Next week?”

“Okay, sorry.”

Next week…

“Okay folks, sorry about last week. Barry, if you will?”

“Thank you. Ahem. Wails. Screams. Screeches. The banshee’s call of dooooom. A weapon of awesome power, to monetise as we see fit…”

“BARRY! Wales. The country.”

“Oh, shit. Sorry everyone. Next week, I promise. A fully comprehensive breakdown of product opportunities in Wales. The country.”

Next week…

“Wales. Damn pretty. Hills, rivers, forests. Nothing we can sell them. They have it all. Luvvvvly.”

“Barry? You’re right. And you’re fired.”


Waterfall in Wales

A waterfall in Coed y Brenin forest park, Wales

Coed y Brenin

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  1. May 14, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Oh man. That’s a burn!


  2. May 14, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Marvelously punny story! Such lovely photos from your holiday too. Makes me want to take a trip.


    • May 14, 2018 at 7:27 pm

      I’m glad you liked it!
      It’s a lovely area to visit, and the Cross Foxes Inn was great. Amazing food 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. May 14, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Dear Ali,

    You’ve done it again. You and your quirky sense of humor/humour makes me laugh. Love it.




  4. May 14, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    hehehe Barry may be clueless but he’s right about Wales! Gorgeous photos! I would like to hear the banshee’s opinion on monitising. 🙂


    • May 15, 2018 at 6:54 am

      I’m glad you liked the photos!
      The problem with inviting a banshee to your meeting is that after the first word your brains dribble out your ears 😦


  5. May 15, 2018 at 1:09 am

    That was more than fun, Ali! Poor dumbass Barry… Maybe he should have been given a tad more guidance, given his propensity to misunderstand the subject…


    • May 15, 2018 at 6:54 am

      I do feel he was fired without being given the proper opportunities and support he so obviously requires. Maybe an employment tribunal is in order 🙂


  6. May 15, 2018 at 2:00 am

    Well that’s what happens when you decide to name a country after a sea creature. And then declare vowels to be illegal….


    • May 15, 2018 at 6:55 am

      It can lead to confusion. And extremely difficult pronunciations. I’m not sure Cornish is any easier, mind. Though I’m sure we have more vowels.

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  7. May 15, 2018 at 5:35 am

    Beautiful pictures! But Barry needs to get a clue? Enjoyed.


  8. May 15, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Poor old Barry, but then he was utterly hopeless! Lovely photographs – there are some cracking places to visit there aren’t there?

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 15, 2018 at 11:43 am

      Yeah, he screwed that up just a bit! There are some great places to visit for sure.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. May 15, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Ha! Barry didn’t prepare his presentation and was playing for time, I suspect! Entertaining story, Ali, and super photos.


    • May 15, 2018 at 11:43 am

      That’s an interesting and possibly quite accurate theory! I’m glad you liked it 🙂


  10. May 15, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    A well told tale – we somehow know that Barry is doomed, right from the start, Love your photos of Wales.


    • May 16, 2018 at 6:49 am

      There’s immediately that feeling around the place, that the moment he opens his mouth he’s going to screw it all up 🙂


  11. Sarah Ann
    May 16, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    So funny. Barry prepared three pitches so to sack him seems a bit harsh. Oh well, that’s the problem with homophones. Better to have written instructions next time. 🙂


    • May 17, 2018 at 6:57 am

      He did do a lot of work, it’s true. Not entirely his fault 🙂


  12. May 19, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Enjoyed it. Wonderful pics too.


  13. May 21, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Ah, ha, ha. Barry’s right. They do seem to have it all. He needs a bigger imagination to succeed in business, though. 😀 — Suzanne


    • May 22, 2018 at 7:09 am

      He definitely needs a career change 🙂


  14. June 2, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Loved the pictures. It would have been a wonderful hike!


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