Saturday, July 15, 2006

Walkers are Wankers

I apologise for the marrow diversion, but must note that (as we all know) the people who make Walkers Crisps just want to be wrong and they want to annoy the Nation while they are about it.

We all know. We have always known that crisp packet colours are universal, thus Plain Crisps (not Ready Salted - who ever asked for Ready Salted?) are red. Even Walkers appear to have grasped this.

And as we ALL know it has been a source of HUGE annoyance for some years that when the kids ask for "Green Crisps" they mean "Cheese & Onion". Obviously. But if the bar stocks Walkers, you come back with "Salt & Vinegar".

Or "What flavour would you like?". "Blue, please". Obviously means Salt and Vinegar. NOT Cheese & Bloody Onion!

Right. There is no-one in this land that disagrees with the annoyannce value in the return to the bar with the wrong flavour (not wrong colour) crisps.

But they've only gone one further now, Cheddar Cheese Crisps are NOT yellow! Chicken Crisps are yellow. Obviously.

But Walkers have not sussed is that we hate the pain and anxt caused by the wrong purchases.

So I hereby call upon my fellow countrymen and women, "Boycott the Walkers bastards and save your marriage"!

For crying out loud, Walkers - DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! What is wrong with you???????????

I have bought a bloody great bag now, with the wrong things in it! So the upshot is that I am NEVER ever ever buying Walkers crisps again! And should I be divorced I'm sueing YOU Walkers!


Anonymous Sarnia said...

[Just nipped in from outside where am drinking lots of wine and not eating enough...]

OF COURSE Cheese & Onion Crisps should be in a green packet!

Only this very evening I took a green packet of crisps outside with me and managed to be, yet again, perplexed that they tasted of salt and vinegar.

Sat Jul 15, 08:37:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Toque said...

You are onto something here Gavin. Maybe you should organise a boycott - something official - until Walkers recognise, and implement, the international crisp packet colour clasification system.

Sat Jul 15, 08:44:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger The Great Gildersleeve said...

Yep, I can go along with your reasoning...and Salt 'n' Vinegar crisps have always been in a blue packet. Whoever made them.

But although I know that Walkers seem to have changed all the colours around(which may be fine for anyone that is born today)for the majority of us, the colours we have become used to is what they always will be!

The only problem is...what we actually come away from the bar or the shops may prove otherwise...

Sun Jul 16, 01:24:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Span Ows said...

I'm sure we've discussed this re green and blue and I agree.

Now the yellow...I agree with a boycott if only to make up for all the yeasr slagging them off for the green blue thingy...I guess their marketing people just suck :-)

Sun Jul 16, 07:30:00 PM GMT+1  
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Mon Jul 17, 10:31:00 AM GMT+1  
Blogger Six Years Late said...

I'm sorry but, walkers have made the blue and green packets for about 15 years now. If you haven't got it by now (dons tin hat)

Mon Jul 17, 11:41:00 AM GMT+1  
Blogger Lucy said...

I was wondering how long it had been six, certainly since I've had children as there was often confusion at the petrol station when they asked dad for green crisps.
I shall try and find out when the angst started!

Mon Jul 17, 01:23:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

Six, The POINT is Now They're Doing Yellow as Cheddar Not Yellow as Chicken which is in the natural order of things!

Sometimes I despair! :-)

Good Oh Emma, welcome on board... or DFH in disguise being a blog trollop ;-) ... nothing wrong with tarting your blog, I say!

Glad to hear you are keeping your standards up Sarnia!

Thing with you Gareth (Toque) is that you are an incorrigible organiser and general rabble rouser! (Which I'm sure you will take as the compliment that was intended).

Mon Jul 17, 01:55:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Lucy said...

This all I can fin so far...

Mon Jul 17, 02:54:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Paul said...

In the Times Magazine a couple of weekends ago the two women who advise families on lifestyle problems came up with a cracker.

"If you go to a pub and don't want the children to get bored why not play the guess the flavour game. Buy three packets of crisps but don't show anybody what flavours they are, then empty all three packets onto a table a mix them up. Then take it in turns to pick a crisp and guess the flavour."

So how long does that 'game' last?

If you go to a pub and don't want the children to get bored, find a pub with a garden you tightarses!

Mon Jul 17, 06:22:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Sarnia said...

They're also doing yellow as Marmite (I bought a pack today).

Yellow for marmite? Doesn't make sense .. should be brown or something.

Mon Jul 17, 06:49:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger IsobelMagsBuchan said...

All must be well with the world. Gavin is ranting about the colour of crisp packets and everyone else joins in! Is it the heat?

Mon Jul 17, 08:32:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger The Great Gildersleeve said...

Well of course many of the rival companies have continued with the traditional colour of packets of crisps and so if you don't normally buy Walkers, when you do I can understand the mix up. Of course Walkers had to be different.

Oh, if only the most important thing in the world was which colour bag a certain flavour comes in...

Dammit! It is the most important thing in the world. Until the next thing comes along. :-)

Mon Jul 17, 10:47:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Gavin Ayling said...

Walkers have pretty much won the UK market for crisps now, though, and they'll likely not risk upsetting their 'loyal' customers!

Tue Jul 18, 02:09:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Les Paul Junior said...

I thought it was just me.

Thank God for another voice of sanity in the world!

How the hell can green be salt and vinegar? The world is going mad!

Tue Jul 18, 04:14:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger IsobelMagsBuchan said...

You lot are nuts. I am the only voice of sanity here.

So there.

Salt n vinegar have always been green and long may they remain so.

Wed Jul 19, 10:47:00 AM GMT+1  
Blogger alfie said...

Now that IS spooky.....

Only today the aforesaid company has called me in for a meeting....... I shall be sure to pass on your disquiet.

Wed Jul 19, 06:04:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Lightning said...

Thanks for the explanation, I have been caught out with the blue and green crisp packets many a time. Standardisation is required.

Wed Jul 19, 07:30:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

Alfie you're a designer, aren't you? You just make sure that this whole colour issue is sorted out there's a good chap!

We're all in agreement....

Thu Jul 20, 10:46:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Augustus said...

I agree totally, but the mysterious demise of Golden Wonder is curious too. Were they nobbled? As to colour standardisation surely this is an EU problem, or failing that the welsh Assembly? A bit of backbone is required. Anyone recall the colour hedgehog flavour crisps were BTW?

Sun Jul 30, 12:42:00 PM GMT+1  

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