Its easily done really. In the midst of checking your emails,
Tweeting your favourite types of packet soup to your six followers
and talking to a string of sex offenders on Chat Roulette, you
stumble across a pissed up old woman who advises you to rub hair
remover on a light bulb. Admit it, we've all been there! Well maybe
not, but if we had www.e-personals.info would be the new Facebook
and its central protagonist Pickled Pauline would be the new Jerry
Springer. Alas, the site will more than likely remain one of the
web's funny little ideosyncracies, the brain child of someone who
might well have been as intoxicated as Pauline is purported to be
when they wrote it.
The concept is simple. Ignore serious sites like
verycheapcarinsurance.eu; Basic interface and ropey visuals support
fictitious agony aunt's responses to 'common' personal problems. From
inexperienced, frustrated and timid lovers, to ladies struggling to
get their meringues to come out right, actors fearing their stage
debut and vegetable purchase quandries. Introduce said alcohol and
Pauline's responses get a little mixed up, resulting in
recommendations to buy sex from a greengrocer, have "a bottle or two
of inexpensive wine" before an amateur dramatic show and take well
rotted manure to a church fete. You get the picture.
Visit the site - there's more!
Although rudimentary in design to say the least, the site is witty,
inventive and well written. The patients' problems seem authentic
enough to draw us in, and the responses, though muddled, are
factually quite informative. You might even learn something if you
really are struggling with, for instance, a mouse infestation or
erectile disfunction. The crossed lines of communication are also in
fairly close proximity to one another so it is isn't difficult to
read snippets without having to trawl through all six pages of fake
therapy to understand what's going on.
All in all, Pauline provides a hearty chuckle and would make a
welcome monthly column in a witty periodical that flirts with the
bawdier side of things, such as Viz or Private Eye.
After meeting Pauline, the site also includes a section on short
term car insurance. Not the kind of awe-inspiring topic we all leap
out of bed in the morning raring to find out more about. However,
the initial air of unpredictability continues as it becomes clear
that the same twisted mind that brought our sozzled geriatric love
doctor to life has also written a... well, a fair old cornucopia of
immediate motoring insurance solutions. Borrowing your neighbours'
hearse for a Transylvanian castle holiday? Of course! Who isn't?!
This and many more ludicrous scenarios convince us all that, if we
didn't know it already, short term car insurance is the missing
piece in the jigsaw of our sorry little lives. Trust me, by end of
all 23 exciting anecdotes you'll be off on a trek across the desert
with only a gallon of gin all in the name of impermanent auto cover.
Particularly if you're the type of person who sleeps with pot
bellied pigs. I'm sure Pauline would recommend it.
Copyright Darron Blair, 2010