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The Phantom Supermarket

Moving house today. Our new neighbourhood seems a bit dodge, but that plush new retail development next door looks alright.
cafe ole
Seriously, I’m practically ordering an Americano before I realise something is amiss.

byrne pharmacy
Over in Byrne Pharmacy, it looks like they’re going for one of those twenty-in-a-phonebox-type world record attempts.

river fashions
Check out the identical twins in brown pantsuits (L-R panels 3 & 7), arms folded and ignoring each other.

Look out Byrne Pharmacy, this fake town ain’t big enough for two fake pharmacies.

Yeah, you could say we didn’t really do our homework on this latest move. But wait, there’s more…

Toilet that opens out onto living room/kitchen area? CHECK.

Bathroom mirror that only people 6’8″ or taller can use? CHECK.















September 27th, 2009.

21 Responses to “The Phantom Supermarket”

  1. golden graham Says:

    Central is basically Centra, just for that whole solemn contemplating crowd!

  2. Dolly Says:

    Think I know where this is. Can I call over for a cuppa sometime?

  3. Eoin Says:

    Sure, why don’t we meet in Cafe Ole? Oh yeah, that’s right… My place it is then!

  4. Peter81 Says:

    Wouldn’t it be really weird if you saw yourself in there. Like if you ever bought Windows XP then Microsoft own your likeness.

  5. Andy Says:

    On this topic, I recommend a film called “Cesky Sen” or Czech Dream, a documentary about the opening of a ficticious supermarket in Prague.

  6. Eoin Says:

    @ Peter – well, that chemist is pretty damn crowded, I might just find myself in there if I looked hard enough.

    @ Andy – how ya doing man? Had a look at it on YouTube, looks interesting.


    It’s a drama, right? The tracking shots on the chase and fight sequences suggest it was all staged. But the Wikipedia entry suggests that it’s for real…


  7. leeona Says:

    Thats so friggin funny.. you made my monday…

  8. Andy Says:

    Hey Eoin, not doing too bad, thanks!
    Forget that trailer on youtube. The actually movie has none of those fight scenes which are clearly staged, and in general plays it fairly straight as a documentary/social experiment, which in parts is also really funny

  9. Darragh Says:

    Don’t go for a coffee in Café Olé it tastes a bit flat…and those sandwiches in central? Well they’re a bit cardboardy to be honest.

    OK I’ve got my coat, and I’m leaving.

  10. Eoin Says:

    @ Leeona – you can probably guess whose fault this all is!

    @ Andy – I’ll have to check it out!

    @ Darragh – yeah, I’ve called you a taxi, I think it’s outside… 🙂

  11. Ger Says:

    What is that strange woman with her hands clasped at the front door of mcconnell’s supposed to be doing? Weirdo…

  12. Conal Says:

    Who’s fault it is? let me guess, you left all organisaion of finding a new place up to someone else, so as to give yourself wiggle room to complain about it later? classic move. 🙂

  13. Eoin Says:

    @ Ger – my guess is she’s a greeter who invades your personal space and makes you feel really uncomfortable until you end up having to leave.

    @ Conal – nail on the head!

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  15. Darragh Says:

    What about the other, seemingly mentally deficient, woman who appears to be slumping violently against the glass door in O’Connell’s. Gone crazy after spending weeks trying to escape from her two-dimensional hell?

  16. Darragh Says:

    I’ve just noticed the same woman is trying to escape from Byrne’s. Okay I can’t look at these pictures any longer. I genuinely feel like I’m on something funny.

  17. Eoin Says:

    @ Darragh – They’re sisters bitterly divided over which is the best fake pharmacy in town. The acrimony is tearing them apart, hence the slumping!

  18. Rosemary Says:

    Given that those are photographs of real people, doesn’t it make you wonder if they are the rejects from America’s Next Top Model (or our very own The Model Agent) who were promised lucrative careers in catalogue? And I wonder if one gets paid more for, say, being in front of the contraceptives (for shame) than in front of the sambos (nothing to see here).

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