ALL THE CARS AND VANS ARE WHITE

FAMOUS H&W CRANES

WHITE FAN MAN
WHITE FAN MAN
ALL THE CARS AND VANS ARE WHITE [WHITE VAN MAN IS ALIVE AND WELL IN BELFAST]


This was supposed to be a photograph of the famous H&W gantry cranes in Belfast but the one thing thing that caught my attention was that the majority of cars and vans in the photograph were white.

In Ireland and the USA 'white van man' may not have much meaning so I should explain my comment. "White van man" is a stereotype used in the United Kingdom for a smaller-sized commercial van driver sometimes grey, typically perceived as a selfish, inconsiderate driver who is mostly petit bourgeois and often aggressive.

According to this stereotype, the "white van man" is typically an independent tradesperson, such as a plumber, locksmith or deliveries e.g fish , self-employed, or running a small enterprise, for whom driving a commercial vehicle is not their main line of business, as it would be for a professional freight-driver.

In Ireland there is the "Breakfast Roll Man" which slightly different ... it has been argued that the breakfast roll became a national dish in Ireland during the Celtic Tiger economic boom of the 1990s and 2000s, becoming synonymous with "Breakfast Roll Man", the archetypal sub-contractor who was busy with construction work and needed sustenance on the move, before the bursting of the Irish property bubble in the late 2000s. I actually live close to a shop which depends on selling breakfast rolls.

I would be afraid to eat a breakfast roll for health reasons. A breakfast roll typically consists of a bread roll or baguette containing one or more fillings such as sausages, bacon, white or black pudding, butter, mushrooms, tomatoes and tomato sauce or brown sauce. In some cases a hash brown or fried egg can be added. The roll itself is usually one of three varieties: a soft "submarine"-type roll, a chunky, spherical dinner roll or a demi-baguette. The demi-baguettes are distributed to shops partially baked and frozen, allowing stores to quickly bake the bread for a "freshly baked" roll. An "all-day breakfast" sandwich featuring some or all of the above ingredients in a traditional sandwich of sliced bread may be used instead.






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