Gordon Ransay

Off-topic, like most of the posts these days, but the Tenerife brand-hijackers (right down to the distinctive R in Mr Ramsay’s signature) are still at it. Couldn’t happen to a nicer man.

More Iberian creativity: Duffin Dagels/Dunkin’ Donuts, Bar Kentumy/Kentucky and Women’Secret/Victoria’s Secret, Consum/Conssum, etc. And then there’s Iran.

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