Introducing … ‘Doucheplates’

I’ve been observing the increasing number of personalised plates on our (Western Province – WP) roads with alarm. They’re incredibly expensive and yet in this ‘tightening of the belt’ environment there are more and more of them. My opinion is that unless they’re used as branding for a company vehicle, they’re just douchy. A few here and there are witty but mostly they’re a colossal waste of money. They’re not referred to as ‘vanity plates’ for nothing. So, I’m no longer satisfied with sharing them on Facebook, I’ve given them a whole new category in this blog. And here are a few to get the ball rolling.


Must admit I almost wet myself when I saw this one. So many possibilities.


Whatever this means. Many doucheplates are enigmatic to the viewer but of course there’s an explanation if you have time to waste finding the owner.


Sex Violence Nudity?


I did a double take for this one and as luck would have it, someone was sitting at the wheel so I asked. It’s the owner’s name. It’s not the business name though so it’s borderline douchy with a touch of wit.


About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

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A note to all accidental visitors:

I am not a photographer and do not claim to have any particular skills whatsoever in that department. I have enormous respect for those who can see the potential in a scene and can create a great photo. Good photography is an art, in my opinion.

I am just a happy snapper, I have no special lenses or accessories, my camera is very simple and it's usually best to leave the setting on auto.

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