Mr All Sorts
191 Northchurch Road
London N1 3NT
I’ve had Mr All Sorts on my files for a while, but never got round to posting him. You can probably guess why. It’s the strange upper case ‘MR’ that troubles me.
Mr All Sorts is listed as Mr All Sorts in all local directories, and he appears to be a genuine Mr. So why the upper case ‘MR’? There’s something wrong about it and I don’t like it.
It is a lovely shopfront though. So much so that it has been featured on the londonshopfronts blog, which I discovered yesterday (and from where* I have taken this picture). It’s a nice blog, full of shopfronts of all varieties. Mr All Sorts seems to be the only Mr featured (if he is a Mr).
I suppose Bertie Bassett would think of himself as Mr All Sorts, wouldn’t he? Maybe that’s why MR All Sorts went for the upper case – as a defence against a potential copyright infringement? It’s an outlandish theory, but my research reveals Mr Bassett has a litigious history – his representatives once sent a stern letter to the BBC when they came up with a Doctor Who villain called Kandy Man:
* It seems silly to say ‘whence’.
** This is a joke about ‘all sorts’, but I also mean it.