We’ve been back home for a couple of days now and I haven’t had anything blogworthy to write about … so I am just going to throw together a hodgepodge of things that are on my mind. I’ll start with the signs.
This is the last holdover from my trip-to-England pictures … I just had to share. While there I became fascinated with street signs that were unfamliar to my Canadian eyes — so I took snaps of a few particularly unique ones.
This one mystified Jason and me. What was it warning of? A snake that had swallowed a pig, lying in the middle of the road? Turns out it’s nothing more amazing than speed bumps.
Here’s one of my absolute favourites. You know those “School Crossing” signs, or “Children at Play” signs with the silhouette of a boy and girl? In England, they have these:
They appear near retirement homes, etc. Sometimes they say “Elderly People Crossing” but other times it’s just the visual. I love it!
Finally, my vote for the “Most Obscure Street Sign in England” competition:
I think I’m going to throw this one out there as a contest — to readers outside England, of course. Not sure what the prize will be for a correct answer, but I think I’ll have lots of time to come up with something. Blogreaders, I ask you: What precisely is a “Humped Pelican Crossing?” What should one do upon seeing this sign? Place your answer in the “Comments.”
Speaking of contests (file this under “Shameless Self Promotion”): Did you know that right now, if you post a reader review of a book on www.indigo.ca , you are eligible for a prize draw in which you can win a big mucho grande gift certificate for lotsa books? What a good time to post a review of The Violent Friendship of Esther Johnson!!! Everybody benefits!
Again with the contests … thanks to the host and judges of last month’s “Blogging for Books” contest for voting me the winner! If you missed my essay, “The Waste Land,” you can go back and read it. B4B is a great contest … every blogger should have a shot at it.
Finally … this is just for a laugh (not that the thing with the signs was all that serious). Last night I visited the website that makes me laugher harder than anything. So hard I cry; so hard I’m weak afterwards. It’s a good, cleansing, cathartic laugh. Of course, if your sense of humour is different from mine and Jason’s, you might not find it funny at all. BUT … if you want to risk being very amused, go to … http://kookychow.com .