Thursday, January 03, 2008
A Sign of the Times
We love our signage in Australia. To the point where everything available is plastered with a billboard or advertisement, it's one thing I noticed when I first came to Australia as a child was the inordinate amount of advertising on shop fronts. This was in the day of the 'main street' when shops aligned the main road disecting the town. Each had a canopy or verandah to shade the shop from the searing heat, something which you don't see in England. Adorning these overhanging canopies were and indeed still are a barage of advertisements. Outside, the shops there would are sandwich boards, the windows are littered with advertisements for the goods inside.
Then there are the warning signs, everything from girls riding horses, to children crossing, flashing school zone lights and of course the animal warnings on freeways (as if you're going to slow from 110 when a wombat crosses the road - splat!).
I dread driving into Sydney. Small city as it is, it's now littered with tollways and road closures which force you into tunnels where you have to pay a toll. And since I don't have an electronic tag on my windscreen and cash tolls are few and far between, I'm forever being fined for taking the wrong route. And with signage like this how the hell am I supposed to take the right lane?
Our little enclave is a bit Brigadoonish. We live in a single street of five acre blocks. It's a dead end and whilst it's surrounded by a golf course on one side and new suburbs on the others, there is no street lighting, no lanes marked, so the law permits us to drive 100kms - although only the bitch across the road seems to want to do that on a regular basis! Ah, but you know that suburbia is encroaching and changes are on the way when you're woken by the clang of a mattock and two men dressed conspicuously like council workers begin having an erection!
Yep. Obviously takes two - one to pour the cement, the other to hold the pole! Snapped yesterday. Right at the bottom of our driveway now stand two speed warning signs. Well that will keep 'her across the road' from peering over her four wheel drive dashboard as she belts along the middle at 100! Or will it? It's just a matter of time before they paint double yellow lines and put the speed humps in!