Tag Archives: road sign

Mysterious writings

Wednesday 8th July 2020, 9.40am (day 3,240)

Mysterious writings, 8/7/20

The message on the one side is clear enough — but the bin? More proof that others are starting to lose it thanks to lockdown? Or perhaps they have always been the same.

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Plant crossing

Friday 9th March 2018, 9.20am (day 2,388)

Plant crossing, 9/3/18

Decided I’d better put in a photo from Manchester just to prove I do still occasionally show my face there. I know this sign doesn’t mean what it seems to mean, but there’s always something mildly amusing about this idiom. Each generation of kids anew must look around them in trepidation when they pass one.

It was also nice to depict an outdoor scene without a crust of winter over it. Quite a pleasant day in Manchester, in fact.

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Sign outside my house

Wednesday 3rd January 2018, 7.25pm (day 2,323)

Road ahead closed, 3/1/18

Why is this sign here? No idea. They never tell us anything. Perhaps it is purely metaphorical….

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A rather pointless road sign

Friday 17th March 2017, 8.55am (day 2,031)

Pointless arrow, 17/3/17

This alley heads off Cross Street in Manchester and then ends after about twenty metres in the blank white wall of the building you see ahead. That building must have been built quite a while ago now, like in the 1970s at the latest. No car or other vehicle has come down this street in a long time. And as the double yellow lines imply, you aren’t supposed to even use this as a lay-by.

So why the arrow? Why a nice, bright, reasonably freshly painted ‘turn right’ sign (when Cross Street isn’t even one-way)? Answers on a postcard to Manchester City Council please.

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Ghost bus, Portland Street

Friday 13th January 2017, 3.30pm (day 1,968)

Ghost bus, 13/1/17

Sometimes the light is right as I am walking to the office in the morning. Sometimes, like today, it’s better in the evening. So it goes. Why a ‘ghost’ bus? Well, there are no passengers on it; and the route indicator says something weird, like ‘Logistics’ which definitely isn’t a district of Manchester.

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A sign?

Thursday 3rd March 2016, 12.50pm (day 1,652)

No exit, 3/3/16

Perhaps it’s a political statement. Perhaps it’s a metaphor for someone’s life: perhaps my own. Perhaps it’s just a picture of a car park barrier. Your call.

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Joe in the alley

Saturday 15th August 2015, 1.15pm (day 1,451)

Joe beside cinema, 15/8/15

We’re still not moving a great distance from home. Taken down the side of the cinema in Hebden Bridge. Why do I like it? The arrow, the lines, the capturing of Joe’s shuffling gait.

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Public works

Tuesday 11th November 2014, 9.25am (day 1,174)

Public works, 11/11/14

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Warning sign on Keighley Road

Wednesday 2nd July 2014, 8.40am (day 1,042)

Warning sign, 2/7/14

You knew the Tour de France was coming past the front door of my house on Sunday afternoon, right? Well, if not, you do now.

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Outside Calder High School

Thursday 26th September 2013, 6.00pm (day 763)

Calder High, sunset, 26/9/13I can’t be the first parent to reach the point in their life at which they suddenly realise their child will be at secondary school next year. Blimey.

Because of this we were invited to an open evening at one of the local high schools tonight. Bearing all this in mind the obvious symbolism of this shot is unfair. But I like the counterposition of the words with that bruised sky above, one of the more dramatic evenings of recent weeks.

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