What Does it Mean?
While wandering the streets and pathways in another country, I always keep my eyes out for street signs.
Sometimes simple graphic depictions say things words cannot.
But this one has me stumped.
No blue dots?
No blue color a’tall?
No blue marbles?
No bluing in my laundry?
No blue skying (for those marketing types)?
What?! What do the Brits got against the color blue?
I showed this to The Good Man who is seriously a lot smarter than me and he told me it means no stopping (this sign is near a roadway).
How in the utter hell am I supposed to get no stopping from a blue dot with a red slash through it?
Now that I know what it is supposed to mean, this damn sign torments me.
I have to see it every day. It’s located on the path that leads to the bus stop where I catch a public shuttle bus. Every morning and evening I commute with the locals on the bus.
It’s a popular route and most of the time I can’t get a seat, so I stand and hang on to a hand strap.
This isn’t much of a problem, the trip only takes about fifteen minutes.
These traffic roundabouts that British civil engineers seem to liberally scatter about make standing on a bus pretty challenging.
I am a rather sturdy girl but even I am not immune to powerful centrifugal forces. The bus drivers hit the multitude of roundabouts at considerable speed.
On the plus side, I’m building muscles in my upper body as I cling to the hand strap for dear life. My feet keep leaving the ground like Gilligan in a hurricane.
Thus ends today’s “things that are weird about England” lecture.
I hope we’ve all learned something.
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