Signs of the Times

An actual Edinburgh street sign

An actual Edinburgh street sign

A couple of days after coming back from France I was on the road again. This time I returned to Scotland for the second time in two months and to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the fourth time this decade. Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it’s a busy place during the month of August. The streets are full of tourists, performers and, I presume, people from Edinburgh. There are hundreds of venues devoted to putting on some amazing comedy, theatre and music shows. The cost of tickets to most of these shows is around ten pounds and you can get into many more for free. I went over with my friend John and we got to see about a dozen shows, mostly music and comedy, over an action-packed few days. We also got to check out a few of the city’s wonderful second-hand record stores where I managed to come away with quite a haul of CDs and DVDs. I’ll be posting about these over the next few days, but first I’d like to mention a quirky little exhibition that I came across by accident

The Signspotting Project is the brainchild of a travel writer named Doug Lansky. While travelling around the world he also took photos and began to take an interest in road signs that caught his eye. Many of these signs were unintentionally funny or used a mangled form of English to get their point across. Eventually, he published these signs in book form and this summer he has taken the signs on the road. In July, he exhibited them in Aarhus, Denmark, in August it was Edinburgh, and they’ll be on show in Gothenburg until the end of September. Here’s a selection of photos from the exhibition that I took in Edinburgh

Nice view

Nice view

Beware Wild Animals/Children

Thunder Hole Restrooms

Beware of Crocodiles

Beware of Crocodiles

Lost in translation

Lost in translation

Pick your language, please

Pick your language, please

No Trespassing Without Permission

Entering Ethel

Dead Peoples Things For Sale

Do Not Introduce Your Fingers

Drive safely

It creates management problems

It creates management problems

Don't Fall Down

Beware of safety

01 Sign of the Times – Belle Stars

02 Sign ‘O’ The Times – Prince

03 Born Under A Bad Sign – Richard Hawley

04 Born under a bad sign – William Bell

05 Those Plastic Street Signs Are Not To Be Followed – Lessons in Time

06 The Sign (Ace of Base cover) – The Mountain Goats

07 Warning Sign (Talking Heads cover) – Local Natives

08 Road To Nowhere (Talking Heads cover) – Nouvelle Vague

09 The Road to Home + Caledonia – Amy MacDonald

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