A couple of oddities…

Every journey throws up a few oddities, often in the most unexpected places. Having bought a pint of milk in a small garage food store, I realised I’d left my bike parked under this….

…and on the train out of Weymouth, I lifted up the loo seat to be confronted by this….

…a slightly edited version of which also popped up in one of the youth hostel loos….

…(using the now defunct English subjunctive) would that signwriters could always brighten up our lives, even when the message carries a finger-wagging admonition…

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About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on July 4, 2018, in Aspects of Britain and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Love those notices, Frank. Did you go to The Witterings on your South Coast excursions. Worth a visit as sands there are glorious too. If not we’ll visit next time you come down to us. Enjoy your trip. Xxx

    • No, sadly…..if there had been a way to ferry-hop across Hayling Island, I would have gone that way….but the only option was to negotiate Portsmouth..

  2. I need a grammar lesson now please teacher!

    • Ha….the subjunctive is a bit of grammar you can well live without….😁

      • I’ve survived 47 years of ignorance with no obviously impact but I am keen to know so I can better understand the humour of your post.

      • Oh dear, I never thought I would be delving into an abstruse bit of grammar on my blog…..but here goes.
        There used to be two moods (nothing to do with tenses) that indicated certainty (indicative) and uncertainty (subjunctive) “I was a rich man” = indicative, certainty. “If I were a rich man” (famous line from a song) =subjunctive, uncertainty. Trouble is, nowadays, everyone might sing “If I was a rich man”, which to an academic grammarian, would not only be a foul, but would deserve a red card…..or even capital punishment… 😉

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