We have just returned from a wonderful week in Scotland. I’ve been there many times before, and Peter knows it well from his years on the Edinburgh University faculty.
But I’d never noticed the signs before. As we were driving along, I found myself laughing and wondering how they would go down in America. Or even in neighbouring England.
A no-parking sign read:
“No parking on the zig-zag lines. It’s both dangerous and selfish.”
Another sign warned:
“Delays due to maintenance.”
It was followed by what I thought at first was an admonition to the impatient driver but turned out to be the name of the town:
“Rest and Be Thankful.”
Or what about a sign flashing across the motorway reading:
“Be a courteous driver.”
My favourite actually lured us inside a chocolate factory and shop: