LATELY — 8 March 2001

Signs Seen on Travels

Signs seen on travels:

DR. CONDOM

– Outside office build­ing (a surgery?) in Barcelona.

DRAGON
Inspiring, indomitable, brilliant, coura­geous and magnanimous, frank, direct, en­thu­si­as­tic and ambitious. Has the ide­al­ism and vi­tal­ity to ac­com­plish great things.

– Mounted on a fence ringing a large foun­tain at the Suntec City Complex, Singapore. (One of twelve such plaques–I am a dragon.)

PLEASE
DO NOT EXIT
THROUGH THIS WINDOW

Penalty: 10 000 Kc Fine

– On a window (that opens on to the sixth-floor roof) of a hostel in Prague. (10 000 Kc is about US$250.)

PLEASE KEEP OFF THE GRASS.
NE MARCHEZ PAS SUR LES PELOUSES S.V.P.
BITTE NICHT AUF DEN RASEN TRETEN.
PER FAVORE NON CALPESTARE IL PRATO.

– One of many such signs on the edge of a lawn, King’s College, Cambridge. (Chinese, Japan­ese ver­sions omitted.)

PLEASE KEEP OFF THE
GRASS UNLESS
AC­COM­PA­NIED BY A SENIOR
MEMBER OF THE COLLEGE

– To the im­me­di­ate left of the one above.

NOTICE: Mediums are for­bid­den to fall into a trance in the Snake Temple or its precinct to avoid causing in­con­ve­nience to wor­ship­pers and visitors.
By order of the Board.

– Affixed to a wall of the Snake Temple, Penang, Malaysia. [I didn’t.]

[Er, expect actual orig­i­nal thought after I finish my thesis.]