Some road signs look perfectly normal in one place, and downright odd in another.
I don’t think I ever saw a sign in India warning people about cows. People just expect cows to walk on the road. But in Northern Ireland, we would be fearful for the safety of the cattle and the motorists, so we get a warning.
We even get a warning about squirrels. This one is in Mount Stewart. If you ever get to County Down, make a point of visiting this grand old house and its beautiful gardens (click here for more details).
I spotted the next sign in Kyoto. It might be important to restrict rickshaws in Japan – not really much of an issue in Northern Ireland.
The next two signs are from a picnic area in Northern Ireland. The sign banning wine makes me sad – but maybe the dark colour outlaws red wine only? Signs telling owners to pick up dog mess make me happy, but would you get the message from this one, or does it just look like a ban on goats standing beside fires?
Someone in London has given careful thought to the next three signs.
All London buses can be identified from above – and I didn’t know that until I photographed some buses on Oxford Street on my visit to the John Lewis roof garden last month.
It might do your head in now as you try to read it, but the mirrored words in the next photo from Marylebone make perfect sense for a sign about reversing.
I’m finishing with a ban on skateboards. The design is dynamic enough to make skateboarding attractive – just don’t even think of doing it in Spitalfields.
So what signs does your country have that would seem strange to me?