....mostly about boating: on NB Jubilee and on our shared ownership boat Shadow
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Signwriting good and bad
On our way to Hurleston Junction we cruised past Calveley. One boat moored there was Water Baron which has an example of excellent signwriting. I don't know who did it.
The name of the boat is interesting: a water baron appears to be someone who controls the supply of water, especially in a poor country, and seeks to make a lot of money out of it at the cost of people's health. The villain in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace is such a water baron. But perhaps the owner of this boat sees himself/herself more as the Red Baron of the waterways.
Three days later I came upon an example of signwriting of a different kind. We'd tied up at the entrance to the Weston Branch on the Montgomery Canal, and I'd gone for a walk with friends John and Judy to the tiny village of Hordley while waiting for Frankton locks to open.
What does it mean?
Hands prohibited? (Slogan: Hah! Hordley Against Hands!)
No balancing pints of Guinness on the backs of hands?
Or just STOP! Do you REALLY want to go to Hordley?