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Signs of Life: Part 30

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From time to time during my travels, I come across signs that I find interesting for one reason or another. Sometimes, they contain clever writing, are humorous, or remind me of some place or event. Here are some from a trip to Norfolk County in England.


A man is crawling across a desert, and he comes across two signs. One says, "Go left 100 meters to find water." The other says, "Go right 1,000 meters to find Maynards WineGums." Is your palate so sophisticated that you'd go right? I know which way I'd turn. In any event, that water stuff is highly overrated!


I love hot chocolate, and I don't mind a little bit of chilli now and then, but together?


Note the Devil's horns and tail in "Hot."


This is no ordinary English letter box. No, it was installed during the reign of Queen Victoria, hence the VR: Victoria Regina. (Regina is Queen in Latin.) Vicky ruled from 1837–1901.


Now, when you are Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India, you can get you name put on lots of things.

Next up, boxes labelled "CR: Charles Rex," maybe!


During my vacation in Norfolk, I visited the coastal town of Cromer. I walked a long way on the beach and then the cliffs above, but I didn't see any wet dogs or surfers. However, it being March might have had something to do with that.


As this shop was in a nicer part of town, I presumed that the "rags" (slang for clothes in some countries) and "bags" were pricey!


A better coffee shop, apparently!


I was walking the back streets of the coastal town of Sheringham when I came across a house bearing this plaque.


According to Wikipedia, this was one of two bombs dropped on the town from a Zeppelin.


Coming from the US, to me, a doggy bag is what one uses to take home leftovers from a restaurant. And while one could conceivably do that with this "doggy bag," I suspect it is just a handbag shop with a catchy name!


A clever take on the men's hairdresser order, "Short back and sides!"


I can't begin to think how many times I've walked around some towns looking for a crematorium, without finding one. And here was a town with a sign! It might have been interesting to attend the town council meeting that decided to erect it. "Mr. Mayor, I have a burning question …."


There I was in the mood for a kebab, when, abracadabra, this sign appeared, as if by an Act of God! Or should I say, "Act of Allah!"


The answer is quite clear, YES! But what was the question?


Reviewer John suggested the question might be, "Does this town have a crematorium?"


With such an attractive name, who wouldn't want to buy their clothes there?

(Norwich is the county seat of Norfolk, and the more sophisticated among us do not pronounce the "w"!)


This place seemed to be offering a personal overhaul. However, there was no mention if one got any discount for trading in the "old u."


A hip place to buy men's clothing in Norwich.


Hmm! What does it mean to mix these two words? Is the money new; that is, has never been spent?


Perhaps once it's been laundered, it could be born-again money! As you might expect, this finacial services company is leveraging off Sir Richard Branson's Virgin brand.