I had a really nice time here and Newcastle. I’m flying home tomorrow afternoon, so regular blogging should resume soon. There will be photos as well.
Today we took the Metro out to Tynemouth on the North Sea coast. Somewhere along the way, there was a station with bilingual signs. Now the linguist in me is fascinated by bilingual signage, so I took a closer look.
“That’s strange”, I thought, “It’s probably Italian, but it looks exactly like Latin”.
Then I noticed the station name. Wall’s End. Yup, this wall. So the bilingual signage made sense after all, sort of.
I still wonder whom it is for, though. Is it just to please Latin geeks like me or is it there in case a Roman legionaire accidentally falls through a crack in time? After all, that was a subplot in a Torchwood episode years ago. Though a Roman legionaire would probably still find a sign that says “Noli Fumare” mightly confusing, if he would manage not to get run over by a train, that is.
Also in Tynemouth, we happened to spot an uncommon number of toddlers with curly red hair. We spotted several and they all belonged to different families, too.
“They’re genetically enhanced super-toddlers who are bred in a lab somewhere round here”, I joked, “They’re the Tynemouth Cuckoos, just like the Midwich Cuckoos and they’re going to take over the world, once they’re out of diapers.”
Oddly enough, we also spotted a whole lot of billboards looking for foster families for troubled kids. And what did the billboard show? A smiling toddler with curly red hair.