We recently spent a week's holiday in East Sussex, where we rented a cottage on the beach at Camber Sands, near Rye. On our first day we journeyed to nearby Tenterden, just across the border in Kent, to take a train ride on the Kent & East Sussex Railway (K&ESR). I was amazed at the station's Halloween decorations: there was ghost-adorned bunting flying overhead, carved pumpkins dotted all over the place and skeletons "growing" in the garden beds. Imagine my disappointment when I realised the K&ESR had hosted a special evening ghost ride the night before — take all the kids out of the equation and I would have loved to have gone on a spooky train trip through the countryside.
I spent four nights in Dublin last week, as a guest of Tourism Ireland, and every time I headed back to the hotel on Pearse Street, just up the road from the giant Garda station and across the way from Trinity College, I walked past this sign and had a little titter to myself. I know loads of Dubliners loved having the Queen pay a visit recently, but obviously someone wanted to make sure she knew the rules about parking!
Place: Hangzhou, China. Date: December 3, 2010. Camera: Panasonic TZ3.
I'm loving the English language signs in China, but this one had us all scratching our heads in wonder. For a start, Hangzhou, which is north-east of Shanghai, is a long way from Alaska. And what on earth is a "chafing dish"?*
* Thanks to the wonders of the internet, I see that chafing dish is a dish, raised over a heat source, to keep food warm. You learn something new every day.