Saturday, 10 September 2011

River Uck

There was a reader's letter in VIZ a while ago (or maybe it was a Top Tip) which pointed out that people would regularly deface the signs saying "River Uck" by adding one or two letters - it wasn't clear which letters, or what the joke was - and that the council could save a lot of money by just changing the name of the river.

I crossed that bridge today, when I came to it, and note that there has been an outbreak of commonsense. The sign is no longer a rectangle, but is shaped so that there is simply no room for extra letters, here's my artist's impression (the double line denotes the edge of the sign):


Nick Drew said...

on a more innocent note, in Bromley (Kent) there is a road called FARWIG LANE

the 'Uck solution' doesn't really obtain there, does it ?

Mark Wadsworth said...

ND, how do they change Farwig Lane, and to what?

Bayard said...

In Somerset I saw a sign for "Cowpath Lane" that had received the white-paint treatment.

Sean said...

I wont tell you what became of Blackgang on the IOW, but I suspect the sign modifiers are spending too much time with their hands under the table.

Mark Wadsworth said...

ND, the penny has dropped.

B, changing the shape of the sign won't help there.

S, tell us.