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Public notices and public signs of one sort or another are of course an important, although largely overlooked, part of our heritage.

One favourite from some years ago was a road sign which stated unequivocally “Danger Men’. This sign was placed on the ground and was held upright by large stones at back and front. The stone in the front completely obscured the remaining part of the warning which said, ‘At Work’.

There are other kinds of signs which similarly can only bemuse. How, for instance, is anyone supposed to react to that road sign, ‘Caution: Falling Rocks’? Or indeed how did its customers react at the filling station which some time ago told motorists at a time of shortage that it had, ‘fresh petrol available’?  There are the signs which provide incorrect information at which the National Museum, in Gaborone, is especially adept although it cannot be blamed for the plaque at the old Gaborone Town Council which records that it was unveiled on the 17th September 1966 by the Hon. Dr Seretse Khama OBE. Whilst, as a member of the new National Assembly, he was undoubtedly an Hon, I do wonder if he could also have been a Dr at that time?

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