||Falling Rock signs from Great Britain are easily recognized
by the position of the boulders: three pebbles, one huge boulder,
then three rocks more and at the bottom another impressive giant.
This constellation is found in several parts of the
world, sometimes with slight variations (e.g. Iran,
South Africa, Oman).
In team language this group of related designs is known as the UK-group.
This UK-group contains also Children's and Men-at-Work roadsigns.
With this knowledge we thought it possible to catalog Great Britain's (past) influence
in the world. We were soon back home. Entirely disillusioned.
Because rock-signs of dependencies like South Georgia
don't look like signs of the motherland. Neither do signs
Even Ireland — Probably no country can get
any closer — is looking to the other side. Of all its signs
only the Falling Rock sign shows any reluctant obedience to the Queen's wishes.
Ireland took an American canvas to draw UK rocks.
According to the Scottish First Minister Scotland will be independent
from the United Kingdom before the year 2018. In anticipation of the event
local roadsign planting services are prudently seeding their own design.
Some are playing it more safely than others. In Arran a daring new drawing with
not more than two stones was chosen.
The people on Oban simply took the UK-standard and rotated it 60 degrees.
If matters turn bad that leaves open the option to say it was an unfortunate mistake.