Pavement symbols decrypted

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Interesting article on the BBC about the meanings of the various different signs and symbols sprayed on to the pavements of British cities by utility providers; gas, electric, etc. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26745534The expert in that article, a chap called John Robinson, is being interviewed by Ian McMillan on his Radio 3 programme The Verb about it this evening:http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03zdbnqI like the term 'Pavement Patois' to describe these arcane sigils Though I wasn't so impressed when some contractors decided to spray these on to my garden gate a couple of years ago - still there to this day!
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Are you sure it wasnt one of these secret signs left outside houses by tramps to say whether the householder was either a soft touch or to beware of a vicious dog etc? see:http://www.workhouses.org.uk/vagrants/signs.shtml
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has anyone seen the (what i can only describe as) daredevil DD signs carved into the pavements near the uni and opposite the art gallery. Ive no idea what theyre about

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polo wrote: has anyone seen the (what i can only describe as) daredevil DD signs carved into the pavements near the uni and opposite the art gallery. Ive no idea what theyre about Polo, see also http://www.secretleeds.com/forum/Messag ... hreadID=64

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jonleeds wrote: Are you sure it wasnt one of these secret signs left outside houses by tramps to say whether the householder was either a soft touch or to beware of a vicious dog etc? No it was definitely Northern Gas Networks! On the upside they did secure a slightly wonky gatepost when I complained about the spray paint, so fair's fair I guess
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polo wrote: has anyone seen the (what i can only describe as) daredevil DD signs carved into the pavements near the uni and opposite the art gallery. Ive no idea what theyre about Hi Polo. Regarding the 'DD' this SL thread would seem relevant:- http://www.secretleeds.com/forum/Messag ... D=3294This thread about a 'MH' on a paving slab in Victoria Gardens may also be of interest:- http://www.secretleeds.com/forum/Messag ... eadID=3518
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These colourful symbols caught my eye at the junction of Merrion Place and Vicar Lane so I took this photo on December 10 2015.

PS. I hope I am not being thought to be doing too many posts as I do seem to be currently monopolising recent posts.
Junction of Merrion Place and Vicar Lane (taken Dec 10 2015).
Junction of Merrion Place and Vicar Lane (taken Dec 10 2015).
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Hi Leodian i for one look forward to your posts i am sure i am not the only one.Your input is of great value keep up the good work.
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Totally agree with Tilly and would add that your work is to be praised not just for content but also for the way you accurately time and date your photographic records which I'm sure local historians will value long after we are gone. :D

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tilly wrote:Hi Leodian i for one look forward to your posts i am sure i am not the only one.Your input is of great value keep up the good work.
I'll second that. Keep on posting :)
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