Standing outside primary schools in The Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham, you will often see figures like the one shown above, outside Ravenfield Primary School In fact, fifty yards further along the road there's a similar figure - a girl in a red cardigan. I believe the point of these strange dummies is to send out an alert to passing drivers - Slow down, you are passing a school! I have never seen such figures outside any Sheffield schools.
This blogpost is supplementary to the one I published on Friday night about my trip to Conisbrough. Specially for Andrew in Melbourne who is keenly interested in transport matters, here's a photograph of Conisbrough Viaduct as I approached it alongside The River Don.
I have discovered that the railway viaduct was officially opened in 1909 and that over fifteen million bricks were used in its construction. Wow!
And now I am under the viaduct with The River Don flowing by right in front of me:-
And from directly above where the last picture was taken, here's The River Don making its way to Sprotbrough.
I must apologise to Meike in Ludwigsburg who noticed my mis-spelling of Sprotbrough on Saturday. The suffixes "-brough" and "-borough" can be quite confusing when it comes to English place names. In Yorkshire, we have a famous seaside resort called Scarborough but also a former steel town named Middlesbrough and close to Conisbrough there's a small former mining town called Mexborough. We have a town called Boroughbridge but also a large village called Brough. No wonder people get mixed up! By the way, "brough" and "borough" both mean "a fortified settlement" just like the suffix "burg" in German place names - hence Ludwigsburg and Magdeburg.
And that's all I have to say this Sunday evening as midnight approaches. No doubt I will be back tomorrow some time. Watch this space!