Monday, April 01, 2013

Mrs. Walkman

Fru Gårman
The traditional Swedish traffic sign for a pedestrian crossing was the silhouette of a man crossing a road. The sign was also a word pun. The phrase Här Går Man (you walk here),can also be read and pronounced like: Herr Gårman, which means Mr. Walkman. It has often been used to teach kids about the traffic rule. Having only a man on the sign was too much for some people so a couple of years ago we got a new sign. Fru Gårman. Mrs. Walkman. No pun in that name I'm afraid. But we have seen some humour recently. In Uppsala just North of Stockholm they had to remove the new signs as Mrs. Walkman had a skirt that was too short. The horror! This is how the sign is supposed to look. This is the new bridge at Krigslida. I took this snap standing on the crossing back in December when the bridge was yet to open for traffic. The guy walking over the bridge is one of the workers who informed me that they were ahead of schedule. Theme Day. Pedestrian Crossing.

25 comments:

Kate said...

Well, this figure is both determined and dressed modestly with a skirt of a "decent" length...everyone should be happy now,

Randy said...

Marvelous theme day shot.

Jim said...

Terrific shot for theme day.

Barbara Farr said...

That's funny about the skirt length.

LONDONLULU said...

Too funny about the skirt - this one looks very modestly attired. Great theme shot.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

A uniquely Swedish approach to the theme. Well done.

LOLfromPasa said...

Terrific for today! Love that hair style too :).

Rob Siemann said...

Wonder if he's got his walkman today. Most probably a MP3 or 4

Eric Tenin said...

LOL! Very clever! Of course, with the snow the theme was harder for you ;-)

Stefan Jansson said...

Well I could have taken a new shot here today, because now the snow is gone, but it looks much more dramatic in winter.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Mrs Walkman ls striding out with determination Steffe, I think she should be allowed to wear her mini when the weather warms up in summer :)

Red Nomad OZ said...

It looks like your other problem is actually finding the pedestrian crossing under all that snow!

Leif Hagen said...

Finns ingen "Froken Garman?" Eller barn Garman?
Fun, interesting theme day post for today, Steffe!
Skit bra gjort!

Hilda said...

The photo is great, but it's your anecdote that really made this post. Love it!

cieldequimper said...

The photo is brilliant, the story is incredible!

Judy said...

Great story and the sign is much nicer than the ones around here.

JM said...

Great composition, really cool!

RedPat said...

Great post for the day!

Lynette said...

Perfect pedestrian photo! Enjoyed your post very much. Thanks!

Ann said...

The story is as good as the photo.

Carraol said...

Great post, the image is magnificent!

VP said...

Nice story, by the way she also looks barefoot...

Babzy said...

great story, excellent pic for the theme :)

Joan Elizabeth said...

Love your story about the sign.

Buck said...

A great story about the sign. I like the contrast of the blue, the snow and the neon. Glad they were ahead of schedule. Great realisation of the theme!