Forbidden: Thursday’s Special

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Signs are generally placed to protect the reader from lurking danger. Forbidding you from doing something in  order that you will live to be forbidden from doing something else.

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Some things are to protect something other than the self such as the grass. As we can see however unless your life is in danger being forbidden doesn’t stop that many from doing the forbidden act.

No wok abaut long grass

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Again for safety. Most would follow these forbidden activities.

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I wonder whether they were concerned for explosion. I can tell you that not too many accepted that the other activities were forbidden. Australia really does have the nicest public toilets and times like these I dreamt of them.

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In the school were thousands were murdered was a sign forbidding smiling. I didn’t need to be told not to smile the place was so hauntingly sad. These things continue to happen and like Paula, our host of Thursday’s Special, I wish you all a Thursday of Peace.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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15 Responses to Forbidden: Thursday’s Special

  1. Sabiscuit says:

    A peaceful Thursday to you, too, Irene. I can’t believe another week is drawing to a close.

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  2. Miriam says:

    Great post Irene.

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  3. So many things forbidden. Love the sign on the grass – no woka abaot long grass – absolutely clear. Wondering about the images in the public toilet – I get the no smoking, no perching on the toilet seat, no showering – but what is the third sign from the left?
    And the last – no smiling in a place of slaughter – hard to imagine such a giddy response. I bet tears were more likely.
    Well done this week, Irene. Made me think about how much we are warned to tread carefully.

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    • The third sign from the left, left me wondering also but I have a feeling it is no peeing on the floor.
      It is sobering that we have to be told not to smile – for me tears were much more likely.
      With the number of warnings we now get it makes you wonder how anybody our age managed to survive (without the warnings) to reach this age.

      Like

  4. Awesome! I posted to Facebook.

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  5. Paula says:

    🙂 “No Woka” sign made me laugh. These are very precise signs. I wish I could visit your beautiful country (not just for public toilets, though they are very important to me). A very powerful message in the last one, Irene! Thank you!

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  7. restlessjo says:

    It’s a sad world we inhabit, sometimes, Irene. Thank you for the peaceful wishes. I have a radiant Spring morning here and appreciate how lucky I am. 🙂

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  8. Well. That was sobering. Didn’t expect that last photo. I’m at once glad they put it up and disturbed at their need to.

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