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The Long Sign

Category: Rated G

This lovely little tale is an original from Tony Chandler.


There is a little village in Wales named: “LANFAIRPWLLGWYNGYLLGOGERYCHWYRNDROBWLLLLANTYSILIOGOGOGOC”. Many, many years ago, on the side of the road leading into the village, there used to be a sign announcing the town’s name, made of letters carved in wood. Naturally this sign was very long and very expensive to maintain.

One day, the village council, always short of money, decided to replace the long wooden sign with a short metal sign which wouldn’t cost so much to maintain. They decided to offer the old sign to any museum that was interested. The Scottich National Museum offered to take the sign and display it. Robert Burns saw it and was so impressed by it that he wrote the now-famous Scottish song “OLD LONG SIGN”

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