The unforgiving minute’s place awaits off London Circuit

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SPOTTED this afternoon on Ainslie Place, just where it turns onto London Circuit is an unusual street sign.

It reads:

RESERVED FOR THE UNFORGIVING MINUTE

It guards a space in which it would be illegal to park.

empty spot

The last Google StreetView of the locale was in December 2009 at which time the post was there, but un-used.

It appears to be a reference to Kipling’s much loved poem “If” which closes with:

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son.

If anyone can fill in the mystery let us know in the comments.

On the other hand if you’ve seen something interesting around town send a picture to john@citynews.com.au .


UPDATE: A similar one has been sighted in Braddon at the Hamlet Food Van Park:

"Reserved for yesterday and tomorrow" #canberra #braddon

A photo posted by Kate McNamara (@kaydo777) on


UPDATE: The mystery has been solved. It appears they are detritus from the You Are Here festival.

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