NZ1320 : Sign for the Black Swan

near to Staindrop, County Durham, Great Britain

Sign for the Black Swan
Sign for the Black Swan
A Roman named Juvenal jokingly referred to a 'black swan' as an example of a "rara avis", a 'rare bird'. He would not have known that such birds existed in Australia. Black Swan appeared as a tavern or inn sign in the 16th century, at which time it may have been meant to be a signal what a "rara avis", a remarkable person, the landlord was. Later references may well be a Australia, since a black swan is the emblem of Western Australia. A naval reference is also possible, since HMS Black Swan was active between 1939 and 1956.

Sometimes the Black Swan is affectionately known as the 'Mucky Duck'.
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Tuesday, 5 April, 2011   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 22 June, 2011
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Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 1314 2059 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:34.8209N 1:47.8934W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 1314 2059
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