Recently, I was walking from St Luke’s Cross to Sidney Park with two long-time residents of the park. When walking up the hill on the eastern end of the park, I noticed that the sign looked odd.
The space between ‘S’ and ‘I’ was the same as between ‘I’ and ‘D’ but the spacing between all other letters was less.
On closer inspection it appears that the sign was originally cast as SYDNEY. By some sanding and re-welding, the ‘Y’ was replaced with an ‘I’.
My companions had passed the sign on very many occasions. I had passed it a few times. None of us had ever noticed the repair work. I don’t know if that reflects on the quality of the corrective work or on our powers of observation.