Weary from reading about the coronavirus? Anxious about the future? Relax. Here are five signs spotted in inner-city Melbourne this week to make you laugh and think about other things.

As Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus, on Monday 16 March, ALDI in Abbotsford, had had enough.
The rotating electronic advertising sign outside its store read: “2020 will be the last straw”.

And it will be. Not because of the coronavirus and all those recalcitrant hoarding shoppers, but, because by the end of 2020, ALDI will no longer stock single-use plastic straws, tableware or cotton buds.

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He might be locked up, but he’s not forgotten. A black and white picture of a much healthier and younger Julian Assange hanging on the fence of a house, in Nicholson St, Abbotsford, pleads: “Come on Australia, Bring Assange Home”. Indeed, but when?

The good old black Texta has had a workout in the inner city area, too, altering the meaning of two road signs.

At the corner of Highett and Lennox streets, Richmond – a stone’s throw from Victoria’s first supervised injecting facility at one end, and the Epworth Hospital at the other- is the sign: “Hospital Zone Please Reduce Speed – “and ice usage”. Here, here.

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Guaranteed to generate a chuckle for cyclists just before they slide and go splat all over the bicycle path running along the Yarra River, at the Abbotsford Convent site, a sign that reads: “Bon Jovi’s “Slippery when wet”.

And in the face of environmental disasters as a result of climate change, concerned residents in Flemington know the value of trees. The Newmarket train station has beautiful old tall native trees taped off with a protest sign: “Trees not walls”. Enough said.

Have you seen any funny signs lately? Send them to editor@neoskosmos.com.au.