Margaret Calvert, the genius who designed our road signs, won the Oldie Signwriter of the Times award. She sported a charming handbag, emblazoned with her famous Men at Work sign – the one that looks like a man opening an umbrella.
Calvert didn’t just design our signs; she appears in them. The girl in her ‘Children Crossing’ sign was a self-portrait. In that sign, she dispensed with the school caps because they were too elitist and showed a big sister leading her little brother across the road, rather than the other way round.
Gyles Brandreth said they were even more progressive than that: ‘They’ve both got short hair. They are in fact gender fluid. The girl is, in fact, a trans boy, and the boy is a trans girl.’