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brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2012 8:43AM

Quote:Why is it that people cannot look at announcements like this in a positive manner.


Because that would be "Un-British",

- if you win you must have cheated or been on drugs

- if you are intelligent you are a nerd

- if you do well at school you are a swot

- successful in business you must be a crook

and so on.

Makes me despair sometimes, particularly when the "Mejia" seems so intent on pandering to this atttude to life

(I saw something this morning that stated greater than 50% of the population of the UK think the country unprepared for the Olympics - how would they possibly know? All they have to judge it by is the negative garbage doled out by the press. They don't "Think", they simply regurgitate the output of the popular press )

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lobsterboy e2
11 14.3k 13 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2012 8:59AM

Quote:I saw something this morning that stated greater than 50% of the population of the UK think the country unprepared for the Olympics - how would they possibly know? All they have to judge it by is the negative garbage doled out by the press. They don't "Think", they simply regurgitate the output of the popular press


I make you right Brian.
keith selmes 11 7.1k 1 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2012 9:09AM
I don't think I'm prepared for the Olympics.
But it doen't look too bad - having checked the schedule it seems to only run for about 2.5 weeks (so what's all the fuss about ?) and then the TV will get back to normal. If the weather clears up I might not even notice.
Railcam 8 483 Scotland
17 Jul 2012 10:00AM

Quote:I had heard that the main intention was to get more freight travelling on the railways and off the roads, so not a good thing for those living near railines.


A very "out of date" comment. I have a railway at the back of my house and with the long welded rail, quiet bogies on the rolling stock and well silenced diesel locomotives I do not hear the trains at all.

Steam engines, loose coupled wagons and jointed track went years ago, along with the BR sandwich.
Fishnet 10 5.0k 5 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2012 10:14AM
I have a freight line running near my house and I only hear them when they brake .
macroman 11 15.3k England
17 Jul 2012 11:58AM
Whatever they do to update the railways, I couldn't afford the morgage for a ticket anyway Smile.
keith selmes 11 7.1k 1 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2012 2:11PM

Quote:Steam engines, loose coupled wagons and jointed track went years ago
We still have them come through occasionally and although I don't live that near the track, I still hear the chuff chuff noise and see the smoke pouring back through the valley. I do sometimes wonder what it would be like if all the trains were steam again. Could be they are making smoke because they are starting out of town and heading for an uphill gradient.
Railcam 8 483 Scotland
17 Jul 2012 3:56PM
I assume you live near to a Heritage (preserved) railway.

I was responding to the comment about the Government's announcement about trying to get more freight on to the national rail network. In that context I stand by my comment.
keith selmes 11 7.1k 1 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2012 5:38PM
They run steam trains on main lines once in a while. I think there was one through in april and one due next week.
Diesels are going up and down all the time and you don't notice them.
The difference is quite remarkable.
thewilliam 6 4.9k
17 Jul 2012 6:29PM

Quote:I saw something this morning that stated greater than 50% of the population of the UK think the country unprepared for the Olympics - how would they possibly know? All they have to judge it by is the negative garbage doled out by the press. They don't "Think", they simply regurgitate the output of the popular press


This will be the half that takes the red-top gutter press and believes what they read.

In the 1970s, the comedian Mike Yarwood did an impression of the then Prime Minister and started "Jack Jones (TUC leader) asked me to form a new government ....."

After the next election, Rory Bremner will probably start with, "Rupert Murdoch asked me to form a new government ..........."
Railcam 8 483 Scotland
17 Jul 2012 7:47PM

Quote:They run steam trains on main lines once in a while. I think there was one through in april and one due next week.


Those are private, passenger charters and nothing to do with the Government Announcement and the aim of getting more freight on the main lines.
tomcat e2
9 6.2k 15 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2012 9:21PM
Slightly different, but I believe ASLEF are planning strikes to coincide with the commencement of the Olympics
I might add, something (the Olympics that is), which will only attract 2% of my interest
ASLEF, what are they all about?

The association of steam locomotive engineers and footplate men


- come into the 21st century guysSmile & stop ruining something, that quite a lot of folks want to be part of

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