Tuesday, July 08, 2008


One thing I like about the UK is that it's really not very big. If pushed, I could walk from one end to the other in a month or two. I'd pass a town or at least a village every day so I wouldn't starve either. Side to side is, in most parts, a week at most and that's not even rushing. The thin bit, between Glasgow (West coast) and Edinburgh (East coast) is around 50 miles. Two days walking with lots of rest stops.

Not so America. That place is huge. Unlike the UK, it has desert regions where walking would present a very real risk of death. It has massive areas of woodland where you could get lost, die, and never be found. There, you'd have to have transport.

But at what cost? If this is to be believed, flying will soon be dependent on allowing yourself to be fitted with a zap-o-matic wrist band. I don't like the sound of that.

I also don't like the thought that such ideas don't take too long to cross the Atlantic these days.

Fortunately, I don't like flying either.


Homeland Stupidity said...


You also have the "right to roam" in the UK, which you don't have in the US.

As for the shock bracelets, you can be sure the idea isn't going to go far. Too many people will refuse to accept it.

tom sheepandgoats said...

Perhaps it will find acceptance in the blogosphere, where it could be fitted upon the wrists of those espousing different views than one's own.

I have found, to my utter astonishment, that not everyone agrees with me. Do you think, if I asked them real nice, that the company would ship me a few crates of these things? Then I could award them as "prize bracelets" or something, with the control switch next to my PC mouse.

Oh, my. This is going straight to my head.

Romulus Crowe said...

Homeland - I hope you're right.

The 'right to roam' applies only in Scotland though, where there is no law of trespass and you could, although it's considered very rude indeed, walk straight through someone's garden as long as you cause no damage.

In England you'd have to go around certain private properties.

Tom - I confess a similar thought crossed my mind. If they invent a way to electrify a keyboard over the Internet, I'm going to be simultaneously horrified and interested.


No further comments on those photos yet. I'll rummage out some new ones.

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