Lovely track - the bootleg remix of the Heroes Theme Tune by Filo & Perry. Armin played it in A State Of Trance episode 241. Nice. Really really nice. Find it, listen to it, chill out.
No, seriously. I mean we all knew it would be a disaster on the day it opened but that seems to have taken the press by surprise. Baggage has vanished or been delayed 3 hours in the baggage system that they knew had faults in it. (the computer can't deal with the number of bags). Huge check-in lines formed - something the PR people promised would never happen but we knew it would. Most flights were delayed and 34 were cancelled completely.
Entertainingly, escalators and moving walkways were also broken on the first day. I mean it's nothing new - none of them ever work in Heathrow or Gatwick anyway - but to have them pre-broken before the first passenger set foot in the terminal is pure genius.
They didn't even bother making the terminal wheelchair accessible - a slight oversight in this politically-correct day and age. At least one passenger missed their flight because they physically couldn't get their wheelchair into the terminal because of all the kerbs.
Ah yes. Best of British and all that.
Lovely. It's snowing furiously outside - a timely reminder that it's not spring yet. This is good because it means my newly-planted tree will get some watering, as will the lawn and the flower beds where the bulbs are starting to poke through. Given the time of year, I'm not expecting the snow to stick to much other than the lawns - the roads are all clear. Good news for the ski resorts even if they are all coming up on their closing dates. This happens every year though - the ski resorts all close at the point of maximum snow when they could just as well stay open for another couple of months.
We're back from our 10 day trip to the UK. I took Paula over to see her parents. After the trip and Christmas, this last 10 days have exemplified that England is a country whose population is hanging on in quiet desperation. I fear it's in an accelerating downward spiral from which there is no escape.
- cost for a lunch for two : $18 (think 18 bucks for 2 whopper meals)
- cost of a gallon of petrol : $12 - it cost me $208 for 800 miles-worth of diesel whilst we were there. To put that into perspective, 800 miles-worth of petrol here at home (Vegas and back) costs me $70.
- cost for a dinner for two : $120 (and I'm not talking chic restaurant - I'm talking three different pubs and an indian restaurant)
- utility bills that (after going up 14% year on year) are so high now that pensioners are going into debt because they're having to use credit cards to pay for gas and electric. People are spending more in one quarter now than we spend here at home in a year.
Whilst we were there, there was a news story about police arresting a man and charging him with terrorism offences for spraying his neighbour with a hose.
The government are pushing through laws to make it a jailable offence to put videogames into kids bedrooms.
The average salary is £22,000 yet 6 million people live in zero-income houses claiming £30,000 a year in benefits.
On the streets is where it's now most noticable : nobody is smiling any more - everyone looks miserable and downtrodden. There's a very real sense of desperation in everyone you talk to. When they find out you live outside the country, there's almost a "please help us" attitude that comes across.
This would all explain why in 2007 there was a record low birthrate of only 79,000 babies whilst at the same time 400,000 people left the country.