Showing posts from May 15, 2011

Heathrow's terminal 5 shopping mall.

So I'm enduring the bloody mess that is terminal 5 at Heathrow at the
moment. It's a mess because, like all UK airports, actually traveling
is the last thing this place was designed for. Instead it's awash with
high end shops and eateries where you can't get anything as basic as a
bacon sandwich. I could have a tuna nicoise with elegant salad flowers
and rustic artisan bread if wanted, and if I had £10 to spare. Or I
could spend £2 for a bottle of coke, or £6 for a fancy coffee. But
basic food is nowhere to be found. Even the pre-packed sandwiches are
fruit to sound clever. It's ham and bloody cheese, not mediterranean
this and authentic southern that on a wholemeal fair trade something
or other.
Also as with all UK airports, the passengers are treated like
children. They refuse to post the gate numbers until half an hour
before the flight leaves. The airports think that forcing everyone to
sit in a cramped shithole will make them go and use the shops.
Instead it results in piss…

The sad state of England

Things are bad. Really bad. The country roads are plagued with drivers
who are terrified of going faster than 45mph. The motorways are
clogged with police vans and average speed cameras forcing everyone to
do 50mph. Even the motorcyclists seem to have lost their balls; I had
a group of them pull out in front of me at Box Hill this afternoon.
"No problem - they'll get away quickly" I thought. But no. They
accelerated at bloody walking pace. The police state has destroyed
driving for everyone over here. Then there's the cost of fuel. Filled
the rental car today and it cost me $132 for 15 gallons! How can
people afford to drive?
New police and council powers mean that councils can go through your
rubbish and fine you if you put the wrong thing in the wrong bin. They
can spy on you without warrants and CCTV cameras have tripled or
quadrupled in number in the last few years, but crime has skyrocketed
so they're still doing no good. Short term loan rates are running at
1470% APR (tha…