Now in San Diego
2009-07-31 04:47:48 UTC
US could learn something from one-another. The problem is that we are
both so sure that we are best, that we never listen.
Here's the things I like that the other doesn't have, but should...or
has but shouldn't have.
Stop signs: The US has them like a helicopter was flying over a city
and they kept slipping out. GB has them where really, really needed,
relying on give-way dotted lines.
Of course, in GB, you have to know how to drive before you get your
Narrow streets: GB is full of them, like Boston in the US, as city
streets were first laid-out when horse-carts ruled the city streets.
Also, GB should get rid of the numbering where the lowest numbers were
grabbed off by the earliers buildings, be they in the middle of the
block or not.
Of course, narrow streets lead to the fun of 'mirror clicking.'
Bonus points to GB for roundabouts. I figure that they saved me 15
minutes on my 18 mile commute from Coventry (Ciundon) to Birmingham
Turns on red lights. Points to the Yanks here. Why wait needlessly at
a red light if you could turn, safely, into an empty lane?
ECONOMY 7. Half price electricity (Midnight to 7 AM) so you can heat
house & water, wash the clothing etc for half-price - and cut down
polution aat the same time. Having multiple sources for Electricity,
gas, and telephone are a bonus that the US doesn't know.. (I check
poces directly only once and the East Midlands full rate was exactly
the same as PG&E at the time.
"Moon" for the blind looks much easier to learn than Braille. Maybe
it's even easier to feel, too.
The NHS. Sure it's cursed. In GB, everything the sate does is cursed.
The basic US Style NHS is limited to a few in the States. It's known
as Tricare (Retired Miltary) and Medicare (for OAPs.)
It's nice to have your GP just a short stroll away. (I'm in good
shape, which makes a stroll dandy.)
I may as well mention in low / no fares for off-hours busses.
TV: Well worth the price for the paper that makes it legal, if you
figure it on an hourly basis. I'm happy as a radio person, so found
myself having tto draw a chart to figure what I would be viewing/
listening /recording where and when for both Telly and wireless.
I could mention that, in many places, you don't need screens to keep
the bugs out and the instant-hot showers.
Any other differences travellers have noted?