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Everything posted by asperity

  1. Deal or No Deal ?

    No Deal sounds good to me. Labour don't want anything except to get into power and, this time, ensure that they can't lose it again.
  2. Not so smart M/ways -

    I don't want to throw a fly into your ointment here, but how many thousand miles to the gallon does your car go or, to put it another way, how many gallons does your gas tank hold?
  3. Not so smart M/ways -

    Well you have to admit that Railtrack aren't fulfilling their duties in maintaining and upgrading the track, and the RMT aren't looking after the interests of the commuter (however much they claim to be doing) but looking after their own interests. As for dismissing BBC and Channel 4 news, well I do that anyway.
  4. Not so smart M/ways -

    Which is what I said actually. Northern Rail isn't failing because of what it is doing, it is failing because RMT and Railtrack are conspiring against them being able to do. If Railtrack were to do their job, and the RMT were to progress beyond 1978, we might actually get somewhere.
  5. Not so smart M/ways -

    Which just goes to show you don't know what you're talking about. Do a bit of research, but avoid the Guardian, BBC, Channel 4 etc like the plague.
  6. Not so smart M/ways -

    And there you are proving my point. The recent timetable debacle caused by the nationalised Network Rail.
  7. Not so smart M/ways -

    Ask a selection of the public about any subject and you'll find a few moaners. Not exactly a scientific poll.
  8. Wigan v Wire

    A fair old scrap this. Warrington held out until the last couple of minutes in the first half. Many Wire fans would have been chuffed to see Tomkins sin-binned in the second half for shooting his mouth off at the referee. However Wigan proved to be a little too strong winning 26-6 at the end. Man of the match for me was Stefan Ratchford who is having a very good season.
  9. Not so smart M/ways -

    What is? Do you use the railways much Obs? Or the motorways for that matter? I get the impression that you get your opinions based on the Daily Mail readership. Sorry, was the Thomas reference too subtle for you?
  10. Not so smart M/ways -

    You can't put double decker trains on a network designed for single deckers without raising the height of practicably all the bridges crossing the lines. I think I've mentioned before that governments of any hue are incapable of running anything more complicated than their holiday plans. Did you get frightened by Thomas the Tank Engine when you were young Obs?
  11. Not so smart M/ways -

    People who really have to use their cars to commute would have to pay for the privilege of using the motorways, those that don't really have to use the motorways can either pay the price or use another method. You're the one moaning about the transport infrastructure but haven't got any solution other than "don't use the hard shoulder as another lane". Not my problem as I rarely drive on the motorways or use trains. In the past you have suggested that people should get jobs nearer to home or even move to somewhere closer to work. Have you changed your mind?
  12. Spy games ?

  13. Not so smart M/ways -

    That is the point I made, the reason why roads are congested is because there's no tolls on them. And of course the rail network is run by Network Rail which was re-nationalised, so is it any wonder that it isn't working well, the government being incapable of running anything well (any industry called British anything). Quite where private medicine comes into this I'm not sure, but if a small charge (£5?) was made for a doctor's appointment certain people would take a couple of Paracetomol rather than going to the surgery and demanding anti-biotics when they get a cold.
  14. Wire v Huddersfield Giants

    That's true Gary, but it depends which Wigan turns up.
  15. The Wire secured a play off spot with a 26-24 victory over Huddersfield last night. The Giants took it right to the end, missing a penalty kick from the halfway line awarded as the final hooter sounded. Wire were reduced to 12 men in the first half when Mike Cooper was sin-binned, but survived to lead at the end of the game.
  16. Not so smart M/ways -

    Toll roads would certainly cut down traffic congestion if the M6 Toll road is anything to go by. The rail network was built by private enterprise and as far as I know it worked until government "nationalised" it (i.e. bought the network for it's union paymasters).
  17. Not so smart M/ways -

    And perhaps if all governments had kept their noses out of private businesses, took less money out of private enterprises in taxes to spend on their own, uneconomic, pet projects we would have an adequate transport infrastructure. And an education system that taught people how to spell "fourth".
  18. Not so smart M/ways -

    Perhaps if all the drivers who think that Smart Motorways are unsafe stopped using them there would be no need for the fourth lane .
  19. Not so smart M/ways -

    As you say plenty of contenders for a Darwin award. And in this case standing next to a broken down car with traffic whizzing past for a quarter of an hour takes some beating.
  20. Not so smart M/ways -

    The car broke down, the driver and passenger got out and stood in front of it for 16 (THAT'S SIXTEEN) minutes until an idiot came along and hit it. If the car had broken down and they had pulled onto the hard shoulder (if there had been a hard shoulder) and done the same thing, research has shown that some idiot would have come along and hit the broken down car around 15 minutes later. The advice given is that, if you break down on a motorway, you get out of the vehicle and GET OFF the road over on the other side of the barrier and await help. Obs, what would you do if you broke down on the motorway, with or without a hard shoulder, stay in the vehicle/get out and stand by the vehicle/get out and get off the road behind the roadside barrier (preferably upstream of the oncoming traffic)? Come on Obs, you've got less than 15 minutes to make your mind up! A stupid idea from the start? Well what else can you expect from a Labour government?
  21. Not so smart M/ways -

    Not so much the Smart Motorway at fault, more like the not so smart people involved: https://www.yahoo.com/news/safety-fears-woman-killed-m1-smart-motorway-no-hard-shoulder-110251641.html
  22. Shhhh....

    Good one Dizzy .
  23. More blondes

    An old, blind cowboy wanders into an all-girl biker bar by mistake... He finds his way to a bar stool and orders a shot of Jack Daniels. After sitting there for a while, he yells to the bartender, ”Hey, you wanna hear a blonde joke?' The bar immediately falls absolutely silent. In a very deep, husky voice, the woman next to him says, 'Before you tell that joke, Cowboy, I think it is only fair, given that you are blind, that you should know five things: 1. The bartender is a blonde girl with a baseball bat. 2. The bouncer is a blonde girl with a 'Billy-Club'. 3. I'm a 6-foot tall, 175-pound blonde woman with a black belt in karate. 4. The woman sitting next to me is blonde and a professional weight lifter. 5. The lady to your right is blonde and a professional wrestler. 'Now, think about it seriously, Cowboy .. do you still wanna tell that blonde joke?' The blind cowboy thinks for a second, shakes his head and mutters, 'No ... not if I'm gonna have to explain it five times".
  24. A library story

    A Librarian was trying to find out what the game Fortnight was all about. She asked every person that came in to her library but no one could answer her. Eventually a father and son came in. The father wanted directions to the Lee Childs section as he had read the books before and liked them a lot. The librarian took her chance and asked the son about the game Fortnight. The boy was able to tell her everything about the game. The librarian then realised that; The only guy who could ever teach her was the son of a Reacher Fan.
  25. BoJo !