Thursday, September 27, 2012

Having driven nine hours today, to south east France, I can confirm an observation of earlier trips – viz. that the nationalistic French buy few cars of foreign manufacture. Which is why I don't buy anything French. If enough of us do this, they'll soon realise how short-sighted their attitude is. What goes round, comes round. As they say.

The other thing I confirmed is that, after you've gone off the autopista for a break or whatever, it's not wise to rejoin it in the wrong direction. Blood pressure is the first thing to go.

And that, dear reader is all I have to over tonight.


Perry said...

Aaaha. I know that feeling. Autopilots require re-booting, before setting off. Like remembering to remember that the continentals drive on the "wrong" side of the road.

For me personally, it has to be a conscious decision. Otherwise, the default setting has me threatening the oncoming traffic from Calais to all points east.

All the best,


Alfred B. Mittington said...

We continentals drive on the right side of the road

Perry said...

Indeed. The continental rite of passage descended from a Heniokhos (reinholder) who could not signal a left turn. From the time of the Charioteer of Delphi, Europa has driven widdershins.

It is a pity that the Romans did not leave us with their version of the Highway Code. It would have been instructive to discover how they punished errant drivers then. A session in the erstwhile Flavian Ampitheatre perhaps?

Alfred B. Mittington said...

The Romans had three manners of transport: pedestrian, horseback and ox cart. The first two posed no problem and needed no prescription about right and left (usually in the cities there WAS no right an left in the narrow alleys).

As for the ox carts: take a look at the main thoroughfares in Pompei. You will notice 'pedestrian crossings' made of five inch high granite slabs with two or three gaps in between. This enabled walkers to cross the street without sinking ankle-deep in garbage and filth. But it also naturally 'regulated' ox cart behavior, since the wheels had to be navigated through very carefully and slowly. Problem solved.

Yes: they were smart, them Romans!