I thought he was an economist … Thinking with a Lisp 7th of August, 2006 POST·MERIDIEM 02:51
Milton Keynes was not, despite what I suspected, thought up by that British Tory government that included a former director of a major road-construction company; instead it was started under the stewardship of Harold Wilson’s Labour. Of course, that was exactly the same Labour government that implemented the evisceration of the UK’s rail service, so they were a pretty pro-road-transport bunch too.
Anyway, I make that remark by way of leading to the point that Milton Keynes is a distinctly car-oriented part of the world. They have things called “redways” that people can cycle and walk on, which were a relatively good idea, but a lot of people perceive them as dangerous and they’re not used as much as they could be. Otherwise, it’s a question of getting ferried everywhere, through roundabout after roundabout after roundabout. They have a huge indoor ski slope in the city centre, which is interesting in the abstract, and chains. Lots of chains.
Weekend spent hacking, I am surprised I am still able to communicate with other human beings in German or anything after it. Need to stop living like a fuсking hermit coder.
Word of the day: „aufmachen“ is German for show, present, and is usable to describe making a window visible on a computer ; „ausmachen“ means turn off, extinguish or in a windowing system context, close. Careful with that fricative.
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There’s a weird appeal (to me at least) to British town planning, especially the concrete monstrosities built from the 1960s onwards.
Spent a night in Birmingham on the way home from Cambridge last week. The hulking overpasses and motorways that gouge their way into the city centre, getting lost on the way from Broad Street in the city centre to the M6 was an interesting detour....
Certainly a direct contrast to the more organic feel of Cambridge which seems to have grown up around the listed college buildings and various protected landmarks. Both of them work, for different reasons, and in different ways, even at 9am, getting out of Birmingham was pretty easy, and getting into Cambridge between 5 and 6pm had been easy the previous week. Compared to the hour it took to drive down the keys from Dublin Port to Heuston Station when we got home at 6:30 that is....