Monday, 30 April 2012

I wanted to run over the cyclists in London

We went to London on Saturday to celebrate my daughter's birthday but there was a huge protest by cyclists over their road rights, and we couldn't get to the restaurant on time. We drove around for hours, getting more frustrated by the minute. "Just smash into them," I advised my husband, before falling silent and feeling guilty.

Finally we made it to the restaurant and ate. This time I didn't trip on the step and fall flat on my face in front of all the posh diners like I did the last time we were at this snooty place.


Happy Birthday, Katie. (That's her BF in the background.)

7 comments:

B'wee said...

RUN OVER CYCLISTS? I...am...appalled, girl! If more people would dump their stoopid cars and live where they could bike everywhere, the world would be a far better place. But why these otherwise intelligent folks would want to take to the noisy, crowded streets of London, instead of enjoying a ride somewhere more idyllic, is a puzzle. Cities, basically, suck. Too many impatient drivers!

Elizabeth said...

They take to the streets of London so they can get to work. They wouldn't go into central London during the rush hour for fun!

mel said...

I felt like getting out and shouting "I'm a cyclist myself! I cycle in London every day! Why are you holding me up?"

Anyway, we got there in the end. Only about 40 minutes late.

YAA said...

It is too bad the riot police weren't out breaking heads and tasering these civil disobedients. What do you suppose would have happened had 10,000 horse drawn Irish Traveler Caravans had laid siege to the city? For Socialism to work it needs to be a little tougher.

Of course, though, it is politically correct to celebrate diversity by tolerating any sort of protest that promotes the green agenda. The simple solution to the car vs bike problem is bigger government, more restrictions on the majority auto drivers, higher taxes and denser cities with residential human beehives that put more people in cycling distance to work.

Or, conversely, what Elizabeth said...just smash into these producers of city choking clouds of Smug.

mel said...

Funny you should mention the travellers.

Back in the mid 90s there was a lot of publicity around "New Age Travellers" whatever they are or were. Called that to distiniguish them from gipsies, I suppose, in case anyone suspected there might be any racism involved.

Anyway, there was so much publicity around these people that they were considered (in opinion polls and such like) to be one of the biggest problems facing Britain. Which tells you how few real problems there must have been, I suppose.

How much of a problem were they? It turned out there were only about 1000 of them in a country of over 50 million. Not really surprising that we never hear anything about them any more.

So Marty, as I'm sure you're aware, 10,000 caravans of any description would be pretty improbable, let alone horse drawn ones.

Y said...

I had never heard of New Age Travellers before, I was thinking of Irish Travellers. The Irish ones probably could muster 10000 if they wanted to, but they don't have any international ngos agitating and egging them on.

The New Age Travellers are a good example of what I'm talking about though, as they were subject in 1985 to a violent police action in
Wiltshire that resulted in the largest mass arrest in UK history (according to Wiki). These travellers, in a caravan of about 80-120 vehicles, peacefully camping in a field, were set upon by police who brutally bludgeoned them and damaged their vehicles.

Also, I was being a little flippant in my earlier remark, but as it turns out London Mayoral candidate Jenny Jones, Green Party, proposes to take the very steps I outline for harrassing auto owners and promoting bicyclists. The greenies are nothing if not predictable.

YAA said...

I had never heard of New Age Travellers before, I was thinking of Irish Travellers. The Irish ones probably could muster 10000 if they wanted to, but they don't have any international ngos agitating and egging them on.

The New Age Travellers are a good example of what I'm talking about though, as they were subject in 1985 to a violent police action in
Wiltshire that resulted in the largest mass arrest in UK history (according to Wiki). These travellers, in a caravan of about 80-120 vehicles, peacefully camping in a field, were set upon by police who brutally bludgeoned them and damaged their vehicles.

Also, I was being a little flippant in my earlier remark, but as it turns out London Mayoral candidate Jenny Jones, Green Party, proposes to take the very steps I outline for harrassing auto owners and promoting bicyclists. The greenies are nothing if not predictable.