Observations of the United Kingdom, by
Being mainly plugged into the internet I don't get out
much. So I learned much from this weekend's drive from
North to South of the UK and back:
- Russian has become the second language at UK
motorway service stations, with Costa Coffee, Wimpy,
BP and maybe other outlets hiring extensive numbers of
- Wimpy, Britain's first and apparently beaten down
fast food outlet has produced a 'gourmet chicken
burger' which beats the heck out of anything McDonalds
or Burger King have to offer.
- Service stations now have extensive wifi access,
which makes them comparable trading venues to
McDonalds; although they're not as convenient they
have better burgers if they have a Wimpy.
- Winning should not necessarily be mistaken for
competence; I gave both my opponents in the 4NCL
chances to get right back into it which fortunately
they didn't take.
- The idea that 'low quality offerings attract a
greater than deserved premium during booms' seems to
hold true in the property market, with some
godforesaken places achieving near parity with more
- Despite the price rises in petrol, travelling by
car is still more cost effective and convenient than
UK trains and buses. To this untrained observer this
seems to be quite an anomaly.