'Copperfield,' said Mr. Micawber, 'farewell! Every happiness and prosperity! If, in the progress of revolving years, I could persuade myself that my blighted destiny had been a warning to you, I should feel that I had not occupied another man's place in existence altogether in vain.
- Wilkins Micawber
Just be greatful to have public transport that doesn't operate once every 30 mins during peak and hourly off peak.
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RIP Craig Walsh (Craig) 1985-2012
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Now, in London its rapid, 5 mins would really be considered a long wait for a the tube in Zones 1,2. It's more a problem of all the ridiculous connections to get everywhere.
The View of our parliament from abroad (bit rich for the Poms to talk about professionalism given the extent to which they rorted the expense system)
But generally, even across Europe, the question seems to be: Why did they remove a scholar like Rudd (oblivious to his errors) and import a rat pack when things appear so good?
Last edited by Redbacks; 01-06-2011 at 02:38 PM.
I've used Melbourne trains for years, live right next to a train station, and the deterioration over the past couple of years has been noticeable with the huge increase in patronage. Trams are fantastic though in comparison to buses, IMO, except if you are in a car. Well, in Melbourne, anyway.
Adelaide's public transport system is the absolute pits if you're going from the suburbs to the city but reaches a new level of suck if you're going from suburb to suburb. Forget going from one side of the city to the other too if you value your sanity or time.
A mate of mine lives 30mins north of the city and the airport is 10 mins west. To get there via public transport (bus to train station -> train to city -> bus, distance about 30Km) to airport to catch a plane for a conference took him Two. Freaking. Hours.
No-one beats Japan for public transport. Sososososososo good.
One thing all of the major world cities with good public transport have is that their undergrounds were built yonks ago. The cost nowadays to build Tube systems is enormous, plus it comes with the associated Nimbyism of the age.
Ausage referred to the Hills District in Sydney. It's a classic example of poor planning. Since the mid-80s, there have been tens of thousands of houses built in the area - I recall living in Castle Hill in the late 80s and going to Rouse Hill to buy fresh produce from the farmers there ffs. Now there isn't a tree in sight and it's wall-to-wall McMansions.
The only transport infrastructure built since then is the M2 motorway, which is currently being widened, because even though they knew they were putting hundreds of thousands of people in the Hills, they decided to make it only a 2x2 road.
It's dire. The bus service is good, but of course, the bus lane only goes half way to the city.
The lack of foresight is appalling. Now they want to put a Metro in and they'll presumably have to reclaim land and it'll take decades and billions to get done. The other impediment is all the seats out there are safe Tory filth, so the Libs know they'll vote for them anyway, and Labor could build individual paths paved with gold and the idiots would still vote for Alex Hawke.
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WWCC - Loyaulte Mi Lie
"People make me happy.. not places.. people"
"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life." - Samuel Johnson
"Hope is the fuel of progress and fear is the prison in which you put yourself" - Tony Benn
"I am very happy and it will allow me to have lot more rice."
Eoin Morgan on being given a rice cooker for being Man of the Match in a Dhaka Premier Division game.
It was the one good thing about China, it took me more then 90 minutes on the subway from Shanghai Pudong Airpont to my hostel and it only cost me $0.60. I so wish we had something similar to the Skinkansen where it connected from Brisbane to Melbourne, and TBH I would prefer that to flying. Although the logistics and the cost would be astronomical though.
And by the way, anyone who says Japan's public transport is better than Korea's needs a haymaker to the throat.
Last edited by Mr Casson; 02-06-2011 at 02:15 AM.
Public transport is pretty reliable where I live
"He's [Michael Clarke] on Twitter saying sorry for not walking? Mate if he did that in our side there'd be hell to play. AB would chuck his Twitter box off the balcony or whatever it is. Sorry for not walking? Jesus Christ man."RIP CraigosKnowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it into a fruit salad
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