"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Back in England

Popped down to Bristol today for a couple of days. Having nearly had the side of the car taken off by a mercedes whose driver suddenly decided he didn't want to leave the M5 for the M42 after all, I arrived in the suburbs of Bristol in due course. There I was met by an enormous juggernaut in a road the width of a garden path, bearing down on me, in full and confident belief that an obstacle on his side of the road did not mean that he should give way to oncoming vehicles. Might is right?? Interesting how driving varies in different parts of the country. A less than sympathetic visitor to these parts might write off local drivers' grasp of the Highway code as haphazard to say the least! But then, I have heard it suggested that some Welsh drivers don't actually know how to put their cars into reverse - only very ignorant people would entertain such a belief, of course - although, such a tactic can be very useful when faced with oncoming traffic in a country lane in the Welsh countryside!

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