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Re: Price of petrol
Hey mate, just take two Valium and have a good nights rest.....
As an ex-pat Londoner living in Chicago I understand your frustration
but, however, a different perspective for you would be to compare the
population/traffic density of the U.K. vs U.S. I grew up in the U.K. in
an era when you maybe knew 1 or 2 people that had cars...now every
family has at least one car, even in London. In the U.K. cars are no
longer just a means of transportation, they have become statements of
In the U.K. you have around one fifth of the U.S. population living in
an area slightly larger than the state of Illinois! I get back to the
U.K. around 3 or 4 times a year and the amount of traffic is a constant
source of amazement. Friends of mine in the U.K. are loathe to part
with the price of an annual or monthly commuter ticket but will happily
get up early and drive in to work in an overpriced and overtaxed
vehicle (road and petrol taxes). Just to compare the price of a gallon
of motor oil in the U.K. vs the U.S. gives me the heaves. Another thing
I notice is that they will drive very short distances to shopping and
the pub when before people used to walk.
Anyway, don't take it too personally, the tax load is just the U.K.
governments way of making up for the colossal cock-up they made when
they gave Dr. Beeching the axe to wield in the early 60's - :-)
Now there are not enough rail lines and too many cars!
The U.S. isn't any better...In the 1950's nasty General Motors
basically bribed the City of Los Angeles to rip out the trolley/small
rail services and replace them with "sensitively price" G.M. buses. Now
look at the mess. Big cities here are now seriously looking at small
rail networks/trolley systems - go figure!
Sorry about the BW and lack of Audi content.
96 A4q 2.8 slushbox (its the wifes but I love it)
88 Supra Turbo 5spd w.mods (300+hp)