Back after 2 weeks in the UK

KEW

KEW

Audioholic Warlord
OK, busted. That was me on my first day. After that, I returned the first car for the ALL RED one.

That couldn't have been in the UK. They drove on the right, and never stopped or slowed before entering the roundabout.

OK, they didn't enter the roundabout in the standard sense. But they did enter the airspace above it.
Here in Ga, it is pathetic how many treat the yield sign at a roundabout as a stop sign! However, Roundabouts in Ga are fairly new. For whatever reason, they have been converting intersections like crazy down here over the past 4-5 years.
Also the UK roundabouts are large enough diameter that you can maintain speed. The ones I have seen in the NE and around here pretty much force you to slow down to 20 - 30mph (unless you grew up in Texas :rolleyes:).
The roundabouts I remember mostly from the UK were out in the country on intersections of rural highways. Maybe they just stood out because that was a different concept! The ones I have seen in the US are all for more urban and surburban settings!
 
M

Midwesthonky

Audioholic Chief
Glad you enjoyed it! I spent 2 weeks in London and it wasn't enough time to see it all.

One place we figured would be a stop in and get out quick was the British Library. Nope, got kciked out when they closed. So many historical documents on display! Magna Carta, hand-written Beattles lyrics, Guttenberg bible, etc. I'd like to go back to spend moe time at the British Museum and their Egyptian exhibit.

As for driving in the UK, you are braver than I am. I especially said hell no to driving in London. But I did get stuck doing the driving in Belgium where they at least drive in the same side of the road. Didn't need to drive in UK with their train system and the London Underground.
 
Kvn_Walker

Kvn_Walker

Senior Audioholic
Contrarian? :D



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I'm glad I watched the whole thing. The curious dog was funny. The cars that almost ran over the pedestrians coming to help... wasn't. :confused:
 
3db

3db

Audioholic Overlord
Glad you had a good time. I can totally relate to the driving..two years ago, I did a trip to Scotland and did what amounts to a detailed distillery tool amongst other things. I learned to drive on a manual so I am more than comfortable with them.....until.... you drive on the wrong side of the road and shift using the wrong hand... I was brain fried from a 7 hour fight to Glasgow and a 3 hour drive to Oban, our first destination on roads that were barely 2 car widths wide. A sneeze would have caused an accident for sure. :) Glad it all worked out for you.
 
Swerd

Swerd

Audioholic Spartan
Glad you had a good time.
I really did. Thanks.

I never did anything audio related while I was there, with one minor exception. One hotel, Holbeck Ghyll in the Lake District had small Monitor Audio tower speakers in a lounge room with fireplace and bar. They always played quiet piano music, in the back ground. I wanted to pull off the grills to have a look, but I restrained myself.
I can totally relate to the driving..two years ago, I did a trip to Scotland and did what amounts to a detailed distillery tool tour amongst other things. I learned to drive on a manual so I am more than comfortable with them.....until.... you drive on the wrong side of the road and shift using the wrong hand...
At home I've always driven manual shift cars. But in the UK I persuaded myself that I might get tired of slapping the door with my right hand, so I rented a 6 or 8 speed automatic. It worked well, and was one less distraction.
I was brain fried from a 7 hour fight to Glasgow and a 3 hour drive to Oban, our first destination on roads that were barely 2 car widths wide. A sneeze would have caused an accident for sure. :).
That sounds about right. I'm glad I waited 2 days before picking up the rented car, as I was jet lagged too.
 
GO-NAD!

GO-NAD!

Audioholic Ninja
I really did. Thanks.

I never did anything audio related while I was there, with one minor exception. One hotel, Holbeck Ghyll in the Lake District had small Monitor Audio tower speakers in a lounge room with fireplace and bar. They always played quiet piano music, in the back ground. I wanted to pull off the grills to have a look, but I restrained myself.
At home I've always driven manual shift cars. But in the UK I persuaded myself that I might get tired of slapping the door with my right hand, so I rented a 6 or 8 speed automatic. It worked well, and was one less distraction.
That sounds about right. I'm glad I waited 2 days before picking up the rented car, as I was jet lagged too.
I had little trouble driving a manual when I lived there and it felt natural right from the get-go. However, I was in my mid-thirties then. As we age, we became less adaptable, so I can't say how I'd fare now.

On a related note, I've been driving my wife's car - which has an automatic transmission - to work this week, since I busted my right flipper last weekend. My pickup has a manual and my cast-bound forearm just isn't up to moving the gearshift.
 

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