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Abbey road crossing

Discussion in 'General Banter' started by allan, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. allan

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    has any one seen this. its the abbey road crossing the famous Beatles album cover.
    if you can take a look during the day its a nightmare for drivers so many people having their photo taken
    hope the link works

    http://www.abbeyroad.com/crossing
     
  2. badman gee

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    Walk across it now and again.

    Not far from my work place.
     
  3. Aceman

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    Haha just looked at it now and even at this time there were a couple taking photo's of each other holding traffic up.

    Incredible :wideyed:
     
  4. FRANKIE

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    Didn't realize for several moments that it is live. I thought that I was going to see a movie. I did see people taking pictures. The time, your time was 10:30 PM. That didn't bother me much. What really scared me was watching the traffic. I'm sure, since most of you are all experienced drivers, that you have seen, as you're driving, a car that either looks to be or is in fact, on your side of the road. You know if they don't make a move very soon, you'll have to take an action to avoid a head on collision. An immediate sense of emergency overtakes you. This is what I felt watching this live video. I'm just not used to seeing cars on the "wrong" side of the road. It seems that something is very, very wrong and I'm in really deep trouble. I'm not sure I could ever drive over there because all my instincts are trained to react in ways that over there would get me killed, or I would kill someone else. I can' imagine how all of you acclimate to driving when you go to the continent. Does it make you crazy at first?
     
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    No problems driving on the continent, The problems start when I get back home..
     
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    No real problem acclimatising Frankie whether you are in a RHD or LHD - just have to concentrate a bit more. Instincts/reaction when something goes amiss can be a problem.:nailbiting:
     
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    I have only ever driven on the RIGHT:ymdevil: in the States and although for the first ever time I did find it quite daunting subsequent visits have be fine and I got quite used to it in fact. I remember the first ever time getting in the car at Sanford airport in Orlando and thinking OH S**T what do I do here and in particular the first intersection I came to was huge with cars coming from all directions. I needed to go straight ahead and despite the lights being green I couldn't understand why cars coming in the opposite direction were turning left across the front of me and not stopping, so in a panic when there was a gap I just floored it and to this day everytime I have gone back I have never come across that situation again so I haven't a clue what happened and whether I did anything wrong or not but we survived. :D
     
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    I've been in England several times when I was working for the casino that Caesars runs aboard ship . Each time we only had a limited amount of time ashore and usually had to be back on board the same day, so I always took public transportation which there in England always seemed well run and logical to use. By logical, I mean I could find everything and never had a fear of getting lost or not making it back to the ship on time. As a result, I never rented a car or drove someone else's car. I was always so intent on getting the correct bus or train that I can't say I ever took notice of the traffic from a driver's perspective. At that time, everyone was crazy about items from the Hard Rock Café, to I went to the one in London to get a few denim jackets to sell back here. Once we docked at Tilbury. I remember getting off the ship and taking a small walk along the river to a pub that had outside in front of it a picture of an old sailing ship that was about to sail off the edge of the earth. I dearly wanted to stop in but was short on time and had to get back to the ship because I wanted to take the ferry across to Gravesend. When I got there, I went to see a church (St. George) who's bell tower I could see from across the river. I visited the church and read about the history and was very much impressed. I walked through the graveyard looking at the dates on some of the graves which predated my country. I stood at the base of a memorial, looking up at it to be greatly surprised to see the statue of Pocohontas. I never knew she was buried in England. I later walked into the nearby town's shopping area to pick up some things I couldn't get at the ship's store. I stopped at a small restaurant to get fish and chips. It was the best I've ever eaten. Nothing like it here.
     
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    I had to laugh to myself when I read this. I'm sure you meant that it was difficult getting use to driving the other way, but I wasn't really sure if you weren't giving a subtle hint about UK drivers.
     
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    I always hire an automatic when I go abroad ..as driving on the other side of the road I can handle but changing gear with the other hand...that felt weird the one time I had to do it on top of all the wrong way round the boutaround nonsense!...interesting article I once read in the new scientist, most people are right eye biased so it makes more sense to drive on the left as we do in blighty..as you have better judgement of depth and distance..
     

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