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Overheard on the street…

September 26, 2007 by LostRambler

Walking to my car yesterday I was on the other side of the road to another person who I didn’t take much notice of. However, it turned out she had a really loud piercing voice, and despite the several meters distance between us I couldn’t help but hear every word of her side of the conversation she was having on her mobile phone. By the time her voice started to fade (I was walking significantly faster than her) I slowed to catch the rest of it:

Is Michelle there?

Well, Chantalle’s been telling everyone that Christine is pregnant, but she isn’t.

Yeah, but now Steve has found out and Christine is really angry. You haven’t seen Chantalle have you? Christine is looking for her and she’s going to kill her. I need to find her first.

Ok, well tell your mum that I’ll be around in a couple of minutes.

Up to the last line I’d assumed she was a 16-year-old girl. I had a surreptitious glance in her direction. She was older than me, and I assume her two friends are too.

I’d love to be a fly on the wall when Christine eventually does catch up with Chantalle.

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On trains and international relations

August 30, 2007 by LostRambler

Korea installed a high-speed rail link between Busan and Seoul. At the time, I said the following:

When a country goes shopping for a fast train they basically have two choices. Japan, a country located a scant few miles away from Korea, has the bullet train. France, on the other side of the world, has the TGV. Korea wanted a to buy a handful of fast trains. In some strange twist of business, politics, or just sheer spite, the Koreans chose the French train.

Well, it seems that the UK has the same statement to make about France. We just bought some high-speed trains for the 2012 Olympics. Did we choose trains from our close neighbour and European ally, France, or did we get Japan to put them on a boat and sail them half-way around the world?

I read in the local paper yesterday that the first of 30 Japanese bullet trains were offloaded in Southampton a few days ago.

It makes me wonder exactly how these decisions are made…

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