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Old 11-20-2008, 09:08 PM   #11
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With the talk of "roundabouts", all I can think of is Chevy Chase in "National Lampoon's European Vacation" where they are in the car going around and around and around......"Look kids, there's Big Ben!!!"

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Old 11-21-2008, 11:10 AM   #12
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A UK colony in North America? That's Canada! Just merge with us!

We don't have too many roundabouts, don't worry. We do use the metric system though! Oh and we have the vegetable peeler thing too.
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:43 AM   #13
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The US has to be one of the most conservative of countries. Have you ever changed anything?
I remember many years ago when the UK changed from pounds shillings and pence to decimal coinage. That's not just like changing weights and measures. You have to go shopping the next day and use your decimal money! It was great fun.
I was also living in Italy when they changed from the lira to the euro. Does any intrepid traveller remember the old lira? So many zeros. A litre of milk alone cost something like 600, a taxi ride to the airport something like 50,000 lira (or 500,000 if the driver was a crook and the passenger unknowing).
A friend of mine was in Sweden when they changed from driving on the left to driving on the right. At 3am all traffic anywhere had to stop and move to the other side of the road. There were several problems the next day!
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Old 11-23-2008, 09:23 AM   #14
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Does any intrepid traveller remember the old lira?
Last time I was in Italy (or Europe in general) was in the early 80s. I still have some currency from back then, including the Italian Lira, some Spanish Pesetas, and Turkish Lira.

And I hate roundabouts when driving my rig. Damn annoying things.

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Old 11-24-2008, 12:02 AM   #15
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Yeah, we just got a roundabout here and my god that things looks like an accident waiting to happen! All those yield signs and having to look every way your head will turn to make sure no one else is
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:21 AM   #16
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My kids love roundabouts, especially when we have to go 3/4 the way around! I always get the urge to pull a Chevy Chase and just keep going around and around. We have a couple in the new shopping areas they are building around here. We'll see how well they get once all of the slots are filled up!

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