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This is a question Why I Love/Hate Britain

This week's been all about the Daily Mail and why people love or hate their country. Tell us one thing you hate about Britain, and one thing about why you love it.

This shouldn't be an excuse for RACISTLOLS, or long lists of things you dislike. Be intelligent, be funny, and be interesting

(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 13:55)
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I enjoy the politeness when cars arrive simultaneously
at each junction of a mini roundabout.

I am a fan of all driving courtesies and etiquette. I enjoy buses flashing their lights to say thank you, I enjoy polite waves when you let someone through, but if I pull aside for a biker to overtake and he doesn't give me a thank you wave, I want nothing more than to drive into the fucker and teach him a lesson.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 14:38, 16 replies)
iirc Bill Bryson said something similar like
"I love a country where you bump into someone and they immediately apologise to you"
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 14:44, closed)
Sometimes we can't...
'cos we're using the clutch or the road's too uneven to ride down a 4' gap while waving one arm around. Slight discourtesy > crashing.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 14:48, closed)
Oh I'm very aware that taking your hand off isn't always
possible, I was making a silly.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 15:00, closed)
Not everyone is possessed of such wit.
And it's easier to dole out info on the Net than while wheelie-ing along a double white line past a primary school for blind children at 3:30pm.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 15:45, closed)
I'm permanently logged on
so I can do both.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 17:42, closed)

This is all well and good, but whoever decided it would be considered polite to flash your full beams at someone in order to say "thanks" should really go and have a rethink.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 14:52, closed)
Especially at night
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 15:41, closed)
this, very much so.
I just flick mine onto sidelights quickly instead, it gives a visible thanks without giving the other driver an eye white spot.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 19:10, closed)
The politeness
becomes so much more evident when you've been anywhere else in Europe, within the past six months.

They are absolute animals on the road.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 15:55, closed)
Here's the former colony of Canada
we have the "4 way stop"
This is simply a junction in need of a roundabout because it runs on the principle of - first to arrive has the right to enter the junction first.
In theory this is fine, but Canadians are too polite to make use of a system based around such vagueness.

I'm sure somewhere there are people who have died of old age muttering, "no, you first" under their breath.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 16:03, closed)
Hah, imagine the same system in Italy
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 18:57, closed)
To be honest, that'd be indistinguishable
from the current situation. I decided it was more like brownian motion than traffic last time I was in Rome.
(, Thu 3 Oct 2013, 19:01, closed)
Probably resulting in...
...a brownian movement.
(, Fri 4 Oct 2013, 9:22, closed)

(, Fri 4 Oct 2013, 3:15, closed)
Despite the sometimes horrific congestion
It's a delight to drive in the UK.
(, Fri 4 Oct 2013, 17:16, closed)
it's a shame this courtesy is unknown to the wankers who routinely undertake, never look where they're going, play chicken with the other driver at non-signalised junctions, and cut across lanes on motorways and busy roundabouts without indicating

(, Sun 6 Oct 2013, 1:01, closed)

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