Monday, January 02, 2006

January 2nd, 2006
Crossing the road in Helsingborg

What I think:

Many pedestrians in Helsingborg are quite pedantic about obeying the lights at a crossing on a main road. If the red guy is there, you don't walk; you wait for the green guy. Simple as that. Even if there are no cars coming from either direction, you wait. And wait.

I don't particularly enjoy waiting, however, so I normally just go ahead and cross, if I know it's safe to do so - and why not? I often leave a group of people standing at the side of the road while I just carry on. BUT, it's best not to do this when there are children around. Children must learn to obey the red guy so that, later in life, they can spend more time at the side of the road unnecessarily. It's tradition.

There are some pedestrian crossing lights in this town that are really badly synchronised with the main traffic lights. You get the red guy for ages, even though all of the traffic lights for cars heading in your direction are red as well.

It's time that
the Swedish government did something about it. That's what I think.

The news today (oh, boy)
From the world outside:

Oklahoma fire evacuees gather for prayers:
Conditions described as a "perfectstorm" for wildfires are expected to continue today in Oklahoma and Texas, whereblazes have scorched tens of thousands of acres in less than a week. Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry has asked President Bush to declare an emergency in the state and commitfederal resources to battling the fires. In Texas, one blaze west of Dallasstretched for 35 miles, officials said.
From CNN

200BC Wonder List Update: Voting for the new Seven Wonders of the World has begun.People from around the globe can now nominate their favourites from a shortlist of 21 landmarks. They include the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, Inca citadel Machu Picchuin Peru and the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. The only British entry is Stonehenge inAmesbury, Wiltshire, where remnants of a monument erected between 3000BC and 1600BC still stand.
From Sky News

Physical punishment increasing in Sweden: Punishment of children using force is increasing in Sweden, despite the fact that it has been illegal for over 25 years."We are getting more and more signals that children are being subjected to physical punishment, and we also know that the number of reported incidents of child abuse is increasing," said Children's Ombudsman Lena Nyberg to Swedish Radio's Ekot programme.
From The Local - Sweden's news in English


Blogger Aaron Cook said...

Hey Mark, neat blog! I finally get to see where you live... well, the balcony anyway.

Hope things are treating you well. Keep in touch my friend.


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