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(Newser)   Buses carrying Olympians get lost in London on the way back from the airport. "We've been lost on the road for 4hrs. Not a good first impression, London"   (newser.com) divider line 108
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2012-07-17 08:59:52 AM
At least they think they're still in London
 
2012-07-17 09:11:37 AM
Look, Kids. Big Ben!
 
2012-07-17 10:37:39 AM

MrBallou: Look, Kids. Big Ben!


Hide your little ones. Hide your biddies.
 
2012-07-17 12:31:41 PM

WelldeadLink: At least they think they're still in London


It's not like they could get through London traffic in just 4 hours.
 
2012-07-17 01:06:50 PM

IAmRight: It's not like they could get through London traffic in just 4 hours.


They have their own lane on some roads
 
2012-07-17 01:07:22 PM
I see London I see France....
 
2012-07-17 01:07:47 PM
Funny, this happens every 4 years.

/doesn't happen at winter olympics because they use dogsleds to transport athletes, and the dogs know the way.
 
2012-07-17 01:08:02 PM

MrBallou: Look, Kids. Big Ben!


Parliament!
 
2012-07-17 01:08:16 PM
London Mayor Boris Johnson shrugged off the bus delays. "I understand that some of our visitors took the scenic route," he said. "They saw more of our fantastic city than they would otherwise have done. And that's no bad thing. What thing of beauty does not have its imperfections?"

fark you, dipshiat.
 
2012-07-17 01:08:49 PM
It's easy.. you just take the first roundabout, second exit, then drive through the next 5 roundabouts, then take the 3rd exit on the next roundabout before jumping on the motorway for a bit, then off and through another 26 roundabouts and you're there. It's so easy.
 
2012-07-17 01:08:58 PM

clipperbox: MrBallou: Look, Kids. Big Ben!

Parliament!


Big Ben!
 
2012-07-17 01:09:21 PM
OLYMPICS such cause they ban all important drugs
like Beta Blockers and morphine!!!
 
2012-07-17 01:09:36 PM
Could be worse, just ask the president of the Libyan Olympic Committee...
 
2012-07-17 01:09:44 PM
Only cabbies know how to get around London. I don't understand how anyone actually reaches a destination using any other form of transportation.

/and I used to think Boston had a confusing layout
 
2012-07-17 01:10:45 PM
I know they don't have an intersection with perpendicular streets in the entire city, but do they not have GPS enabled phones in England?
 
2012-07-17 01:10:53 PM
Was James "Captain Slow" May driving?
 
2012-07-17 01:12:25 PM

Broktun: Was James "Captain Slow" May driving?


is that the guy
that invented the Hudson Sea?
or am i thinking about Hudson?
 
2012-07-17 01:13:03 PM

MrBallou: Look, Kids. Big Ben!


/came to say this
 
2012-07-17 01:13:18 PM
"Aaaand over here we have London's famous Eiffel Tow, ah shiat..."
 
2012-07-17 01:14:06 PM

clipperbox: MrBallou: Look, Kids. Big Ben!

Parliament!


I CANNOT GET LEFT!
 
2012-07-17 01:15:14 PM
So - "lost in traffic" is the new euphemism for spending hours upon end at the titty bars??
 
2012-07-17 01:17:35 PM
What was is that the english media said about the Vancouver olympics .. oh thats right .. it applies here ..

WORST OLYMPICS EVER.
 
2012-07-17 01:18:52 PM
Piccadilly line to Holborn. That's 45 minutes. Then the Central line up to Stratford. Another 30-35 minutes.

Or: Heathrow Express to Paddington, 20 minutes. Circle or Hammersmith & City line to Liverpool Street, 40 minutes, then the Central from there to Stratford, which is ten minutes at most.

upload.wikimedia.org

Two rules if you ever go to London, from someone that used to work there...

1 - NEVER TAKE THE ROADS THROUGH LONDON, NOT EVEN ON SUNDAY.

2 - THERE IS NO RULE 2.

/guess which lucky little bleeder & wife gets to make his way to Waltham Cross for the canoe slalom on the 31st?
 
2012-07-17 01:19:42 PM
I've noticed something while traveling in a Coach through London; because some streets are very narrow the Coaches can only use certain streets in the city to get one destination to another. This causes travel time to double compared to using a taxi or the tube even.
 
2012-07-17 01:20:30 PM
London Mayor Boris Johnson shrugged off the bus delays. "I understand that some of our visitors took the scenic route," he said. "They saw more of our fantastic city than they would otherwise have done. And that's no bad thing. What thing of beauty does not have its imperfections?"

I've been a fan of Boris Johnson from the first time I saw him on Top Gear. It also helps that he made reserved bus lanes available to motorcyclists and got rid of the idiotic bendy buses that couldn't actually negotiate corners in the City.
 
2012-07-17 01:21:26 PM

AliceBToklasLives: Only cabbies know how to get around London. I don't understand how anyone actually reaches a destination using any other form of transportation.

/and I used to think Boston had a confusing layout


It's called "The Knowledge"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxicabs_of_the_United_Kingdom
 
2012-07-17 01:22:21 PM

Mad Scientist: I know they don't have an intersection with perpendicular streets in the entire city, but do they not have GPS enabled phones in England?


According to the articles GPS was used and it kept leading them down deadend streets, etc. All the buses probably used the same GPS system, they all probably had the same old/bad maps.
 
2012-07-17 01:23:03 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: London Mayor Boris Johnson shrugged off the bus delays. "I understand that some of our visitors took the scenic route," he said. "They saw more of our fantastic city than they would otherwise have done. And that's no bad thing. What thing of beauty does not have its imperfections?"

fark you, dipshiat.


They got to see the M4 motorway.

www.smh.com.au

And a lot of what city planners call the Transition Zone. Not quite as rich as the center, but it has been decades since it was the suburbs.

www.caterersearch.com

Yeah. Welcome to the Big Smoke.
 
2012-07-17 01:23:55 PM

Jackpot777: AverageAmericanGuy: London Mayor Boris Johnson shrugged off the bus delays. "I understand that some of our visitors took the scenic route," he said. "They saw more of our fantastic city than they would otherwise have done. And that's no bad thing. What thing of beauty does not have its imperfections?"

fark you, dipshiat.

They got to see the M4 motorway.

[www.smh.com.au image 470x312]

And a lot of what city planners call the Transition Zone. Not quite as rich as the center, but it has been decades since it was the suburbs.

[www.caterersearch.com image 500x375]

Yeah. Welcome to the Big Smoke.


parteh
 
2012-07-17 01:24:04 PM
I consider myself pretty directions-savvy and all, but I was confused as hell trying to get around London. The freeway system in England threw me for a loop too.

"Oh, to get to Bristol from Birmingham, take the M5 and..."

"Really? Cool, so where's the BMW I'll be taking?"

"..."
 
2012-07-17 01:24:14 PM
4 hours?
Ok London is a pain to drive around, but they had GPS and the Zil lanes?

Not too hard.

farm3.staticflickr.com
 
2012-07-17 01:26:10 PM
When attending business conferences in London; its the norm for the the sponsoring company to always rent a Coach to drive the attendees around London. And with Olympic athletes (and all their gear) its simply not feasible nor easy to make them all get on the tube to get around London from the airport.
 
2012-07-17 01:26:29 PM
Are the trains broken?
 
2012-07-17 01:29:14 PM

Nezorf: 4 hours?
Ok London is a pain to drive around, but they had GPS and the Zil lanes?

Not too hard.

[farm3.staticflickr.com image 500x367]


I'd have said, "f*** going through the city (with Heathrow on the west and Stratford being on the east), take the M25 and then down from there at the M11.

Not this M25.

treatanysoldier.com

Not this M11.

www.fas.org

Although those would work too.
 
2012-07-17 01:30:01 PM

Angry Monkey: Are the trains broken?


If they are, I'm certain they apologize apologise for any inconvenience caused.
 
2012-07-17 01:32:40 PM
www.3k.org
All I rememer of Pittsburgh.
 
2012-07-17 01:32:47 PM

Mad Scientist: clipperbox: MrBallou: Look, Kids. Big Ben!

Parliament!

Big Ben!


I CANNOT GET LEFT!
 
2012-07-17 01:34:12 PM

Jackpot777: They got to see the M4 motorway.


Ah, going from 3 lanes down to one all at once. Truly brilliant.
 
2012-07-17 01:35:25 PM

MrBallou: Look, Kids. Big Ben!


Second post ... we are slipping ...
 
2012-07-17 01:36:11 PM

Jackpot777: cadilly line to Holborn. That's 45 minutes. Then the Central line up to Stratford. Another 30-35 minutes.

Or: Heathrow Express to Paddington, 20 minutes. Circle or Hammersmith & City line to Liverpool Street, 40 minutes, then the Central from there to Stratford, which is ten minutes at most.


And only two moves to Mornington Crescent.
 
2012-07-17 01:38:33 PM
latimesblogs.latimes.com
4 hours to cover 24 miles? How lost were they?
 
2012-07-17 01:41:47 PM

Jackpot777: AverageAmericanGuy: London Mayor Boris Johnson shrugged off the bus delays. "I understand that some of our visitors took the scenic route," he said. "They saw more of our fantastic city than they would otherwise have done. And that's no bad thing. What thing of beauty does not have its imperfections?"

fark you, dipshiat.

They got to see the M4 motorway.

[www.smh.com.au image 470x312]

And a lot of what city planners call the Transition Zone. Not quite as rich as the center, but it has been decades since it was the suburbs.

[www.caterersearch.com image 500x375]

Yeah. Welcome to the Big Smoke.


(Paraphrasing because I can't find the quote online)

Clark: Now Ellen, we can't shelter our kids from the problems of the inner-cities. Kids, are you looking at all the blight?

*gun shot*

Clark: Roll 'em up
 
2012-07-17 01:42:39 PM

Jackpot777: Piccadilly line to Holborn. That's 45 minutes. Then the Central line up to Stratford. Another 30-35 minutes.

Or: Heathrow Express to Paddington, 20 minutes. Circle or Hammersmith & City line to Liverpool Street, 40 minutes, then the Central from there to Stratford, which is ten minutes at most.



In accordance with the Breighton Convention of 1972, Amended 1998, you can't make that move in a forum intermediated by RFC 793.

I'll declare a move of Heathrow (any terminal) to South Ealing, to Ealing Broadway, to Oxford Circus, tip the busker playing 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' on a ukelele (observing the double reverse change-over criteria), to Euston, et voila, Mornington Crescent.

And anywhere you want to go after that is your own bloody problem.
 
2012-07-17 01:49:54 PM
Spanish bus drivers?
 
2012-07-17 01:53:15 PM
www.dadstreet.com

Look kids, Big Ben!
 
2012-07-17 01:54:29 PM
That's nothing.

During the 1996 atlanta games, they brought in school bus drivers from all around the state, many from really small towns who had no experience with atlanta, didn't know how to get around town, etc.

One bus driver who hadn't driven in Atlanta before, freaked out on the freeway entrance ramp because the speeds were too fast or too many cars or something, said "hell no", stopped the bus, and got out, stranding one of the teams.

[citation needed]
 
2012-07-17 01:56:26 PM

SmackLT: And only two moves to Mornington Crescent.


They're playing International Rules, though. It will require at least 5 moves.
 
2012-07-17 01:57:42 PM

Tax Boy: That's nothing.

During the 1996 atlanta games, they brought in school bus drivers from all around the state, many from really small towns who had no experience with atlanta, didn't know how to get around town, etc.

One bus driver who hadn't driven in Atlanta before, freaked out on the freeway entrance ramp because the speeds were too fast or too many cars or something, said "hell no", stopped the bus, and got out, stranding one of the teams.

[citation needed]


Citation found!

Journalist Ronald DuPont recalled his transportation experiences during the 1996 Olympics (emphasis added to note redheaded staff writer sitting at desk, cackling):

On my first night at the Olympics, the bus driver taking me and about 35 other people back to our cars got lost. Our half-hour trip took 1 1/2 hours, and we joked that we got the "scenic route."
On my second night, another bus driver prepared to get on the wrong highway until a chorus of Atlanta natives on the bus yelled in unison, directing him to the correct road.

Last night, on my way to the Olympics, our bus took the sideview mirror off a merging Jeep. (We pulled over to the side of the road and sat for a half-hour while police filled out their reports.) Then, when we got on the bus to head back, an Olympics representative got on the bus and publicly asked if there was anyone who could give our driver directions on how to get to the drop-off point. On the same night, a bus driver pulled to the side of the highway and promptly quit, saying the job was too dangerous.

Link
 
2012-07-17 02:00:42 PM

Jackpot777: They got to see the M4 motorway.

www.smh.com.au

Begging your pardon, but that's the M6 Toll, not the M4. You can see the words "cash booths" on the blue sign (left center). The M6 Toll runs around Birmingham, not London. It's also the only toll motorway in England.

However yeah, London is famous for its traffic. There is work on Stargate technology to get people and goods from Canterbury to Watford Junction faster.

/for those not familiar, Watford Junction is the Yeehaw Junction of England
//still not familiar? Let's say Bakersfield, or Sloatsburg/Ramapo
///You should already know Canterbury from a red hot poker up the Mornington Crescent
 
2012-07-17 02:04:41 PM
Ready for the lateset false flag news?

i.imgur.com

But no one would ever plan/allow the bombing of their own people, just to set the stage for more war, right?

Planes did not do this to the Twin Towers:

911research.wtc7.net

www.theageofdesolation.com

Bottom line: There are more of us than there are of them.
 
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