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(BBC-US)   80% of the UK's trains are out today, which is like, 137% celsius or 58 quid or 73 stone or something   (bbc.com) divider line
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2022-08-18 7:47:10 AM  
Quid is just slang for pound.  1 to 1 conversion.  Like saying bucks instead of dollars.
 
2022-08-18 7:47:10 AM  
That sounded good, but the story actually indicated that 80% of the UK's trains were not out today, and were staying home in their train sheds, roundhouses, diesel works, or wherever else very useful engines go to sleep on the island of Sodor.
 
2022-08-18 7:48:11 AM  

12349876: Quid is just slang for pound.  1 to 1 conversion.  Like saying bucks instead of dollars.


Huh.

Let me guess, "pro" means "my?"
And "quo" means "ass?"
 
2022-08-18 7:48:15 AM  
Pay workers a living wage, and they won't have to strike.
 
2022-08-18 7:48:32 AM  
If the measures of other nations are difficult, this amounts to 4/5ths of a complete cluster-fark or sixteen kWTF.
 
2022-08-18 7:50:50 AM  
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2022-08-18 7:51:04 AM  
FTFA:
Half of Britain's lines are closed as more than 45,000 rail workers walk out in a row over pay, jobs and conditions.
They walked out in a row? All 45,000 of them? Was it single file? How long did that take?

/😉
 
2022-08-18 7:52:19 AM  
Ah, the joys of public transportation.

/ runs away
 
2022-08-18 7:57:30 AM  

12YearBid: FTFA:
Half of Britain's lines are closed as more than 45,000 rail workers walk out in a row over pay, jobs and conditions.
They walked out in a row? All 45,000 of them? Was it single file? How long did that take?

/😉


37 furlongs per fortnight.
 
2022-08-18 7:58:47 AM  
DC Metro runs UK Trains?
 
2022-08-18 7:59:03 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Pay workers a living wage, and they won't have to strike.


My local bus company just settled a strike with an 11% pay increase. meaning the drivers will be able to pay the 100% increase in their gas bill this winter

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/arriva-bus-strikes-suspended-payment-24781117
 
2022-08-18 7:59:06 AM  

12YearBid: FTFA:
Half of Britain's lines are closed as more than 45,000 rail workers walk out in a row over pay, jobs and conditions.
They walked out in a row? All 45,000 of them? Was it single file? How long did that take?

/😉


No, no,no...They had little boats..you know row boats...They paddled...
 
2022-08-18 8:02:45 AM  
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'Sod it! We're on a walk-out, lads! The fat controller can piss up a rope!'
 
2022-08-18 8:03:03 AM  
Great reporting there BBC. Make sure not to tell us what the actual negotiating positions of the two sides are in any detail. And frame the whole thing as what an inconvenience it is for people. Anti union twats.
 
2022-08-18 8:03:49 AM  

bighairyguy: 12YearBid: FTFA:
Half of Britain's lines are closed as more than 45,000 rail workers walk out in a row over pay, jobs and conditions.
They walked out in a row? All 45,000 of them? Was it single file? How long did that take?

/😉

37 furlongs per fortnight.

furlongs per fortnight. is a measure of speed and by my calculation it equates to

0.01376 MPH or a little under half as snails pace
 
2022-08-18 8:03:56 AM  
Always August for strikes. A week or two off in late summer.
 
2022-08-18 8:05:43 AM  
Crikey.
 
2022-08-18 8:07:41 AM  

The Pope of Manwich Village: Crikey.


That's more Austrian, you know, throw another shrimp on the barbie
 
2022-08-18 8:14:34 AM  
A stone is just 14lbs. It's an odd measurement, but I only ever hear it in reference to someone's weight. Kg for most other things.
 
2022-08-18 8:21:55 AM  
Can I get the in Quatloos or Rhode Island's?
 
2022-08-18 8:27:40 AM  

Cajnik: [Fark user image image 425x433]


You guys know Britain uses Imperial units and not metric right?
 
2022-08-18 8:28:36 AM  
Sir Topham Hatt is a tyrant. It's also his tendency to brick up things that won't follow orders into tunnels.
 
2022-08-18 8:40:14 AM  

dbirchall: That sounded good, but the story actually indicated that 80% of the UK's trains were not out today,


And then someone had to bring cricket into it
 
2022-08-18 8:40:55 AM  

Cajnik: The Pope of Manwich Village: Crikey.

That's more Austrian, you know, throw another shrimp on the barbie


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2022-08-18 8:42:49 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Pay workers a living wage, and they won't have to strike.


Train drivers earn £60-£70k a year, way way above the average wage. Twice the average wage in fact.
They also have crazy working practises enshrined in their contracts. Union slammed over outdated rail practices where 'nine workers are needed to change plug' - LBC
And the union leader has criticised Ukraine and blamed them for provoking Russia's invasion.

Thankfully with lots of people already familiar with working from home and actually thanking the strikers the effect seems to be limited.
Other countries have laws forcing services like trains etc to be kept running and banning strikes stopping services. Maybe the UK should do the same?
 
2022-08-18 8:43:53 AM  
How many washing machines is that?
 
2022-08-18 8:45:24 AM  

Flushing It All Away: Cajnik: [Fark user image image 425x433]

You guys know Britain uses Imperial units and not metric right?


Er, no.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weights_and_Measures_Acts_(UK)#Weights_and_Measures_Act_1985
 
2022-08-18 8:46:06 AM  
Well, it's not like the replacement bus service isn't a meme already...

/Southern Railway passengers won't even be able to tell there was a strike...
 
2022-08-18 8:46:16 AM  

Quadlok: Great reporting there BBC. Make sure not to tell us what the actual negotiating positions of the two sides are in any detail. And frame the whole thing as what an inconvenience it is for people. Anti union twats.


Because it's big news here and we've had dozens, hundreds, of articles discussing the details. Do you expect every American article about Trump to explain that he was elected President in 2016 and everything he did while in office? Or can you assume that readers will already know all that and you can just talk about what's happened today?
 
2022-08-18 8:50:54 AM  
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2022-08-18 8:54:13 AM  

Flushing It All Away: ZaphodTheSmall: Flushing It All Away: Cajnik: [Fark user image image 425x433]

You guys know Britain uses Imperial units and not metric right?

Er, no.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weights_and_Measures_Acts_(UK)#Weights_and_Measures_Act_1985

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And yet that's miles per hour not km per hour.


They use imperial measures (miles for road distances and speeds, troy ounces for gold, pints for ... milk) alongside metric units.
 
2022-08-18 9:02:57 AM  
at my heaviest i was 19 1/2 stone.
currently about 16, i could use to lose one.
 
2022-08-18 9:05:35 AM  

Flushing It All Away: ZaphodTheSmall: Flushing It All Away: ZaphodTheSmall: Flushing It All Away: Cajnik: [Fark user image image 425x433]

You guys know Britain uses Imperial units and not metric right?

Er, no.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weights_and_Measures_Acts_(UK)#Weights_and_Measures_Act_1985

[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x656]

And yet that's miles per hour not km per hour.

They use imperial measures (miles for road distances and speeds, troy ounces for gold, pints for ... milk) alongside metric units.

So, kinda like the US? Which is why everything comes with both units.

Let's see ...

[Fark user image 425x566]

Yup ... imperial and metric ...

Hey ... the dash on my car has both too!


Well, the original example that Cajnik used (mockingly) was Celsius; but the British use Celsius more often than Fahrenheit: https://www.bbc.com/weather/2643743
 
2022-08-18 9:06:13 AM  
As someone in the US let me say that I NEVER see anything but complaints about the UK train system from both riders and employees.

From all the news I ever see about it I have determined that a group of average farm animals could construct and operate a more effective and efficient national train network than the UK government has.
 
2022-08-18 9:09:57 AM  

Flushing It All Away: ZaphodTheSmall: Flushing It All Away: ZaphodTheSmall: Flushing It All Away: Cajnik: [Fark user image image 425x433]

You guys know Britain uses Imperial units and not metric right?

Er, no.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weights_and_Measures_Acts_(UK)#Weights_and_Measures_Act_1985

[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x656]

And yet that's miles per hour not km per hour.

They use imperial measures (miles for road distances and speeds, troy ounces for gold, pints for ... milk) alongside metric units.

So, kinda like the US? Which is why everything comes with both units.

Let's see ...

[Fark user image 425x566]

Yup ... imperial and metric ...

Hey ... the dash on my car has both too!


Mind the gap and have a pleasant ride
 
2022-08-18 9:13:47 AM  

bighairyguy: 12YearBid: FTFA:
Half of Britain's lines are closed as more than 45,000 rail workers walk out in a row over pay, jobs and conditions.
They walked out in a row? All 45,000 of them? Was it single file? How long did that take?

/😉

37 furlongs per fortnight.


That sounds epic, but I can't keep up with these in-game currencies, so I'm going back to bubble bobble.
 
2022-08-18 9:14:29 AM  
Just give them more fish than chips wrapped in REAL newspaper from a recent edition and this strike will be over quickly.
 
2022-08-18 9:19:44 AM  

12YearBid: FTFA:
Half of Britain's lines are closed as more than 45,000 rail workers walk out in a row over pay, jobs and conditions.
They walked out in a row? All 45,000 of them? Was it single file? How long did that take?

/😉


They're Brits - they know how to queue!
 
2022-08-18 9:20:33 AM  

Wesdog: As someone in the US let me say that I NEVER see anything but complaints about the UK train system from both riders and employees.

From all the news I ever see about it I have determined that a group of average farm animals could construct and operate a more effective and efficient national train network than the UK government has.


Not sure about the employee viewpoint, but from personal experience as a passenger in 1989 and then again in 2007 it was even worse before privatization.

/ Why did (or does) the last train leave Stratford-upon-Avon before the end of the play?
 
2022-08-18 9:27:52 AM  

Wesdog: As someone in the US let me say that I NEVER see anything but complaints about the UK train system from both riders and employees.

From all the news I ever see about it I have determined that a group of average farm animals could construct and operate a more effective and efficient national train network than the UK government has.


Network Rail owns the tracks and private companies operate the trains.  I have no idea why this stupid system exists, it does nothing to help the public.

want to take a train from London to Manchester?  well you first have to figure out which website to book thru and then you have to decide which train operating company you want to "enjoy" - they've turned the rail network into air travel where you get to pick slow, shiatty, and cheap or slow shiatty and expensive.
 
2022-08-18 9:33:34 AM  

menschenfresser: [Fark user image 425x325]


oh lawdy they just like us
 
2022-08-18 9:35:10 AM  

12YearBid: FTFA:
Half of Britain's lines are closed as more than 45,000 rail workers walk out in a row over pay, jobs and conditions.
They walked out in a row? All 45,000 of them? Was it single file? How long did that take?

/😉


They call that a queue over there.
 
2022-08-18 9:36:19 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Pay workers a living wage, and they won't have to strike.


Workers is rich countries often strike even if they have a living wage.

That's because, unlike shiatholes, there's an expectance that jobs are offer more than that.
 
2022-08-18 9:38:03 AM  

Nick Nostril: Ah, the joys of public transportation.

/ runs away


"Passengers are being told only to travel by train if necessary."

Clearly people in the UK rides trains for other reasons than necessity, since they have to be told to stop riding around just because fun and adventure.
 
2022-08-18 9:38:34 AM  

menschenfresser: [Fark user image 425x325]


Us Brits actually do a cool thing with temperature. When it's cold we use Centigrade. (Brrr, it's minus two!)
When it's hot we use Fahrenheit. (Phew, it's over ninety!)

The BIG FREEZE: Temperatures could plummet to -7C TODAY | Daily Mail Online
Sunseekers pitch up their tents and camp OVERNIGHT before temperatures reach 91.4F today | Daily Mail Online
 
2022-08-18 9:47:32 AM  

Wesdog: As someone in the US let me say that I NEVER see anything but complaints about the UK train system from both riders and employees.

From all the news I ever see about it I have determined that a group of average farm animals could construct and operate a more effective and efficient national train network than the UK government has.


I'm sure the Brit's have thatcher and other Tories to thank for that
 
2022-08-18 9:57:26 AM  
As long as the trains are running tomorrow. It's a long ass ride from Heathrow into London on a good day, and I got shiat to do, after a short nap.
 
2022-08-18 10:00:29 AM  
I have to drive into London tonight because of this.

I am not happy.

Driving in London sucks. It took me 3 hours to do 45 miles home on Saturday as the motorway was shut.
 
2022-08-18 10:01:10 AM  

guinsu: Wesdog: As someone in the US let me say that I NEVER see anything but complaints about the UK train system from both riders and employees.

From all the news I ever see about it I have determined that a group of average farm animals could construct and operate a more effective and efficient national train network than the UK government has.

I'm sure the Brit's have thatcher and other Tories to thank for that


The Labour party nationalized the railroads in 1947, the Conservative party (Tories) worked to reduce the redundant and disused lines in the early 1960's (Beeching Report).  Thatcher was against full privatization, when she was replaced by Major, he moved forward and the Railways Act of 1993 was passed.  Labour vowed to renationalize when they took power back, but Tony Blair did nothing to renationalize.
 
2022-08-18 10:07:20 AM  

asciibaron: guinsu: Wesdog: As someone in the US let me say that I NEVER see anything but complaints about the UK train system from both riders and employees.

From all the news I ever see about it I have determined that a group of average farm animals could construct and operate a more effective and efficient national train network than the UK government has.

I'm sure the Brit's have thatcher and other Tories to thank for that

The Labour party nationalized the railroads in 1947, the Conservative party (Tories) worked to reduce the redundant and disused lines in the early 1960's (Beeching Report).  Thatcher was against full privatization, when she was replaced by Major, he moved forward and the Railways Act of 1993 was passed.  Labour vowed to renationalize when they took power back, but Tony Blair did nothing to renationalize.


As much as I loathe the Conservative Party, I can assure you that the passenger service by British Rail was at least as bad (actually worse) right before the last nationalization.
 
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