Brits! Help!

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by stridey, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. stridey macrumors 65816

    stridey

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    #1
    I read this comic "bunny" every day, which usually I love. Today though, I just don't get it. I'm thinking you have to live in the UK to get it. Anybody care to enlighten me?

    Rinky Dinky Link (I'm iGav ;))
     
  2. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    The Bunny's holding an autumn leave.

    There was and probably still is a problem during the autumn/winter in the UK, when the tracks get covered in leaves, the trains loose 'grip' - meaning trains can't go as fast (not that they're that fast in the UK anyway these days), so they're delayed, cancelled etc due to 'leaves on the tracks'.

    It's the most ridiculous thing to hear announced - but it's true.

    I remember they cleared a whole line of trees along the railway track behind my old house a few years ago - just to reduce the risk of 'leaves on the track'. :rolleyes:
     
  3. mikebatho macrumors 6502a

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    Ha!!! Yes indeed...

    I'ts making a gag about the common excuse for trains being late over here because of ....

    ...wait for it...

    LEAVES ON THE LINE.

    Seriously.....
     
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Oh. And here I thought the problem was bunnies on the track.
    They're lumpier than leaves.
     
  5. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    But not quite as slippery. ;) :)
     
  6. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    Haha.. leaves.. What will you brits think of next?


    *starts crying at prospect of bunnies being run over by trains*

    Poor bunnies!
    Won't someone think of the bunnies?

    :(:(:( Noooo!!!
     
  7. dubbz macrumors 68020

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    What about bunny blood then? That should be somewhat slippery.


    Maybe if there's many of them.... hm....
     
  8. Kobushi macrumors 6502a

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    *adds the phrase "whoo-wee, that's slicker than bunny guts on a railroad track!!" to internal list of expressions.*
     
  9. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    Blood rusts steel...
     
  10. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Well, perhaps...but thats just too horrific of a thought...poor bunnies... :) ;)
     
  11. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Well on Monday, my colleague's train was cancelled because there was the wrong kind of ice on the points...
     
  12. munkle macrumors 68030

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    Damn that troublesome ice from the wrong side of the tracks...





    I'll grab my coat.
     
  13. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    Hahaha... bringing back some of the horrors of commuting to London!

    Over the 5-years I was commuting, SilverLink must have spend more than 1000 quid on Taxi's, to take me from London to Leighton Buzzard due to cancellations (door to door and faster than the train too!). Each time this happened, there were BIG queue's... expensive business.
     
  14. mpw Guest

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    My Dad tells a great story of collecting snails with his brothers during WWII and putting them on the train tracks at an incline so that the Nazi's trains couldn't climb with it's wheels spinning on squished up snails!
     
  15. steve_hill4 macrumors 68000

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    Yep, comign up to Winter now too, so it will also be down to the wrong type of snow and frozen points, as usual. I'm just glad I rarely rely on the train to get me to work, taking the bus instead.
     
  16. cslewis macrumors 6502a

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    At the front of the train, in front of both front wheels, couldn't they blow a very strong current of air at each rail so that any leaves would be blown off???
     
  17. Applespider macrumors G4

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    The problem isn't when they're dry and can be blown off. The problem is when it's wet too (often) and the leaves turn into a sludge that the trains can't run at their proper speed on hence the delays. They've been cutting down the trees that have leaves prone to turning into a mush that border railway lines in an attempt to cut the problem off at the source so to speak.
     
  18. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    Insurgents eh! Now why is that such a bad word these days? :rolleyes:
     
  19. dodonutter macrumors regular

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    actually saw an invention to counter the dreaded "leaves on the line", it involved firing a high powered laser onto the track about a foot infront of the engines wheels which vapourised the leaves. Worked really well on the demonstration they had in their lab. Rail companies would probably decided it was too expensive though. British Rail are tight B*******s
     
  20. skunk macrumors G4

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    Probably just as well they didn't use it: can you imagine the resultant chaos if a train waiting for signals to change were to vaporize the track as well...?
     
  21. skunk macrumors G4

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    Not if "bung some words here ye barmy bloke and we'll translate em to yank in a chivvy" is their idea of English. Even Dick Van Dyke could do better than that.
     
  22. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    I'll never learn english!

    :cries:
     
  23. skunk macrumors G4

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    It's OK. Really. Your quaint provincial argot has an appeal all its own.:)
     
  24. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    That's OK. 1/2 of the UK can't speak proper anyway. :)
     

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