A common man marvels at uncommon things. A wise man marvels at the commonplace. CONFUCIUS

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Home Thoughts From Abroad (2)

On the other hand there are things one definitely does NOT miss. Here again is my spur-of-the-moment list of 10:

1. Crowded roads and motorways
2. The coffee
3. The weather
4. The public transport system (buses, trains)
5. The tax on alcohol
6. Corporate pubs
7. The fact that in most pubs the choice of white wine is limited to undrinkable chardonnay or pinot grigio, and red wine to undrinkable cabernet sauvignon; and the fact that the house wine in restaurants is also often undrinkable, and a bottle of anything remotely drinkable costs at least 20 quid
8. The slow, miserable service in shops, restaurants, bars etc
9. Yobs, chavs etc
10. The virtual exclusion from society of the very young and the very old

2 comments:

The Grocer said...

I can't agree about the weather, at least we have some, nothing worse than the continuous glare of sunshine all day every day.

The Solitary Walker said...

Sure - I nearly didn't include the weather, as the UK climate really does make our land 'green and pleasant'. However, it´s nice to have some continuous warmth and sunshine from time to time, such as you get in the South of France for example - and sometimes I tire of those drizzly, glum, grey days we have in the UK...