Category Archives: Talking Heads

We’re on a road to somewhere?

Earlier today, not for the first time, I saw a story about a road between London, and New York. Yes, I know, there is a very large lump of ocean between the 2 places (with Ireland in between), but thats not actually the way its going to go. This road goes East from London, not West! A Russian idea, this time around, costing a ridiculous sum of money, and besides which, the passport control points between Russia, and the US, yes, worth seeing!

And that cost is despite the fact that the first long section, between London, and, I would guess, Central Russia, probably already exists, with the exception of the bit linking the UK with Europe, but I guess that could be done through the Channel Tunnel? Equally, the section between New York, and Fairbanks, Alaska, is pretty well intact too.

Yes, you’ve guessed it, the huge snag is the bit in the middle of those two points! I know that in theory, there is some sort of road system heading into Siberia, but its pretty awful quality, during Summer, because it virtually turns to liquid mud, and in Winter, because of the extreme cold. And this road would need developing anyway, because yes, its heading up to that bit of Russia, just across from Alaska, and road building up there varies between negligible, and none.

As for the other side, the simple answer to roads between Nome, on the Alaskan coast, to Fairbanks, is that there arent any! And as for population in between those two points, to service traffic, provide lodging and the like, again, pretty much zero. I guess people could be moved in, and provided with a very good salary to solve these working issues, but its hardly a prospect, unless you’re very well rewarded, for life in the middle of nowhere, lets face it.
But yes, if they ever build a road between Fairbanks, and Nome, I’d love to travel it, all the same.

But even so, we still havent come to what would actually be the trickiest bit. Yes, that 55-60 miles or so, of the Bering Sea, that stretches between Russia, and Alaska. Regardless of whether you go for a bridge, or a tunnel, you still have a long stretch of very rough sea to deal with, much of which freezes over for the long winter!

Above all this, why would you drive that incredible distance by car, when you can fly it in 7 hours, for less than the petrol would cost for the trip!

So fine, my opinion, they released this news 4 days early by mistake!

The video, well, it pretty well sums up what most of the mid section of this journey would be

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Once In A Lifetime

Well, I held fire on this, just in case I was able to talk about a British man winning the singles title at Wimbledon, but it wasnt to be. But hang on, a British player did win a mens title this weekend, but not one that anyone would really have known about before the last few days. Jonathan Marray was one half of the winning doubles team yesterday, the first win by a Brit in the Mens doubles for 76 years! And guess what, he’s from Yorkshire! 🙂

Alright, I hadnt really heard of him before the last few days either, but anyway…So, given even now the average lifespan, that could be a once in a lifetime moment. Certainly 2 finalists in the same Wimbledon definitely could be just that. Murray may well make another final in the next few years, but any others doing so? Hmm?

Not that things will get any lighter at work, in less than 3 weeks time, we have the Olympics for just over a fortnight! All I can say is that in 10 weeks time, I wont be writing a blog in Yorkshire. No, not retiring, thankfully I will be on holiday, across the Atlantic yet again. Maybe something once in a lifetime can happen for me, a new life in the US? No, things like that never happen in real life, especially for me, but you never know? 😉

Oh go on, you’ve worked out the video tonight, I’m sure? Same as it ever was? All I can say is thanks to Andy Murray, for giving me the chance to post this Talking Heads classic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1wg1DNHbNU&feature=g-vrec