Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Puzzled!

I've just been watching the news. They were going on about the new Eurostar rail-link from St. Pancras. A marvellous piece of work, and long overdue, but what puzzles me is the statements on the news, and in the press, that; "Europe just got closer".

How can this be? Who moved, us or them?

Suggestions please.

27 comments:

her indoors said...

it must have happened whilst i was asleep then! surely if the coast line is eroding Europe is getting further away!

john.g. said...

HI, correct!

ChrisB said...

her indoors beat me to that comment as I was thinking along similar lines!

Karmyn R said...

hee hee - maybe the new link pulled the continents closer together. ha!

john.g. said...

Chrisb, shame!

Karmyn, nearly plausible, ish!

zoe said...

WE certainly didn't move closer to you lot. Oh the shame, the shame ...

Grumpy said...

Did the earth move for you too John?

PI said...

The thought occurred to me how great the champagne bar would be for a blog meet but none of us could afford it.
Convenient though, even for the furriners.

sablonneuse said...

I couldn't figure out how moving to a more northerly station could reduce the journey time but Bear (trainbuff) assures me that they have improved the track and the trains can go faster in England now. Pity the French have gone on strike at the same time as the opening.

meredic said...

Something to do with a the speed of the train and a reversal of Fitzgeralds contraction perhaps?
*walks off whistling badly*

Beccy said...

It's still quicker to fly though!

Jin said...

Bugger.........grumpy took my comment!!

OK, quick joke for you John:
What do you call an Indian standing on one leg?

john.g. said...

Sandy, improving speed times hasn't "moved us closer", it's speeded things up a bit. £8 billion for twenty minutes! Top value!

zoe said...

beccy, not after customs and getting to the airport an hour or so before the plane takes off, etc etc, it isn't. and you can take whatever you want on the eurostar - liquids, the lot.

we're out to get inggerlund.

john.g. said...

Keep going Zed!

WE did NOT move closer to you shower!!

Lynx said...

I think they mean it in a spiritual sense. After all, isn't Europe (or at least the EU) now one big happy family, where everyone has almost forgotten about those old-fashioned national boundaries and divisive stereotypes?


Well, at least until the smelly, lazy, onion-wearing frogs decided to spoil the party by going on strike, like they always do. I think we should re-route the Eurostar back to Waterloo to remind them who's boss! God bless Al Murray!

john.g. said...

Lynx, the EU is NOT one happy family, far from it!

Lynx said...

John, I fear I may not have introduced myself. I'm a high-flying, international, jet-setting business magnate.

Oh, hang on, you're not a bird that I'm trying to pull. OK, I'm a train-travelling, euro-commuting computer geek, who spends half his time in Belgium and the rest in the garden of England.

One big happy family? Sure, just like the Borgias.

#Debi said...

Maybe they think that, since mainland Europe is a larger landmass, they will pull England in gravitationally. So in that logic, England is moving, but only because France sucks.




Just a theory... :)

Mermaid of Moorgate said...

I think we've become closer in policy. I can smell garlic already. Very soon ve vill be talkin like ziz und der vill be nein bratvurst fur dissenters

Drama Queen said...

I knew you'd move heaven and earth just to get closer to me ;-)

john.g. said...

DQ, bastard! Nabbed!

Mermaid, much as I like garlic.......

#Debi, I'll go along with the that!

Lynx, how many birds do you know called John?

Lynx said...

John, just the one. She's married to a boy named Sue.

mutleythedog said...

For me it got further away as Ebbsfleet is further away than Ashford.. That took 8 billion pounds of tax payers money....

PI said...

lynx: have you got a blog? If not why not?

john.g. said...

Well said Mum2!!

Sally Lomax said...

I too was puzzled by this one.....

Move the sation further north and say we are closer????

Geography not the journalist's strongpoint clearly!