Sunday, March 07, 2004

So I came back from Manchester on the M6 Toll road; it's like a parallel universe. It's got the barren landscape of True Stories or any other American road movie, and it has tolls (like malls) and a toll plaza and all manner of Americana. The Toll Operative even exhorted me to have a nice day. And it has no speed cameras. When you pay your toll and all the lanes merge I felt for all the world like I was coming out of JFK.

Why do we keep appropriating americanisms? Why does Tony think he's El Presidente? What's happening to the NHS and free tertiary education? OK, OK, it's just a motorway....

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