Tuesday, February 03, 2009

infrastructure

So how well would the Mayor of Winnipeg deal with an astronomical spring tide at the same time as a gale from the north in the North Sea? Eh? Eh? Does Winnipeg have enough million ton reinforced concrete gates?

(If you heard this evening's BBC Radio news you'll know what I mean.)

4 comments:

gawp said...

Didn't hear it but I can guess. Those Winnipeg people are pretty condescending about stuff like that.

"You call *that* a snow storm / cold / flood / mosquito infestation, hah."

I guess it makes up for living in a cultural wasteland ;-)

Thomas said...

Oi! I only came here to refresh my memory about The Guardian's old nickname, but now find myself forced to defend my hometown: on a per capita basis, Winnipeg has more culture (ballet of international renown, theatre companies, French bookshops, opera, symphony orchestra, filmmakers' cooperatives, indie rock, etc.) than most cities in the English-speaking world. That being said, I don't live there anymore ;-)

I would be interested, however, to know what exactly the crazy mayor actually said on the BBC. He didn't basically call the English a bunch of soft southern p**fters I hope...

Alex said...

The mayor was fine; it's the BBC I have a problem with, because they seem to imagine that there is a read-across from Winnipeg to London about snow clearance.

Thomas said...

Ah, I see. A bit like when they had all that snow in the south of France in early January and people thought the mayor of Marseille should have planned ahead and had a Montreal-like snow-clearing operation on standby, just in case. Not very realistic, considering it snows there about once every 15 years or so...

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