Thursday 22 April 2010

Happy Earth Day, in a British roundabout way

A recent twittersation with @rollohome had me pull out these screen shots from Google Maps - it doesn't appear to give proper driving directions around complex British roundabouts - I thought this was a curious counterpoint for Earth Day, as we go round&round...

Swindon magical roundabout is the most famous example, but this dragged two examples out of my distant memory, when I lived in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey around the new millenium.

Hatton Cross roundabout on the east side of London Heathrow airport - I used to show visitors the hangars storing half a dozen Concordes* at the time, much to my daughter's delight.

Pregnant roundabout going to Garson garden centre near Esher, Surrey - nearby are the Epsom Downs, where I learned a geo-curiosity of the English language, that downs are in fact up (hills).

*: interestingly enough, Bing Maps 3D still shows a Concorde parked outside Heathrow, even though I don't recall seeing them there recently.

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