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Old Jul 2nd 2010, 11:59 pm
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Originally Posted by MikeUK View Post
One of the worst groups here in the GTA is the Portuguese
GTA? Grand Theft Auto... it's no wonder the driving is so bad !
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Old Jul 3rd 2010, 4:10 am
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GTA? Grand Theft Auto... it's no wonder the driving is so bad !
I don't like that I can kill threads, stone dead, so easily.
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I don't like that I can kill threads, stone dead, so easily.
Awww bless, they are just stunned into silence cos they aren't used to you popping in
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Awww bless, they are just stunned into silence cos they aren't used to you popping in
Overwhelmed, awed, dumbfounded.
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Old Jul 3rd 2010, 6:48 am
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Old Jul 3rd 2010, 9:45 am
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Originally Posted by G77 View Post
Good point - what irritates me most is there's a general lack of driving courtesy, it's very much "every man for himself" mentality. Even in the UK, if you were waiting at a side road or something, you'll generally get let out into the flow of traffic (unless you're in a BMW). I dunno if it's because there's no unofficial uniform method of signalling this i.e. flashing of lights in the UK - so it's hard to signal for someone to come out, if you're waving your hand at them, they often can't see this from the sun glare. And then if you do manage to let someone out, they just look at you like this and don't wave a thanks or any kind of acknowledgement
I know what you mean but i think people are bit over the top in the UK when not flashed a thank you with the headlights. I was back recently in several cars and couldnt get over the anger of the drivers as i sat in the passenger seat. Moaning about everything within eye distance. Did you see that... I cant believe what he/she just did, etc..

I think Canada and Ireland are a lot more laid back and it comes through in the driving. I remember my boss in Vancouver turning into a one way street, the wrong way, while in full voice about his hatred of chinese drivers. The irony was completely lost on him

Having said that, driving in the UK is far superior to anywhere ive been.
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Having said that, driving in the UK is far superior to anywhere ive been.
Agreed - I find most drivers in the UK to be polite, thoughtful and skilled. As result of their cultural road rules indoctrination, I see UK drivers applying said rules in a manner tighter than a gnat's ringpiece.

Canadian drivers, with the exception of the Maritimers, are [email protected] suicidal.

Boring war story: Three years ago a garage mechanic drove into the side of my car as I pulled out of my driveway - his estimated speed was 90 KM/H (the posted limit is 30KM/H). He said he didn't see me as he flew over the crest of the hill. As he slammed on the brakes his car slid +250' feet down the snow covered street .
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Originally Posted by dthomas View Post
Agreed - I find most drivers in the UK to be polite, thoughtful and skilled. As result of their cultural road rules indoctrination, I see UK drivers applying said rules in a manner tighter than a gnat's ringpiece.

Canadian drivers, with the exception of the Maritimers, are [email protected] suicidal.

Boring war story: Three years ago a garage mechanic drove into the side of my car as I pulled out of my driveway - his estimated speed was 90 KM/H (the posted limit is 30KM/H). He said he didn't see me as he flew over the crest of the hill. As he slammed on the brakes his car slid +250' feet down the snow covered street .
The UK drivers are so polite, thoughtful and skilled that your beloved UK TV saw fit to produce a series on how impolite, unthoughtful, unskilled and [email protected] suicidal they are/can be.
Your boring war story is simply anecdotal. I can scour the UK press and find many such stories occurring there.
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I'm so glad I don't drive.
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I'm so glad I don't drive.
They've invented a new car specifically designed for the needs of the Canadian market.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/us_...a/10497032.stm
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Originally Posted by Londonuck View Post
...i think people are bit over the top in the UK when not flashed a thank you with the headlights.
I liken it to holding the door open for somebody, or allowing somebody into a queue in front of me, for example. If i didn't receive a polite thanks, i'd be a little peeved.

It's about being courteous.
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Default Re: What do you NOT like about living in Canada

Originally Posted by el_richo View Post
Ok in all seriousness:
  1. I don't like the banking costs
  2. I don't like the cost of mobile phone ownership
  3. I don't like paying tax on a 2nd hand car
  4. I don't like the over use of traffic lights
  5. I don't like the choice of cars when compared to Europe
  6. I don't like that you cannot filter through traffic on a bike
  7. I don't like it when people woooop
  8. I don't like.....oh, i'm bored now.
Then if you dislike stuff that much bugger off back to where you came from !
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Old Jul 6th 2010, 1:33 am
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Originally Posted by schumachergal View Post
Then if you dislike stuff that much bugger off back to where you came from !
Another one of those "if you criticise anything Canadian then you must go home" merchants.

Or was it humour?
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Old Jul 6th 2010, 4:27 am
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Default Re: What do you NOT like about living in Canada

Well, given that the whole premise of the thread is what people don't like about living here, it's hardly worth whingeing about the whingers.

As a Canadian I take none of this personally - in fact I'm surprised there aren't more gripes. Here are my objections to living in Canada (though I have few complaints about Victoria, BC on a sunny day like today):

-Guessing what the bloody total is on just about anything you buy, especially airline tickets and the like. Borders on fraud in my opinion.

-BBC Canada is a disgrace to the name, especially since they cancelled Eastenders in favour of more "lifestyle programming".

-Minority governments from here to eternity, thanks to Quebec. On the other hand, majority Harper could lead us down the Palin path (and that's not a Michael Palin travelogue).

-Postal service gets slower and costlier every year (even accounting for the fact they have to deliver to the Yukon and NWT for the same price stamp).

-Everybody scurries home to their own little boxes after work, no culture of after work socialising (that I've seen, anyway).

-On the topic of socialising, never see anybody buying a round, people calculate their portion of bills to the last penny and many are tight gits around tipping (though I recognise tipping in general is a point of contention for many Brits here).

-Not many jobs offer decent holidays, especially to new employees.

-No decent fish and chips, even in cities (like Victoria) where the nearby ocean is filled with tasty critters. I want a proper fillet of fish, not a tiny piece of cod fried to a crisp inside a rock-hard batter.

Just to leave on a positive note, though I have considered emigrating to the UK (for many reasons, but also to keep the possibility of European entry open to my offspring should I become a UK citizen) I like Canada because I feel it offers some of the positives of the UK and the USA without many of the downsides.
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Old Jul 6th 2010, 7:36 am
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Originally Posted by pontcanna View Post
-On the topic of socialising, never see anybody buying a round, people calculate their portion of bills to the last penny and many are tight gits around tipping (though I recognise tipping in general is a point of contention for many Brits here).
Ooh mate that used to drive us nuts. Also the wait staff coming over and saying, my shift is ending can you pay now? I understand they want their tip but it always seemed to happen when others were outside having a fag. I always seemed to get stuck putting more in for the tip. Yes, i know, mug.

Still, prefer that to standing being ignored at the bar for 20 mins like in dear old blighty.
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