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03 July 2006

British Engineering fails us again

Yes, the country that had an empire on which the sun never set. A country that has built the Great Western Railway and the Forth Rail Bridge, invented the telephone, the television, great ships, given the world the most widely spoken language and will soon be launching spaceships.

We will be defeated once again. Tomorrow will be the day.

Summer has unexpectedly arrived this year. Not normally expected at this time of year because it's well, July, and we all expect it to rain during Wimbledon don't we?

As a result of being defeated, we will see British Engineering stretched to its limits and fail.

And for another year, we will all wonder why so few offices have air conditioning that work properly.

Tomorrow we will suffer in the heat because of this failure.

To paraphrase Churchill:
I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our cubicles, to ride out the summer, and to outlive the menace of the overheated office, if necessary for years, if necessary alone.

Too right. On the other hand, maybe getting an air conditioning system installed that actually worked might be more productive.

And that's only because it's going to be 26C where I am tomorrow. It's going to be 31C in London. Maybe next year, Summer won't surprise us?

And in the next installment, why is it so unusual in the UK to have a shower that actually makes you feel like you are having a shower (like the US) as opposed to making you feel like you are standing under a dripping tap?

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