[OSM-talk] UK meetup

Ben Gimpert ben at somethingmodern.com
Thu Mar 23 10:29:54 GMT 2006

In the Midwest of the U.S., people also think nothing of such drives.
When growing up we would drive from the Chicago 'burbs to visit family
in Detroit in a morning with no planning or thought-to-effort.  That's
500km.  Man is gas cheap across the pond.

I find it amusing that to most Londoners, my potential "commute" from
north London to Nottingham was just *ABSURD*.

"American is a place where 100 years is a long time, and Europe is a
place where 100 miles is a long way."


On Wed, Mar 22, 2006 at 02:10:03AM +0100, Lars Aronsson wrote:
> Andy Robinson wrote:
> > Depends when it is, but Oxford is only an hour away fro me so 
> > might be possible for me if the timing fits.
> Most Europeans have a very strange concept of distances.  In 
> northern Sweden, we are told, people drive four hours on a 
> Saturday afternoon to get "into town" just for a cup of coffee at 
> a cafe, then they drive back again.
> IKEA's founder Ingvar Kamprad is from southern Sweden.  In a 
> recent radio interview he said his experience from Russia had 
> given him a new perspective on distances and he will open a new 
> store in Haparanda at the end of this year, at the northern shore 
> of the Baltic Sea, where Sweden meets Finland (65.8° N, 24.1° E). 
> For the opening, there are busloads of people from Murmansk 
> coming.  People in northern Norway have said they are "finally 
> getting an IKEA store in their region".  The Norwegian border is 
> 350 km away.  Murmansk is 500 km away.  That's like 
> London-Glasgow, Paris-Frankfurt, Berlin-Warszaw or Rome-Milan.
> -- 
>   Lars Aronsson (lars at aronsson.se)
>   Aronsson Datateknik - http://aronsson.se
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