The roundabout game (nothing to do with this photograph)
on this sod of earth we call the United Kingdom of Great Britain (that is England,Scotland and Wales ( The Great was only added when Scotland was taken over, before then it was just Britain (England and Wales)) and Northern Ireland (The Northern word had to be slipped in when 26 of the 32 counties of Ireland regained independence) drive on the left. We have things called roundabouts and, I do not believe that we are are alone in this driving merry-go-round, though we do have what are known as mini-roundabouts. Anyway, down to the matter at hand and that is, what is one to do when confronted with one of these traffic distribution centres. It becomes a sort of social occasion, a dance even. You have to know the rules of the dance and you have to be courteous at the ball. But, alas, all is often not well. So often the dancers have two left feet as we say. The only rule, besides going clockwise around the beast, is to give way to the right. easy you might think. Not at all it seems. Among the characters attending this social occasion are:-
The person who does no know the rules at all and sometimes think they have priority over the right.
the driver who does not like to halt at these things and believes, with a little bit of luck, that if they plough on, others will swerve to avoid him (or her)
the juggernaught who believes that if he nips out and places his vehicle on the roundabout, nobody will dare challenge them
the person, often a little timid in nature, who thinks it best to wait until there are no vehicles left in sight, thinking that the tooting from vehicles behind them are a signal of approval for this technique.
the van which pulls out without really looking and always ready to hurl abuse at anyone who dares to challenge their assumed rights.
The person who thinks that if the car in front of them has entered the roundabout, all the traffic behind him/her also has the right to follow.
the person who thinks they give way to the left and have priority over the right.
The person who knows all the steps and waltzes round with ease.
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