|1||The state of public toilets|
|2||The dearth of post boxes|
|3||The abundance of "calvaries": roadside crucifixes|
|4||Few evangelical churches|
|5||Shops shutting for 2 hours at lunch-time|
|6||Having to pay for medical treatment|
|7||Very public urinals|
|8||Inadequate direction signs on roads|
Friday, 31 August 2007
|1||Well-maintained, quiet roads|
|2||Lots of cycle tracks|
|3||Street markets selling local, seasonal produce|
|4||Good, inexpensive wine|
|5||Frequent (although basic) motorway stopping places|
|9||Free car parks at tourist attractions|
|10||Camp sites with individual, hedged pitches|
|11||The plethora of boulangeries|
|12||Patisseries (and their contents!)|
Thursday, 30 August 2007
There are reports today that there was a small earthquake in Manchester this morning, measuring 2.2 on the Richter scale (2.2 ML).
This is not uncommon. The British Geological Survey—which operates a network of seismograph monitoring stations around the UK—says that it locates between 300 and 400 earthquakes per year above 1.5 ML. In a typical year, 40 events will have magnitudes greater than 2.0 ML and about 20 are felt by local residents.
This map, from the BGS, shows seismic activity in the Manchester area since 1777:
The BGS web site includes an interactive map that you can use to explore historical earthquake data.