There are many interesting and exciting parts of the world that I’ve never visited. Australia, India, Africa, Antarctica – you name it, I haven’t been there, although I did once turn down an opportunity to work for the British Antarctic Survey for six months*.

I make this clear at the very beginning so that when I compare Britain to a third world country, you all know that I don’t actually have any direct experience of TWCs, so there’s not many percent of knowing-what-I’m-talking-about there. Although I do remember when I visited Israel nine years ago, thinking “It’ll be a nice country when it’s finished???. Anyway, since Hospital Radio moved to our current studios ten years ago, I’ve used a variety of different routes to get home: The most direct route was rejected years ago, because the roads have more potholes than the caving club summer tour. The next route I tried didn’t last long, it has so many traffic lights that I could walk home faster than I could drive.

I’ll soon need another new route: Although I have a four-wheel-drive off-road Gruntmobile, I do prefer a smooth ride when I’m actually on tarmac, and when I discovered last night that Romsey Road is most comfortable driven with the suspension in off-road mode – well, that’s when I realised how close we are to becoming a third world country. Our water supplies are full of chemicals; Our Health Service keeps us waiting a year before we even see a specialist to talk about treatment***; The SimonG chatroom keeps crashing and needing expensive F5 therapy, and of course, our roads have more holes than Henry the Thirst’s favourite sweatshirt****.

Of course another symptom of a third world country is a corrupt government lining its own pockets at the expense of the country.

And finally, in response to comments:
Andy the Bear: Welcome to the blog! Thanks for commenting, good to know that you’re reading. Have you heard about Carolyn?
MtB: If you kept up to date, you’d know the tracker was fixed weeks ago!
Jenny: Sorry, only teasing – but I needed an intro to talk about MtB’s game.
Rob: Heh heh, you’ll be catching them T8s up soon!

*To be totally accurate, I didn’t apply for the job. But I know who was given the job, and I’m pretty certain that if I’d applied, I’d have got it.**
**Why didn’t I apply? Goodness knows, I must have been stupid.
***Although to be fair, they’re red hot on dealing with genuine emergencies
****Sorry Henners, that was going to be Slimon’s shirt, but then I took the lobster out of his chatroom instead.

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