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Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons in fight to ban lorries (trucks) from his Oxfordshire town
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 05:35 EST, 12 October 2013 | Stuart Woledge

Posted on 10/12/2013 11:05:09 AM PDT by Olog-hai

He is a passionate campaigner on green issues, and now Jeremy Irons has backed a campaign to ban lorries from the quaint Oxfordshire town where he lives.

The Oscar–winning actor has thrown his weight behind an action group to prevent HGVs using the narrow streets of Watlington as a rat-run between the M40 and M4.

The market town—reputedly the smallest in the country—is regularly snarled up with lorries whose drivers, looking for a shortcut between Oxford and Reading, are directed there by their satnavs. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society; Travel; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: envirowackos; globalwarminghoax; jeremyirons; liberalagenda; m4; m40; nimby; oxford; oxfordshire; reading; trafficjams; uk; unitedkingdom; watlington

1 posted on 10/12/2013 11:05:09 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Who is going to deliver food to his local Waitrose?


2 posted on 10/12/2013 11:11:26 AM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein
I'm not sure you understand his argument. He wants to limit the number of trucks that are in transit.

The U.S. has truck routes too, I don't see the big deal . . . .

3 posted on 10/12/2013 11:13:02 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Olog-hai
...where he lives.
4 posted on 10/12/2013 11:14:10 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: 1rudeboy

He’s not feelin’ the love in the British comments following the article, lol!


5 posted on 10/12/2013 11:14:55 AM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: onedoug

What does that have to do with anything?


6 posted on 10/12/2013 11:15:46 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: miss marmelstein
Like this one?

Ordinarily I would just write this off as another NIMBY who deserves all he gets. However, I have travelled through that town far too often by car and know that it is bad enough in that car and there is no real way round it. So even though I don't live near there I would go along with him this time.

7 posted on 10/12/2013 11:17:48 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Olog-hai

Build a bypass road. Pay for it. Problem solved in the manner it usually is in the US. (Except for the pay part).

I see his problem, and it’s probably a recent phenomena because of the satnavs.


8 posted on 10/12/2013 11:19:34 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It's hard to accept the truth when the lies were exactly what you wanted to hear.)
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To: Olog-hai
...a passionate campaigner on green issues...

An idiot. Ban trucks from taking a shortcut that saves fuel? How do you square that buddy?

Ban trucks from local deliveries? Oh, yeah, lets use smaller vehicles that are much less fuel efficient per ton-mile at moving cargo. So that in order to get X tons of goods in, you make even more trips and burn more fuel...

Oh, I'm sorry greenies - am I letting facts, physics, and engineering get in the way of your emotional feel-good advocacy?

9 posted on 10/12/2013 11:19:34 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: miss marmelstein

Local streets around here have signs banning through trucks. The only reason huge box trucks or semis can drive in is to deliver to a house. We live in a blue collar lower middle class neighborhood. The regulations in more hi tone neighborhoods are stricter.

If however a major accident happens on the main drag, a few blocks away the big rigs and everyone else is routed down my block. We know if there has been a nasty crash if the traffic gets heavy.


10 posted on 10/12/2013 11:19:57 AM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: ThunderSleeps
Oh, I'm sorry greenies - am I letting facts, physics, and engineering get in the way of your emotional feel-good advocacy?

No, I just don't think you understand narrow streets.

11 posted on 10/12/2013 11:20:58 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Olog-hai

Lorries are not in keeping with the rustic aesthetic.


12 posted on 10/12/2013 11:21:46 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: 1rudeboy

I’m talking about the majority of the comments, lol.


13 posted on 10/12/2013 11:23:33 AM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein

If following the herd is your thing, go for it.


14 posted on 10/12/2013 11:24:19 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Olog-hai

15 posted on 10/12/2013 11:26:06 AM PDT by caveat emptor (!)
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To: 1rudeboy
"If following the herd is your thing, go for it."

Something you actually know a lot about.

16 posted on 10/12/2013 11:26:45 AM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: Vaquero

Well, I’ve lived in the narrow streets of Manhattan (double and triple parking, garbage trucks, delivery trucks, buses and fire engines thundering through). So,I don’t feel a bit sorry for Boris Karloff...er, I mean Jeremy Irons.


17 posted on 10/12/2013 11:26:56 AM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: 1rudeboy

GPS systems are directing lorries through poor Mr. Irons’ neighborhood. That’s the problem - according to the article and several commenters. Personally, I think Mr. Irons should be spending his time trying to teach his son Max to act rather than getting involved in lorry disputes. But that’s just me.


18 posted on 10/12/2013 11:30:30 AM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: FlJoePa
Now that comment screams, "internet butthurt."
19 posted on 10/12/2013 11:35:47 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: ThunderSleeps
They just need a few of these:

Trucks making local deliveries are welcome. Trucks cutting through town, not so much.

20 posted on 10/12/2013 11:36:38 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Let your 'Yes' mean 'Yes,' and your 'No' mean 'No.' Matthew 5:37)
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To: Olog-hai
Watlington

Whew. St. Mary Mead is safe.

21 posted on 10/12/2013 11:39:18 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: 1rudeboy

I don’t get what “butthurt” means. Is that smartass for “feelings hurt? or something?


22 posted on 10/12/2013 11:46:25 AM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: caveat emptor

Apart from the two choke points on Couching Street, that artery would normally have two well-defined lanes that allow trucks to pass each other. The buses usually use the one-way alternate of High Street and Gormwell Street instead of running two ways on Couching. And if these trucks are really going between Oxford and Reading, they wouldn’t go that way anyhow.

The M40 motorway is three miles away from the center of town. The old London Road (A40) runs parallel and also gets jammed up with the M40’s overflow Just what is Irons’ solution? He’s not proposing to pay out of pocket for a bypass around Watlington’s center.


23 posted on 10/12/2013 11:46:46 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Jolly ol’ England was built pre-automobile and many small villages have roads that were cow paths that have become a single car width. It is not that no road can accommodate trucks aka lorries, it is just that not all roads can. What happens is when a transit truck (big & cross-country), not a smaller local delivery truck, hears about a tie up on the ‘M’ (Major) roadway and being unfamiliar with the area, tries his GPS / Satnav for a detour.

Newer truck lines and GPS have vehicle categorization but older ones see no difference between a road that a Ford Fiesta can make and a road needed for the transit truck 50% wider. When the GPS first came into use by the trucking industry, the newspapers had fun with a big truck stuck after going miles down a road too small to turn around on.

Lots more signage has been added but when major blockages develop and contracts require specific delivery, things will get ‘tight’ and sometimes too tight! Getting these kind of things unstuck sounds much easier than reality and in the meantime the local residents are blocked themselves. Does not take more than a couple of these to make for firm attitudes of keep your cross-country shipping out of my town streets!


24 posted on 10/12/2013 11:47:46 AM PDT by SES1066 (To expect courteous government is insanity!)
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To: miss marmelstein
I feel sorry for you miss m. ; )

Blow up your TV, throw away your paper Go to the country, build you a home Plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches Try an' find Jesus on your own(Your particular deity is optional)

From a song by John Prine

25 posted on 10/12/2013 11:54:49 AM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

Well, I’m now marooned in the suburbs and I do have a little garden. No peaches, I’m afraid. My husband is allergic to them.


26 posted on 10/12/2013 11:56:31 AM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein

Yes. Believe me I know from allergies. And the burbs I live in was the edge of the country when I moved outta da Bronx in 1964. It quickly is becoming the ragged edge of the city without any of the benefits.

I would move to the “country” if not for my wife and her elderly parents. But if I do, do the country, it must be in the United States of America and not the great northeast socialist experiment. As John Cazale said to Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon when asked what country did he want to go to. His answer? ‘Wyoming’


27 posted on 10/12/2013 12:07:33 PM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: ThunderSleeps
Ban trucks from taking a shortcut that saves fuel?

Are you sure it saves fuel?

You have to take into account the speed, time (delays) and compare to longer highway route at a more efficient mileage.

I would guess the savings difference to be minimal.

28 posted on 10/12/2013 12:15:23 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (0bama lied, Stevens died, now 0bama covers up the lies.)
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To: Michael.SF.
Yes. There is tremendous irony in the concept that trucks are taking this shortcut in order to save time and fuel, and end up causing horrific traffic jams.

It's like the old Yogi Berra joke -- "No one goes to that restaurant anymore: it's too crowded!"

29 posted on 10/12/2013 12:18:12 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: Michael.SF.

Compared to being near-motionless on the highway, it certainly does save fuel.


30 posted on 10/12/2013 12:42:58 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Vaquero

Just watched Dog Day Afternoon. That’s one of my favorite moments in the movie. Poor, poor Sal! If I could get away (I’m stuck here because of my mother), I’d go down South.


31 posted on 10/12/2013 12:53:54 PM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Vaquero

Just watched Dog Day Afternoon. That’s one of my favorite moments in the movie. Poor, poor Sal! If I could get away (I’m stuck here because of my mother), I’d go down South.


32 posted on 10/12/2013 1:18:16 PM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Olog-hai

Noise for thee, but not for me.

Theater prima donnas are noted for this sort of thing.

Personally, I love Jeremy Irons, a fabulously talented actor, but...


33 posted on 10/12/2013 1:18:46 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: miss marmelstein

Someplace dry for me AZ, NM etc. but not the whole year. I spent a few weeks in May in AZ before it got really hot. 115 and I was off for parts north.
Snowbird status suits me...thus Wyoming or MT in the summer. I love Maine but the liberal disease has taken root from their neighbors in New Hampshire and Vermont. Vermont was gorgeous before all those Brooklyn “progressives” moved there to “change it”.

Good luck!


34 posted on 10/12/2013 1:32:09 PM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Olog-hai

Methinks he is more concerned about his being inconvenienced driving about town than anything even close to “green”


35 posted on 10/12/2013 1:41:56 PM PDT by Cyman (kes the life out of them as they are in the throwsof mutual passion.)
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To: Vaquero

Maine would be my choice but I hate its modern politics. Let’s face it, outside of the south (as of today!), there is really no place for us to escape. Sad.


36 posted on 10/12/2013 2:11:49 PM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein

Oklahoma is the redest state if you look at the red blue election maps. Every county. Of course OKC and Tulsa have its ‘areas’. And one would need to put up with twisters and dust bowls.

Many states west of the Midwest and east of the left coast are close enough. Lots of hollyweird types moved to Montana and vacinity and of course the Indians tend to vote Dhimmicrat when their not selling their oil and cashing in ones chips. but there still is a lot of freedom lust in the western states.

Good luck with the south east. Mostly conservative. I myself tend to wilt when it’s hot AND humid but I’ve spent time on Florida’s west coast. Real nice in January, February. Haven’t been out of the tristate in 7-8 years. Got too sedentary.

Any who. via con dios!


37 posted on 10/12/2013 2:41:16 PM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: FlJoePa

Kind of. Except that ‘butthurt’ is generally used as an adjective to describe somebody who has had their feelings hurt in a manner that the person using the word feels the person it is applied to either richly deserves, or because they are hyper-sensitive and need to put on their big boy pants and man up. I use it a lot. It is a very useful word to describe the attitude of a lot of lefties towards many things.


38 posted on 10/12/2013 6:43:16 PM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: 1rudeboy

Is he fighting to keep trucks out of any other neighborhood?


39 posted on 10/13/2013 6:00:37 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: onedoug
Ah, I get it . . . people are confusing his "green campaigning" for "wanting to keep trucks out his town."

So let me turn it around: I'm in favor of more drilling. I also happen to live on a small, narrow road. I would not be in favor of oil tankers using it as a shortcut. Especially if they arrive there by mistake.

40 posted on 10/13/2013 6:10:56 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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