Friday, 5 November 2010


Nelli and I drove to Birmingham and I was struck by how shitty the road surface of the M6 was, which got me thinking.

The system of making roads is pretty much as it was developed by Thomas Loudon McAdam in the early party of the nineteenth century - a crushed stone foundation covered by a composite mixture of stones and bitumen, the whole lot cambered to let rain run off -  which means that there hasn't been any significant advance in road building for the thick end of TWO HUNDRED YEARS!

Surely some clever sod could have come up with a better and more durable method by now! And can he or she do it before my suspension is terminally ruined.

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