The Pan Generation

It was a fast transition to the children who never grow up.

In the 80’s we had winters where it snowed so much I couldn’t find my car. It was just one of the white mounds in the street. Yet traffic kept moving, transport was barely affected. We never heard about ‘the wrong kind of leaves on the line’ or anything like that. Everyone just carried on.

Incidentally, I once asked a railway guard about the leaves thing. Turns out some leaves are more oily than others and can make the wheels slip. That part has never changed. The only new part is that it’s now an excuse. In the ‘old days’ (30-odd years ago) they just got on with it.

I saw the news the other day. It’s rare to see the news, it means turning on the TV and I don’t do that very often. There was Snowpocalypse! There was enough snow to fill a bag of flour and deep enough to almost reach your toenails. My shabby Fiesta would have laughed at that much snow as would every other car on the road that isn’t a Matchbox toy.

We were regaled with images of the M74 into Glasgow that morning with stationary traffic in one direction. We were told this was because of snow.

I have had to pass the M74 a few times this year and it’s going through massive roadworks. It’s a standstill every morning. A light dusting of snow will not affect it at all, heck, a real proper blizzard wouldn’t make a damn bit of difference. It’s slow going and satnav won’t help because it’s all changing.

You have to be scared of snow. It’s not supposed to happen. Globule Warming says there has been no snow for twenty years so you can’t be expected to cope with the world turning slightly white. Noo! You’re all going to die! The rain has frozen and it’s Snowpocalypse!

In reality it’s the mildest winter we’ve had for ages. Just a few years back, winter started in October and Scotland was frozen until May. That was a real bastard of a winter. This one is a doddle. If this is Gabble Wanking, let’s have more. We won’t though. The shitty winters will come back. They always do.

Oh but now, just a few days after the Ice Age Cometh, we are told Scotland will be hotter than Barcelona. It’s winter in Spain too so we’re going to have a degree C more than another country that’s in the middle of winter for a day… Well I have a rug with a bullfighter on it and that could show up on Twitter with a plate of paella and ‘nyaah!’ if I can be bothered.

I’m not religious but Dear God, can’t you smack some intelligence into the things you made? You say you made them in your image and they make you look like a fucking retard. Aren’t you cringing in embarrassment right now?

I mean look at this one – Tam Fry wants to pay toddlers to eat as directed.

Really? Toddlers have the ability to think ahead and understand bank accounts and compound interest? Toddlers?

Look at any responses to any story about pensions and they are full of ‘why should I pay to keep old fogeys alive?’

Because, dickhead, when you’re an old fogey the kids you hate now will be paying your pension. That’s how the screwed up system works. Want to change it? Go ahead, it means no state pension for you but hey, go for it. I’m buggered anyway, I’ll have to live to 72 to get a penny and most of you will be in the same post office queue as me by then.

So with 20+ year olds having no concept of the future, Tam Fry expects toddlers to understand economics and saving and the banking system. Actually no, that’s not what he expects.

He expects you to believe that they will.

Because in his mind, like the minds of all the sociopathic Righteous who tell governments what to do now, we are just children. We are the lower orders and we need to be instructed in how our betters expect us to live. Many people actually fall for this.

We now drink our coffee from baby trainer cups. We drink approved soft drinks and water from baby bottles. We wear romper suits renamed as onesies. We eat and dress as directed, we stay off the booze in January and we don’t smoke.

Oh, and you all ostracise me because I break every single one of those rules and steadfastly refuse to die or even get any disease at all. Sorry, I’m not sorry.

Scared of snow and terrified of global warming.

Don’t take the car, travel by bus, fear the diesel fumes. Bus diesel is not the same as car diesel, like patch nicotine is not the same as smoke nicotine, even though it is. Yeah, believe the shite, you fucking morons.

Decry smoking but fear the steam that might replace it. Calm down, boil a kettle, don’t breathe the steam, and have a cup of tea but no sugar in case it gives you cancer and no milk in case it makes you fat. No tea either. because of something about to be made up…

Live for the children but looking at them or thinking of them is illegal.

Doublethink is not a fantasy. It’s already here.

In God’s image? Really?

God must be Peter Pan.

Or he’s just having a laugh.

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29 thoughts on “The Pan Generation

  1. Turns out some leaves are more oily than others and can make the wheels slip.

    The leaves do two things – they form a slippery mulch that causes loss of traction and approaching a red signal with the anti-lock kicking in, the speedo showing zero and you are still travelling at line-speed is unnerving to say the least. Trains have sand ejectors to help, but even so traction is still a problem with modern lightweight sprinter units. Older trains were heavier and less affected as a consequence.

    The other problem is that the mulch, once compressed, forms an electrically insulated layer on the top of the track. Where we use track circuits for the signalling systems, the train disappears from the system and the signal behind will clear to green – giving us the potential for two trains in a signalling section and a subsequent collision.

    Axle counters resolves the latter problem as they don’t use track circuits, but we are still left with the first one.

    The press like to make light of it and talk about leaves on the line as if it is some sort of joke. It ain’t. They are ill-informed cretins, which is why no one should take anything they say seriously.

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  2. Turns out some leaves are more oily than others and can make the wheels slip.

    The leaves do two things – they form a slippery mulch that causes loss of traction and approaching a red signal with the anti-lock kicking in, the speedo showing zero and you are still travelling at line-speed is unnerving to say the least. Trains have sand ejectors to help, but even so traction is still a problem with modern lightweight sprinter units. Older trains were heavier and less affected as a consequence.

    The other problem is that the mulch, once compressed, forms an electrically insulated layer on the top of the track. Where we use track circuits for the signalling systems, the train disappears from the system and the signal behind will clear to green – giving us the potential for two trains in a signalling section and a subsequent collision.

    Axle counters resolves the latter problem as they don’t use track circuits, but we are still left with the first one.

    The press like to make light of it and talk about leaves on the line as if it is some sort of joke. It ain’t. They are ill-informed cretins, which is why no one should take anything they say seriously.

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    • Is it beyond the wit of man to devise some sort of scraping device that would clear the mulch from the rails ahead of the wheels? Surely it can’t be that difficult? A bit like the cow-catchers that trains in the Westerns used to have, but for the rails.

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      • It would gradually wear away the rails though. To get the compressed mess off, it would have to scrape right onto the rail and the only way to make it constant would be to give the wheels no suspension.

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        • Yeah, this. Also, leaf fall areas are relatively small. The usual solution involves someone going out and scrubbing the affected section, Sandite trains and sand ejectors on the traction. We could return to steam – that tends to burn everything on the embankments…

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    • There was a Thing for model railways called a Relco unit. The models run on 12V through the rails, but if this unit detected resistance it would blast high voltage through the rails to burn off the grease/dirt. Not really safe for a scale up though πŸ˜‰

      I had one, but I didn’t find it particularly effective. Going around with a track rubber is so much more efficient. Again, scale-up might not work out so well…

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    • They do remove them when they can. Leaf fall is not as big a problem as it was because of vegetation clearance. However, yeah, in some cases tree preservation orders prevent it.

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  3. Sunny Octobre day last year and we crawled around the M74 on our to Fort William. At one stage sat alongside a police car with my pipe going, the smoke drifting towards the open window on the passenger side of the police car. Quite expecting at any moment to get charged with attempted murder. Instead got the comment: “Don’t see many pipe smokers these days.”

    Full agree with your observations on the younger generation. I see it as my assigned task in Life to debunk all the kack my grandsons get taught at school.

    @ Longrider – Thank you for the explaination about leaves/electrical problems, never thought of that one. I shall remember it for the next time I hear someone decrying the leaves on the rails.

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    • Oh I like to make it worse. If the world is going to produce a gullible generation I’m going to mess with their heads for fun. See if I can find a limit to the shit they’ll believe.

      So far, there’s no limit.

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  4. No snow for twenty years? Only a few years ago, in West Yorkshire my farming friends were completely snowed in for a month – in two consecutive winters. I remember that, because I didn’t get to work for a week – it was lovely!

    As for the “big event” recently happening, nothing happened here where I live now (Lancashire) – nothing! I wondered if the snow pics I saw in the papers were “fake news”. There’s been no mention of the egg on the face of the weather forecasters. Perhaps they are hiding in a cave somewhere?

    Enjoyed your post!

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    • Just a few years back we had a winter starting in October that lasted until May. The streets were sheets of ice for months at a time. It was my first experience
      of cracked ribs.

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  5. “Tam Fry wants to pay toddlers to eat as directed”

    Mother: “Eat up your nice cabbage, John.”

    Toddler: “What’s it worth, lady? I want at least five readies and you still owe me for the carrots yesterday.”

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  6. Watched the Beeb news this morning about BREXIT once again and the distortions, purporting to be news, made me laugh out loud! For a moment, I thought I was in a parallel universe! They seem to be getting worse at it and the distortions are getting even more distorted. It’s a peculiar thing; I can’t get my head around it. The MSM is telling lies, dressed up as truth, but looking at my farcebook page, some people actually prefer these lies to the truth. Ye Gods man, where does this leave us????

    :o)

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  7. “There’s been no mention of the egg on the face of the weather forecasters. Perhaps they are hiding in a cave somewhere?” Probably; but they’re still after more money for more computing so they can get it wrong even better than they do now.

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