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Channel Tunnel, Charriots and Cack-Handed (archive)

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Posted by Tim (UK) on September 24, 1998 at 23:31:47:

In Reply to: Re: Knights on horseback and Napolean (long) posted by Fred Kern on September 24, 1998 at 21:57:33:

My experience is that the trains stop in the middle. But it isn't to change tracks--the problem is the spray thrown up by the train passing through the constant water seepage over the tracks interferes with the automatic train detection system. Funny, they don't mention that in the brochures.

But back to days of yore... It also made sense when driving a charriot to keep to the left side of the road so that when you used the whip (with your right hand) you didn't inadvertently thrash the peasants working on the sides of the road.

BTW, there's an old expression 'cack-handed' used in the north of England. This can imply clumsy, but it's normally used to describe someone who's left-handed. It dates from when one would eat food with the right hand, and use the left hand for toilet routines. Hence the unwillingness to shake hands using left hands .

: Ok, I've got to ask -- which way do the trains go through the Channel Tunnel? Do they switch in the middle?

: I am left-handed, and if you're explanation correct, evolution would dictate there should be more of us sinister types. By the way, I did live for two years in Japan, where they do not drive on the right side of the road. I found it wasn't so hard to drive, but I kept confusing left and right, as the mechanics of a ruight turn there were like a left turn here.

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