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Speed and Distance as Standard

Lines composed upon hearing that certain of our regulators were willing to concede lower speed limits for neighbourhoods in exchange for higher limits on superhighways....February 2004 CE

For mortorways they argue higher limits.
It's safer far per mile than on the High Streets,
Swap fast on swings for slow on roundabouts.
A bargain! We'll save time, without a doubt.

Our standard measures mainly speed and distance.
Fly faster, further, frequent. Burn that carbon!
Get what you can, before we all run out.
We'll find another drug, when this one's gone

Relaxed with Weekend Woman's Hour, it ended.
The wider world was desperate, as usual.
Intelli-gents forbidding folk from flying.
Our tools have turned against us, with a vengeance.

I pondered: Are we so intelligent,
To burn the earth and chase our tails to source?
Accumulating airmiles by the billion,
We spend more time in transit than in situ.

There's no place like home

Commute: verb 1 travel some distance between one's home and place of work on
a regular basis. 2 reduce (a judicial sentence, especially a sentence of
death) to a less severe one. 3 change (one kind of payment or obligation)
for (another).

communication: • noun 1 the action of communicating. 2 a letter or message. 3
(communications) means of sending or receiving information, such as
telephone lines or computers. 4 (communications) means of travelling or
of transporting goods, such as roads or railways.

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