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Old March 9th, 2010, 08:54 AM   #7541
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People look very calm. Here there were some hefty fights with security personnel at some Lidl or Hofer (Aldi) openings.
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Old March 9th, 2010, 08:57 AM   #7542
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Yeah, this has been known since the 1990's when hands-free devices became common. The main problem is really not holding a cell phone (I always drive with one hand on the wheel), but having that conversation. Of course texting is even more distracting.

There's a whole bunch of things on a list that is distracting while driving. Eating, nose-picking, drinking, changing CD's, listen to a radio show, singing, taking pics, shaving, reading the paper, smoking, or any of these combined.
It is something that I've always had a big disagreement with - is it the talking or holding the phone that's distracting. It's definitely talking. I mean, people talk with the other pasengers all the time. It doesn't seem to slow anyone (or drive erratically) down or anything. I usually am on my bluetooth all the way to home from work. Never ever has it distracted me in the slightest. But if I hold my phone, it slows me down EVEN IF I'M NOT SPEAKING OR LISTENING. And this is coming from someone who always uses one hand on the steering wheel. Interestingly, if I'm busy doing something else with my hands (sometimes taking off both the hands off of the steering wheel and using my legs to steer), it doesn't at all affect my driving.
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Old March 9th, 2010, 09:03 AM   #7543
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BTW, what I really mean by slowing down (in my case) is that I can't do my usual driving. Like in here, you change lanes to overtake on average around 15 times a minute, maybe even more. If I'm holding a phone, that goes down to maybe 4-5 times. But if I'm on my bluetooth handsfree, I do my usual driving.
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Old March 9th, 2010, 04:51 PM   #7544
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Are the Sporting Mom's of Europe, just as aggressive as the Sporting Mom's of the US?
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Old March 13th, 2010, 05:02 PM   #7545
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so i thought that BASF could have the largest complex of chemical industry in the world
There's supposedly one in Texas that's bigger in area, but that one's mostly oil storage.

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Unbelievable! It is massive! There must be an internal communication system there. Are there buses going in?
The main method to get around the plant is by bicycle. The company has some 13,500 bicycles placed throughout around the plant, which the employees can use to get around. This is effectively also safer, since you can drive into areas with those where you don't want to bring a combustion engine for safety reasons.

The plant forms a large cone reaching into the city from the north. The eastern border of this section is the Rhine river, the western border is a large street with two tram lines (not mixed with road traffic). These tram lines service stops at 7 entries into the plant, from south to north: Hemshofstraße (located next to plant HQ), "BASF Gate 1+2", AWETA (company located on plant), "BASF Gate 3", "BASF Gate 5", "BASF Gate 11", "BASF Q920".

In addition there are two public bus lines that service "BASF Gate 12", "BASF Gate 7" and "BASF South" (railway station, see below). Another bus line also stops outside Gate 1+2 and Gate 3.
There are supposedly some other (internal) bus connections, but BASF doesn't publicize those.

During the peak hours (shift changes), there are railway lines with DMUs servicing inside the plant. The plant has three passenger railway stations (BASF South, BASF Central, BASF North), which are connected to Ludwigshafen Central Station by a 600m tunnel under the city. The passenger railway stations are located in the eastern part of the plant, the western part can be reached more quickly through the above tram lines.
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Old March 13th, 2010, 06:12 PM   #7546
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It's worth to be patient to get such exact and full answer.
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Old March 13th, 2010, 07:30 PM   #7547
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Slovakia is not yet 1st in Europe (world?) in number of manufactured cars per 1000 citizens



I'm suprised about Belgium, dunno what are they manufacturing.
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Old March 13th, 2010, 07:36 PM   #7548
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Belgium has a Ford/Volvo plant in Genk and (still) an Opel plant in Antwerp (which is closing down due to the GM-problems). I don't know wheter there are more plants in Belgium, actually. I know that some ten years ago there was a Renault plant in Vilvoorde, but that's closed now.
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Old March 13th, 2010, 07:48 PM   #7549
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Excepting the Renault plant in Piteşti, Romania has a Ford plant in Craiova, but it is still under modernization. It is set to start producing cars this year (if the financial crisis will allow it), so Romania will probably increase its number of units produced every year.
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Old March 13th, 2010, 11:29 PM   #7550
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Apparantly, it was a new shop, and they had some real discount of electronics. The whole area was gridlocked, angry soccer moms who couldn't bring their kids to school.
Somrthing like discount quality DVD player for 20 euros and so on ?
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Old March 13th, 2010, 11:41 PM   #7551
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yep,, and if there is something the dutch cant resist,, its bargains,, If you want to profit from these bargains, you have to be there at opening time after the first day the new discount folder was issued.. and thats why you get pictures like Chris's
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Old March 14th, 2010, 06:00 AM   #7552
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It's worth to be patient to get such exact and full answer.
Btw, one can see the BASF plant quite nicely when driving on the A6 and looking south when crossing the Rhine just north of the plant. Everything till the horizon on the western bank of the River is BASF pretty much.

The major downside of BASF is that they've already managed to blow up the entire plant twice - and the two residential areas next to it along with the plant. Well, and the fact that it sometimes "snows" in June in Ludwigshafen
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Old March 14th, 2010, 03:56 PM   #7553
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I had to get blind for a short period of time driving there. How could I miss this plant. Last year I was driving on A6 from the west end to the east one.

Anyway, I really appreciate your explanation.
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Old March 14th, 2010, 07:40 PM   #7554
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I went on a little roadtrip with Timon. We drove N35 towards Almelo, then A35/A1 towards the German border, toured the truck parkings which were significantly overloaded, then German A30 and A31 to Ochtrup. We checked out the B54 construction near Steinfurt, then took the back road into Enschede, toured the Roombeek neighborhood (which was blasted away in 2000. We searched for a statue of Lenin, but couldn't find it. I dropped him off at the Enschede railway station and then drove back to Zwolle.

Which brings this trip to 270 kilometers, the weekend total to 450 kilometers and the 8-day total to 1020 km.
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Old March 15th, 2010, 05:29 AM   #7555
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My state and the Region are a mess after a strong Noreaster blew through last night. With winds up to 70mph , power is out to millions and they are telling us it won't be back to Tuesday. The Roar of generators can be heard through out the neighborhood. Traffic Lights are out all over the place , but the trains still work. Bound Brook is under 6inches -4 feet of water and is completly evacuated. The Turnpike was shut down yesterday due to flooding and debris falling form an overpass UC. A crane collapsed in AC. Also one of the Regions largest malls lost power and had to be cleared out. I took so cool shots i'll upload them when i get my wifi signal back. The whole storm will be gone by tommorrow evening. Then a week of near summer temps. Utility company's form as far away as Ohio and Kentucky are coming.

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Old March 15th, 2010, 01:16 PM   #7556
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That's bad. Northeast is down on its luck lately when it comes to weather anomalies.
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Old March 15th, 2010, 06:43 PM   #7557
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Sign mixup in Hattem, the Netherlands.

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The left one was most likely turned around by someone.
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Old March 15th, 2010, 07:47 PM   #7558
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what does that horizontal signalization mean? i've seen it only in NL
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Old March 15th, 2010, 07:57 PM   #7559
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You mean this?


It's a "woonerf", where the speed walking is advised (15 km/h). This was implemented a lot in the 1980's and early 1990's, but seems to have fallen in favor of the general 30 km/h speed limit zones now.
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Old March 15th, 2010, 08:08 PM   #7560
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noo, i know that one. i mean this what looks like pedestrian crossing (on the road)
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