A few years ago, I stoppped for a couple of days at a farmhouse near
Carmarten(sp) . Nice people, most Welsh people are. I asked the
housewife how she did in Welsh.
"I miss some nuances, of course, I am from North Wales, only been
living here for fifty years."
On 22/12/2017 08:58, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Even in with accents and dialects, not even entirely different
languages, you can move short distances and hear differences- if not
pick up on there significance. Perhaps less so now people tend to
travel more, of course TV, radio all play a part.
As a child, I had relatives who lived within 6 or 7 miles of us and
their dialect was quite different. Relatives of a similar age who lived
closer didn't show the same differences. At times it really was a bit of
Suspect someone is claiming a benefit under false pretences? Incapacity
Benefit or Personal Independence Payment when they don't need it? They
Back in the bad old days, two houses on different sides of the same
freeway... a phone call from one house to the other... was a
long-distant toll call !!! That is sort of analogous to speaking
dialects !!! :-)
I heard about a hotel in California that straddled area code
boundaries - it was long distance to call from one end of the
building to the other.
The town of Lloydminster sits right on the Alberta/Saskatchewan
border. There's some interesting billing there.
/~\ email@example.com (Charlie Gibbs)
\ / I'm really at ac.dekanfrus if you read it the right way.
I met a kid in college who had a hard time at the state university. He
lived in the state, but the post office gave them a delivery address from a
post office in a different state. I think it was finally resolved, but they
had to bring the deed and other documents. I would think a state drivers
license with his mailing address would be enough proof of the state he lived
in. The DMV isn't going to give you a license if you are out of state.
Yes, I can definitely believe that. Even here my mailing address is a
city "which" doesn't exist (most of the county, including my "city", is
unincorporated). And many people around here have mailing addresses in
an incorporated city while living in an unincorporated part of the
county, or vice versa.
What we don't have is people in Maryland with Virginia addresses or vice
versa, but that's to be understood. There's a river separating the two
:) (same with DC and Virginia). But I don't know of anyone in DC with
Maryland mailing addresses or vice versa. I wouldn't doubt it happens,
But if his mailing address is in another state, how did he get the
driver's license? What did he have to do to prove his residency?
Remove the "x" from my email address
It was MD and Delaware. I don't know how he got the license. Likely they
knew he was in MD because the state knows exactly who needs to pay taxes
ect. The University wasn't tapped into any of that so they had their own
You'll have to ask the kid, this was over 40 years ago when I was an
undergraduate and U of Md was a very big and bizarre place for me.
I heard about a guy who had property on the VA/WV boarder. The exact line
between the states had never been defined exactly until the 60's I believe.
When the drew the line by his house it put the house in WV! WV demanded he
pay back taxes for all the years he owned it! Worse, VA said they wouldn't
refund any taxes because their law says once the tax has been paid for some
amount of time, you can't dispute it!!!
I seem to recall he got politicians involved and they got a reasonable
settlement worked out. Talk about getting screwed!
Of course, this may all be urban legend. I heard this many years ago.
On Fri, 22 Dec 2017 15:39:08 -0600, Charles Richmond
I always thought that that nonsense could have been solved by
using a better zone system. A call to the same zone or only one zone
away would be local; the others would be long distance. Set the zones
to allow for cities and geography.
Would this have been workable?
I don't often use 'snail mail' in Europe (we are still in Europe) but,
as I recall, for some time it has been possible to send a letter within
the EU for the same cost as a local one. As I recall, when this was
introduced, the rationale was that the bulk of the infra structure was
in place in each country and if, for example, I paid more to post to
Germany (I'm in the UK) the UK didn't 'hand over' any of the extra I
paid to any Post Office 'on route'- in the end it all just 'balanced out'.
Logically, the same must apply for telephone calls. Obviously a 'long
distance call' uses resources but, in the round, things balance out.
There will be exceptions- areas which have low numbers of travellers
etc. but, for most cases, surely the logic applies.
A mobile call in the UK costs the same if the two 'ends' are 50m apart
or 300miles. Why not the same for landline calls?
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