What do you do if somebody posts a load of weedy whines about something you love? This week I read a post on Facebook’s ‘You’re over 30 and from Weymouth and you can post what you like’ site. I found it long-winded, irrelevant, pathetic and, well, whiney. To get involved in stuff like this is quite frankly asking for trouble as it can escalate quickly into a slanging match where logic is irrelevant.
So, I thought I would address his issues with politeness and maybe just a little more than a smidgen of sarcasm. This is what I first read…
It has been a while since I was last in my old hometown, so on my way home from West Bay, I decided to revisit some old haunts. Starting with Portland Bill. Unfortunately time was running short and I had to bypass The town I grew up in deciding to revisit on the train at a later date.
Travelling through Lanehouse Rocks following “other routes” signage, looking for a Dorchester route. (it has changed so much since I was last there)(over 25 years).. Lynch road said town centre, and I was unsure if Radipole lane met up with the new road, so blindly followed “other routes” which seemed to be taking me further west than I was willing to go.. So I turned into Granby industrial estate (as I worked there in 1976 for a few months) thankfully it turned out to be the right thing..
So I made it to the new relief road, what a dismal route that is… I might as well have been in a foreign country, at least along the old Dorchester road the passage of time was broken up by changing scenery. Dorchester seemed to have moved miles further away, and far from being a relief road, it seemed more a slow moving car park. By the time I stopped for a stressed break on the start of the Yeovil road, I realized that in 1977 I would have reached my destination in less time on a Honda 125. the rest of the journey was relatively smooth but overall it took 3 times longer than anticipated.
I would suggest Weymouth put up better clearer signage. As if I, an ex resident struggled, then any visitors would most likely avoid the area like the plague. Which defeats the object of a holiday town. Moan over, but next visit will be by train as traffic has spoilt my experience. (West Bay 70 miles 2 hours. Portland 70 miles 3 1/2 hours)..
Blah blah blah. Whine whine whine. I tried to let it slide but I couldn’t…
Yeah, sorry about that. For your next visit, we will try to make the area less popular so there will be less traffic on the roads for you. Maybe we should build on either side of the bypass so you can look at the buildings as you rumble along the empty roads. I mean, the rolling Dorset countryside can get a bit tedious after a while. A few industrial estates should soon sort that out. And in future, if you are travelling from Portland to Dorchester, I would recommend that you follow the signs to Dorchester which are displayed at every junction/roundabout along the route. Hope this helps.
Polite eh? But then he came back with this…
As I said the only signs said either “town centre” or “other routes”. no Dorchester signs, unless I was expected to waste fuel going past what was Westham school.. or unless I was expected to go via Portesham.. Though that would have been quicker… I can only assume you are too young to remember the lovely views, I was lucky enough to have experienced in my youth from the road, for that, I feel sorry for you. High wooden boards alongside the road took away the perspective of where you are along the road (barely inviting). As far as your less popular comment, judging by recent photos Weymouth has already achieved that. The Weymouth I remember was always heaving with grockles at this time of year, but the queues at that time of day (13.30) were coming into the town, not leaving.
He felt sorry for me because I’m young? I should just leave it, I really should. But I couldn’t. So…
Your 25 year absence means that you are probably unaware of the Chickerell Link Road which takes you directly to the bypass, missing the Fire Station, a Primary School, a Day Nursery and the Granby itself. This route, though a few metres further, saves you a lot of stops and starts which will probably save you fuel. The attached road sign takes you left at the Marquis of Granby, past Budmouth College – as it is now known – and then on to the Link Road. The signage is sound as it is the best route for the community and the motorist. Thank you for being sorry for me for being young. You made one of my grandsons laugh.
You probably remember Littlemoor to be a small collection of council houses and Mrs Critchell’s goat farm. However, there are now houses virtually all along the stretch from Dorchester Road to Chalbury Corner. This means that the residents had to be protected from the road noise. Also Mrs Nugent’s bathroom had to be protected from the prying motorist’s eyes. So a small stretch of the road by the Veasta Roundabout has wooden boarding. Which is highly successful.
I can’t help you with your comment about more people leaving Weymouth because I don’t understand it. People have to come to Weymouth in order to leave it. That’s how it works. Back in 1808, the locals celebrated the regular visits of George III by carving an image of him on his horse into the limestone of Osmington Hill. Was he grateful? No he wasn’t. He got all huffy because the horse was portrayed leaving the town. Mind you, he was certified as a complete nut job so that probably explains a lot.
Hope this helps.
His response was extremely verbose and immensely irrelevant and there was a whiff of the anticipated illogical slanging match as he questioned my grasp of the English language by saying that I didn’t know the difference between a statement and an assumption. YES, HE QUESTIONED MY GRASP OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He also suggested that some trees should be cut down on the bypass so motorists could see Radipole Lake. That was my cue to leave gracefully as he had obviously gone completely nuts. At least, that should have been my cue to leave. But a bit slipped out…
Heh heh. Yeah let’s chop some more trees down. That’ll do it. Anyway, I’m glad you enjoyed your visit. Maybe you’ll get to the town centre next time to find some more things to whine about. I hope this helps – actually no I don’t.
Next thing I knew, he had deleted the entire shebang.