There are Lots of Cones

It was one of those strange moments where your brain connects two seemingly unrelated things that reveals or confirms an insight; my latest was whilst driving with my wife to visit her parents this last weekend. We were trundling along with the Saturday traffic through the Cambridgeshire countryside when just over the brow of a hill a set of temporary traffic lights appeared, which could have been less than ideal if the traffic had been moving faster.

As we sat there waiting for the lights to change I noticed the bright orange cones and plastic fencing, but then realised that something was not quite right. All the bright colours indicated work, but a closer inspection revealed that there were no people, no equipment, no piles of aggregate and no holes in the road. It was as if someone just had time to set the lights up before knocking off and abandoning everything for a start on Monday morning, leaving us motorists the pleasure of queueing patiently all weekend.

As we drove off...

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