FIRE!

Aqui por Inglaterra, o teste dos alarmes de incendio e’ tao comum que quando um toca já’ ninguem liga.

Há um ano, quando vim para cá, fomos numa tarde de sábado beber um copo a um dos muitos barcos-bar ancorados ao longo do Tamisa. O alarme soou e, olhando em volta, as pessoas continuavam exactamente onde estavam mas agarraram imediatamente nos copos, pois esses teriam de ir! Pensei que tinha sido um teste, e “como em Londres se Londrino”, agarrei na carteira e no copo e esperei. Aparentemente não havia incendio em lado nenhum e ninguem saiu do sitio.

Há uns dias, e à semelhanca do que se passou no barco, andava eu no supermercado às compras quando o alarme de incendio tocou e uma voz surgiu nos altifalantes a pedir para as pessoas sairem do edificio. À minha volta estavam uma japonesa, um casal brasileiro e 3 ingleses. A japonesa pousou imediatamente o cesto no chao e saiu. Os brasileiros e eu, olhamos à volta, pousamos as compras nas prateleiras mais proximas e saimos. Os ingleses dirigiram-se para as caixas para ver se ainda dava para pagar ate’ que uma funcionaria do supermercado lhes veio dizer que era melhor sairem. Indescritivel!

 


 

The fire alarm testing is so common here that when an alarm rings for real no one pays attention to it.

About a year ago, when I came to London, we went out a Saturday afternoon for a pint in one of the pub boats in the Thames. The alarm went off and I looked around. The only difference from a minute before was that everyone has grabbed their drinks. As “in London be a Londoner”, I grabbed my bag and my glass and waited. In the end, there was no fire and no one moved an inch from where they were.

Some days ago, just like in the boat, I was at the supermarket and the alarm went off, followed by an announcement asking to leave the building. Around me was a Japanese girl, a Brazilian couple and 3 British. The Japanese girl put down her shopping basket immediately and headed out. Me and the Brazilians put the stuff down also and left. The brits went to the cashiers to try to pay but a worker from the supermarket came to tell them to put the stuff down IMMEDIATELY and leave the building… Amazing!

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