Sir, – Why is it that Irish adults seem to lose the power of their legs when confronted by an escalator? In other countries, escalator users use the escalator to speed up their movement or, at least, have the courtesy to stand to one side to permit other users to pass by. But here the custom is to plonk yourself in the middle as if glued to the stairs and thus block all other users from top to bottom.
The curious thing is that there must be a certain age when this escalator rigor mortis sets in because Irish children seem to derive great fun from running up the down escalators and down the up escalators. – Yours, etc,