back to article Mind your Ps and queues: Bork makes a visit to the A&E

There may be no better place for Windows to seek comfort in desperate times than the UK's National Health Service (NHS) – and sure enough a good old fashioned blue screen of death has popped up an A&E waiting room. The borkage was spotted by a Register reader attending the Accident & Emergency department of a city hospital in …

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  2. sanmigueelbeer Silver badge

    Where is Dido when you needed her (to muck something up)?

    1. W.S.Gosset Silver badge

      She doesn't know.

    2. Little Mouse Silver badge

      She's probably wondering why she got out of bed at all.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    City hospital?

    Why not just say which one? We can see it on the poster in the photo which clearly shows it is a midlands hospital, not north!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: City hospital?

      its norf of watford gap init!

    2. Little Mouse Silver badge

      Re: City hospital?

      Never accuse a Brummie of being a Northerner.

      I remember when a visiting MP made a speech in Birmingham, and enthused about being "up north". The Evening Mail really went to town on that one. The letters page absolutely lit up with reader indignation.

      1. My other car WAS an IAV Stryker Silver badge
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        Re: City hospital?

        Both my birth state (Minnesota) and current state (Michigan) are like that, and boy will the Northerners throw a fit if you get it wrong.

        In Minnie: St. Cloud is outside the largest metro area (Twin Cities), but nowhere near north; Brainerd is midway but still not there; REAL "up North" is Bemidji or the Iron Range (Hibbing, etc.).

        In Mich: Frankenmuth is a fun day out (starting in the Detroit metro area) but not even halfway. Saginaw/Bay City is the minimum for "north", but to really get away you need to at least cross the 45th parallel (near Gaylord), or better yet just cross the Big Mac bridge to the Upper Peninsula (if you're not a Yooper, you're a troll "under the bridge").

        --> Off to F'muth -- annual ornaments trip at the year-round Christmas store -- before anyone downvotes me for the shameless promotion of Midwest tourism.

        1. KarMann Silver badge
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          Re: City hospital?

          Funny thing: I'm the current Mancunian who took these pictures, but I grew up in Wisconsin, nestled in between those two states, with frequent trips to visit family around the Twin Cities, and family friends in Brainerd, plus a fair few holidays in the UP, though I only crossed Big Mac once.

          I'd say Manchester here is just about the southern end of The North, but it really does remind me of Game of Thrones, and the Winterfell folk & the Wildlings debating who are the Real, True Scotsmen Northeners.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: City hospital?

            Minnesotan (Iron Ranger) here. I know of a young woman who moved here from Chicago. Her college friends concluded that she moved to The Wall and had joined the Black Watch.

          2. John Brown (no body) Silver badge
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            Re: City hospital?

            Manchester? That's somewhere Daaarn Saaarf, innit?

      2. Potty Professor
        Pirate

        Re: City hospital?

        My eldest daughter, who had a very strong Rugby accent, went to Bradford to study Archaeological Science. She was accused of being a Brummie, which annoyed her intensely, and she was at pains to point out that Rugby is over 30 miles away from B'ham. She later married a man from Gloucester and moved to Stroud (also in Gloucestershire), and now, to my sophisticated Estuarine ear, she sounds like she is speaking Pirate.

    3. Roger Greenwood

      Re: City hospital?

      I note on the poster they have named the A&E upgrade "Project Red", presumably so you can't tell where the hospital stops and the blood begins....

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: City hospital?

      It’s Manchester Royal Infirmary, you can see the Trust name when zooming in on the images, my office is just next to the A&E so I’d recoding the place anywhere

  4. Gareth Holt

    OK, I'll bite

    The poster says Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust which is almost certainly not in Birmingham, and definitely north..

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: OK, I'll bite

      >Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

      We used to call em hospitals.

    2. keith_w Bronze badge

      Re: OK, I'll bite

      being from north of Darlington, but south of Newcastle, I definitely disagree about either of those places being anywhere but 'South', Also, I am currently living in the great white north so to our friends from Minnesota and Wisconsin, if you are south of 45, you are south.

      1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

        Re: OK, I'll bite

        If you are more than about 10 miles North of Darlington, there's a good chance you are further North than the most Southerly tip of Scotland. Telling people that, even in Scotland, tends to do odd things to their heads.

        1. jake Silver badge

          Re: OK, I'll bite

          "tends to do odd things to their heads."

          I find it fun to point out that Texas is hardly a Western state.

          As a side note, any NASCAR fan can tell you that Darlington is some 200 miles South of the Strait of Gibralter ... or just about 15 miles North of Beirut, if you're on that side of the Med. Oh, wait, I seriously doubt any NASCAR fans know that either of those two locations exist ... much less the original Darlington.

          In other news, it always surprises people on both sides of the pond to discover that Pelican State Beach, the most northern beach in California, home of misty Redwood forests, is roughly level with Barcelona, Spain. The Southern most beach in California is roughly 10 miles South of Nazareth, Galilee.

          NASCAR fans think Nazareth is in Pennsylvania ... the Texans, in the Llano Estacado.

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