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Often stated as the reason why the Irish have failed to conquer the world. In the 70s, the English had Alvin "You must be out of your tiny mind" Stardust and his Green Cross Code. It was short, concise and easily memorable. It went:
  • Look left
  • Look right
  • Look left again
You then crossed, presumably only if you didn't see any cars speeding towards you.

Ireland had a slighly ropier version. It was hosted by Judge, the dog from Wanderly Wagon (sort of a cross between The Magic Roundabout and Saturday Night Live), and was a bit more, er, thorough:

This is why most Irish people never left their housing estates until they were 16.