You're nuts. I've been driving a manual transmission for my entire life and was *never* told to put the hand brake on at a red light. In fact, I was specifically told not to, because it takes time to disengage and can impede traffic if you have it on when the signal turns to green. As for putting it in neutral, usually not. I leave it in 1st, with my foot on the clutch. That's a safer stall than leaving the car not in gear at all: if my foot slips from the clutch, the car will lurch and stall completely, and the engine will keep it from moving further until I turn it back on. My other foot is on the brake at intersections, btw.
There's a definite difference in this respect between North America and the UK - the UK has an amber "prepare to go" signal on traffic lights, North America does not. I'm pretty sure, just not quite 100%, that this applies to other European countries where I've driven. This is presumably a difference due to the prevalence of manuals in the UK (where some warning to get the car in gear etc. is useful), while the US and Canada have a majority of automatic transmission cars, so the extra signal is not as useful.
In any case, in countries where you are taught to put the car in neutral and turn on the handbrake at junctions, you are given fair warning to get the car ready to move again before the green light.
Just because the UK doesn't like to pay for music doesn't mean it's a failure.
From the Wikipedia page you linked to:
...it debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, selling 163,000 copies in its first week.
What are you talking about? I mean is there any need to bring nationalities into this, when they're cleary irrelevant?
I've joked about the same thing: that github is my social network of choice.
Unfortunately, my less technically-inclined friends took that to mean that I had joined a network exclusively for curmudgeons.
Yeah, I didn't make it clear in my original comment. Especially because I used the 'svn blame' command, as opposed to the less loaded 'svn annotate'.
I need to learn to be clearer in my wording, especially on the Internet, where nobody knows you're a dog.
My idea of roughing it turning the air conditioner too low.