Saturday, 14 July 2007

Its "ROAD safety", not "CAR safety"..


Why is it that when people get hurt on the roads, motorists always take the brunt of the blame? If pedestrians and cyclists DO NOT EVEN LOOK for danger before crossing, surely they should be educated too?

If I walk into a truck and get splattered, it's got to be partly my fault, hasn't it?

Luckily, I scan left/right when entering a junction, even when my light is green. Otherwise I would have utterly creamed a cyclist today when he declared "red lights are now green for me, 'cos I am a cyclist" and cut straight through a red light, across my nose, and turned right, going through another moving lane of traffic.

It should be legal to bump cyclists who ignore the rules of the road. Rules of the damn road, pedal boy! Not-rules-for-cars-on-the-road!

The guy in question works at ASDA in Portsmouth and is quite chubby (and was clearly on his way to work). I wonder if the message he's trying to send out is "ASDA: A thoughtless, rude, ignorant bunch of nobbers" .. ?

Saturday, 7 July 2007

Lack of Grumpiness

I just thought - given the title of my blog - that I should apologise for the lack of grumpiness of late.

Most of my energies in this direction have been spent otherwise because I have been ill - I haven't really been able to get a good run up at anger for a while.

That said, the company who manage the block of flats I live in are about to come in for a large serving. Last year they agreed to change the damaged mailboxes out the front. At the start of this year they agreed to move them inside and wire up a "trade" buzzer on the door.

I'm still waiting. It's really not hard. Six mailboxes. Four screws each. Thats what - twenty-four holes in the wall with rawl plugs and ten minutes with an electric screwdriver?

Oh well. Once the maintenance payments stop, I'm sure they'll hurry up. In the mean-time, avoid "DMA Chartered Surveyors" like the plague. They're pants.

Live Earth - Ironic?

Is it just me, or is there something ironic about watching a concert aimed at raising awareness of environmental issues / climate change, sat at home on your sofa, through your wide-screen, allegedly energy inefficient TV..?

I wonder how many people stayed at home tonight with the lights on, watching TV, when they would have gone out and done something different instead.

Ricky Gervais

We went to see Ricky Gervais live last night, and had surprisingly good seats in the centre stalls - just a few rows back from the stage.

Fantastic. Look out for Fame on DVD - it's brill. Notably "It's not a disease!" (obesity), various comments on M.E. and a comparison of "Old Testament God" versus "New Testament God".

Monday, 2 July 2007

... and back again

I'm back from my holiday. Of course, I think I forgot to say that I was going, which makes this whole post fairly pointless.

My holiday book was "Frank Skinner" by none other than - Frank Skinner.

Phenomenal. Littered with nob jokes, and truly laugh-out-loud funny. Buy it. Even if you don't like Frank that much before, you might after.