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Brexit ‘no deal’ Means Britons Will Be Barred From Taking Pets To The Continent, Michel Barnier warns

The title of this post, is the same as this article in the Telegraph.

Doesn’t this say a lot about the vindictiveness, stubbornness and downright stupidity of those involved in the Brexit negotiations?

November 13, 2017 Posted by | Travel | , | 5 Comments

Protecting Pedestrians From Vehicles Driven By Imbeciles

Look at these Google Maps of part of various bridges across the Thames.

London Bridge

Southwark Bridge

Blackfriars Bridge

Waterloo Bridge

Westminster Bridge

Note.

  1. How the pedestrians can are easily seen in the images.
  2. All the bridges have wide pavements, which are designed for easy walking.
  3. All images were probably taken at the same time and are to the same scale.
  4. Westminster Bridge is much busier than the others.

There is no protection to stop a bin lorry  with a driver who has a high risk of collapse, wandering off into the crowd. Given that that has happened in recent years, surely we should develop a protective system, that stopped vehicles getting on the pavement.

You wouldn’t need it on every road, as very few are likely to suffer an attack from imbeciles. But there have been a couple of pedestrians killed by drunks or drivers who should have given up because of health or advanced age.

Many roads too already have massive protection for pedestrians, as rows of vehicles are parked nose to tail alongside. I’ve never heard of an out of control vehicle going through a line of parked vehicles to kill someone. It must have happened surely!

Perhaps on London’s bridges and the wide pavements of streets like Regent Street and the Embankment, bollards or something physical will help.

But we should think creatively!

Something that could be done in London would be to follow on from the action at Bank Junction, where between seven and seven, the junction is for buses and cyclists only.

As there seems to have been little protest about this action, perhaps it could be done elsewhere and for twenty-four hours.

Look at the image of Southwark Bridge and the bridge is showing its reputation as London’s least used bridge.

So why not make the bridge pedestrians and cyclists only?

That could be done tomorrow and it would take some pressure from London Bridge, especially in the rush hour.

Also, at Blackfriars Bridge, it should be that pedestrians could use Blackfriars station, by just touching in and out and not being charged.

Pedestrian-only routes must be much safer.

June 4, 2017 Posted by | Travel | , , , , | Leave a comment

Are Americans Too Stupid To Be Allowed Firearms?

This story on the BBC web site is entitled US boy, three, shoots both parents in New Mexico, which says it all.

Luckily, it appears his parents will live.

The story is the most read on the BBC web site.

February 1, 2015 Posted by | World | , , | 3 Comments

And This Happened In Victoria

I bet the other Australian states are laughing at this story of a naked man stuck in a washing machine.

I suspect too that the England cricketers are pleased, as there’s another funny story in the country.

 

January 6, 2014 Posted by | News | , | 2 Comments

You Don’t Get Behaviour Like This On The Dalston Omnibus!

This tragic tale from Biggleswade, shows what you get when you mix two men of my age, shopping and an argument over parking.

You certainly don’t get any behaviour like this on the Dalston omnibus to or from Waitrose at the Angel. The most outrageous behaviour I saw, was a guy laughing at two ladies sitting beside each other who were probably about fifty years old; one black and one white, who’d both hurt a leg and their hospitals had furnished them each with one crutch. Everybody saw the funny side! Especially the ladies!

I do wonder sometimes, why people bother with driving. I miss it like a hole in the head!

I’ve actually never been to Asda and if you get killed in their car parks, I doubt I will now!

August 4, 2013 Posted by | Travel | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Europe’s Most Stupid Politician

I’ve just read two articles about President Hollande’s tax ideas in the Times and The Telegraph. He wants everyone who earns over a million euros to pay a 75% tax rate. the constitutional Council has turned his idea down, so he doesn’t even know French law.

Forty or so years ago, such a policy could have been enforced and in those days in the UK, anybody earning over about £40,000, used to pay an income tax of over 70%.  But all that did was create schemes to avoid paying tax and the best brains of the country became accountants and tax lawyers, rather than scientists and engineers to create wealth by creating companies and jobs.

But Hollande thinks he can turn the clock back!

He must be so stupid to not see that he’s being counter-productive, by giving the brilliant, reasons to leave France.  Il est un imbecile.

December 30, 2012 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment

Donna Air Head

Apparently according to this case n Isleworth Crown Court, reported in the Telegraph, it’s alright to commit an offence if you’re stupid.  Donna Air’s lawyer said of her “not a great deal in her head but hot air.” And the jury let her off.

I hope that the CPS appeals.

March 30, 2012 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment

Are These Idiots After a Darwin Award?

The Central Line today was disrupted by cable thefts today.

This follows a pattern and eventually, it will lead to someone winning a Darwin Award.

The Darwin Awards commerate those who yield to natural selection and “remove” themselves from the gene pool…thereby ensuring that the next generation is smarter by one.

Of necessity, the award is usually bestowed posthumously.

Here’s typical behaviour that can win an award or in this case two.

Who would park the car on a busy freeway in heavy fog, for a quickie?

That’s the whole picture: A young couple, driving along Via Dutra, the largest freeway in Brazil with tons of heavy traffic, at 6AM under heavy fog. The couple decided that this was the time to park (for “dating” according to the charming Google translation) and, yes, they parked on the freeway in the right-hand lane, not on the shoulder, the median, or at a gas station. Naturally, given time a cargo truck encountered a “speed bump,” instantly killing both — during the act of procreation — double-double Darwin Award! (2) people making (2) obviously bad decisions, and natural selection acts at the very moment the two are reproducing. Textbook!

Stealing live high-voltage cables is probably equally stupid.  But would our legal system pay out damages to the family of idiots killed in this way?

Surely being nominated for a Darwin Award disqualifies you from receiving compensation!

February 2, 2011 Posted by | News, Travel | , , | 1 Comment

A Failed Darwin Award Attempt

I find the Darwin Awards very funny, as they really do celebrate the stupidity of some of the people on the Clapham Omnibus.  Here’s how you get an award.

In honor of Charles Darwin, the Darwin Awards commemorate those who improve our gene pool by (accidentally) removing themselves from it. The Award is generally bestowed posthumously.

This guy will surely feature on the site. Probably as a good try.

September 5, 2010 Posted by | News | | Leave a comment