Laugh? I nearly shat!!

January 27th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

Just reading Tim Irelands blog, Bloggerheads, and followed a link to here, Running From Camera:

The rules are simple: I put the self-timer on 2 seconds, push the button and try to get as far from the camera as I can.

It’s worth a look, both of them, especially as Tim currently has a bee in his bonnet about political blogging that, being of a simple mind (me, not him), I am following but would have trouble explaining, so to see what the fuss is about start here…


Woman Beaten on Bus

January 25th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

It’s surprising how we can demonise our enemies and rant and scream hysterically about how they behave so barbarically and how much better people we are, but then if you remove a couple of key words from some text, we could be describing, well, us or them??

In her first interview since the incident, [Miriam] Shear says that on the bus three weeks ago, she was slapped, kicked, punched and pushed by a group of men who demanded that she sit in the back of the bus with the other women. The bus driver, in response to a media inquiry, denied that violence was used against her, but Shear’s account has been substantiated by an unrelated eyewitness on the bus who confirmed that she sustained an unprovoked “severe beating.”

Shear, an American-****** woman who currently lives in Canada, says that on a recent five-week vacation to ******, she rode the bus daily to the Old City to pray at sunrise. Though not defined by [bus company name] as a sex-segregated (********) bus, women usually sit in the back, while men sit in the front, as a matter of custom.

“Every two or three days, someone would tell me to sit in the back, sometimes politely and sometimes not,” she recalled this week in a telephone interview. “I was always polite and said ‘No. This is not a ******. I am not going to sit in the back.'”

But Shear, a 50-year-old religious woman, says that on the morning of the 24th, a man got onto the bus and demanded her seat – even though there were a number of other seats available in the front of the bus.

“I said, I’m not moving and he said, ‘I’m not asking you, I’m telling you.’ Then he spat in my face and at that point, I was in high adrenaline mode and called him a son-of-a-bitch, which I am not proud of. Then I spat back. At that point, he pushed me down and people on the bus were screaming that I was crazy. Four men surrounded me and slapped my face, punched me in the chest, pulled at my clothes, beat me, kicked me. My snood [hair covering] came off. I was fighting back and kicked one of the men in his privates. I will never forget the look on his face.”

Shear says that when she bent down in the aisle to retrieve her hair covering, “one of the men kicked me in the face. Thank God he missed my eye. I got up and punched him. I said, ‘I want my hair covering back’ but he wouldn’t give it to me, so I took his black hat and threw it in the aisle.”

A petition is now being filed to try and prevent this happening again.
It isn’t going to be easy though.


Speed Cameras Could Cause Crashes

January 18th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

We’ve all heard this before from disgruntled motorists, but a Mr Bryan Edwards has made this astonishing claim.
It is astonishing because Mr Edwards is of the Norfolk Camera Partnership.


Speaking on BBC Look East yesterday evening, Bryan Edwards of the Norfolk Camera Partnership said: “What does concern me is of course if people put up fake cameras, motorists could be coming along at 70, think it is a camera, brake, or get distracted and that could actually cause a collision.”

While it is perfectly clear that Mr Edwards is referring to a fake speed camera, it’s obvious that a real speed camera is even more likely to cause dangerous distraction and panic responses from drivers.

Paul Smith, founder of the Safe Speed road safety campaign
( said: “It’s long overdue that ALL the speed camera side effects were acknowledged and investigated. Everyone knows that there are serious side effects that can cause crashes, but I must say it is unusual to hear such an admission from a camera boss. At Safe Speed we’re even more worried about subtle and insidious side effects that are tending to reduce driver quality.”

“If it wasn’t for massive ‘spin’ and vested interests we would have scrapped speed cameras years ago.”

“Speed camera are simply a distraction from real road safety. We won’t get road safety back on track until we scrap the lot.”

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