A Senior Moment with John Docker: A good skatepark campaign - but concerns are still valid

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There is a saying – one man’s meat is another man’s poison. How true that is.

It was good to see in the Mercury last week Stamford skateboarders are one step closer to a new skatepark. Or should that be one kick flip closer?

Either way it has to be said any facility that keeps youngsters occupied and out of trouble is to be welcomed and the folk involved with raising £150,000 are to be congratulated on their efforts.

But equally there is the other side of the coin, namely concerns of local residents who complain they have not been consulted on the issue and fear a return of noise problems associated with the previous skatepark.

It is no good dismissing them as “nimbys” or making comparisons with our heroic soldiers in Afghanistan “who know what hell is”.

To older people noise problems and unruly behaviour frequently associated with such facilities can indeed be a very real form of hell. And only those who have suffered the problem personally can know just how distressing it can be.

There is another conflicting saying about sauce for the goose – which in this case is definitely not necessarily sauce for the gander – so let’s hope the local authority do consider these concerns and not dismiss them out of hand.

It’s all relative I guess, depending on your point of view and talking of relativity, the revered “father of modern physics” may have got it wrong it seems.

Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity is in doubt after CERN – the European laboratory for particle physics, claims to have fired neutrino particles over a distance of some 732 metres, faster than the speed of light.

Mark you, apparently it was only 0.00000006 seconds faster, so I really can’t see what all the fuss is about!

After all, it’s not going to make much difference to the price of cornflakes is it? I mean does it really justify all that effort by 7,931 scientists and engineers representing 608 universities, plus 2,400 full time employees at a cost of 664 million Euros a year? All for 0.00000006 of a second? Doesn’t really seem worth it somehow!

It’s not as if we didn’t already know about black holes, quantum leaps through space at warp speed, time travel and all that stuff, it’s all been on the telly often enough hasn’t it?

And what good will it do? What difference will it all make to us, apart from a hell of a lot of books being thrown at of the window?

And who, apart from the publishers, is going to benefit? It won’t increase our pensions that’s for sure, or cut the Council Tax.

It’s all a bit daft if you ask me. And the more you think about it the dafter it gets. They’re saying it could solve tomorrow’s problems today. What about solving today’s problems today? That’s what I’d like to know!