I’ve come across some daffy driving in my time, but the Mercury story last week about a driver who allegedly zigzagged through closed barriers at the Helpston level crossing – shortly before arrival of a train, just about takes the biscuit. It seems to me instead of using his head he was lucky he didn’t lose it! Perhaps he was trying to disprove the Friday 13th myth. Or maybe it’s because some people just don’t grow up when they get behind the wheel of a car. It reminds me of two near misses I have experienced in recent weeks, the first when I was overtaken on a sharp, completely blind bend, by an idiot who could have caused a head-on collision with an unseen oncoming vehicle and the second – possibly the same idiot, who overtook an approaching car on a blind hump in the road, missing me by seconds. Now if these maniacs have a death-wish it’s fine by me but please don’t involve us in your pathetic macho madness!
As well as contending with stupidity, it seems there are some pretty sick people about these days. I gather - amongst the latest low-life activities, are so-called revenge web sites, posting compromising pictures stolen from on-line accounts or posted by lovelorn rejects. Either way it’s apparently all too easy to find your happy cell-phone snaps being put to ill use, with blackmail demands to have them removed.
And it’s not just the sad sacks apparently. Nokia have reportedly paid ransom money to retrieve stolen encryption codes – whatever they are and smart-phones made in China have built-in spy-ware factory installed, so they are capable of sending info back to some shifty servers from those lovely people who gave us Tiananmen Square. All a bit worrying when you think how much electronic equipment they export to us and that our government has just given them open sesame to our nuclear fuel programme!
But here’s some good news. At a time when most of us taking regular medication to keep the bits working – or from falling off, can be disheartened by the inevitable side effects, it’s encouraging to learn of treatment which does us good and makes us feel good into the bargain. Cardiologist Dr William McCrea has been prescribing red wine for over ten years and is now handing out two glasses a day to around 10,000 heart patients at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon.
Cheers doc. So bearing in mind all the contradictory health advice, that’s a couple of glasses of Pinot Noir, chocolate and white bread and butter on prescription then?
Finally, as someone who cannot understand the appeal of body tattoos on women, I was amused to see the tale of the chap in a pub who asked an overweight lady what the Chinese characters on her ample body meant. “Beautiful lady” she replied proudly.
Having spent time in Hong Kong, he hadn’t the heart to tell her it actually meant quite the opposite!