Category Odds & Sods

Things that don’t fit the other categories

Happy New Year!!

So here is the end of another year, but the time you read this it will be a new one, So here is wishing you all a Happy New Year!!! Prosit Neujahr! Blianadh Bha Ur! Glückliches neues Jahr!! All the… Continue Reading →

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2012

Just in case you didn’t know today is World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2012. It is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year – to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s… Continue Reading →

The BBC and the myth of “road tax”

Why is the BBC so keen on perpetuating the myth of “road tax”? The term is totally misleading in that it suggests that roads are paid for out of taxes raised on motoring. As I have pointed out before, this… Continue Reading →

Beware Notice of Tax Return e-mail

I don’t often get e-mails from Her Majesties Revenue & Customs (HMRC), normally these are in a response to my filling out my tax return on-line, using the e-mail address which I have given them for confirmation. So when e-mail… Continue Reading →

Thoughts on the A9

A resent blog post by Lesley Riddoch set me thinking about the A9. The one thing that really makes the A9 a dangerous road is the almost total absence of enforcement the rules of the road. There are only two… Continue Reading →

What are 20mph speed limits for?

As readers of this blog will know I regard the introduction of 20mph speed limits as a good thing, and as I have said elsewhere, it has been known for well over 20 years that, as traffic speed increases, so… Continue Reading →

Little and large: a short story…

Little and large: a short story… While I was out the other day I spotted these two birds sitting on street light, the chaffinch was chaffing away as they do. The Herring gull listened for a short while and thought… Continue Reading →

Rattling cages

I have been known to be rather outspoken when tweeting about the subject of road safety but I didn’t expect this response when I commented on the RAC’s news item about: Cyclists ‘need space to stay safe’. rac.co.uk/news-advice/mo… Cyclists ‘need… Continue Reading →

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2011

The United Nations has declared the 20 November 2011 to be a World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. According to the UN, “Road traffic crashes kill nearly 1.3 million people every year and injure or disable as many… Continue Reading →

Trivial fact for today: No. 1

I have decide to run an occasional series called “Trivial fact for today” starting with… Trivial fact for today: No. 1 The word ‘Traffic’ entered English language in 1549 and comes from Arabic word taraffaqa, which means ‘to walk along… Continue Reading →

Say no to ridiculous car trips

The National Travel Survey for 2010 (for Great Britain) has now been published, and it shows some interesting information and some worrying trends. So I thought I would report and examine some of the data here. Since the early 1970s,… Continue Reading →

Yehuda Moon Cartoons

I am something of a fan of the Yehuda Moon Cartoons, like the one below, and so I have added a daily cartoon to the side bar to the right of this post, just click on the cartoon to see… Continue Reading →

Something about bicycle lanes, strict liability etc.

This post has been hanging around in draft form for a while but I have decided to publish it in it current state so that I can get on with other posts… There has been a lot of comment on… Continue Reading →

Tax Refund Notification

I had an interesting e-mail today, it claimed to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and read as follows:   From: HM Revenue & Customs <refund.claim-hm@hmrc.gov.uk> Subject: Tax Refund Notification Date: Sat, 7 May 2011 16:19:58 +0100 To: undisclosed-recipients:… Continue Reading →

Should we ban Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO)?

We are regularly told that there are many dangerous chemicals which are a risk to our health, to the environment, and to the world in general. So today I would like to ask the question: should we ban Dihydrogen Monoxide… Continue Reading →

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