Round Up Of The Week
December 24, 2016
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My lawyers have asked me to point out that my departure from the London work and social scene in late 2015 and London’s subsequent fall from first to second in the cocaine usage stakes – behind Antwerp, would you believe – is purely coincidental.
Our benighted Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, has just got into a spot of bother for “dooring” a cyclist, knocking one off their bike whilst opening a car door. Despite our local council spending a fortune introducing cycle ways – a pot of white paint and some bollards to bifurcate the footpath into a lane for cyclists and one for pedestrians – many still insist on using the road. I was nearly a victim of dooring a few weeks back. I was innocently opening the door of my car when I was descended upon by a pack of cyclists. My door, fortunately, was able to retract in time, otherwise, we might have seen an interesting example of the domino theory in play.
The Dutch, sensible people in most things, I find, other than politics, have the answer to the problem. They recommend that you open the door with the hand furthest away from it – a right-hand door with your left. This manoeuvre forces you to look backwards and spot any oncoming cyclist. Contact can be guaranteed every time rather than just leaving it to blind chance.
Best cracker joke of 2016 – what will be different about Christmas dinner after Brexit? No Brussels.
I would like to wish all my readers and followers a happy Christmas.