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spindrift

Member since Oct 2009 • Last active May 2017

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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Troops on the street right before an election.

  • in Improving Public Spaces
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    If anyone proposed a two week amnesty to allow cyclists to get used to No Cycling signs the media would shit their pants in fury.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    This morning the beeb interviewed a mother whose daughter I think was missing.

    "Can you describe your feelings?"

    they asked.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    They also manage the responses. I was thinking about this earlier, I mean no offence to anyone but it's curious how every real-life documentary always includes the obligatory crying scene. Building a house, doing a mountain bike ride, moving to a Tuscan farm, every episode has a weeping moment. Same with the BBc interviews. If you're photogenic and can break down in tears your interview will be shown. That's not to attack the people who are upset at all, it's just the media manage the responses. They rarely show anger, for instance.

  • in Improving Public Spaces
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    Two week amnesty apparently, they get warning letters first.

  • in Rider Down
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    On 5 November 2013, hospital porter Brian Holt was killed by a tipper
    truck contracted by TfL-managed Crossrail while riding a bicycle on
    Cycle Superhighway 2 on Mile End Road. In his report to the TfL
    Board on 6 November 2013 (the next day!), Mr. Daniels described a
    scenario that cyclists who know the area have since pointed out
    couldn’t have possibly been the case. Based on his own
    (apparently-erroneous) collision reconstruction, Mr. Daniels states
    that the Brian Holt “appeared to be taking a short cut” and was
    “cycling against the flow of traffic”: in short, Brian Holt was
    breaking the law and was thus responsible for his own death. Mr.
    Daniels compounded his victim-blaming scenario by announcing that the
    driver of the Crossrail-contraced vehicle hadn’t been arrested and
    stating “there was nothing faulty with either the vehicle or the
    behaviour of the driver of the vehicle.” As it turns out, upon
    investigation, the Driver of the TfL-contracted Crossrail vehicle was
    prosecuted by the CPS. Since the CPS rarely prosecutes any drivers
    contracted to TfL, why, on the day after the incident, did Leon
    Daniels feel obligated to propagate a public narrative that
    automatically blamed the victim and absolved the TfL contractor? Was
    the public interest being served by Mr. Daniels's behaviour?

    saferoxfordstreet.blogspot.co.uk/­

    Daniels is in charge of the Croydon trams, where another driver's nodded off.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    All the dirtiest trains go to south London. Just saying.

  • in General
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    "There were loads of cars behind you!"

    After he stops them one silver van goes past.

    Love Johnny Law urgently insisting cyclists don't wear earphones when their officer is playing Coldplay loud enough to be heard over a bleeding motorbike engine.

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    Wasn't sure where to put this, old bill who likes Coldplay reckons riding two abreast "Causes drivers to drive dangerously"

    youtube.com/watch?v=zP2YuYmG­f5M

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