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Old 10th Feb 2019, 10:59
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Originally Posted by Krystal n chips View Post
Quite !....and the Beeb duly went into max mil power to inform the nation of this major event....."97 year old man gives up driving licence ! "......"Prince Philips licence to lie in state with full ceremonial guard for 5 days ! " " millions expected to sign book of condolences !"
That was actually witty. Has your account been hacked?

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Old 10th Feb 2019, 13:19
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What I find unpleasant about this whole episode is that HRH has been ‘found guilty’ from the outset.

Because he’s elderley and a member of the Royal family the media has found it acceptable to be judge and jury before any police investigation has taken place.

As for the publicity seeking woman, who wasn’t even driving, but has carved out a new career on TV and in the press enough is enough!

Excuse me while I get my tin hat.....
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Old 10th Feb 2019, 14:34
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As I understand it one of the casualties has undergone an operation, which probably means the accident is now categorised as a 'serious' rather 'minor' injury. This, in turn, means the police are expected to carry out a more thorough investigation. Where an investigation points the finger of responsibility towards an elderly driver it is quite common for the officer in charge to suggest to the driver that if they voluntarily surrender their license the case can be closed with no further action.

I really don't know what has happened with HRH, but I think his decision has made it very unlikely he will have to go to court.
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Old 10th Feb 2019, 21:33
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Originally Posted by tescoapp View Post
I am sure the occupants will get a damage payment with a clause for not talking about it and that will be that.
Why should they be gagged as a condition of payment?

If it went through a civil action then no such gag would apply.

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Old 10th Feb 2019, 21:55
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Surely this accident is one that anyone could have had. HRH passed the eyesight test and I presume is still mentally fit.
I know a bit about dealing with elderly drivers. My father tragically got dementia & plainly his eyesight was not up to the required standard. He would still drive & I noticed the rather large increase in mileage of his car & the damage to the wing mirrors. As he could never remember the conversations about him stopping driving. So I contacted the local police, who said they could do nothing about it unless he has an accident. My comment about taking out a bus que didn’t “wash” either. I tried his insurer who said he would have to put in writing that he was no longer fit to drive. I pointed out he could not even sign his own name let alone write a letter. Still nothing they could do.
Before anyone asks. I could not find his driving licence to see if still valid or if somehow he had self certified it.

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Old 11th Feb 2019, 03:04
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K & C.

But, sorry about this, it's far from unrealistic to suggest, that, as was the case with your grandfather, and also my late father, albeit he was in his early 80's, he should have stopped driving on public roads some considerable time ago.
I strongly object to that "ageist" remark. ( Mods ? ) At age 84 I have recently passed the necessary medicals to both drive and fly, and voluntarily undertaken an aged driver assessment, which was conducted by a driving licence application examiner, who actually congratulated me on my constantly moving eyes, viz. looking around for potential hazards. I shall continue to drive ( and fly ) as long as I meet the medical requirements, and yes, I could count backwards from 100 subtracting 7 each time ! ( a comprehension and agility test )

Perhaps I should start a "MeToo" group against ageist remarks ?
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 06:42
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Originally Posted by charliegolf View Post
That was actually witty. Has your account been hacked?

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Very good ! I like that ..but it does beg the question.....who explained the content to you please ?
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 06:48
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Ascerbic comment.
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 08:30
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Originally Posted by Krystal n chips View Post
Very good ! I like that ..but it does beg the question.....who explained the content to you please ?
A big boy Mister

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Old 11th Feb 2019, 17:13
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I am interested in the fact that whenever a story about the royal family hits the news, the usual suspects are out straight away asking "where's the news value in this?", in spite of the fact that it is bleeding obvious that anything to do with our royal family is going to be news, not only here, but abroad (possibly even more so there). That's just a fact of life - lots of people are endlessly fascinated by the royals, something which must depress republicans.

In a way I can sympathise. Two area of popular culture which leave me completely cold are football and popular music. Thus I am not remotely interested in the goings on of footballers, which seem to fascinate the readers of the popular press, nor am I moved when some rock/pop icon dies - I can honestly say I met the news of Bowie's death with a shrug. I didnt know the bloke - why should I feel grief, he's just another old bloke who has popped his clogs? But I appreciate these stories are big news to others who do not share my indifference, so I am happy to just pass them by and let others digest every morsel of information avidly.
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 17:23
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There's 'in the public interest' and 'what the public are interested in'. occasionally, but infrequently, they coincide.
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 17:54
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The aim of course is to sell papers, but do people actually buy papers to read about . . .
Or do they buy their regular rag out of habit?

I certainly don't bother to read acres of newsprint about billionaire serial abusers unless there is a good article by the likes of Frank Field.
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 22:44
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I'm no Brit but I'm impressed by the old goat. He's brilliant. Come on, he's 97. Give him some credit. Yeah he screwed up and ended up rolling his Rover and then walked away.
Yes he walked away from a rollover aged 97.

How many of us snowflakes can say that?

C'mon credit where credit is due.
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 23:19
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Or do they buy their regular rag out of habit?
Must admit I probably buy my Times out of habit - if I didn't have a subscription I probably wouldn't buy it so regularly.. But I notice that I read less and less of it - always look at the letters to see if they have published my latest offering, but quite often I start an item and don't get to the end, I suspect that my attention span is shortening these days. I cancelled the Sunday Times years ago when I weighed the recycle pile and found it weighed twice as much as the portion I was going to read (or attempt to read). I have several books of journalism by some of my old favourites - notably Bernard Levin and Clive James, and I don't think there is anyone in the game these days who could hold a candle to these two
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 03:17
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.......notably Bernard Levin and Clive James, .......
Agreed, and that one who wrote for the "pink 'un." who was the only journalist ( of the times - with a small "t" ) who had the slightest idea about aviation, and so usually got it nearly right (regret name forgotten ). That was the only paper worth reading after an accident.
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 07:01
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TTN, I read my rag with the same speed and also the letters. A quick scan at an article headline, glance through the first lines of each paragraph and on to the next. Only the letters page has original writing with some humour, bit like JB.

Learnt many years ago when doing a project over the period of a year. I collected relevant clippings and then studied them in one go. Discovered that later articles had one or two new paragraphs and the rest was simple regurgitation of earlier pieces.

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Old 12th Feb 2019, 10:42
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post
The aim of course is to sell papers, but do people actually buy papers .....

I gave up buying newspapers many years ago, but two of our local pubs provide them for customers. It's a good excuse for a pleasant walk and some refreshment. Plan B is our village library for newspapers. Oh the joys of retirement!
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 12:53
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I haven't bought a newspaper since the parrot died.
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 13:11
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Steepclimb,

Well said cobber!

And a thread which has surely run its course? Like the story itself, IMO that is.
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 17:26
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Originally Posted by WingNut60 View Post
I haven't bought a newspaper since the parrot died.
My wife still occasionally buys a newspaper. I seldom read them but I do find them useful for lighting the fire, cleaning windows, soaking up oil in the garage and for putting down on the utility room floor when the dog's got a gippy tum.
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