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Old 4th Mar 2022, 19:45
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I read that story over the weekend and was irresistibly reminded of Puckoon...
One of the most irreverent but hilarious books I have ever read; never a great fan of Spike on the radio or telly, but his books had me howling, with Puckoon right at the top of the list.
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Old 8th Apr 2022, 14:23
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More also rans... Methinks they confoosed Britain's sclerotic main artery for the Crab Nebula...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan...shire-61038055
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Old 8th Apr 2022, 18:29
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Yes, when on a bicycle, I too grabbed onto the back end of a pickup truck. Certainly helped speed me along my way!

I also used to draft cars on a city road that headed downhill, but I would lurk on the far right side near the edge of the car, typically a blind spot (in the US) in their rear view mirror so that they wouldn’t notice that I was there, but close enough to the side that I could dodge around in case they spotted me and jammed on the brakes.

Alas, one time when I was on my bicycle, some guy swerved right and scraped the skin off the top of my hand while making an abrupt right turn. The curbs were too high for me to jump over/upon, so I had to grin and bear it until he passed me by, i.e., I kept my bike upright on a steady course while the side of the car was sliding across my hand. My other alternative was to crash on the curb and go sprawling into whatever impediments presented themselves,

I figured a superficial loss of skin was the better option.

I was NOT doing anything even vaguely wrong in that situation, it’s just some guy in a muscle car felt the need to get around the corner fast and I had no where to go.

I doubt they even noticed me.
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Old 9th Apr 2022, 05:42
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Some might say it was fun while it lasted, have pity for those who have to live with the aftermath he created.

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Old 9th Apr 2022, 10:57
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I live next to a straight section of lovely, straight, tarmac road. In summer we often hear the scream of a big bike, followed by sudden silence. 4 majors and 2 deaths in about 1/2 mile in the last 10 years. Leather-clad Lemmings.
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Old 9th Apr 2022, 19:39
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Think of them as over enthusiastic organ donors, hurrying to do their bit.
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Old 9th Apr 2022, 19:50
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Had a motorbike crash outside my house at dawn one June a few years ago - I was in the loo and heard the racing acceleration up through the gear box followed by various wayward noises and a lot of scraping. He hadn't hit anything, just came off and the theory was that he'd been pulling a wheelie. By the time I'd finished what I was doing and looked out of my bedroom window, workers from the dairy across the road (one or two of them are often outside having a fag) were attending him along with occupants of several passing cars. He was motionless, bike was about 100' further down the road. Never heard whether he survived.
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Old 9th Apr 2022, 20:40
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Had a motorbike crash outside my house at dawn one June a few years ago - I was in the loo and heard the racing acceleration up through the gear box followed by various wayward noises and a lot of scraping. He hadn't hit anything, just came off and the theory was that he'd been pulling a wheelie. By the time I'd finished what I was doing and looked out of my bedroom window, workers from the dairy across the road (one or two of them are often outside having a fag) were attending him along with occupants of several passing cars. He was motionless, bike was about 100' further down the road. Never heard whether he survived.
About 20 years ago, I was working in the garage with the door open (nice summer day). I heard the scream of a rapidly accelerating bike, then just the briefest momentary sound of skidding tires, then that horrible 'thump' of a big impact. After a few seconds of silence, shouts of 'CALL 911, CALL 911". Motorcycle had been going over 80 mph (police estimate - eye witnesses said 'about 100') on a residential street and hit a young newbie driver making a left turn into our development. Motorcyclist flew over that car, over the car behind him, and landed on the windshield of a third car . Emergency responders arrived amazingly fast - ended up taking him out by helicopter from a nearby parking lot - but he didn't make it through the night.
I talked to the young newbie driver - obviously really shaken - he said he saw the motorcycle "way over there" pointing in the distance, started to make his left turn and the bike hit him. Perhaps a more experienced driver would have noticed how fast the motorcycle was approaching - hard to say (I don't think the police sighted the young newbie - although I suspect the kid got sued by the family of the motorcyclist). Unfortunately that young driver will have to live with that the rest of his life, wondering 'what if'.
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Old 9th Apr 2022, 22:42
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although I suspect the kid got sued by the family of the motorcyclist).f'.
Given the law-breaking and hugely irresponsible speed of the motor-cyclist, would it be likely in the U.S. that they would get anything ?

I was in a similar situation a lot of years ago. I had just landed at the then-new Lyon Satolas airport ( late 70's) and driving away in my little Renault Clio hire-car and was on a country road. It was a very hot summer's day at lunch time, the roads were deserted. I was driving through a village on a very long, arrow- straight road when I realised I was going the wrong way. Glanced in the mirror, saw nothing so began a leisurely U-turn across the road. All of a sudden there was a Honda 750 passing me , fish-tailing wildly under maximum braking, rider trying desperately to stay aboard. Going through a village there would be an automatic 50 kph limit, but for him to have been far enough away to be invisible and then still be at a fairly high speed as he passed me, I guess he must have been doing 150 kph initially ( those Hondas had good brakes )

I hope he shit himself with shock, because he certainly left me shaken.
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Old 10th Apr 2022, 01:51
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Originally Posted by Tartiflette Fan View Post
Given the law-breaking and hugely irresponsible speed of the motor-cyclist, would it be likely in the U.S. that they would get anything ?
Hard to say - people will sue for damn near anything in this country, hoping for that magic lottery win... Unless you can get a summary judgement saying the lawsuit has no merit, insurance companies will often settle simply because it's cheaper than paying lawyers a couple hundred dollars an hour to go to court, and if you do go to court it becomes a bit of a crap shoot - jury's sometimes give big rewards because of pity for the victim or their family.
Yes, it's a lousy system, but since many of our poli's are lawyers, they have no interest in fixing and stopping their gravy train.
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Old 10th Apr 2022, 08:45
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Motorcyclist was killed a few years ago when he hit a car turning right across his path. Car driver was disqualified for careless driving despite motorcyclist's speed being well over the 60mph limit, 97mph according to Google. He admitted he hadn't seen the bike or the car behind it.
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Old 10th Apr 2022, 08:57
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Case near us of a young lad, told to go home by the pub landlord as inebriated.
10 minutes later, on a stolen motor bike, he collided with a lamp post killing his pillion passenger.
6 hours after the accident he was found to be 10 times over the drug limit and well over the drink limit.

But my question was: What the hell possessed his passenger? OK, he paid with his life for his stupidity, but to get on with a drunk and drugged rider?
Fortunately only a piece of street furniture involved but so easily have been an innocent family instead of a lamp post.

There are also now as many cases in court where the driver is over the limit on drugs, not always alcohol....
It's getting so that you wonder how FEW are actually fit to drive.
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Old 10th Apr 2022, 09:03
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Presumably the pillion passenger was also very p*ssed.
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Old 10th Apr 2022, 09:43
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There are also now as many cases in court where the driver is over the limit on drugs, not always alcohol....
It's getting so that you wonder how FEW are actually fit to drive.
I smell cannabis so often these days when out and about, frequently early in the morning. Friend and I were discussing this while out for a stroll at 8am and we reckon a heck of a lot of the aggression one encounters on the roads is due to drivers either being drugged up or in need of a fix. I saw an appalling exhibition recently from a 40ish driver, totally out of mental control and bullying another car driver who had the priority at a narrow section of road under a bridge. She had a small child in her car, he had a schoolboy in his Range Rover who looked utterly ashamed at his dad screaming abuse at the other driver. Not rational behaviour at all.

I like a drink but I never "need" one...
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Old 10th Apr 2022, 10:25
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I like a drink but I never "need" one...
Before I had seen a specialist doctor (a very pleasant and good looking young lady of Indian origin, born in Leicester!) I often 'needed' one. She told me that with Benign Essential Tremors, alcohol in not too large quantities is a temporary cure for the tremors, something I had found empirically. The tremors were such that I couldn't pick things up or even hold a cup to drink from or a knife and fork to eat. But Propronal tablets work just as well, so I no longer 'need' a drink. First time I have ever been advised to drink alcohol for medical reasons!
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Old 10th Apr 2022, 15:24
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Another contender. Bulletproof Vest That Wasn't.
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Old 11th Apr 2022, 22:01
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Motorcyclist was killed a few years ago when he hit a car turning right across his path. Car driver was disqualified for careless driving despite motorcyclist's speed being well over the 60mph limit, 97mph according to Google. He admitted he hadn't seen the bike or the car behind it.
Very similar case with different outcome in today's Daily Mail. Three off-duty policemen on motor-bikes riding at up to 113 mph in 60 limit ( all recorded on a Go-Pro ): two of them ran into a Fiesta when it pulled out of a lay-by. They all got 9 months suspended, 18 months driving ban, £ 500 fine and 200 hours community service.
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Old 11th Apr 2022, 22:16
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Motorcyclist was killed a few years ago when he hit a car turning right across his path. Car driver was disqualified for careless driving despite motorcyclist's speed being well over the 60mph limit, 97mph according to Google. He admitted he hadn't seen the bike or the car behind it.
A little different - going 50% over the posted limit, and going 3 times the posted limit...
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Old 12th Apr 2022, 07:59
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And the latest winner is…

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/04/11/u...ing/index.html

One teenager is dead after at least two teens took turns shooting at each other while wearing body armor, police in Belleview, Florida, said.

On April 3, the Belleview Police Department (BPD) received a call for a shooting at a residence. When they arrived, they found 16-year-old Christopher Leroy Broad Jr., who had been shot. He was transported to a local hospital where he died, BPD said in a Facebook post.
The medical examiner's office said the cause of Broad's death was a single gunshot wound to the chest and the manner of death was listed as homicide, according to a probable cause affidavit.
During the investigation into the shooting, BPD "discovered evidence to prove" that Joshua Vining, 17, had "shot and killed Broad." Vining was arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child with a firearm, BPD said.

"Through the investigation, it was determined that Vining and Broad were taking turns shooting at each other while wearing a vest which contained a form of body armor," BPD said in the statement. "Vining shot at Broad while he was wearing the vest and he was struck."
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Old 12th Apr 2022, 09:29
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A little different - going 50% over the posted limit, and going 3 times the posted limit...
Same outcome though, other than the car driver losing his licence. Incidentally, in the UK, building up 12 points gets a driving ban, or being caught doing twice the speed limit or 100mph plus normally results in an instant ban I believe. Is there anything similar in the US? Mate got stopped doing 50 in a Floridian construction zone which resulted in a $120 fine but no implications for his UK licence.
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