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General Discussion / Re: Oscar Pistorius
« on: September 11, 2014, 06:18:49 PM »
I watched some of the trial, the prosecution did his best to get across that Pistorius 'did intend to kill her'

However the psychologist gave what I thought was a very reasonable account of what he thought would have happened and I could identify and so agreed with all he said.

How would we have reacted being in the same situation 'if' we really thought an intruder was in our home and we had no legs.
Get them before they get me?

Or would we just speak nicely through the door and ask the person to 'go away please'

South Africa isn't a place I would wish to visit as it seems to be quite common for people to own/carry guns.

Having said that I agree with Pete's comment about him ( not Pete  ::) ) being a dick head.

General Discussion / Re: Oscar Pistorius
« on: September 11, 2014, 05:10:27 PM »
As I said I don't think he intended to murder his girlfriend and I think he went into 'Fight' mode which cut off his rational thinking to a degree.
I do think however though that he intended to kill someone - before as he thought they killed him.

Wonder if he will get a prison sentence tomorrow.

General Discussion / Oscar Pistorius
« on: September 11, 2014, 03:03:28 PM »
He's been cleared of murdering his girlfriend - the right decision I think.
Anyone think he did it with intentions to murder her?

Email from RNIB

Have to hold my hands up and confess that I have never given much thought to this - and should have  :-[

Just wondering if it is something our bus drivers in Derbyshire are trained on - has anyone come across this being used?

The video link is just common sense - if we think about it, but until we watch something like this - would others like me give it much thought?
Be honest???

Thanks to everyone who supported our bus campaign by getting involved with our Bus Action Fortnight. Many of you held successful events across the UK. We're pleased to announce that following the fortnight, Kent based Go-Coach met with local campaigners and signed up to our bus charter. Alongside this, at least four other bus operators have set up similar meetings.

But our work is far from over. In March 2013, EU regulations came into force which covered bus and coach travel across the EU. Part of these regulations said that all bus drivers should have disability awareness training. Instead of implementing immediately, the UK government decided to make use of a five year exemption.

After challenging this, the Minister of State for Transport agreed to review this decision in March 2014. We are still waiting. Do you think all bus drivers should have disability awareness training? If the answer is yes, please send a message to Baroness Kramer, the current Minister of State for Transport, and ask her to lift the exemption on the EU regulation on bus driver disability awareness training.

Mystery Shopper video transcript

Diane Marx:
My name is Diane Marx, I contracted meningitis sixteen and a half years ago and was left totally blind. 

The problems I face as I use buses on a daily basis are things like bus drivers not stopping, initially, then not communicating.  I've been involved with RNIB through the Stop for me, Speak to me campaign, doing mystery shopping by riding around the city, getting on and off buses, trying different routes, putting a mystery shopping report together.

Mystery Shopper Feedback

Things that I tend to give feedback on when I'm doing a mystery shop on the buses is looking at whether they stop for me, whether they tell me the bus number, their destination, whether they tell me whether the bus has audible announcements on board, whether they will tell me where there are available seating.  If there are no audible announcements, when I get to my destination, if they do that.  That all goes into the mystery shop.

Food for thought!!

General Discussion / Re: Inconsiderate Parking
« on: September 11, 2014, 02:02:51 PM »
How many people let their kids out of the house to walk to school by themselves nowadays.
I walked to school when I was 4, mum let me !
I remember running back home from Carr Vale Infants at dinner time. I ran through the gitty into the road and a Mini screeched to a stop. It didn't hit me thankfully. I walked into the house and my mum said have you just crossed the road without looking first. I said yes, so mum gave me a good hiding, arm grabbed, me running round in circles, but couldn't get away from mum's other arse slapping hand. I learnt my lesson. Tufty squirell, green cross code, I didn't want another hiding LOL

Hah - so that's were the name 'Fly' originated from  :))

Sport / Re: Marathon in 12 minutes
« on: September 10, 2014, 09:51:32 PM »
 :)) Thought so  :))

General Discussion / Re: Inconsiderate Parking
« on: September 10, 2014, 09:32:58 PM »
The police have been involved in the past and the lines are only right outside the school. People park on both sides of the road making it difficult to get up the street at times.
Children forget at times that they should stop and look, they easily get distracted.
Thing is the Village Hall car park is there to park in!

Simon, there are some disabled people who think they can park anywhere. Should have a ticket slapped on them sharpish

General Discussion / Re: Inconsiderate Parking
« on: September 10, 2014, 09:19:32 PM »
The child got up and walked across to the other side of the road, so not badly injured. I sat in the car and held up any traffic as there were papers strewn across the road belonging to the child.

There are double yellow lines lower down the street nearer the school and I do know the school have repeatedly asked parents by letter not to park on that road - do they listen or take heed - NO!!

This is the second child to be knocked down in a few months as not so long ago as we went up the street there was a girl sat on the pavement, an ambulance and police car.

It's a bus drivers nightmare when the school is chucking out.

General Discussion / Inconsiderate Parking
« on: September 10, 2014, 06:56:29 PM »
Why do people insist on parking so close to the schools.
I was slowly ( 20 MPH ) moving up the street past the junior school this afternoon, cars were parked either side of the road.
Another car just in front of me maybe going a tad faster but not speeding.

Bash!  :(
I saw a child hit by the car and fall flat on his back - he was coming out from behind a parked car.
That could have been my car hitting the child.
Luckily the child got up and walked to the pavement, he seemed to be ok.

Why can't drivers park in the car park or away from the school entrance  >:(

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Anyone else seen 'The Tree' ?
« on: September 10, 2014, 06:51:21 PM »
It can get a bit busy on that roundabout.
I viewed it from across the road a couple of weeks ago but was too low down to see it properly.
Now what we could do with is an train driver with a camera  ;)

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Anyone else seen 'The Tree' ?
« on: September 10, 2014, 06:38:46 PM »
So the walls will be brown to represent 'roots'
Ok it will be interesting to see when it's completed, maybe it will be quite eye catching.

Chesterfield goes back to Roman times doesn't it and if I remember rightly Newbold was back then the township  - not Chesterfield?

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Nandos comes to town
« on: September 10, 2014, 05:31:10 PM »
What type of eating place is it Pete?

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Anyone else seen 'The Tree' ?
« on: September 10, 2014, 05:30:46 PM »
Bit busy to look too much at 5.00pm but managed a glimpse whilst lights were on red.
It definitely looks like a rusty tree which has been chopped in half and then the top half shoved back into the ground.
What's with the walls coming down from it?
Hubby tried to take a photo, haven't looked at it yet but if it's worth posting I will.

Chesterfield Discussion / Free family celebration weekend at Tapton Lock
« on: September 10, 2014, 03:51:20 PM »
Hope the weather holds out for this weekend, it sounds like good fun.

Fun for all the family will be on offer at Tapton Lock in Chesterfield which is hosting a weekend of free activities next weekend (Saturday and Sunday 20-21 September).

A host of activities will be on offer from 11am-4pm at our Tapton Lock visitor centre on the banks of the Chesterfield Canal.

These will include live folk music, have-a-go canoe rides and adventure activities, art workshops, craft stalls and boat trips aboard the John Varley.

There will also be celebrated guest appearances by local band Soapbox Preacher, Chesterfield Folk Club and Springwell Community Choir.

Free parking is available on the old Tesco site off the A61.

The event is being held in partnership with Junction Arts and is funded by us and grant funding from Derbyshire Community Foundation and Community Leadership Scheme with sponsorship from Casa Hotel and Gilder Group Honda.

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