As children, in those days, we were able to buy fireworks and we did so and happily let them off without giving any thought to potential dangers. In fact, when I started writing this, I thought we didn’t know about the dangers, but then I remembered there were always Fire Brigade warnings on the radio before the event and a mention of casualties on the radio news after. However, I suppose that a dry announcement that there were “10 dead and 23 serious injuries” doesn’t mean as much as seeing a picture of a small child wrapped in bandages.
A couple of years ago, when my father-in-law was riding his mobility scooter near his home in Westcliff on Sea, a wheel of the scooter caught in an unexpected hole in the pavement and the scooter and father-in-law tipped over, causing him to hit his head on the pavement. Last year, the mobility scooter I was riding tipped over. I was fortunate – I was badly banged about and spent the next couple of weeks in bed with some powerful pain killers but was otherwise OK. Last week, my wife tipped over and banged her head. We had a worrying few hours when she had lost her short term memory, but she has now recovered, apart from a painful shoulder.
Perhaps, however, scooter riders should wear crash helmets. What do you think?
Over the “Pond” in America, people are starting to plan Thanksgiving, which they celebrate on the fourth Thursday of November, so November 23rd this year. For Americans, this is a day when families spend time together. The days immediately before and after Thanksgiving, flights are fully booked and airports are chaotic. It seems the whole nation is travelling. Someone over there with less cause than many to celebrate is Marcus Hutchins, who can look forward to a lonely time without his family in a foreign and antagonistic land. I hope any of my American friends reading this will remember that, not found guilty of any crime, every day he spends unwillingly in the “Land of the Free” is a cruel and unusual punishment. You can help his defense at https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/malwaretech/