Would You Stop To Help?


Will You provide A Helping Hand?

Picture the scene. Early morning, a current temperature of minus 2º, with a blustery wind. The snow plough has been through and there is a two-foot-high “ridge” of snow alongside the kerb.

Your cars wipers are struggling to work as the snow sticks to them, making them only cover 80% of the windscreen.

Through the dazzling reflected headlights, bouncing off the huge snowflakes as you drive along, an image starts to become clear. There is a small car stopped in the left lane up ahead.

Other cars, trucks and vans go past the small car throwing up a wave of slush against the car as they do.

You start to do the same and, as you do, you see the shadow of someone in the car.

Help was needed

This was the scene I was faced with one winters day. I pulled into the side of the road and backed up to the VW that was broken down.

There was a woman of around 24 in the driver’s seat. In the back was a baby capsule with her 3-month-old baby in it. She had been stuck there for over half an hour. Forced to get back into the car as she was virtually frozen stiff from standing next to it, she had given up trying to flag down some help.

I was not able to sort out the cars problem, so I took them both to her friend’s address which she gave me.

I ended up around one and a half hours late for work and got a warning to boot.

Now I am no hero or anything, but is it not a very sad indictment of our society, that many of us are so self-centred, selfish and afraid, that she was left there for so long before anyone stopped?

An Important Day In Motoring History

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Motoring history gets a shake-up

The date was August 30th 1959, motoring history and motoring in general, sat up and took notice.

The Mini was born. Costing £497, the Mini offered fantastic space, economy, and thrills to boot. With its puny 850cc engine, it came out at just the right time with fuel shortages and petrol costs rising.

With a ground clearance of just 6 inches, it had a top speed of 74mph (119km/h). Add to that a chassis that gave the feeling that the car was cornering on rails, and it rapidly gained popularity with the young drivers of the day. It’s qualities also led to successes in rallies, racing and hill climbs.

Looking at today’s version, you can see the heritage.

I certainly wouldn’t refuse a modern Mini if they were giving them away, but I do feel that the car has lost some of the soul the original Mini had.

International Day Against Nuclear Tests

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Nuclear Tests, Whats The Point?

Since 1945, nuclear tests have been carried out across the globe.

Getting close to a staggering 2,000 in fact.

Today is a day to sound your voice in protest against nuclear tests.

People refer to nuclear capability as a deterrent. We have no need for nuclear weapons. Every world leader knows that if nuclear weapons were to be used the devastation would be complete. There would be nothing left for anyone to argue about.

Probably no people left to argue either.


The Events Of August 27th

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List Of Events Of August 27th

Amongst the events of August 27th, Mars approached Earth getting to be the closest it had been since 57,617 BC.* That was on Aug. 27th, 2003.

The map of the solar system shows how the early astronomers thought that everything revolved around the Earth. We of course now know that we revolve around the Sun.

Also on the 27th of August, but in 1991, Moldova achieved independence.

In 1976, Australian racing driver, Mark Webber, was born.*

In 1939,  on this day, the first ever jet aircraft flew. It was the Heinkel He 178.**

events in august 27th

Today is also banana lovers day.

The humble banana is a fabulous source of energy because they have loads of potassium.

They are also considered to be the “feel good” fruit as they have chemicals in them that help the body produce serotonin. They can also aid in lowering blood pressure. Called a fruit, they are actually classed as a berry.



Earthquakes In Indonesia

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More earthquakes in Indonesia?

Will there be more? Unfortunately, eathquakes in Indonsia are nothing new.  Indonesia experiences more earthquakes than any other county in the world.*

In fact, according to the United States Geological Survey, Indonesia has suffered more than 150 earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 7 between the years 1901 to 2017.

Volcanoes are also a threat. In 1883, Krakatoa erupted causing seismic avtivity. Some 36,417 lives were lost from the eruption and the tsunami’s it created.

From the recent earthquake in Indonesia, and the aftershocks, the death toll has reached 430. Sadly, it may have risen as I write this.