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11th September 2013: The world's gone mad and I'm the only one who knows
30th August 2013: Isn't sarcasm a wonderful thing?
25th August 2013: Operation Yewtree has turned British justice on its head
13th August 2013: Black is white. Fact. End of.
11th August 2013: Why 'human rights' is nothing of the sort ...
11th August 2013: Electric cars, not as green as they're painted?
6th August 2013: How the British nation treats its friends ...
8th July 2013: The BBC biased? How can that be? They're so NICE!
26th June 2013: Think this country is a bastion of freedom and justice and a shining model for the world? Think again.
18th June 2013: Wrinklies unite, you have nothing to lose but your walking frames!
17th June 2013: is the end finally approaching for this evil woman?
31st May 2013: Now it's official - the BBC really is a left-wing propaganda machine
31st May 2013: Those evil bastards are at it again. Yes, you've guessed it - social services!
27th May 2013: Well-known TV presenter talks sense. No good will come of it.
24th May 2013: British justice is best? Only for the very poor, apparently ...
17th May 2013: Some actual FACTS about climate change (for a change) from actual scientists ...
10th May 2013: An article about that poison gas, carbon dioxide, and other scientific facts (not) ...
10th May 2013: We need to see past the sex and look at the crimes: is justice being served?
8th May 2013: So, who would you trust to treat your haemorrhoids, Theresa May?
8th May 2013: Why should citizens in the 21st Century fear the law so much?
30th April 2013: What the GOS says today, the rest of the world realises tomorrow ...
30th April 2013: You couldn't make it up, could you? Luckily you don't need to ...
29th April 2013: a vote for NONE OF THE ABOVE, because THE ABOVE are crap ...
28th April 2013: what goes around, comes around?
19th April 2013: everyone's a victim these days ...
10th April 2013: Thatcher is dead; long live Thatcher!
8th April 2013: Poor people are such a nuisance. Just give them loads of money and they'll go away ...
26th March 2013: Censorship is alive and well and coming for you ...
25th March 2013: Just do your job properly, is that too much to ask?
25th March 2013: So, what do you think caused your heterosexuality?
20th March 2013: Feminists - puritans, hypocrites or just plain stupid?
18th March 2013: How Nazi Germany paved the way for modern governance?
13th March 2013: Time we all grew up and lived in the real world ...
12th March 2013: Hindenburg crash mystery solved? - don't you believe it!
6th March 2013: Is this the real GOS?
5th March 2013: All that's wrong with taxes
25th February 2013: The self-seeking MP who is trying to bring Britain down ...
24th February 2013: Why can't newspapers just tell the truth?
22nd February 2013: Trial by jury - a radical proposal
13th February 2013: A little verse for two very old people ...
6th February 2013: It's not us after all, it's worms
6th February 2013: Now here's a powerful argument FOR gay marriage ...
4th February 2013: There's no such thing as equality because we're not all the same ...
28th January 2013: Global Warming isn't over - IT'S HIDING!
25th January 2013: Global Warmers: mad, bad and dangerous to know ...
25th January 2013: Bullying ego-trippers, not animal lovers ...
19th January 2013: We STILL haven't got our heads straight about gays ...
16th January 2013: Bullying ego-trippers, not animal lovers ...
11th January 2013: What it's like being English ...
7th January 2013: Bleat, bleat, if it saves the life of just one child ...
7th January 2013: How best to put it? 'Up yours, Argentina'?
7th January 2013: Chucking even more of other people's money around ...
6th January 2013: Chucking other people's money around ...
30th December 2012: The BBC is just crap, basically ...
30th December 2012: We mourn the passing of a genuine Grumpy Old Sod ...
30th December 2012: How an official body sets out to ruin Christmas ...
16th December 2012: Why should we pardon Alan Turing when he did nothing wrong?
15th December 2012: When will social workers face up to their REAL responsibility?
15th December 2012: Unfair trading by a firm in Bognor Regis ...
14th December 2012: Now the company that sells your data is pretending to act as watchdog ...
7th December 2012: There's a war between cars and bikes, apparently, and  most of us never noticed!
26th November 2012: The bottom line - social workers are just plain stupid ...
20th November 2012: So, David Eyke was right all along, then?
15th November 2012: MPs don't mind dishing it out, but when it's them in the firing line ...
14th November 2012: The BBC has a policy, it seems, about which truths it wants to tell ...
12th November 2012: Big Brother, coming to a school near you ...
9th November 2012: Yet another celebrity who thinks, like Jimmy Saville, that he can behave just as he likes because he's famous ...
5th November 2012: Whose roads are they, anyway? After all, we paid for them ...
7th May 2012: How politicians could end droughts at a stroke if they chose ...
6th May 2012: The BBC, still determined to keep us in a fog of ignorance ...
2nd May 2012: A sense of proportion lacking?
24th April 2012: Told you so, told you so, told you so ...
15th April 2012: Aah, sweet ickle polar bears in danger, aah ...
15th April 2012: An open letter to Anglian Water ...
30th March 2012: Now they want to cure us if we don't believe their lies ...
28th February 2012: Just how useful is a degree? Not very.
27th February 2012: ... so many ways to die ...
15th February 2012: DO go to Jamaica because you definitely WON'T get murdered with a machete. Ms Fox says so ...
31st January 2012: We don't make anything any more
27th January 2012: There's always a word for it, they say, and if there isn't we'll invent one
26th January 2012: Literary criticism on GOS? How posh!
12th December 2011: Plain speaking by a scientist about the global warming fraud
9th December 2011: Who trusts scientists? Apart from the BBC, of course?
7th December 2011: All in all, not a good week for British justice ...
9th November 2011: Well what d'you know, the law really IS a bit of an ass ...

 

 
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Reported today that a blogger who took part in a controversial BBC documentary highlighting the daily battle between drivers and cyclists on Britain's roads, has become the target of death threats and abuse from motorists.
 
Gareth Williams, 24, provided the BBC with footage filmed using a helmet camera for “The War on Britain's Roads” which was aired on 6th December. But the urban cyclist has since been inundated with hate messages with many taking to Twitter accusing him of being 'antagonistic' and 'confrontational' towards drivers.
 
In one of the film's most controversial moments, Williams slapped the side of a taxi and then captured his confrontation with driver Michael on his helmet camera. Williams called the cabbie a 'mug' and accused him of assault. Even when the driver had got back in his car Williams followed on his bike shouting through his window 'You don’t own the road or the bus lane - you don’t own anything but your cab.'
 
In a later segment, Williams said he was not afraid to annoy drivers by riding in the middle of the road if it was safe to do so. 'If I can try and improve one driver and get them to drive a little bit safer then I think that’s a good achievement,' he claimed.
 
One Twitter user said 'The white guy in glasses arguing with the black taxi driver is going to get himself killed one day. Arrogant provocator.' Another wrote 'I want to smack this guy with the glasses, he's an idiot.' But some went further, even posting messages which said they would mow down the cyclist if they ever saw him out on the road. Yet another said 'I am a cyclist, but that first t**** in the glasses deserves to be run over.'
 
Previews of the hour-long documentary had been condemned by the joint chairman of the Parliamentary Cycling Group and Labour MP for Dudley North Ian Austin. He described the programme as 'stupid, sensationalist, simplistic, irresponsible nonsense.'
 
It was indeed no surprise that the right-on left-wing BBC should get on the right-on left-wing bandwagon to drive us all off the roads by any means possible. And the programme was indeed dreadful, a deliberately provocative attempt to portray a “war” on the roads that by and large does not exist. The most callous and cynical segment was about the mother of a girl who had been killed on her bike by a left-turning lorry. The mother had been quite unable to come to terms with her daughter's tragic death, and mounted a campaign which she said was to “find out exactly what happened” but was, in fact, an attempt to pin the blame on somebody ... anybody ... rather than face up to the truth.
 
We felt grieved for the mother – the death of any young person is dreadful, and an unnecessary, silly death is still worse. But we have to point out that this poor girl made a mistake. She wasn't stupid, she wasn't criminal, she just made a mistake, and paid for it. Anyone who thinks and notices what goes on around them must realise that when a long vehicle turns left, its front wheels will describe one circle but the body and the rear wheels will follow another. It's called geometry. With the best will in the world and the greatest care by the driver, the back of the lorry will inevitably come very close to the kerb and the driver can't prevent that without making a ridiculously wide turn that will impede other traffic even if the road's wide enough to allow it. Any cyclist who puts themselves on the inside of a long vehicle that might be turning left is in a very dangerous position indeed, and shouldn't rely on the lorry driver to get them out of it. And if you're sitting at traffic lights minding your own business and a damn great juggernaut comes and stops right beside you – well, how hard is it to bale out and get onto the pavement just in case?
 
The GOS has been driving for 50 years and still does almost 20,000 miles a year. And for the sake of healthy exercise he recently went back to cycling too, so he thinks he's in a strong position to offer an opinion, and it is this ...
 
1 Motorists and cyclists in general do a pretty good job of co-existing on the roads – round Grumpy Towers anyway.
 
2 Motorists are at fault, though, in that they frequently treat the cyclist as a fixed object past which they have to manoeuvre, just like a tree or a post or a parked car. They often don't take into account the fact that cyclists wobble (The GOS more than most, to be honest), or have to swerve a bit sometimes to avoid potholes that the motorist would probably not feel but which could damage a bike and upset the rider.
 
3 Cyclists need to realise that they have the same duty of care as motorists. In towns it seems to be normal for them to behave as though they own the four feet at the left-hand side of the road, and that their four feet just swerves out to avoid parked cars. A motorist approaching a parked car has to go through the whole mirror-signal-manoeuvre business – he can't just assume it's OK for him to pull out. But cyclists generally do just pull out without looking, and wonder why they get knocked down.
 
4 Probably the most at fault are local council traffic planners. Every major road, in towns certainly, should have cycle lanes each side, and those cycle lanes should be continuous and at least four feet wide. The GOS never sees a cycle lane that's wide enough. Often they're just the width of the handle bars, and every cyclist needs more leeway than that. This is why cyclists like the Gareth prat think that they own not only the cycle lane but another two feet of road beside it. And in our local town there are cycle lanes that just stop for no reason, and carry on again a hundred yards down the road. What are cyclists supposed to do – fly?
 
And as we're talking about the Gareth prat, let's just make clear that anyone who deliberately sets out to put himself in danger by trying to occupy a patch of road that will obstruct other vehicles, just so he can feel all self-righteous and get that warm glow from showing that you're right and someone else is wrong, is two spokes short of a wheel rim. It's not his place to educate drivers, and he has no more rights on the road than the rest of us.
 
If he keeps going he will certainly end up under the wheels of an artic and there will be some who won't be entirely sorry. Actually, there are some who won't be at all sorry, because he's objectionable. But it won't be his fault of course; after all, he's a cyclist and can therefore do no wrong.
 

 
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