Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Fog lights and rainy days

I see this all the time, and it bugs me, people who think that if it's a bit rainy they should put their fog lights on.

I think in all my 20 odd driving years I have only had cause to put my fog lights on twice, in both cases the fog was so bad I couldn't see more than 100 yards (think metres youngsters) in front of me.

The highway code lays out the law as to when you should use fog lights, it's perfectly clear.

Highway Code : Driving in adverse weather conditions.

Especially of note is this section.


You MUST NOT use front or rear fog lights unless visibility is seriously reduced (see Rule 226) as they dazzle other road users and can obscure your brake lights. You MUST switch them off when visibility improves.

This old road safety film featuring former Blue Peter presenter Peter Purves explains in more detail why using fog lights in rain is a bad idea, perhaps it should be re-broadcast?

OK, Grump over, carry on!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

It must be true

I read it in the Daily Mail


Monday, March 22, 2010

Ah the good old Daily Fail

As up to date and current as ever, This story look familiar?

Daily Fail

It should do, I blogged about it in November 2008

The BBC story I got it from was published just the day before my blog post, if you compare the text from the Mail and the BBC you can see a lot of similarities.

Of course the Daily Mail would like to see the BBC shut down, which does beg the question, where would they steal their stories from then?

For posterity, and because I suspect they will remove the story soon, here's the text as it currently reads on the Mails web site. They can hardly do me for copyright when the blatantly ripped off the BBC in the first place!

It seemed like a simple request.

Swansea Council sent an email to its in-house translations service to have a road sign - 'No entry for heavy goods vehicles. Residential site only' - translated into Welsh.

The only problem was that the Welsh translator wasn't in at the time. An automated email response was sent to council officials who believed it was exactly what they needed.

But in fact it stated: 'I am not in the office at the moment. Send any work to be translated.'

Unaware of the real meaning of the message, authorities had it printed on the road sign under the English.

The council has since taken down the sign, which barred lorries from a road near an Asda supermarket, after Welsh speakers spotted the mistake.

A council spokesman said the sign was removed as soon as it was notified of the blunder.

But it's not the only bilingual sign gaffe in Wales.

In 2006, a sign for pedestrians in Cardiff read 'Look Right' in English and 'Look Left' in Welsh.

Cyclists between Cardiff and Penarth in the same year were left confused by a bilingual road sign telling them they had problems with an 'inflamed bladder'.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Hetchell Crags and Pompocali

Hetchell Crags, (also commonly known as Thorner Craggs) just 6 miles from Crossgates is an impressive set of cliffs popular with rock climbers. We went to find it, and the strange place which is Pompocali.

After a false start, having not been there in over 15 years, we parked up and one fairly short muddy walk later we found the crags.

After a brief explore it was on to find this place I had heard of, Pompocali. No-one seems to sure who made these strange earthworks, and pictures where few and far between.

Some people believe they are spoils from the local Roman quarry, although there are theories the earthworks are older than that. If the Roman theory is accepted, there still remains the puzzle as to why build something so complex simply as a spoil tip, each section is pyramid stacked, layer upon layer to provide stability and longevity.

This is an aerial view from google maps.

But the true scale can only be seen at ground level, with children for scale.