Having done two reasonable motorway journeys recently, London to Bristol at the end of August and London to Bournemouth yesterday I thought I would report back on the impact of the new fixed penalty traffic offences that came in on 16th August, specifically those for tailgating and lane hogging.
Old Greying Accountant
This is my blog of peace and enlightenment: comments of calm and contentment are welcome, so if you would just please pause for reflection and introspection hopefully comments of angst and ire will not be required.
If you have any verse, prose or aphorisms to help cope with the stresses and strains of life as an accountant; to promote a greater feeling of well being; and to help balance the yin with the yang, please share them here for all who seek nirvana, along with any links to calm and tranquil music and images.
So, as poignantly written by Rudyard Kipling between batches of Cherry Bakewells:
IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!
In this Jubilee year though, I for one am not ashamed to reaffirm the following:
I swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law. So help me God.
Went to see my cousins new house near High Wycombe, red kites circling overhead all day, difficult to photograph as sky so bright, plus trying to be sociable at same time!
... was the baby colobus monkey on The Zoo.
And as for the tapir tickling stick ... :o)
This will make Shirley jealous, just seen a red kite over the office - knew they were in Windsor, but didn't know they had drifted this far east, we are almost exactly 2 miles due south of the Heathrow south runway!
Took the family to West Wittering, lots of Little Gulls - gradually getting the hang of focusing on small fast moving images
PS - all my own work :o)
The Slver Birch was swaying in the quite strong breeze and at full zoom with the 300mm the depth of focus is quite short and he kept swaying in and out of focus. With all the leaves around the auto-focus wouldn't have had a hope!
Watch it on ITV Player - Steve Trewhella has the right take on life, you can stuff your big houses and flash cars and champagne jet-set lifestyles - he has the life I crave and I'm a teensy bit jealous!
I thoroughly recommend their album "All the little lights" it was one of those where I loved the current release but was't sure if I would like a whole album - but I had the balance of an Amazon voucher to use up so thought "what the heck" - and boy am I glad I did!
... this was just over 50 feet away at full zoom
... on a rare day off - As they say, Go West young man, so I did, and lo, there was sun without rain - thought you may like this picture of a lonely shelduck on the Otter estuary at Budleigh Salterton.