What is up with people? - 2

I give up!

Lunatic drowns canoeing in raging flood water!

Baby in buggy blown into harbour and fortunate survive! Why go near harbour edge with baby in a buggy in severe winds anyway, but especially when a 2 year old died in similar circumstances only a few years ago?

The one I feel sorry for is the guy killed by the bookies sign falling on his head - what are the odds of that happening?

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Are you sure?

lisimano | | Permalink

Do you really get annoyed with people that die kayaking in floods?

Although it may not be the wisest thing to do, this person lost their life and I feel extremely sorry for him and his family.

But yes, I also feel terribly sorry for the man who died because of the falling sign - you never know what is going to happen, which makes life extremely precious.

I find these days I don't really get annoyed with people for doing silly things, I think since I became a mum I am so grateful for every single day I have with my kids that I always think someone is suffering when someone dies.

 

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lisimano | | Permalink

I have just re-read my comment and I didn't mean to sound so holier than thou.

Although the examples you gave didn't irritate me, for the reasons I gave, my utter frustration at clients unable to provide me with the correct tax year information makes me realise I too have my moments of disbelief !

I think my first comment may have been affected by tax return induced mania!

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People tend to

johnjenkins | | Permalink

do their own thing these days, so nothing really surprises me.

What really does get up my goat (wonder where that phrase came from) is the computeristic approach to almost everything which has almost destroyed flexibility. If supermarket computers go down we starve. If banking syatem goes down we starve. HMRC automated penalties - some may starve.

What would happen if a virus from a meteor suddenly rendered our computers helpless - much like manflue. We would be totally bolloxed.

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That's Ok ...

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

... I feel for the kayaker's family, but he was an idiot putting at risk the lives of the mountain rescue volunteers and the crew of the air-sea rescue helicopter, just to get an adrenaline rush, and deserves and gets no pity from me.

People with buggies never fail to irritate - I have lost count of the number of near misses where a buggy hasd been thrust between parked cars in to the path of oncoming traffic.

However, whilst I think I am compassionate and caring, I don't suffer fools - there are enough unavoidable hazards to negotiate in life with creating more through stupidity or lack or awareness and common sense.

Being English and being imbued with a strong sense of irony though gives one a rather dark sense of humour at times, but laughing in the face of death is to me a far better way of dealing with it than weeping and wailing and the rending of clothes - IMHO.

 

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@John ...

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

... a few possible origins here

 

Agreed

lisimano | | Permalink

Old Greying Accountant wrote:

 

However, whilst I think I am compassionate and caring, I don't suffer fools - there are enough unavoidable hazards to negotiate in life with creating more through stupidity or lack or awareness and common sense.

Being English and being imbued with a strong sense of irony though gives one a rather dark sense of humour at times, but laughing in the face of death is to me a far better way of dealing with it than weeping and wailing and the rending of clothes - IMHO.

 

I know what you mean about the existing unavoidable hazards we negotiate - I am sometimes more sympathetic with people than at other times. It may be influenced by how many glasses of red I've had. (Same for the weeping and wailing !)

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It's all part of evolution

Democratus | | Permalink

Darwin was right - survival of those best fit for the environment.

  

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Rhinos

Constantly Confused | | Permalink

Old Greying Accountant wrote:

how thick can you be?

Your link doesn't work for me, though from the address I can guess the story.

And I didn't hear about the Bookies story, though it now makes a joke someone told me yesterday make more sense!

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Unfortunately ...

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

Democratus wrote:

Darwin was right - survival of those best fit for the environment.

 Darwin didn't factor in Elf 'n' Safety, which makes the environment best fit for survival ...

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Yer but

johnjenkins | | Permalink

what happened to H & S with the Kayak, Buggie and Bookies sign?

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Our Elf'nsaftee department

Democratus | | Permalink

Our Elf'nsaftee department here at Democratus Towers work on the basis that they have to manage the entire organisation based on the stupidest person in the building. Those people without the Elf'nsatee blanket just get removed from society.

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@Democratus

johnjenkins | | Permalink

yer but wouldn't that infringe on their EU human rights.

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