Dave Bull / 2009-09-10 14:24:53
GET THE MESSAGE ACROSS
With yet more women becoming victims (it seems daily) of domestic violence and in one week in particular last month five women being killed, the time has surely come for the authorities to start a rigorous campaign in all the press and media informing women of help available – such as the 016 number. This number, while welcome I’m sure, has yet to reach a hell of a lot of women who didn´t even know it existed. Promoting that may at least get victims, or potential victims, to call in and alert the authorities to possible problems in the future and allow them to do what it is they do best – prevent the crime. Whether it´s a quiet word in an abusive husband’s ear or something more serious that is needed, this would be the first step to cutting this horrendous figure (over 70 women died last year at the hands of their partners).
THE (SUMMER) KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
Now let me get this right…the school kids are finding it hard after 11 weeks off to readjust to getting up early enough to get to school on time. Is anybody surprised? Almost three months (the summer holidays) is about what you´d get these days for armed robbery and it is surely expected that the kids would get used to a new routine in that time – as would the lags. In the UK they get six weeks, which is the same as when I went to school, and I can remember not so long ago that some do-gooders, probably some left wing action group with long hair and earth mothers in tow, were complaining that in six weeks the kids will have forgotten everything they´ve learnt. Yeah, and they´ll have forgotten how to walk if they sleep too long too. What I’m saying is, leave the kids alone, a summer in Spain is three months of great fun and tremendous memories for the kids, let alone us adults. I remember my summer holidays and how good they were in the UK. The kids growing up here will cherish that summer break – so don´t make it shorter.
SHUT THAT DOOR
News that Alicante police station had some new doors fitted on their holding cells brought a smile to my face this month. Well not that news exactly, but the fact that the prisoners managed to find a way of getting out of them – within 60 seconds. That´s bad enough but when you here that the only technical difficulty in getting these doors open was the lags having to bend their arm a bit and you wonder who the hell designed these things. Not only are the designers at fault but surely the doors went through some sort of approval process before someone wrote (a very large) cheque. But then again, they were probably put together by the same people who built my house…nuff said.
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