Who Should We Trust?

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

[Picture of a fingerprint]RESPONSIBILITY has shifted to the individual away from the likes of companies and institutions.

Long ago, when I was young, the world was quite different, fundamentally different in fact.  I know the world has changed, but I am not convinced that the changes have been for the better in respect of the individual.

You see, at one time, for example, criminals robbed banks.  So the banks shifted the onus over to us over a period of time, and under the guise of progress, security or even customer services!

As a result of one of the biggest changes, we are each of us at risk of being mugged when we visit ATMs. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Bicycles Are An Anomaly

Wednesday, 28 March 2007

[Picture of a bicycle lane]THE UK’s traffic and transport system is not cohesive and makes no sense.  I aim to show here that bicycles are neither understood nor taken seriously, and that their primary role is merely as a blunt weapon — mainly against the car. The car is the target of hatred by many for all sorts of reasons, even though it is extremely popular (see Why The Car is Best).

Public transport these days tends to be in the hands of private companies, and while there are calls for improved services, the government has already taken action. Very expensive action. This action has two effects: it targets cars and it appears to promote bicycles! (see How To Stop Traffic Jams & Save Lives). Read the rest of this entry »

How To Stop Traffic Jams & Save Lives

Saturday, 20 January 2007

[Picture of Traffic Jam]GETTING it right first time is a rarity. But even if something was done right first time, because the surrounding world changes, there has to be a limit to how long it can remain right.

In other words, everything ought to be monitored and reviewed regularly, with changes made as required.

  • How likely do you think it is that traffic and town planners have managed to get things right from the start?

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