"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Sunday, April 01, 2012

Humps

The local council is nothing if not relentless in its aim to make sure that there are road works on three out of four nearby roads at any one time. Most recently has been the resurfacing of the top road which runs parallel to ours but, to give them their due, they have at least made a proper job of it this time, so they won't have to come back in six weeks time. 
Something else that said council has a passion for is road humps, otherwise poetically known as 'sleeping policemen. Once last year, I counted how many I needed to navigate to drive a mile from our house.  I can't remember the exact number but it was something like twenty four. I kid you not!
Most of these were on the newly resurfaced road, so I was delighted when our local councillor called round to ask how I felt about not having the humps replaced. Well OK, he did ask everyone else in the area as well and apparently, nearly all of us said the same thing - "Just don't!" I even offered to chain myself to some railings if that would help. He said it wouldn't, but thanked me all the same and it looks as if we have a result! The relevant lines have been painted, the workmen have departed and we have been left in peace, to celebrate the fact that our local journeys are now just that little bit smoother.
Power to the people!


12 comments:

Shooting Parrots said...

We have lots of those poetic sleeping policemen too, but we call them potholes.

Cro Magnon said...

These are a pain. Some, here, are so high that if you go over them above 2 kph they take your exhaust pipe off. Unlike SP, I call them f*cking nuis*nces.

Jennyta said...

No, SP, potholes go down, humps go up. Mind you, we have plenty of potholes around here too.

Jennyta said...

Sounds like an excellent description, Cro.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

If in the local elections the Nazi Jihad Party promised to eradicate all speed bumps from the roads of Sheffield, they would win with a Galloway-type landslide! In small cars especially the speed bumps are a bloody nightmare!

elaine rickett said...

They are a pain in the butt - can you work your magic round here please - also tell our council that the diversion they have posted through our village is causing havoc with all the lorries and increased traffic - gone is the sleepy little village we are used to.

Sage said...

Good result - we have lots of humps down here and sleeping policemen too.. though most are kind some are not very kind to cars and motorcycles... xx

Jennyta said...

I think they might win here too, YP, especially if they also spoke welsh. ;)

Jennyta said...

Ah, you might need to threaten to chain yourself to railings, Elaine! ;)

Jennyta said...

Whoever invented them obviously hated wheeled vehicles with a passion!

Flighty said...

Plenty of them here, and pot holes, all of which I could do without! Flighty xx

Jennyta said...

As a child, I used to laugh at tales of potholes in 18th century roads which were so big that a man could drown in them. Now, it seems like a much more realistic possibility.

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