What bugbears do you have?

Skin on custard and gravy. Bow ties. Neoliberal economics. Apricots. Rugby. Sting. Religion (especially the one of, er, "peace"). Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea. Email. Bremainiacs going on and on and on and on and on and on. My eyesight getting worse with each passing year. Superhero movies. Bad grammar.

That particular sort of person who feels they always have to have the last word in any discussion, usually because what they have to say is so much more important than your point of view. 

Mind you, they don't really annoy me, I usually just have an inward smile at their "up themselves" attitude. 

Nettles.

Things that go mouldy when they shouldn't.

The 'perpetually offended' brigade / virtue signallers.

Internet ads.

The Twittersphere.

Aerrie-fairie spiders that are 'no body and all legs'.

Peeing too little and too often, with attendant 'low fly syndrome'.

Someone 'whistling' to get my attention (The WORST!)

People eating with their mouth open

People not saying thank you when you give way

Non use of indicators

Lack of manners in general

People claiming benefits who are capable of working

As an old biker, drivers running red lights, driving whilst on the phone, etc etc 

Tony2011 posted:

Trolls!

And yet again, the exploding sausage (x3) completely fails to communicate any sort of information or emotion. So I'll add "use of the exploding sausage emoticon" to the list. And.....

1. Organised religion. All of it. With special contempt reserved for those who would seek to control what I am allowed to do. 

2. The culture of driving absolutely everywhere.

3. Motorists whose time is apparently more valuable than my life.

dayjay posted:

People eating with their mouth open

People not saying thank you when you give way

Non use of indicators

Lack of manners in general

People claiming benefits who are capable of working

As an old biker, drivers running red lights, driving whilst on the phone, etc etc 

You seriously, seriously do not need to move to France...

Unapologetic lateness.

Everything else is just trivial, although the modern addiction to the mobile phone has added an entire category of rudeness in recent years. Having it ring and be answered by the patient during a consultation/examination is now a regular occurrence. Is there no scenario in which it can be switched off or ignored now? In the Confessional? Whilst having a colonoscopy?

Bruce

Now we have hit the subject of cyclists I feel compelled to raise my little bugbear. On 27 August I was knocked off my bike by an 89 year old driver and almost died. He was asked by the police when he saw the cyclist. His response was 'when I hit him'. The police made him take the eyesight test at the scene and he failed, and he has had his licence removed. His family had been telling him for years that he was a danger on the road but he would not stop driving. I have a fractured skull, have had to surrender my driving licence following seizures, and it's unclear if I will ever work again. 

So what is my bugbear? That there is no rigorous system in place to test older drivers to ensure that they are fit for modern road conditions, and that they can actually see what is going on around them. When I am fitter I'm going to campaign to sort this out. None of you, or your children are safe on the road, never mind how careful you are, while there are these people driving around.  

Daveas posted:

Either councils who spend thousands converting  roads and pavements into cycle lanes.

Or cyclists who don't use them.

You know we avoid "perfectly good" cycle lanes just to annoy motorists, don't you? We also love the threat of being run down and the abuse we receive. Makes us feel alive.

winkyincanada posted:
Daveas posted:

Either councils who spend thousands converting  roads and pavements into cycle lanes.

Or cyclists who don't use them.

You know we avoid "perfectly good" cycle lanes just to annoy motorists, don't you? We also love the threat of being run down and the abuse we receive. Makes us feel alive.

On that theme: cycle lanes of just a few meters in length and then discharge the cyclist back into a road that must be too narrow. There seem to be loads of these in my area, South London. They serve no purpose and must cost significant money that could otherwise provide useful public services. I can only think that there must be some target somewhere for the total length of cycle lanes to which these 'bits'  contribute but without revealing how useless they are. 

Hungryhalibut posted:

Now we have hit the subject of cyclists I feel compelled to raise my little bugbear. On 27 August I was knocked off my bike by an 89 year old driver and almost died. He was asked by the police when he saw the cyclist. His response was 'when I hit him'. The police made him take the eyesight test at the scene and he failed, and he has had his licence removed. His family had been telling him for years that he was a danger on the road but he would not stop driving. I have a fractured skull, have had to surrender my driving licence following seizures, and it's unclear if I will ever work again. 

So what is my bugbear? That there is no rigorous system in place to test older drivers to ensure that they are fit for modern road conditions, and that they can actually see what is going on around them. When I am fitter I'm going to campaign to sort this out. None of you, or your children are safe on the road, never mind how careful you are, while there are these people driving around.  

Dearly hope you were wearing a cycle helmet. If you didn't your campaign would be pointless 

Tobyjug

Not often I am irritated by posts on this forum (it does happen from time to time) but boy have you hit the jackpot with this twaddle.  Indeed you have uncovered one of my bugbears so well done for that!!

Nigel, I sincerely hope that you are going to make a full recovery, rid yourself of the seizures and I fully support your idea for testing.  I truly believe we should all be made to have an assessment every 5 years and then more frequently as we age or if medical conditions impact on us.  Confidence and competence desert the elderly as they enter the twilight years.  Complacency impacts all of us as we meander through life's challenges.

I am a keen cyclist and always wear a helmet however, the simple truth is that whilst cycle helmets are great for low speed impacts (I've been saved twice so far in my innings) but not much more than placebo for any high speed/ force impact.  The regulatory standards they are designed to are simply inadequate to afford much protection - compare and contrast motor bike helmets with cycling helmets.  Hopefully the technology will improve but the requirements for lightweight and large vent apertures work against us with today's technology.

Peter

 

winkyincanada posted:

And yet again, the exploding sausage (x3) completely fails to communicate any sort of information or emotion. So I'll add "use of the exploding sausage emoticon" to the list. And.....

But people who cook sausages with the frying pan too hot really tick me off!

TOBYJUG posted:
Hungryhalibut posted:

Now we have hit the subject of cyclists I feel compelled to raise my little bugbear. On 27 August I was knocked off my bike by an 89 year old driver and almost died. He was asked by the police when he saw the cyclist. His response was 'when I hit him'. The police made him take the eyesight test at the scene and he failed, and he has had his licence removed. His family had been telling him for years that he was a danger on the road but he would not stop driving. I have a fractured skull, have had to surrender my driving licence following seizures, and it's unclear if I will ever work again. 

So what is my bugbear? That there is no rigorous system in place to test older drivers to ensure that they are fit for modern road conditions, and that they can actually see what is going on around them. When I am fitter I'm going to campaign to sort this out. None of you, or your children are safe on the road, never mind how careful you are, while there are these people driving around.  

Dearly hope you were wearing a cycle helmet. If you didn't your campaign would be pointless 

Yes, we certainly deserve to be run down if we don't wear our foam hats. We have no-one to blame but ourselves, eh?

MDS posted:
winkyincanada posted:
Daveas posted:

Either councils who spend thousands converting  roads and pavements into cycle lanes.

Or cyclists who don't use them.

You know we avoid "perfectly good" cycle lanes just to annoy motorists, don't you? We also love the threat of being run down and the abuse we receive. Makes us feel alive.

On that theme: cycle lanes of just a few meters in length and then discharge the cyclist back into a road that must be too narrow. There seem to be loads of these in my area, South London. They serve no purpose and must cost significant money that could otherwise provide useful public services. I can only think that there must be some target somewhere for the total length of cycle lanes to which these 'bits'  contribute but without revealing how useless they are. 

https://www.theguardian.com/en...rs-worst-cycle-lanes

rodwsmith posted:
dayjay posted:

People eating with their mouth open

People not saying thank you when you give way

Non use of indicators

Lack of manners in general

People claiming benefits who are capable of working

As an old biker, drivers running red lights, driving whilst on the phone, etc etc 

You seriously, seriously do not need to move to France...

Gosh, your life must be a constant nightmare, rodwsmith.

winkyincanada posted:
MDS posted:
winkyincanada posted:
Daveas posted:

Either councils who spend thousands converting  roads and pavements into cycle lanes.

Or cyclists who don't use them.

You know we avoid "perfectly good" cycle lanes just to annoy motorists, don't you? We also love the threat of being run down and the abuse we receive. Makes us feel alive.

On that theme: cycle lanes of just a few meters in length and then discharge the cyclist back into a road that must be too narrow. There seem to be loads of these in my area, South London. They serve no purpose and must cost significant money that could otherwise provide useful public services. I can only think that there must be some target somewhere for the total length of cycle lanes to which these 'bits'  contribute but without revealing how useless they are. 

https://www.theguardian.com/en...rs-worst-cycle-lanes

Not just me then or my part of the country, Winky. It would be funny if the underlying risk to safety wasn't so serious. 

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