Civil words, please, on life's journey

ON the road to nowhere, I suspect, is a new campaign aimed at putting a dampener on road rage. Joining forces to encourage more politeness among travellers are road safety champion GEM Motoring Assist (formerly The Guild of Experienced Motorists, of cours

ON the road to nowhere, I suspect, is a new campaign aimed at putting a dampener on road rage.

Joining forces to encourage more politeness among travellers are road safety champion GEM Motoring Assist (formerly The Guild of Experienced Motorists, of course) and the National Campaign for Courtesy (C for C for short).

The national chairman of C for C said that whatever mode of transport we use, be it car, bus or train, being polite to others will make a journey a safer and more pleasant experience. He is encouraging those on the move to show patience and understanding to others.

The chief executive of GEM said: "A simple wave to acknowledge a courtesy extended or to apologise for a minor error can help prevent an awkward situation becoming a dangerous one."

Helpfully, the two organisations have produced a handy leaflet outlining some simple yet effective ways to improve road safety through courtesy.

I must get a copy and keep it in the glove box so that I can consult it if by chance some maniac cuts me up and nearly forces me off the road, or takes umbrage as I exercise my right of way round a roundabout when he or she decides to ignore the Highway Code.

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I'm sure I will feel so much better with the words of wisdom from the leaflet filling my head as my charming fellow traveller disappears into the distance still gesticulating wildly and mouthing obscenities.

Perhaps just a little flash of the headlights and a toot of the horn - courteously done - might be permitted.

Not sure what I am doing on Sunday, but if I am around Stevenage I may be tempted to take advantage of the Classic Bus Day when people can get free rides on examples of the public transport from the 1950s and 1960s.

Memories of trundling along in the bone shakers of old come to mind just at the thought of it.

But if you take advantage of the special day, be careful about which bus you get on.

According to a press release from Stevenage Borough Council, one of the services that day will be the 384 going from Stevenage to Hereford. I think they mean Hertford.

At my time of life, one is tempted to think that the Grim Reaper is about to knock on the door when into the in-box pops a press release which "reveals" that old age could start as young as 27 when mental powers start to dwindle, after peaking at 22. Forgetfulness is one thing mentioned.

Has the deterioration been going on for donkey's years and I have not noticed? Surely not, I reasoned as I laughed off the idea.

But then a colleague aged in his 30s walked into the office kitchen, wandered around and started to go out again before exclaiming: "For a minute, I forgot what I had come in for."

I was intrigued to read a story about a family from chapel country the Rhondda in south Wales who had a religious experience while having breakfast.

They believe they saw the face of Jesus on the underside of the Marmite lid.

Spread the Word.

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