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Thursday, 21 August 2014
Aggressive driver threatens me with his vehicle

As you can see in the video this driver was quite irate at my using the road, and that due to the narrow road and oncoming traffic he needed to slow down and add a few seconds to his journey time.  The question is: do I report his threatening and aggressive behaviour to Kent Police? My previous experience suggests that Kent Police would only be interested if he was threatening me with something other than his motor vehicle, or if he had actually hit me with his vehicle.

Update:

The incident occurred on Pilgrims’ Way West leaving Otford in the direction of Sevenoaks at approximately 8:25 this morning. This evening at about 21:10, I followed the advice of commenters on the YouTube video and reported the incident to Kent Police.

As I might have mentioned before, Kent Police handles these a bit differently to Surrey Police (my home county is Surrey). Whereas Surrey Police require you to fill in a form (and discourage you from reporting an incident where you do not have two ‘independent’ witnesses) the Kent Police just take a verbal report over the phone. They log the facts in their database and say that this is then passed to the ‘case review team’ who will then come back to make contact with the reporter.

So, now there’s a wait to see what happens and also to see whether they are interested in reviewing my video footage.

Posted by bigblue on 21/08/2014 at 11:53 AM
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Scenes from Paris

I was playing around with my timelapse camera in Paris last Saturday afternoon.

Posted by bigblue on 21/08/2014 at 07:55 AM
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Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Patience is a virtue?

This video should clarify that all the drivers I come across aren’t selfish and impatient arseholes rushing around with complete disregard for everyone else.  I only realised how patient this driver had been when I got home and reviewed my video footage.

Posted by bigblue on 20/08/2014 at 10:19 PM
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Why not slow down?

This is not the most dangerous driving I have ever seen, but it is the most dangerous I have experienced in the past week. Part of that might be that I was in France for all of last week, where drivers seem to be more respectful of cyclists and other vulnerable road users.  I was a bit cheesed off that this driver was coming down a narrow road, on my side of the road, and forced me to slow right down (there was a patch of broken road/pothole coming up on the left). Meanwhile he didn’t see any need to slow down at all.

Posted by bigblue on 20/08/2014 at 07:58 AM
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Descent into Triel sur Seine

We followed the same route to Paris this year, and this was the same descent into Triel sur Seine as last year. It comes with the warning

Features to note: Long descent to Triel is fun, but take care!

(Guide notes for the Paris cycle ride). As you can see I followed the advice and took it slowly again this year.

Posted by bigblue on 19/08/2014 at 07:24 AM
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Monday, 18 August 2014
Old croc

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So there was this crocodile basking on the boat on the River Seine as we cycled into Paris. 

Posted by bigblue on 18/08/2014 at 09:46 PM
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Friday, 15 August 2014
Local hero

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I’m in Paris 10th, where the local hero (according to street post folklore) looks suspiciously like Putin.

Posted by bigblue on 15/08/2014 at 01:51 PM
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More evidence of Catholics

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One wonders why this spot was chosen, some distance from any town (5 km or more). Is the nearby farmer a particularly devout member of the Culte Catholique? Is this the scene of an historic and fatal road accident? Is this a supplication to the local deity to facilitate the safe passage of weary travellers such as me. Unlike the official monuments in the town squares, there is no plaque or inscription to provide an explanation, or even a clue. 

Posted by bigblue on 15/08/2014 at 08:19 AM
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