Hi followers and people that know me…and randoms.
So as some of you will know I cycle with a camera on my head, more than anything, it’s so I have proof if anything goes wrong. But I do also video everything else and so thought I’d update you on what I’ve caught.
I did have a dealing with a bus company but that was dealt with quite well (not perfectly) but matters were resolved to my liking so I’m not publishing those videos.
I did meet a Cop – who was very nice so I uploaded that to counteract the negative cop videos on Youtube.
I found a car whose driver paused and then set up (slowly) causing me to slow down and essentially cutting me up.
And then this one – Now I’m no expert but railway crossings aren’t suppose to open, then less than 2 seconds decide to close again. I told Network Rail to look into it via twitter.
So yeah there we go, helmet cam fun – do subscribe to me on Youtube here – https://www.youtube.com/user/RoyWilliamDrum
It’s 2014 and with my Christmas money I purchased a head mountable camera for my cycle to and from work.
I know it’s quite a boring trip and it’s only 2.25 miles each way, I’m not looking for making some sort of blair witch project video – there were two reason for recording my cycling trips.
1. I was involved in an RTA (road traffic accident for those who don’t watch medical shows) a few years back I was taken out by a car turning left into a posh school in York. The guy was very apologetic and I was quite apologetic about how much I’d totalled the guys car and I’m not one for compensation claims for no reason. I was fine, so I shook his hand and was on my way.
It did get me thinking though, if he’d kicked off and said I was not paying attention or something or other then it’s my word against his, I’d have nothing to go on. Or if I’m involved in a hit and run or worse it’s a way of recording who did what and when. So in a nut shell it’s in case I crash or i’m crashed into and I have some sort of way recording of events.
2. Despite it being only 2.25 miles in distance I see some crazy stuff, cars doing odd things, people doing odd things, the oddness never stops on my rides so it will fun to record that.
After nearly a month of having the cam I have recorded a few fun things and put them on my Youtube channel but I’ve also put them down below this. One video is left out which includes a bus company which I’ve given them a fair time to respond to my concerns before publishing the video – it isn’t too bad, just nearly hit me and causes me to avoid the bus coming into my right of way.
I’m sure there will be more videos in the future but for now we have these two.
For those that don’t know Room 101 is a long standing show on British TV that involves interesting celebrities talking to the host about what really pisses them off. If they argue the case well enough it goes in to the mythical Room 101.
Lately the show has changed format so 3 different celebs all try and get their chosen gripe into Room 101, with only one person winning that honor which is decided by the host. The show also has ‘themes’ to decide on your particular gripe, which is the format I’ll be using for my Room 101.
So first off…
In my daily 3.5 mile bike commute to work I see my fair share of quite frankly very poor cyclists, it really is no wonder we have such a bad opinion from the general public. Here is a handy list of the idiotic behavior displayed in 7 days…
- Cycling on the wrong side of a road and emerging into on coming traffic from behind a parked lorry.
- Cycling on the wrong side of the road on a traffic crossing
- Going really slow, we are talking dangerously slow and being actually dangerous
- RUNNING RED LIGHTS – oh the anger when I see this happen in front of my eyes – so dangerous.
I’m sure I’ll see much worse than this in the coming weeks and months but seriously York has some people who shouldn’t be allowed a bike.
From my point of view it really is a professional version of a game I used to play with other members of our street in a field, someone throws a ball at you… you hit it and run really fast around set points. Somehow ’rounders’ as it’s known here became a massive success over the pond and I really can’t see why. I can name 50 sports at least that are more exciting to watch.
TELEVISION & CULTURE
(Bad) charity singles
I do a lot for different charities, I give my time to help others that have a harder life than mine, I give money to various causes and play for a football team that has a charitable ethos.
Every now and then a group with a perfectly good cause creates a charity song or single to raise funds. I don’t have a problem with this but the quality of the song is far too often lacking. Why? Because it’s charity does it mean the quality of it suffers?
It shouldn’t in my view and a few gems exist that have raised money for good causes without being crap.
So there are my 3 choices, let me know your thoughts via the comments or twitter / facebook, what would you put into room 101?