30 August, 2005

Another roadside attraction

Driving or riding in Milton Keynes lately I'm seeing more roadside tributes to the victims of road traffic accidents. Not just floral tributes either, mini flower gardens with toys and nick-nacks, there's even a model windmill at one site.

I'm told there's been a simmering row in the local paper between people petitioning the council to get them cleared away and "bereaved family and friends" tearfully insisting on the right to pay tribute to young Dwayne and his passengers.

This is litter. At best it's cellophane and rotting vegetation, at worst it's fly-tipping.

Stop fucking crying because the neighbours friends cousin's lad crashed his Nova. The location of most of these shrines will tell an experienced driver a little bit about the nature of the accident. Some twat driving way too fast in an unroadworthy vehicle will cover it.

Don't bother sparing a thought for the old couple they ploughed into, after all "they'd had a good innings" and young Dwayne had so much life ahead of him. He was finally turning his life around, staying out of trouble and doing the right thing by Charlene, hence the three-foot floral 'DAD'.

They would have been okay if they'd worn seatbelts, but that was our Dwayne, a rebel. Place a Burberry cap at the roadside and remember him.

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Blogger Richard shout your mess

I know the one to which you refer (Chaffron Way) and I agree that they are rather naff. There is also one on the A421 (or whatever) that runs alongside the M1.

The things is some of these shines are for pedestrians killed by Wayne in his Nova and some are for motorcyclists killed by motorists, so it's not always where Waynes rolled his sound system banger.

Personally, I can't understand it. I mean if I were killed in an RTA I wouldn't expect a shine to be put up, I mean it's not like I'm still there is it? Or maybe my chubby ghost will forever haunt the spot. Er, I don't think so! You don't see people putting up windmills and lanterns in the hospital do you? If they did the place would look like a cross between a petrol station forecourt and a crazy golf course!

August 30, 2005 1:30 pm

 
Blogger Chris shout your mess

Even if it's commemorating a Nun run over by a drunk whilst saving a kitten, it's littering.

I resent the fact that mawkish sentiment has currency in any debate, I feel pain therefore you should listen to me. Whatever happened to stoicism?

I love the picture you paint of a modern caring hospital, makes me imagine a garden centre that's been magnetized and driven at speed through Halfords. Then take some mescaline and blast The Doors through a wobbly transistor this is the end... my only friend the end

August 30, 2005 2:01 pm

 
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