Just been down to my local Tesco Express. I parked outside the butcher's next door. Just as I was walking towards Tesco, a car jumped up off a parking space right in front of me, shot across the pavement and smashed into the wall. The young lad who works in the butcher's had left it in gear and had reached in to turn on the engine. Two seconds earlier, my legs would have been crushed. I'm still shaking an hour later.
You never know the day or the hour, right enough.
Sorry for changing the subject, but thanks goodness you're safe, Nigel.
These things do give you a heck of a fright through because I had a similar very close call about 30 years ago on a pedestrian crossing.
When the 'green man' came on, I had started to walk over a crossing at a road junction at the west end of Princes Street, when this car, which had been in the wrong traffic lane for turning left, came round in front of the stationary traffic at speed and went right over the crossing causing pedestrians to jump out of the way, and I did hear somebody scream. I was the closest to it though and actually felt the draught of the car as it past me and could clearly see the faces of the two men in the front seats. I reckon another step forward and I wouldn't be typing this now.
The driver never stopped and unfortunately it all happened so quickly nobody was able to get the registration number.
No, like I said, this actually happened.
The National Transportation Safety Board apologizes for inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed as those of the pilots of Asiana flight 214, which crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6.
Earlier today, in response to an inquiry from a media outlet, a summer intern acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft.
The NTSB does not release or confirm the names of crewmembers or people involved in transportation accidents to the media. We work hard to ensure that only appropriate factual information regarding an investigation is released and deeply regret today's incident.
Appropriate actions will be taken to ensure that such a serious error is not repeated.
I remember reading about it at the time. Whilst I saw the funny side, it's sad to think anyone was foolish and insensitive enough to do something like this after such a disaster, but I guess he never thought anyone, especially a news reader, would be daft enough to believe him