The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Postscript to my earlier post

Earlier today I posted a photo of two cars jointly causing a dangerous obstruction of a road, as West Sussex Police's Operation Crackdown report form required me to upload the photos to somewhere on t'internet and to provide a link, rather than allowing me to submit the photos direct.

The acknowledgement I received in response to the report submission said that it was very important that the photo uploaded to somewhere on t'internet was not made public, because if made public it cannot be used in evidence. Key information that would have been better given at the point of instructing to upload the photo and provide a link to where it was located, rather than only imparting the instruction after the event (although in the absence of having an account at any suitable photo-holding website, all that prior notice of the requirement would do would be to stop issues being reported at all; not very user friendly).

As it goes, I'm almost certain that nothing will come of my report. I expect that only a requirement of access to the road by the emergency services would result in words being had with the drivers in question, and I sincerely hope that no such emergency does arise today.

As for us, thanks to Bertie's relatively slim stature (as A-class motorhomes go) we did get out and thus didn't have to move our Eurotunnel crossing, nor our appointment in Belgium tomorrow. A bit of careful measuring told us that the gap was 3" wider than Bertie. Some very slow guided manoeuvring ensued.

Mick took the job of steering and was patient enough to pause mid way out whilst I took these photos, to record our 'tightest gap we've ever had to squeeze through', although note that the photos were taken when Bertie's 'waist' was in the gap; his widest points are his wheel arches.


  1. You could use Dropbox with a single private link.

    1. I could, but that would no doubt require me to open an account with Dropbox and I don't currently see any general need for me to have one.

      It just seems so user-unfriendly to have a police initiative that relies on input from the public and then make it difficult for the public to submit the photos required by that initiative. Most major companies have online contact forms to which documents and photos can be attached, so why can't W Sussex Police achieve the same?

  2. Tricky, as both drivers would probably say they were the first to park. They may both finish up with damaged wing mirrors...
    Have a good trip.

    1. The nearby neighbours felt quite certain as to which one was there first (one having parked the evening before, the other arriving in the morning).

      The wing mirrors were actually pretty safe as the vehicles faced in opposite directions and not directly opposite each other, but with their rear bumpers in line, thus it was their rear quarters that were at greatest risk. If they had been directly opposite each other there's no way we could have got Bertie through, even with both of their wing mirrors removed.

  3. Life goes on...
    I just went out to speak to someone parking outside our house "I wasn't expecting visitors today" - reply "This is a public road, I can park where I like." "ok but with that car parked across the road you might suffer damage from a delivery van."
    It transpired he had legit business in our road, the proximity to a tram stop of which has a double edged effect - high house values, but risk of being used as a car park. A 21st Century 'problem'. Chill, Martin, chill!
    Hope to see you in Corvara or Matrei - hopefully no parking issues there...