Saturday, 26 March 2011

Today's "Just War" screening & another rant about head lights...

The Just War screening went well, with a good turn out, good response, nice comments, and an interesting debate afterwards which further confirmed just how complex it is to consider a war just or not - particularly in the light of the on-going Iraq/Afghanistan situation and now the issue of Libya.


And now a return to my #1 motoring pet peeve - inappropriate use of headlights.

As I drove to and from the screening I noticed, once again, just how many people are driving around with their lights on in the middle of the day. If it's not their normal headlights (or even, rather illegally, fog lights when there's no fog), it's these utterly stupid, pointless and annoying things called "running lights". Now, we all managed just fine driving during daylight hours without our lights on as recently as a couple of years ago, but since sometime last year it seems like half the population have:

1) Forgotten how and when to use their lights.
2) Are just doing it because a bunch of other people are.

Even if a car has automatic lights, the option can be turned off - for instance with a five second press of one single button. So with so many prats driving during the day with their lights on - particularly when the sun is out so bright that you have to wear sunglasses - you must consider that they have little understanding of some of the basic functions of their vehicle, and if they cannot figure out how to operate the lights appropriately, then I question whether they should be in charge of a vehicle at all.

Bit of a Clarkson-esque rant there, but this issue of inappropriate and nannying use of head lights/fog lights/running lights has most definitely become my #1 pet peeve in motoring.

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