On today’s programme we hear about two people’s failures.
The first involved a woman anxious to pass her driving test.
Facing a driving test can be a bit daunting.
Something you can easily feel sympathetic about whether you passed your test at the first attempt or not.
Anyway spare a thought for Constance Kampfner, who having developed a fear of roundabouts encountered during her first test in her native North London, decided to do a bit of on-line research to find an easier test route – one that boasted a 90% pass rate.
Seeking to optimise her chances she opted to take her second test on the Scottish island of Mull although it involved her in a 537 mile, 10 hour journey by car and ferry.
On arrival she struggled to find an instructor willing to take her for her test but eventually her test was booked for last month.
As there are no driving instructors on Mull, Constance firstly had problems to get hold of a car in which to take the test, and secondly in finding an instructor/examiner willing to take the ferry from Oban on the mainland to the island itself.
The issue over the car was finally resolved when a local paramedic took pity on her and loaned her a blue mini. Initially none of the instructors she contacted fancied the trip, each warning her of the high chance that the crossing would be cancelled in bad weather.
Once these issues had been overcome Constance was feeling confident especially after learning that Mull’s only roundabout would not feature on her test, there was nowhere to parallel park, no traffic lights and for that matter no traffic to speak of.
Unfortunately Constance found the island’s stunning scenery a big distraction. Indeed on one particular stretch of road along the seafront, she was so overcome by the scenery that she almost drove into the water. And during the test the examiner pointed out that she was straying too far into the middle of the road for his liking, something she had taken as friendly advice rather than the reason for her downfall.
After the test, Constance and the examiner travelled back to the mainland together but Constance noticed that the examiner was doing his utmost to avoid her gaze and then as they prepared to disembark he said ‘I don’t like to talk about people who fail their tests, just think of it as just not passing’.
We can be pleased that the subject of our second failure did not succeed and hope that he won’t try again.
Yes, a would-be thief was recently captured on CCTV lifting a fence panel in order to drag garden furniture out of the property in Wrexham only to be foiled when he found the sofa he was after was anchored to the ground with a large metal cable padlocked to a metal spike which itself was concerted into the ground.
It seems that the culprit may well have been very active in the area as since footage of the incident appeared on line, a large number of people have come forward to report instances of garden furniture being stolen.
It comes to something when you have to go to such lengths to protect property in your own back garden.
As I said earlier we hope that this man won’t try again.
All being well I’ll see you again tomorrow,