For those of you living in the countryside with a barn full of mechanical vehicles this may be of great interest to you, or you may just have an old car stuck in a garage which you haven’t used for years, the EU have come up yet again with a piece of useless legislation designed, it would seem to be just another pain in the arse.
In 2014 a farm worker named Damijan Vnuk was knocked off a ladder by a tractor trailer that was reversing into a barn.
A compensation claim was lodged with the farmers insurer which was rejected, however this being modern life the claim was eventually heard in the Court of Justice of the European Union, rather than the more old fashioned option of saying, “oops, I’ve just fallen of a ladder, I should have come down when I saw the trailer coming and before it hit me.”
The upshot of this nonsense is that we will now be forced to insure our vehicles when they are off the road whether they can move or not, just on the off chance that some passing stranger should poke his or her nose round the garage door and damage their shins on the bumper or attempt to climb up a ladder whilst in said garage.
I wonder if this legislation should go through will we have to erect notices outside our vehicle storage premises warning passersby of the danger of stationary vehicles, together with instructions as to how to stand safely some distance away. God forbid you should store a ladder as it will probably require a separate notice requesting no-one be foolish enough to attempt to climb it.
On the other hand perhaps a general notice to cover all eventualities along the lines of, TAKE CARE, LOOK WHERE YOU’RE GOING, LIFE CAN BE DANGEROUS, DON’T BLAME ME IF YOU FALL DOWN A HOLE, OR OFF A LADDER. That should do the trick.
About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin
I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent.
Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work.
I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise.
I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013.
My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie.
I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on Amazon.co.uk and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes.
I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage.
My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse.
I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mr-Joe-Wells/e/B06XKWFQHT/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
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