Click to ENLARGE and read here. From Reuters. Google for more.
Range Rover he was driving — on its side after accident.
Wow. This blew my mind. He is 97-years old. That is one heck of an age. Driving … on public roads. That just doesn’t seem right.
What I always say about older drivers. It is not that they can kill themselves. That is OK. It is that they can kill somebody else. We were all LUCKY here. The others young ladies involved in the accident, including a 9-month old baby boy, were not badly hurt. But, they could have been. If they were, or if they were killed, there would have been hell to pay.
Yes, he is essentially ‘King’, but this is also the 21st century. He can’t go around causing mayhem.
I kind of like him. He, of course, is not in the same league as the Queen. Something about him. To I, he comes across as a total toff. But, I don’t dislike him. Find him vaguely amusing. Yes, appreciate that he has done a lot for the Queen and as such for the country and us. So, I am cool with that. This is not about him personally. It is about a 97-year old driving.
I am so glad it ended like it did. It could have been so, so worse.
Though I don’t speak any French, it being hard enough for me to manage my poor English, given that my mother tongue is Sinhalese, I have 18 years of exposure to Paris — having lived there (and gone to school there) September 1968 to August 1969. My adoptive parents then lived there again for 17 years from 1985 to 1992.
So I couldn’t resist doing a Paris themed little ad. for the 2013 ‘Christmas in France‘ program.
I love de l’Étoile with its magnificent Arc de Triomphe. Negotiating the Étoile, then with about 4 lanes of traffic, was a challenge — but fun, especially with France’s idiosyncratic ‘automatic right-of-way for those merging from the right’ law. I used to drive around the Étoile just for the heck of it. The sheer adrenaline of it.
I also use to run around it at all times of the day and night. It was about 1.5 miles from where I used to stay. So it was an easy run and back — especially since, those days, unlike now, I used ti run 7 miles, 6 days a week.