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Diary of an ADI

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  • Started 6 years ago by 559
  • Latest reply from wee folding bike

  1. 559
    Member

    http://www.diaryofanadi.co.uk/?p=10361

    Cycle Awareness Part Of The Driving Test?

    Worth a read, whilst disappointing on so many levels, it is a measure of the knowledge that professional drivers have.

    Aspects of this were covered on threads elsewhere

    Posted 6 years ago #
  2. holisticglint
    Member

    The rest of the blog is hilarious - the About section is essential a bio of a Daily Mail reader.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  3. 559
    Member

    The one on the School Run is very funny and accurate

    Posted 6 years ago #
  4. fimm
    Member

    Yea Gods... that's awful. Is it supposed to be some sort of extended joke? Does this person actually have a brain at all?

    Posted 6 years ago #
  5. 559
    Member

    Not sure of its approach joke/tongue in cheek/serious ?

    Found it in the ADI news which I picked up when waiting at Test Centre.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  6. I'm going to ask him if he wants to write for cc...

    Posted 6 years ago #
  7. Dave
    Member

    Interesting article because it straddles a couple of stereotypes while defying others. For instance: "I can guarantee now – absolutely 100% guarantee – that not one learner driver out there thinks cyclists just bounce when they get hit by a car ... I can similarly guarantee that not one learner thinks it’s OK to run over one"

    Not one, really? Because when I learned to drive I had a pretty intolerant attitude towards slower road users for a start...

    yet we're told that his list of misdemeanors (some of which are offences) is

    "absolutely 100% accurate applied to the vast majority of cyclists. Most cyclists do at least one of these things every time they go out,"

    Stereotype much? It's tempting to write off this sort of stuff as weakminded Daily Hail material, but there are interesting nuggets to glean all the same:

    "most probably aren’t even aware they are wrong or causing inconvenience. The rest know exactly what they’re doing and don’t care."

    You see when your worldview is twisted just so, it somehow makes sense that people should care that they are inconveniencing their betters and do something about it (even though mostly cyclists are just motorists who are too smart or simply can't be bothered to sit in queues).

    So yes, if the fifty-odd cyclists I see on my commute were holding up the author by taking their cars that would be fine, but because they left them on the drive they "know and don't care" that they are causing inconvenience.

    Might see if I can drum up the energy to do him a response.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  8. Instography
    Member

    @Dave
    Have you not got any paint you need to watch drying? Really, you flatter the idiot by over-reading these posts as though they were more than stream of consciousness mental dribblings. Can't you just see the two fingers pecking out the letters while he spells out the words with his concentration tongue poking out?

    Posted 6 years ago #
  9. Richie_B
    Member

    I'm presuming ADI=Advanced Driving Instructor (sorry, I can't be bothered to investigate past the idiocy). Surely IAM would have issue with that...
    There's too many stupids in the rant to even try to engage with.
    " I’m attracting a lot of hits from a Scottish cycling website"
    *waves*
    I'm wondering whether this is a case of Poe's Law...

    Posted 6 years ago #
  10. Instography
    Member

    A = Approved.

    Clearly nothing advanced beyond homo erectus. Certainly far from sapien.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  11. cb
    Member

    " I’m attracting a lot of hits from a Scottish cycling website"

    equals, "OMG!! Someone's been reading my blog!!"

    He's funny.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  12. Darkerside
    Member

    Chuckle. Brightened my morning no end.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  13. Uberuce
    Member

    I wondered about that too, cb. If he calls our cosy wee group 'a lot' then his usual readership must fit in a good-sized canoe. Bless his little cotton socks.

    Reading between the lines of the bio and other pages, it sounds like he's struggling to keep the wolf from the door, as well as plainly not being the happiest of people in general.

    I think we should all be *really* offended by the piece, just to help out; brighten his life up a bit?

    Posted 6 years ago #
  14. Cyclops
    Member

    Good to see he believes in the right to reply as he's closed the comments. Mind you, there's so much misleading and plain wrong nonsense it's difficult to know where to start in formulating a response.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  15. Kirst
    Member

    The man's clearly an idiot. I'd say so on his blog but he's closed the comments.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  16. wingpig
    Member

    He's using that thing the IAM did with their poll where a premise like "a majority of cyclists probably do at least one of these on most of their journeys" is presented in a way which a lazy read might interpret as 100% GUARANTEED SOLID FACT that EVERYONE does ALL OF THEM ALL THE TIME, deliberately and maliciously.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  17. Darkerside
    Member

    @Uberuce - I'll have you know you can get a great many people inside a canoe. Providing that they're not overly concerned about getting somewhat damp in the immediate future.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  18. Dave
    Member

    It's the weekend and I couldn't resist. Sorry!

    http://mccraw.co.uk/diary-of-an-adi/

    Posted 6 years ago #
  19. Uberuce
    Member

    He's replied with another update, Spandex-boy. Unlike yourself he hasn't linked to your blog, so his readership* will just have to take his word for it that he's representing you honestly.

    *not including the presumably large section of it that is CCE folk looking for giggles.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  20. Dave
    Member

    Tee hee, I was hoping for a bit of an argument, but he's hopelessly weak.

    "Logic only works when you are objective" - oops! Undereducated much?

    It's pretty funny how hung up he is on this lycra thing too. Does he not realise that CityCyclingEdinburgh is pretty much* a lycra free zone, and we compete at the cafe to be the most normally dressed?

    We've had plenty of reports of dangerous or inconsiderate driving from ADIs in Edinburgh. I can't help wondering whether this guy would be one of them, or if he manages to swallow his small-minded rage when he's actually on the road.

    What I enjoy about this guy is that a lot of his posts are pretty good (for instance, this one on mobiles) where he's telling his colleagues to HTFU and stop letting their pupils drive into cyclists), but when it comes to cyclists themselves - BANG. It's a bit like when you realise your favourite neighbour is a frothing racist who wants to 'send them all back home' when they aren't talking to you about trying to keep the local library open ;-)

    * of course, it doesn't matter what you wear, so long as you do ;-)

    Posted 6 years ago #
  21. wee folding bike
    Member

    As I went down the M6 in the dark last weekend I passed a small hatchback with what appeared to be a laptop propped up on the dash and there was a movie or TV show on it. There was only one person in the car.

    Yes I had the Tomtom turned on but on the run to London it's pretty much "Bear left in 200 miles". I used it on a bike too, put it in my shirt pocket and listened to it. Number One Son moved to Whitechapel and it's not a part of town I know well. Crystal Palace OTOH is easy to find because you can aim for the transmitter mast.

    Posted 6 years ago #

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