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Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Maggot, 6 Mar 2008.

  1. Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

    Location:
    Cheddar
    MiniMaggot is going to an outdoor education centre for the night in May, the school take them as part of their year 3 education. Bloody great.

    So last night I went to the information evening about the stay. This is 1 night, in a council run centre about 3 miles from away. 3 parents asked particularly noteworthy questions, which had me and another father bemused and staggered, they were:

    1. from a mother, "has the centre got fire alarms and emergency fire doors?"
    2. from a father, "it seems a bit expensive [£70, includes instructors, food, accomodation, travel, equipment] I could go to a hotel for that money"
    3. from a mother, "will the doors be locked at night, or could anyone walk in and take a child?"

    What is going wrong :biggrin:
     
  2. I like the last one. I'd have been so tempted to tell her that no, there were no doors, and no plans to stop anyone wandering in and taking any child they chose. Dozy mare.
     
  3. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    and nobody asked if there was a ban on cameras? what's the world coming to? wait until the daily mail hears about this :smile: :biggrin:
     
  4. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    actually, reminds me of a time when our first was due to start school, and the school had an open evening for the parents. so there we are, listening to what they were saying, and it got onto the subject of snacks at breaktime. milk and a biscuit was to be provided, and a voice pipes up "biscuits! why does it have to be biscuits?"

    cue mass rolling of eyes and mutterings of "always one isn't there" :biggrin:
     
  5. OP
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    Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

    Location:
    Cheddar
  6. k-dog

    k-dog New Member

    I love those questions. I used to be in charge of a youth group and we had a big weekend away each year. I had to put the price up to about £70. People moaned at how much they could get for that - but not 3 nights accommodation, all meals, transport, activities...

    They don't have a clue how much these things cost.
     
  7. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    It's bizarre, isn't it? Overall, people probably photograph each other more (thanks to the advent of digital and camera phones) then they ever have - one of my younger friends seems to take at least 100 pictures of every night out he ever goes on. We're also probably more photographed and video'ed than any other generation (thanks to the prevalence of that and CCTV et al).

    Yet as a society we're less at ease with the concept of street photography (in the Cartier Bresson/Doisneau mould) than ever.

    The Met's campaign has had a fair bit of discussion over on the various flickr groups - those of us who still develop our own film are even more worried, as we not only walk around with cameras, but have various noxious chemicals under our sinks too (fixer in particular being evil stuff) :biggrin:
     
  8. Wow. I already feel a bit self conscious with my Nikon and its enormous lens when taking pictures in the street. Now I know I could be arrested for it at any moment (especially as I sometimes have a beard, which is another infallible sign that one is a terrorist), I won't dare to ever take any pictures at all.
     
  9. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    OT I know, but if you think that's OTT, there is now a law in London that requires you obtain an authourised permit to use a camera on a tripod in certain parts of town!!
     
  10. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    I'm often amazed that people of my own generation, who've probably had similar experiences to me, can ask such twatty qustions of schools. Whereas I am the voice of reason, most other parents I meet are paranoid control freaks who need to get out more! ;)
     
  11. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Location:
    Guildford / London
    Well, what could you mount on a tripod, that could be dressed up as a camera with a long range telephoto? A rocket launcher.

    There is precedant, and IMO this is not as ridiculous a law as it seems on the outset.

    Before anyone starts up about the rocket fired being shoulder launched, I know this, and it makes it less likely for such an open attack to happen again. More covert means would be more likely, like pretending to be a photographer, snapping our countries seat of government. Then whoosh! OMG, I swear officer, it didn't do that last time I used it.
     
  12. OP
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    Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

    Location:
    Cheddar
    What type of rocket launcher would you stand behind like a camera? There is a hooge backblast with a rocket launcher, you certainly would not want your eye pressed to it when you pressed the shutter:ohmy: I am afraid the law is ridiculous, in reality a terrorist intent on rocketing the seat of our Government would simply pull up in a car outside, wind down the window and whoooooooshxx( Then chuck the thing out of the window and bugger off.
     
  13. OP
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    Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

    Location:
    Cheddar
    Unless of course they were parents at our school, in which case they would ask some stupid question about whether or not the launcher would be green or blue and whether there was risk assessment:biggrin:
     
  14. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    I've spoken to coppers about this. It's not about getting disguised rocket-launchers off the streets, it's about getting cameras off the street.