Vandalism Again

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

VANDALISM AGAIN

Date: 24th November 2009

VANDALISM AGAIN

In the words of Victor Meldrew 'I don't believe it'.  After my experience at Dover Priory a mere ten days ago when a mindless vandal smashed my passenger window, I parked my car in the Multi-Storey Car Park in Canterbury yesterday from 2.00 - 5.30.  And when I returned to it all Four Doors had been keyed.

As if that weren't bad enough the man in the Car Park Office didn't have a word of apology - 'Sorry Madam, is there any way we can help'!  He immediately got on the defensive and declared that the car park was patrolled to which I retorted 'Obviously not very well'.  For what they charge at that Car Park, one would expect adequate surveillance (I don't think they have CCTV despite the Cash Registers working overtime).

Despite being well known, I do not have endless cash.  Things were very different in my heyday in TV - we loved the work, did it, enjoyed it but many of us were not highly remunerated and there were no Company pensions.

I can't put another claim through my insurance so the car will just have to remain in its scruffy state.  Even my previous ten-year old car was vandalised several times.  So it doesn't seem to matter whether your car is old or new, posh or otherwise.  And the vandals give no thought to how long you might have worked and paid taxes in order to purchase your vehicle.

As a freelance, I have to go where the work is and attend meetings and interviews.  My old and much beloved Cougar just gave up the ghost in a country lane miles from anywhere.  I can't afford for that to happen and put savings into buying a new car in the hope that it would be reliable.  Don't worry I didn't sell on my old car, I gave it to my son who was well aware that upkeep might be pricey but thought it better than having no car at all.  If I didn't do such extensive mileage, I'd probably buy a Smart car but the thought of being sandwiched between lorries on the motorways - and being squashed to a pulp should there be an unfortunate accident, made me invest in a car with a substantial amount of metal around me. 

Since July last year, my car has been damaged, whilst stationary, by two drivers who, of course, did not leave any details.  It has been vandalised in Kingsand, Plymouth, near Dover Priory and now in Canterbury. Some of the damage I've paid for out of my own pocket rather than risk my No-claims but there comes a time when you simply can't continue to shell out.   What a world we live in!  I despair.

Dashing to catch a dreaded train but more at the weekend about my thoughts on society.

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