24/06/10 11:18 Filed in: Granite Chips
Not for the first time, I have just been the victim of horsey arrogance while going about my lawful business using Her Majesty’s pock-marked and cratered highways.
This latest incident was driving out of Aberdeen on Countesswells Road. In the distance was a womon on the opposite side of the road walking a horse.
As soon as I saw her and the horse, I lifted off the throttle and let the car slow down. Despite that, as I passed, she was staring at me and shaking her head!
Other occasions have included shaken fists and wild flappings of hands. On each occasion I have been driving quite reasonably, slowly and, I believe, in a considerate manner.
Other than stopping and pushing my car past horses, what do these people want me to do?
Yes I have sympathy with the horse owners concerned (although that sympathy is evaporating a little with each arrogant gesture). Ideally, country roads should be quieter. But, when there is no by-pass round Aberdeen, there is no alternative but to use country roads to commute. That is simple fact.
Which leads me to hope that these self same arrogant horsey people are not among the ranks of people who are opposing and delaying the AWPR with court orders and other nonsense.
If they are, I have a simple message: You can’t have it both ways!
Either you help expedite a by-pass, or you have to accept heavy traffic on the country roads.