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Originally posted by smoothsailor smoothsailor wrote:

Good story Neal and well acted. Sure your heartbeat went up a few notches


It did! i like a bit of adrenaline (usually the type which comes from underground adventures) it makes you feel alive but when it comes to conflict like this i get a bit too much and post-event i get butterflies and shaky hands...i don't like that feeling at all! i'd never make a decent football hooligan.

Like maynard says... you run through crazy scenarios in your head like what if he'd landed on a metal spike or something!?

Thanks for the support lads, trying to 'do the right thing' can sometimes go horribly wrong.
The last time i found myself in this situation, just that almost happened... i was at work on a summers day probably 5yrs ago, my work locale is like 70's NY so you see all types of mad-shit on the daily, most of which i don't involve myself with but one day i was stood on the doorstep drinking a coffee, i looked down the road and there was a dude with what looked like a baseball bat in his hand concealed behind his leg, hood up (on a red-hot day) peering out from behind this corner where one building juts out onto the pavement, 20yds further down the street there was another group of say 4/5peeps when they looked back up the street he hid behind the previously mentioned corner.
I instantly thought he's going to bat one of them (well what else could he be doing?) so i kept an eye on him from my doorway, the group eventually walked off around the corner and he disappeared somewhere...
Anyways, it was a nice day, i finished my coffee and thought i would open the concertina doors (from my fit pics fame) at the back of the building.. as i did so he was right there hood up over his face with this stick in his hand. now folks around my work locale don't tend to respond too well to softly-softly, its just the way it rolls in S3 so i said "What the fuck are you up to? drop the fucking stick!" he stepped back and lifted the stick up to head height (it was a stick albeit halfway between the size of a rounders bat and baseball bat) gesturing that he was going to twat me with it. He still didn't say anything so i said "Drop the fucking bat!!" i couldn't really see his eyes but he seemed to be off his fucking head, i assumed he was a spice-head or something and he kept looking down the street, twitchy like. I told him to drop the bat at least 3 more times and all he kept doing was taking a step towards me threatening me with it to see if i would back off...so i had mentally prepared myself to punch him in the face as hard as i could the next time he looked down the street and take the bat off him, honestly i was seconds away from doing so (it would have been a life changing moment) when a silversmith who i know came out of his building with a group of 4/5 16yr olds and walked up the street towards us, held out his hand, didn't say a word and the kid gave him the bat. Turns out that Richard was taking some time out from being a silversmith and was working at a school for children with special educational needs, he was taking them on a field trip to the silversmiths where he worked with his father and one had escaped from the group, turns out he was drugged up to keep him sedated, Richard said "Oh he's absolutely fine he would never hurt anybody" but i was seconds away from punching a child with a mental disability as hard as i could in the face.
Can you imagine that on the front page of the local paper...
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Definitely feel like you did the "right thing". 
If I had a kid and someone had cussed at him for accidentally bothering some damned ducks, and instead of realizing what an asshat he was being he doubled down I would've done the same thing.
Probably never learned that kind of lesson as a kid himself. LOL

On a different note, is anyone here from the Seattle area? 
I might have a potential job offer up there, and all I can seem to find online is how expensive it is. Ermm
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Ive been listening to Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar recently, first aired on Radio4.
For those who don't have iplayer, ive been straming them through youtube, It's very good Thumbs Up
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Funny (or perhaps not) I never cared for his comedy but after seeing that documentary he did about Liverpool I've become a devotee.
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I admire your sense of justice Neal - even if that means potentially tricky situations 

One of my strongest character traits is a desire to fair-mindedness (and I appreciate my ‘right’ can be some else’s ‘wrong’) so here’s a situation that torments me:

Before I met the Duchess she had a son. A few years back he met a girl and two years ago they had a baby girl who was born about 16-17 weeks premature weighing a little over 1lb.

Despite being so small the baby was, relatively, healthy but had to be kept hospital until she was big enough and strong enough to get home.

It was a difficult time for the parents, I know because Ellie was 8 weeks premature and we went through a similar process - at the same time and in the same hospital. It’s confusing that Auntie Ellie is younger than her niece.

Possibly because of that difficult time, the mother didn’t bond well with her daughter, however the baby grew stronger and eventually the parents got her home where they could be together properly as a family.

Sadly within a few months of being home the baby was rushed to hospital. It was found she had a fractured skull. Her ribs and an ankle had been broken.

There was an investigation and the mother was arrested on a number of charges including attempted murder.

Because of the injuries the baby is blind and has cerebral palsy. She will be wheelchair bound for the rest of her life and is currently fed from a peg in her stomach. She can not communicate normally - she is either silent or screams. She has never smiled.

The mother was eventually brought to court after a number of date changes. However the charge of attempted murder was reduced to ‘cruelty to a child - assault and ill treatment, abandonment, neglect, and failure to protect’ on the basis of pleading guilty.

The sentence was 300 hours of unpaid work as part of a three-year community payback order.

I don’t believe this is justice, but perhaps I am confusing that concept with vengeance ...


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That's awful, Duke. The sentence does seem light under the circumstances.
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Thanks CSL - I suppose given that Double 0 can push a lad in a dam for being a dick then aye, the sentence is a bit more lenient than would have been anticipated Unhappy


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No! that's far from justice, in fact the only justice to be served here will be from the her conscience, lets hope selfishness doesn't get in the way of that.

What's the outcome regarding their homelife? surely their relationship has broken down entirely, she's not going to be allowed unaccompanied contact..or is she?
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One of the most hurtful things about this is that (I/we believe) the mother doesn’t want her baby and that the outcome is actually as close to ideal as her gerrymandering has allowed.

That said, her sentence restricts her from (any) baby for three years and in the interim we are taking advice to ensure she is never allowed contact beyond that.
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What a tragedy! she could have just walked away. Did she undergo any psychiatric assessment as part of court proceedings?
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