OPINION: Time FM broadcaster Steve Allen looks at issues of today

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 June 2017


This week I was pleased to hear of one woman who has taken the law into her own hands.

Grandmother, Jean Brooks, has started pointing her hair dryer at passing traffic and they think it’s a speed camera, and they slow down. I should point out, it’s a hand-held hair dryer not one of those ones you see ladies sat under in hair salons. If you pointed one of those at a driver they’d think it was an alien abduction.

Jean lives on a 30mph road but she said: “You had kids on quad bikes and mothers late getting their children to school driving at 50 or 60mph.” Fifty or 60mph? That’s quite accurate when you consider she’s only using a hair dryer. She had a few run-ins with motorists over her mock radar gun but refuses to be intimidated.

Quite right. If someone gives you grief pretend your hair dryer is a laser.

She said: “I was in my garden in the morning and I’d seen a car come down this road at 40-45mph. A guy built like a toilet door stopped.” I’m not sure what she means by built like a toilet door. Thin and he didn’t touch the floor? He asked her what she was doing and she said she was holding her hair dryer.

There’s no law against it and she has slowed down the speeding drivers past her house.

Neighbour Ashley Mays said: “No quad bikes, no fast traffic, and all thanks to a hair dryer. You would not believe how much difference it has made.”

And her privet hedge has never looked so volumised.

•Tune into Steve’s Friday show on Time 107.5 FM at 2.15pm for the weekly local paper review with the Recorder.

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