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Archive for December 3rd, 2006

About a boy

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Magazine | The Observer

Born with a rare syndrome that left him profoundly autistic, seven-year-old Luke was trapped in his own body. But then his dad took him surfing. By Paul Solotaroff

Just read it OK?

Written by Stephen Rees

December 3, 2006 at 3:44 pm

Posted in Autism

Traffic-free shopping day packs Oxford St

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| UK News | The Observer

More than a million people flocked to London’s West End yesterday to experience traffic-free shopping on Oxford Street and Regent Street for the first time.

But it wouldn’t work here, would it. Can you imagine a traffic free Robson? Just for one Sunday? Naah. Ain’t gonna happen.

I just dropped my daughter off at Richmond Centre. She wanted me to go shopping with her but there was no parking space. Literally every aisle had an idling car waiting to pounce on a space. Others dogged the footsteps of any pedestrian on the lot in case it turned out they were actually drivers returning to their cars. Special kudos to the owner of the Ford Explosion who parked neatly on top of the white line, taking up two parking spaces. Why don’t such people get the $65 tickets? Or better yet towed to some distant and dangerous yard well beyond the reach of the transit system?

Written by Stephen Rees

December 3, 2006 at 3:28 pm

Posted in Traffic