How many readers of the Chronicle have heard of ‘the three second rule’? Was it something I missed in the past, or it is a recent (pseudo?) scientific revelation. Apparently, each breath we take is three seconds duration. The same length of time corresponds to each wave that laps on the seashore. Leicestershire is not best situated to test that. Perhaps our next family day trip to Cleethorpes might be a useful opportunity - if the tide is in! Finally, three seconds is the ‘best before’ time for food dropped on the floor to be safely consumed. Really!? Maybe for pets a little longer.
Last month’s scholarly research article about Warwick Road by Stephen Butt was most illuminating. I remember using Warwick Road many years ago in order to bypass Kibworth on route to play cricket at either Billesdon or Melton. It was then a lane - and no traffic lights.
Travelling on Warwick Road, it is difficult to avoid the ever increasing mound of top soil where ground is prepared prior to building work. Newly built houses seem, inevitably, to have a very thin layer of topsoil replaced when building is complete, often concealing rubble. I recall moving into a new house with a front garden on which the builders cement mixer had been sited, a generous amount of which had been deposited, and hidden beneath a thin layer of topsoil. What happens to the mound of topsoil? Is it for the builder or developer to use in any way that they see fit as a profitable source of income?
I was disappointed to hear on that excellent programme on BBC Leicester Radio that the incidence of child neglect in Leicestershire has increased over the last year. I am not sure how neglect is defined. However, it is probably a combination of physical, emotional and the one most easily overlooked, spiritual neglect. As Christmas draws near the unfulfillable expectations of children, projected in shops and media advertising, will be most keenly felt by those already deprived. What can we, the more fortunate, do? I wish I knew. What I do know is that there are groups and organisations that have built, over the years, a network which can go some way to meet the otherwise neglected needs of children. Our own Co-op has a facility which is there for people of all ages.
The presence of bumps on the surface of Kibworth streets has drawn considerable critical comment, but provides work for the garages, may be about to undergo a reappraisal. Already one has gone on the outbound side close to the train bridge. May this be the first of many.