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Prince Phillip

Post by BillyDWhizz » Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:31 pm

The 97 year old Prince has been involved in a nasty looking car accident. I'm not ageist but 97?? Fuck off! Shouldn't be anywhere near the steering wheel of a car. Driving is just one of those things you can't do when you reach that kind of grand old age, along with bladder control and self censorship.

My father in law is 96 and we stopped him driving over ten years ago because frankly he was fucking terrifying. It's not as if he's much better on his mobility scooter, he's a fucking menace on that 'n all.

What are the odds that old Phil won't cop any grief for this accident either even though I bet it was his fault.
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Re: Prince Phillip

Post by Noni » Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:27 pm

I agree,

My father used be a great driver. Also when he left the RAF after aged 55 , he became a driving instructor. His driving is still good, but it's not the same any more. Though at 85, he's still bloody marvellous.

I believe you need to take a test after a certain age, is that true in UK ?
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Re: Prince Phillip

Post by Newmarket » Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:52 pm




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Re: Prince Phillip

Post by BillyDWhizz » Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:54 pm

Noni wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:27 pm
I agree,

My father used be a great driver. Also when he left the RAF after 55 years, he became a driving instructor. His driving is still good, but it's not the same any more. Though at 85, he's still bloody marvellous.

I believe you need to take a test after a certain age, is that true in UK ?
No. You have to renew your license every 3 years after age 70 but there is no mandatory driving test.

Btw 55 years? I thought I did ok managing 22! :lol:
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Re: Prince Phillip

Post by Whiskyman » Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:54 am

BillyDWhizz wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:31 pm
The 97 year old Prince has been involved in a nasty looking car accident. I'm not ageist but 97?? Fuck off! Shouldn't be anywhere near the steering wheel of a car. Driving is just one of those things you can't do when you reach that kind of grand old age, along with bladder control and self censorship.

My father in law is 96 and we stopped him driving over ten years ago because frankly he was fucking terrifying. It's not as if he's much better on his mobility scooter, he's a fucking menace on that 'n all.

What are the odds that old Phil won't cop any grief for this accident either even though I bet it was his fault.
The Old Bill who attended the scene said they breath test anybody involved in an accident they attend. I wonder if they'd have had the nerve to whisk away the old codger if he'd been over the limit? :lol:
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Re: Prince Phillip

Post by palerider » Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:58 am

Silly old duffer.

Should be in a nursing home.
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Re: Prince Phillip

Post by Avit » Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:13 am

My Dad is 91. Still drives. I can't get in the car with him though, it's just one long white knuckle ride.

The other week he suspected he had a nail embedded in his front nearside tyre. Rather than go to a garage and pay about £20 to get it fixed he decided to sort it out himself.
He's 91.
He's got a great pension.
He doesn't want to spend £20.
But he can't see the nail.
And he is unsteady on his feet.
(I forgot to mention he fell 15 foot (or is it feet?) backwards off a scaffold onto concrete a year ago. He was trimming an overhanging branch rather than pay a man. He was lucky. A night in hospital and a bruised back (and ego) was all he got, but he has never fully recovered from)

Anyway, his less than desirable method to inspect the tyre was to gradually edge the car along, stopping at intervals to look for the offending nail/screw. This was to be done 10 feet (or is it foot?) in front of his garage (facing).

The car is automatic. (By now you should be able to guess which way this is going....literally)

His logic gained over the course of 91 years told him it would be quicker if he opened the car window, had one foot inside the car to work the pedals (his left i.e. wrong foot) and the other on the outside for balance, whist leaning through the car window hoping to inspect the tyre whilst it rotates.
All to save £20.
(Before anyone pipes up... I wasn't there. My 89 year old mother was the safe distance witness)

So with his feet set as if he was just about to push off on a toy scooter, the top half of his torso jutting through the driver's window and his neck craning almost to the point of his head popping off, he tentatively put pressure on the accelerator.
The car lurched forward. A bit too fast for my Dad's liking. In a split second he lifted his foot and jammed it down on the brake.
Or what he thought was the brake.
His knee jerk reaction had slammed his foot back on the accelerator.
And the car crashed straight into the garage door frame.
He miraculously had cat-like emerged unhurt physically, however the car was a write off.
Ten grand.
He batted away our beratings with a "Yeah, well, hindsight is a wonderful thing."
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Re: Prince Phillip

Post by BlackDiamond » Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:46 pm

In some ways we should commend his confidence and not sneer.When your no longer around, that is it. Your gone forever,no after life,no heaven and no memories - and no seeing anyone or anything ever again.

Not a great prospect, so if someone wants to risk their last knockings, then go for it. It's everyone for them self in this utopia...
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Re: Prince Phillip

Post by Noni » Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:50 pm

BillyDWhizz wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:54 pm
Noni wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:27 pm
I agree,

My father used be a great driver. Also when he left the RAF after aged 55, he became a driving instructor. His driving is still good, but it's not the same any more. Though at 85, he's still bloody marvellous.

I believe you need to take a test after a certain age, is that true in UK ?
No. You have to renew your license every 3 years after age 70 but there is no mandatory driving test.

Btw 55 years? I thought I did ok managing 22! :lol:
Actually, forgive me, he left the service aged 55 :oops:
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Re: Prince Phillip

Post by Whiskyman » Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:58 pm

BlackDiamond wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:46 pm
In some ways we should commend his confidence and not sneer.When your no longer around, that is it. Your gone forever,no after life,no heaven and no memories - and no seeing anyone or anything ever again.

Not a great prospect, so if someone wants to risk their last knockings, then go for it. It's everyone for them self in this utopia...
Self confidence is all well and good but when it puts others at risk it's a long way from being OK. At 97 I doubt if anyone should be in charge of a bloody lawnmower, never mind a Range Rover.+

And who even knows if it was actrually him driving ?
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