Wander into a newsagent on any day of the week and a quick scan of the headlines will show a world that is at war on terror, that global environmental catastrophe is imminent, that the economy is about to take a nose dive, that people are being maimed and killed in foreign countries and on our own doorsteps, and that nobody except Charles seems to like Camilla as much as they did Diana.
This week’s Galloway News, however, has as one of its front-page stories the scandal of the “Parking Paradise” on King Street, Castle Douglas.
King Street is a fairly busy road, by SW Scotland standards, and the on-street parking has a restriction in place from 9.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday, limiting motorists to a maximum stay of 1 hour. After you have driven your car away you are not allowed to park again on King Street for at least a further 60 minutes.
Unless, that is, you happen to have taken one of 3 spots outside the post office, between the pedestrian crossing and the corner of Academy Street which, by some bizarre oversight, is not covered by any parking order.
This blunder, seen by one local councillor as “Systematic of wider issues regarding car parking in the town” means that “…motorists can park there morning, noon and night – and not get a ticket.” (Click here for the complete article)
Sometimes you need stories like this to help put the world in perspective.
Oh look, a man from Dalbeattie is having his court case deferred until September 6th to await a psychiatric report. It says here he threw "…a lit cigarette at police officers while sitting on a third floor window ledge playing loud music…"