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In my blog post SICK PRIORITIES – I made reference to the compensation Charlotte Church received (alleged to be upto £600,000) and compared it to compensation given to victims of accidents or soldiers injured in battle.

Natasha commented:

I agree that’s an obscene amount of money Charlotte Church was awarded and she’ll probably donate it to charity

I have no idea what Charlotte Church will do with the money, and I do not criticise her for accepting such a sum. There is no reason why she should give money aware. There is no obligation, in my view upon her to do so.

My post was criticising the legal syatem. These cases ( accident and phone hacking) were civil cases and the award of compensation was not meant to punish the defendant, but to compensate the claimant. Although Charlotte Church’s case was settled outside court, it would have been at a level near that which the courts would have awarded. It is the court’s approach to compensation that I feel is sick in awarding 10-100 times ore compensation for having someone listen to your phonecalls than for lifelong injury



In my blog post  How to Win friends & Influence People I posted about cyclists who manage to upset others and turn people’s opinion against cyclists in general.

ANONYMOUS commented:

Any campaign is a good campaign that encourages the UK roads to be a better place to cycle

I agree entirely with this. My post was explaining why campaigns waging war on other road users will not make the UK roads a better place to cycle

About spen666

I'm a 40 something football fan and cyclist. I've been a football fanatic most of my life and have completed the 92 football league & premier league grounds Added to this numerous non league grounds, a number abroad and you start to get the picture. I took up cycling in around 2000. Although my father was a former World Vets Champion, I got into cycling accompanying my son to ride in London. This was followed by my commuting to work each day into Central London. Then doing some Sunday rides, then some audax events (www.audax.uk.net) and then a week's cycling holiday in France with a friend. From there, I got more and more into cycling and in 2009 completed LEJoG and in 2010 rode in the USA with the Police Unity Tour. I completed blogs for those events at www.aminearlythere.blogspot.com and www.bothesidesofthepond.blogspot.com Feel free to read them and learn more about me. I live alone which suits me as it gives me time at weekends to pursue my interests of cycling and football. (Well what did you expect me to say? That I'm sad at being single?) I'm currently looking for my next challenge. Any suggestions gratefully received.
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