It used to be said that if you wanted directions, you should ask a policeman.
But that was in the days when the local Bobby really was local and knew the community and his local beat.
Nowadays you’re more likely to see PCSO’s rather than a genuine policeman.
They’re dressed similarly and don’t have the same powers of arrest as the police but as their full title of ‘Police Community Support Officer’ implies, much of their role is local to a specific area which they should know well.
I was thinking of this whilst idly reading a notice in the window of the Shelter in the Garden of Rest in North Street.
It informed readers that they could meet PCSO officers in the Memorial Garden in the High Street on Saturday mornings.
Confusing isn’t it?
A different name and located in a different street.
Just to confuse the issue still further, Ian Leadley had a recent copy of a Yorkshire Post Magazine article quoting the secretary of the Wetherby Festival as saying that a perfect day would, for her, “be a nice sunny day sitting in the Peace Garden, which is opposite the Horsefair Centre.”
So far as I know, the place has been known as the Garden of Rest for umpteen years - probably ever since the Shelter was built in it and dedicated as a place for the old people of Wetherby to sit and rest.
Ian was even able to dig out an old postcard of the gardens, clearly showing the name as being ‘The Garden of Rest, North Street, Wetherby.’
So, what’s in a name? Does it matter?
I can imagine life or death circumstances under which a call might be made to a 999 call centre and out of town ambulance or police wasting valuable seconds trying to find a place which had been unclearly identified.
We were putting the world to rights on one of our morning walks along the Harland Way when Michael Benn asked for our help with a problem.
His physiotherapist had asked him to tell her some sort of tip or piece of information, useful or not, which was not generally known.
Apparently she was asking this question of all her clients.
He couldn’t think of anything and nor could we at first, but I had a sudden thought and was just about to voice it when our conversation was interrupted by someone walking by.
They told us that trees had fallen in the strong winds and blocked the path ahead.
We arrived at the first of the fallen trees on, the Harrogate side of the county boundary and decided that it did indeed block the path.
Even if we had felt fit enough to try to climb over all the branches, it wasn’t worthwhile because it was still windy and cold and we’d only have sauntered on another few yards anyway.
We turned back.
To our surprise we were soon overtaken by two young female runners.
“How did you get past the tree?” we asked.
“We jumped over it” they said as they sped off into the distance.
“Have you thought of an idea for me?” said Michael, resuming our earlier conversation. I had to confess that I’d thought of something but had now forgotten it.
A few minutes later we came to the parting of our ways.
“See you tomorrow” we said.
It was only then that that idea I’d had lingering in the back of my mind came back and I called Michael back to tell it to him.
I’d remembered hearing a painless and easy way of removing a splinter from the finger or some other body part.
Just pour a drop of Elmer’s Glue-All over the splinter, let it dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin.
The splinter sticks to the dried glue and is also removed.
I’ve no idea where you can buy this miracle product locally and assume, like the tip, it is American in origin.
I’d imagine that any brand of super glue would do the trick; but if you do try it, be careful that the glue is fully dry before you touch anything else.
I know one person who had carelessly dropped a spot of superglue onto a large and heavy piece of equipment in his workshop.
Without thinking, he tried to brush it away with his fingers -and was still stuck in his workshop when his wife returned home five hours later.
In fact I believe that one of the early uses of superglue was by trauma surgeons in the Vietnam War, to glue the edges of lacerated livers together and can also be effective on normal skin wounds.