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It's a small world - you will meet that other person ...

This campaign tip (no. 16) was published on Wednesday, 16th January 2019
I came across a video on YouTube the other day about a gas line fire in Texas that killed someone. Comment was made about "should I share the video" and a reply followed "please do - it was my dad who was killed and people need to know about these dangers".

When writing / commenting on something, publishing a picture, remember that the people concerned in your comments may well be reading or seeing what you have written, and with tightened interest bearing in mind their involvement. "That was me you were talking about" is not going to be uncommon in the rail campaigning community - but it comes too at a general public transport user level - and indeed for the man in the street too.

Closer to home ... one of the sad issues that crops up from time to time is "people hit by train". A train is a pretty dangerous, undetectable, unstoppable missile and sadly most people hit by trains don't survive. And most cases turn out to be suicides - such a high proportion that it's far to easy to make that assumption in a report, before the facts are known. but consider
• Sadly, people are also killed on the railway, hit by train, when the chase after their dog
• People can trip on a platform or pass out and fall into the track of a train
• It's not unknown for people to have been pushed
• it's also not unknown for something to go wrong with how a level crossing is worked
And in such situations ... well - the person involved won't be reading you but
• family and friends might
• the train driver might
• passengers, 'clean up crew', and the emergency services may read you
• and if it was someone pushed, the person who actually pushed might read to find out how much is known
Dramatic example - care needs to be taken in all postings ... I'm conscious of it with all my public posts, Facebook stuff, forum, and indeed articles in this series too.
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Contact details

These pages are written by Graham Ellis of Melksham, Wiltshire. Overlapping a life in IT and IT training, with running a hotel and campaigning for improved public transport, Graham has never been quiet - though he's starting to wind down gently now. He no longer takes overnight guests and has stepped doen from the "Community Rail Officer" role which he accidentally aquired. So he now has more time to write pages such as these and to travel in the UK. He'll be delighted to speak with your group or take a look through your case or camapaign, but be alerted that his time is not limitless even now, and he still has to keep the wolf from the door.

Postal: 48, Spa Road, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 7NY
Phonal: 01225 708225
Emailal: graham -at- wellho.net
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What a difference a campaign makes!

It probably wouldn't have happened without a strong community campaign with which I have been involved. Most days through 2019 I'll be sharing a thought, an idea, a way of working or an experience. Come back here for the links. Discussions via the Coffee Shop Forum - Graham Ellis, 31st December 2018


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