Archive for November, 2014

The Lost Gold

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

My role as a personal injury solicitor has changed over the years and more recently has incorporated using social media.  I am asked to write a Blog, but sometimes I don’t know what to write.  Like today, lost for words.

“Just write about your own experiences, your own feelings,”   is what experienced Bloggers advise.  So, here we go:-

I recently went on a weekend break to Anglesey.  I think the expression is to have some ‘me time,’ but actually I was with my brother so we went to have some ‘sibling time.’

As a child I was lucky enough each year to have a caravan holiday in Anglesey with my parents and siblings.  I remember vividly one place we went to. In the evening we would walk along the cliffs at Moelfre.  Moelfre is a fishing village comprising a tiny cove with a lifeboat station leading up on to the cliffs with jagged rocks below.  We would walk past a farm with a gaggle of geese, then the next ‘look out’ would be the shipwreck.  It seemed ages before we reached the cliffs overlooking the wreck, a wooden hull under the sea.  If we were lucky at low tide we would see it in all its glory.

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My Dad talked about the shipwreck of the Royal Charter, a ship which was lost on the rocks at Moelfre many years ago.  Amongst the many who lost their lives, also lost was gold, somewhere out there beneath the waves.  I associated the shipwreck I saw as being the wreck of the Royal Charter.

On our recent trip my brother and I were drawn to Moelfre.  As an adult it was different, but familiar  memories came flooding back.  The wreck we used to see as children was not the wreck of the Royal Charter.  It was obvious that my Dad knew this but he let us believe that ‘our wreck’ was that of the Royal Charter so we could look down wishing we could see the lost gold!

Today, on the cliffs at Moelfre is a state of the art RNLI lifeboat station with a visitor centre proud of its heritage.  We were able to purchase a guide to the history of the Royal Charter, but more exciting for me, I was able to purchase a guide to the history of the Hindlea; this was our shipwreck.

Off we set, along the cliffs, a calm warm autumn afternoon.  We found the memorial of the Royal Charter and felt a huge wave of emotion as we remembered not only those who lost their lives, but the bravery of those who carried out the rescue operation.

Then we reached a familiar cove.  There is a plaque on the cliff above with a tribute to the bravery of the lifeboat men to rescued the crew of the Hindlea just in time before the ship broke up on the rocks.  As we carefully looked over the edge of the cliff into the sea below we were rewarded to see part of the wreck still in situ.  It was probably 40 years ago that I last looked over this cliff to see the shipwreck so it was an amazing feeling.  A memory captured in the wooden struts of the silent wreck below.

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Since that day as I reflect on my childhood I think I would like to advise parents out there of the importance of the little everyday things which you do and say to your children.  I was never brave enough to take my children on these cliffs and would not advise any parent to do so, but there are other things we can do with our children allowing them to have happy experiences developing into fond memories which they will cherish forever.

Remembering those who lost their lives on the Royal Charter…

Drink Driving

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Today is the official start of the Christmas Drink Drive Appeal.

On listening to the news I was encouraged to see the statistics – 91% of people now think that it is unacceptable to drink drive; deaths caused by drink driving down from 760 (1979) to 230 per annum. Bottles of Wine, Personal Injury Pal, Personal Injury Solicitors Birmingham

At Personal Injury Pal I look out for such statistics and I am naturally drawn to any news with regards to accidents.  Clearly I am happy to see any reduction in deaths and clearly such a reduction can be seen as fabulous… but then… we are still talking about 230 people who die through “accidents”.

230 people losing their lives following a “good night out”.

230 people!

Put those 230 people onto an aeroplane that crashes or a ship that sinks and we would all remember them.  We would sit glued to our television screens as we watch events such as the concordia disaster unfold that killed 32 individuals.  We would be horrified.

230 people per annum!

230 people with family and friends who have lost their loved ones.

The fathers and mothers in that figure of 230 with dependent families.

The 230 families whose lives will have been turned upside down and will never be the same ever again – the impact of loss there for decades to come.

And the drink drivers?… the shame and the guilt of being responsible for all of this devastation must be immeasurable – are you or your family ever likely to “forget” or “forgive”?

At Personal Injury Pal, we deal with the people affected by “drink driving” accidents.  This is not only by death but for all the many thousands of people that are also injured in such accidents.  We deal with the families on a day to day basis.  We see the devastation that these “accidents” have on the lives of the individuals concerned and also their families.  The legacy is forever.

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Was that good night out really worth it?  Perhaps not.  Is the £10.00/£20.00 taxi fare really worth that much?

Safest option – don’t drink alcohol and drive!  Walk or get a taxi!  Whatever the transport cost it really is cheap compared to wrecking all those lives!

Personal Injury Pal wants everyone to have a safe run up to the Christmas holidays!