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October 12, 2005

Death by Conker

Watch out people! This time of year is when the walk to Gibbet Hill turns into the GAUNTLET OF CONKER DOOM!!!!!!!!!!!

You may have noticed the millions of conker trees that line the oh-so-beautiful route up to bio-sciences, well their aesthetically pleasing demeanour hides their life threatening potential. Autumn is when the risk is at its greatest, and that risk rises exponentially with increasing wind strength… thatís right, falling conkers.

I have been lucky enough to avoid violent conker interactions, but last year I saw some poor fella be bombarded by at least ten of the things. Such events can be mostly avoided by walking where there is least cover from the trees, though this could result in a nasty bike-pedestrian collisions. Umbrellas work well too, and as a last resort… scurry through faster that a whippet with a bum full of dynamite.

At least you know now.


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