No apparent danger

No swimming

The area around this signpost is littered with dolosse - big concrete blocks used to break the force of the waves hitting the retaining wall of the V&A Waterfront's parking area.

Even if you were a strong swimmer accustomed to braving the icy water, and even if the ocean looked particularly calm, the small waves ebbing and flowing would quickly crash you against the barnacle-covered concrete dolosse, making your swim at best rather unpleasant, and at worst, fatal.

It's strange how apparently calm waters can actually be very rough seas for humans, when combined with immovable objects like these dolosse. This sort of "apparent safety" is presumably also the reason that I see parents driving with their young kids unrestrained in their cars. If you do on occasion allow your kids unrestrained in a vehicle, imagine for a moment running as fast as you can into a sheet of glass. It takes a lot to make me angry - but this does.

If you're a parent, take a moment to visit the Childsafe website and read the Arrive Alive article on ensuring that your children are kept safe while in transit.

Thank-you to Mandy for helping out with photos, including this one, while we've been touring around the country for the Confederations Cup.

6 thoughts on “No apparent danger

  1. Nixgrim

    I am SO with you about unrestrained kids in cars. I often want to stop the offending adult to ask whether they really love the child in question. I don’t because I’m too scared the offending adult will pull out a gun & get aggro with me. Does that make me an accomplice to the crime?

  2. Paul

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    Nixgrim, I’ve often had the same thought. I’ve often wanted to print A4-sized stickers declaring “I don’t love my children”. I could calmly walk up to the vehicle, paste the really sticky sticker on the front windscreen, not saying a word, and then just return to my car. I don’t think they’d get it, so guess I’d have to explain in fine-print. Will I ever actually do it? Prolly not. Does this make me an accomplice to the crime? :-/

  3. Kathy S

    I am a bit late leaving a comment on this one, but in UK if you are in the back seat you still have to ‘belt up’. This is a very good thing as on impact the person in the back can kill the driver or front seat passengers as they fly through you and the windscreen! A horrid thought but true.

    I like today’s photo, looks like it was a nice day – you must really enjoy yourselves bringing us these photos and it shows in them. Thank you.

  4. Paul

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    You make a good point KathyS. I guess the same goes for loose items stored in the back of vehicles. I guess that it’s best to use the boot/trunk for those things, or place them on the floor.

    We seem to have had loads of really nice day’s this winter already, and yes, I do enjoy publishing the photos. It’s been more than two year that I’ve been posting photos, so now it’s an interesting experience going back through the photos to see a snapshot of the last two years.

  5. Nixgrim

    LOL, Paul! Just read your comment. What a GREAT idea!! Non-violent, but would make such a statement. Of course, you’d be roundly cursed by the driver and/or owner when they tried to remove it. LOL!!

  6. Paul

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    Lol, yes, the idea is that it will take them a long-long time to remove the sticker. Hopefully in this time the text would sink in… ;)

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