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Donkin's World: Stop Press -Boy Slips On Ice

...Cuts, bumps, grazes and sprains just happen when you fall on snow. It's part of life. But it's nothing that should trouble a hospital or the emergency services. You fall over, you get up, rub the sore bit and dust yourself down...

Richard Donkin tells of the fuss surrounding a small incident.

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A school boy slipped on a playground and banged his head. It happened quite a lot when I was a kid, particularly since, with a keen frost, you could make a slide like sheet glass on the asphalt school drive. But this slip was a news story since the head closed the school down.

Children hurt themselves all the time in the schoolyard. It's part of growing up. But note the dramatic language in the report. He was "treated by paramedics" but not badly hurt.

Paramedics? We had antiseptic applied by the school secretary who took some sadistic delight in watching us wince. For sure the school did its best to foil our ice-sliding, sometimes getting the caretaker to spread ashes from the boiler. But we always made another one.

Cuts, bumps, grazes and sprains just happen when you fall on snow. It's part of life. But it's nothing that should trouble a hospital or the emergency services. You fall over, you get up, rub the sore bit and dust yourself down.

I notice the report says the boy fell as he walked between lessons. That explains everything. He should have been sliding.

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