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There was yet another report in the press recently about a family in a motor home being gassed and robbed. You may be interested to read this, which comes from the Royal College of Anethestists :
Statement on alleged gassing in motor vehicles
the increasing numbers of reports of people being gassed in motor-homes
or commercial trucks in France, and the warning put out by the Foreign
Office for travellers to be aware of this danger, this College remains
of the view that this is a myth.
It is the view of the College that it would not be possible to render
someone unconscious by blowing ether, chloroform or any of the
currently used volatile anaesthetic agents, through the window of a
motor-home without their knowledge, even if they were sleeping at the
time. Ether is an extremely pungent agent and a relatively weak
anaesthetic by modern standards and has a very irritant affect on the
air passages, causing coughing and sometimes vomiting. It takes some
time to reach unconsciousness, even if given by direct application to
the face on a cloth, and the concentration needed by some sort of spray
administered directly into a room would be enormous. The smell hangs
around for days and would be obvious to anyone the next day. Even the
more powerful modern volatile agents would need to be delivered in
tankerloads of carrier gas by a large compressor. Potential agents, such
as the one used by the Russians in the Moscow siege are few in number
and difficult to obtain. Moreover, these drugs would be too expensive
for the average thief to use.
The other important point to remember is that general anaesthetics
are potentially very dangerous, which is why they are only administered
in the UK by doctors who have undergone many years of postgraduate
training in the subject and who remain with the unconscious patient
throughout the anaesthetic. Unsupervised patients are likely to die from
obstruction of the airway by their tongues falling back. In the Moscow
seige approximately 20% of the people died, many probably from airway
obstruction directly related to the agent used.
If there was a totally safe, odourless, potent, cheap anaesthetic
agent available to thieves for this purpose it is likely the medical
profession would know about it and be investigating its use in
14 July 2014
Christmas dinner has been booked for Thursday 4 December at 7 pm at The
Sun PH in Hoddesdon.
A £5 per person deposit is required and this
should be sent to me at:
4 Newton Close,
Herts EN11 9PW
cheques should be made payable to J Adams, I will then issue a receipt.
As soon as the menu is available I will send copies out.
If anyone else
would like us join us for this dinner please contact me as soon as
possible either via email (email@example.com) or by phone (01992
If we are unable to find a volunteer then next year's program will be the last for NL&EA so if you think you may be able to help then please contact any committee member to discuss it further.
After the departure of our sites secretary at the end of 2013 the committee took on the job of covering sites for our 40th. anniversary year, 2015. This program is now complete and will be published at the end of this year.We now need someone to come forward to join the committee to organise the program for 2016.
It involves mainly contacting land owners and liaising between them and the stewards and deciding on where we will go. Every assistance will, of course, be provided to whoever takes on this vital role.
Yet another great THS at Stow on the Wold has now finished.We got sunburned and we got frozen but now it's all over for another year. Photos are here. More will be added so come back and check.
Firstly, please accept my sincere apologies for such a late response to your very kind donation.
Please find attached a thank you letter for the £620.69 which was donated by your Section of The Caravan & Camping Club.
We are once again asking members to design a pennon, this time for our 40th Birthday which will be next year 2015.
The pennon must have the current club logo (as shown left) and the words "North London & Eastern Area MCS 40th Anniversary 2015"
date is the end of September. The winning entry will be decided by a
selection of notable worthies (yes we haven't worked out who just yet)
and the winner will be presented with a framed pennon at the 2015 AGM in
If you would like more information then pleasecontact the Regalia Officer, Brian Daniels
In the meantime, have a great summer. At this stage we are just trying to gauge interest so if you think you might like to join us then can you please contact John Adams either by phone on 01992 424412 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org John can give more details and discuss preferences. The cost of the meal is likely to be around £20 pp. and you will, of course, be responsible for paying your own camping fees. Yes it's a little early to think about Christmas but we need to plan ahead.The plan is to stay at the C&CC site in Hertford where you will book your own pitch and stay for as long (or short) as you like. We will provide transport (anything from a coach to a taxi, depending on numbers) to go to the Sun Pub in Hoddeston, about 15 minutes away.
Date is yet to be decided but likely in early December possibly mid week, depending on majority preference.
- Dart Charge begins October 2014; we are finalising exact dates and will announce these shortly.
- Dart Charge website and customer call centre go live in September 2014 – you’ll be able to use these to pay for crossings and to set up a pre-pay account.
- We aim to have 10,000 retail outlets available nationally to pay at too. Our payment agent will be Payzone.
We have installed five brand new gantries at the Dartford Crossing.
View a timelapse video of the installation.
Four of these gantries will house the signage and detection equipment that will allow you to pay without stopping at a barrier, speeding up journeys for everyone. The other gantry will hold new signage.
carried out the work overnight when traffic flows are lowest, keeping
one tunnel open to northbound traffic to minimise disruption. We
coordinated this with other planned works on the crossing to make full
use of every road closure and keep any disruption to a minimum.
construction work is set to continue over the coming weeks with changes
to the junction 1a roundabout and Kent Marshalling Area – the holding
area where vehicles with abnormal or potentially dangerous loads are
checked before crossing.
may notice some lane restrictions on the approaches to the M25 Junction
1a Roundabout. These are not expected to cause significant disruption
to the travelling public.
we will continue to use lane closures on the M25 and A282 to carry out
signage work, with some short term closures of the slip roads where
new payment arrangements will be in place in October. We will then
start the main roadworks to remove the booths and introduce a new road
layout. This is due to be completed by spring 2015.
Our sympathy goes to his wife, Eddie, a son and two daughters. He will be sadly missed. He became ill at the end of 2011 but managed to attend one more meet at Ongar in 2012 when the attached picture was taken. We regret to announce that Mick O'Flanagan has passed away on Wednesday 7th. May.Mick was chairman of North London & Eastern Area MCS for 4 years from 2008 until 2011, and during this time he worked ceaselessly on behalf of the club, rarely missing a meet despite sometimes travelling long distances to attend.
Eddie has asked us to pass on thanks to members and to say that £540 was collected for Lukemeia Research and Little Havens Hospice.
Wishing a happy 80th Birthday to Joyce Dew which she celebrated at the May day meet.