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Research to mark the 100th anniversary of the Highway Code, showed that the warning signs for side winds was perceived by 5 per cent of motorists as meaning "kite-flying area ahead". Three in five thought a sign warning of cattle ahead indicated an area infected with foot-and-mouth disease.
Nearly a third could not identify the warning sign for a quayside or riverbank - which shows a car plunging into water - with some believing that it announced a nearby ferry terminal - Independent (Francis Harvey)

Merseyside's Community Fire Station at Allerton has come up with a novel way of promoting fire safety.
The fire service in conjunction with Abbey National are providing a deep fat fryer which will be raffled among the households of the road in the Allerton area which has the highest take up of the service's free advice and free smoke alarms. - Mersey Mart (Margaret Barton)

£5 tokens for all winners. Entries on a postcard, please

This article first appeared in the 26 November 2001 issue of the New Statesman, The New Statesman Special Report - The SAS story they want to suppress