Jill and Jonny

Jill and Jonny

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

History repeating

One of my (Jonny) favourite summer activities as a teenager was watching the cars on Benone strand get stuck on the beach as the tide came in. Seeing the fear on people's faces as they faced the public embarrassment provided me with great entertainment.

Fast forward 15 years and I can watch a similar, but slightly different, problem on one of the roads near to our workplace.

Overburdened trucks is a common sight in Phnom Penh but, being a reasonably flat city, this doesn't cause many problems - unless these trucks meet one of the few hills during rush hour. Often they don't have the power to start on a hill so they need to take a run at the hill to make sure they get up. Problems arise however when they have to break suddenly and end up stopped on the hill. Suddenly, realisation sets in with the driver that he cannot leave the cab as the handbrake cannot hold the truck and as soon as he lifts his foot off the brake he starts to roll backwards.

One day I'd like to take a deckchair out and sit and watch the drama (it happens pretty frequently!).

Big stones placed behind the wheels to stop it rolling back, and quite a few people pushing as the truck creeps up the hill usually solves the problem.

Fantastic entertainment - much better than 'Deal or No Deal' in my book!