Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

A Man Ahead of His Time?

Ormskirk rollerblader Geoff Dornan’s 2700 Facebook friends will be disappointed to hear today that he has been fined £300 plus costs for two counts of dangerous skating. Police confiscated his in-line skates after he demonstrated his moves in a crowded Southport shopping street last October.

His hobby has led in the past to acrimonious encounters with the police and pedestrians; the court was treated to a selection of Mr Dornan’s epistolary opinions, notably that ‘jealous skater-haters should hobble back home to take their medication and watch Countdown.’

This week, neuroscientist Susan (Baroness) Greenfield told the House of Lords that, thanks to computer games and sites like Facebook, “the mid-21st century mind might almost be infantilised, characterised by short attention spans, sensationalism, inability to empathise and a shaky sense of identity".

Sk8er Boi Geoff Dornan is 71 years old.

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