Event tossed aside amid compensation fears

And finally, a story relating to the compensation culture, or (more correctly) the fear of a compensation culture.

In a sad indictment of present day Britain, a traditional pancake race has been called off, flattened under the weight of health and safety and insurance risk assessments that were required for it to go ahead.

The race was due to take place in Ripon, North Yorkshire.

“There is bureaucracy that goes into holding any event these days, the policing, the risk assessments, and it has a cost factor and takes a lot of time,” one of the organisers told the BBC rather sadly.