Monday, January 28, 2008
Nanny Bans Swords
Oh dear, Nanny really has trouble distinguishing between what is important and what is trivial.
It seems that Nanny's dreaded health and Safety Gestapo have put their size ten jackboots into the affairs of The Carnon Downs Drama Group (at Perranwell Cornwall).
The group are performing Robinson Crusoe, but have had to adjust their security arrangements a little bit as the Health and Safety Gestapo don't like the fact that the play requires the use of plastic swords.
They have been told by Nanny to lock up its two plastic cutlasses, six wooden swords and a toy gun when they are not in use and appoint a "responsible guardian" for them.
The group, because of 'elf and safety diktats, were forced to report to the police that they were using replica weapons.
Nanny's finest then had to issue them the rather absurd instructions about locking the plastic weapons up.
The rather odd thing is that the frying pans, used as weapons in the play, are not considered dangerous.
A co-director, Linda Barker, said:
"In some scenes pirates hit each other with frying pans and saucepan lids but there's no problem with them.
We have got several wooden and plastic swords, two plastic spears and a gun that cost £2 from a joke shop. But now we need to keep them locked away."
As ever, Nanny ensures that only the most important and pressing issues are regulated and enforced.