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RE: Tree related questions for a quiz for ordinary people - Conkers bonkers

Subject: RE: Tree related questions for a quiz for ordinary people - Conkers bonkers
From: Philip Wilson
Date: Jun 25 2020 16:59:59
Further to the posts of Michael and Jerry - 

Halfpenny, S. (2009). The conkers-with-goggles story was a myth. I know – I 
started it. The Guardian Newspaper, 9 December 2009. 
www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2009/dec/09/conkers-goggles-myth-health-safety

Furthermore, the committee of the World Conker Championships advises that 
goggles have never been worn in its competitions, and would merely increase 
the risk that players missed their footing to fall from the podium on which 
their games are played.

The stories of risk-aversion are beloved of journalists and some completely 
fictitious, such as the story in 2007 that trapeze artists were to be 
required to wear hard hats. Other examples given by the HSE include companies 
that ban the putting up of Christmas decorations unless the work is done by a 
qualified person; a school that stopped a schoolgirl from wearing frilly 
socks on grounds that they were a trip hazard; and a local authority that 
banned a 60-year-old dog-training club on grounds of allergy risk.

The HSE sought to counter such mischief with its Myth of the month series and 
Myth-busting panel. The panel’s findings in over 400 cases are given at 
www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/index.htm

Philip


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[mailto:uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info] On Behalf Of Jerry Ross
Sent: 25 June 2020 17:33
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: Re: Tree related questions for a quiz for ordinary people

Is this true?
Perhaps this could be shown to your (or Ontario's) legislators...
https://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/september.htm


On 25/06/2020 16:44, Michael Richardson wrote:
Sorry no playing in the school yard.  Conckers (as we called them) have
been banned for a long while here in Ontario, Canada school yards.

Further I imagine there is a virtual game on phones that kids would rather
play.

Michael Richardson B.Sc.F., BCMA
Ontario MTCU Qualified Arborist
Richardson Tree Care
Richardsontreecare.ca
613-475-2877
800-769-9183

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On Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 11:37 AM Bill Anderson <
anderson.arb.original@xxxxxx.com> wrote:

Which schoolboy game is played with the seeds of Aesculus hippocastanum?

On Thu, 25 Jun 2020 at 16:14, Bettina Broadway-Mann <
broadwaytrees@xxxxxx.com>
wrote:

Hello All,
I'm wanting to put together some questions for a family quiz in which
everyone else are not tree people or know much about trees.

Do you have any good tree related questions that I could use that are not
too difficult and not too obscure please?

I want to give my relatives a fighting chance of getting at least a
couple
right, if not more.

Many thanks as always,

with regards
Bettina



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