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I was amused (and simultaneously horrified of course) by this story...
http://www.thisislincolnshire.co.uk/Hunt-cyclist-kitten-thrown-River-Wit...

It seems cyclist don't just run red lights and pay no "road tax" but they drown kittens as well. Do you notice that there is no mention of the persons age, sex, race, build etc. It is simply enough to describe them as "cyclist". Surely cyclists are people too, just like car drivers and pedestrians. Don't you think there is too much labelling of people that generates a general "us and them" feeling?

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Super Domestique [1609 posts] 4 years ago
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What a poorly written piece.

Annoys me as both a cyclist and cat owner.

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Mostyn [396 posts] 4 years ago
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Tagged, Bagged and caught in the act cyclist. Seems to be a something and nothing article. Best ignored.

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Actium [38 posts] 4 years ago
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Yeah, the article itself wasn't really the point. It is indicative of a tribal labelling of "cyclist", "motorist" that seems to infect many articles and discussions that could be seen as divisive and ultimately unhelpful.

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colhum1 [86 posts] 4 years ago
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Perhaps the passer-by was a cyclist  1

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CraigS [129 posts] 4 years ago
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If you're appealing for information, the fact the guy was on a bike is relevant though. I think "cyclist" is just a statement of fact in this case, not meant with any negative connotations.

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Actium [38 posts] 4 years ago
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Indeed Craig, but I think the fact the guy was a guy and not a gal might have been a more useful label  1

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Mostyn [396 posts] 4 years ago
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Actium wrote:

Indeed Craig, but I think the fact the guy was a guy and not a gal might have been a more useful label  1

That would hit the News; Gal on bicycle with bag of kittens prepared for the Lake! The question everyone would ask; is? Has the Broom-stick been replaced by a bicycle in wichcraft transport?

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pants [238 posts] 2 years ago
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As a drowner of kittens I am greatly offended by this.

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arfa [806 posts] 2 years ago
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I think you'll find that "This is" news websites are part of the daily mail group.

http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/aboutus.html

Best left alone IMO.

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The _Kaner [936 posts] 2 years ago
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Well I took the bait and had to reply...Anarchy ROOLZ...
'Should the article not read 'a person seen riding a bike'...there is a marked difference between a 'cyclist' and a person using a bicycle to transport a bag containing a cat for disposal?????
Had it been someone driving a car would the report have stipulated that a 'car enthusiast', 'motorist'...etc was seen or indeed if someone on foot had perpetrated this heinous act would they have been called a 'walker', 'rambler' or 'pedestrian'...no, they most likely would have just been identified as a 'person'

...the fact that it was a bike ...and that was emphasised on more than one occasion...leads me to believe that the article is intended to ruffle the feathers of a public that (somewhat unfoundedly) has already got 'an itchy scab' mentality when it comes to blaming 'cyclists for all that is wrong in the world'

...at least the cat was OK...any indication as to what kind of 'passer-by' it was...maybe he/she was a 'road tax' paying member of the public...I'm sure the readers would like to know...

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SideBurn [890 posts] 2 years ago
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The story is over a year old  39
Maybe they just strung a couple of cyclists up to make a point and left it at that; that will teach them  19