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Video: Driver gives best excuse ever for close pass

Monty Python would be proud

Everyone's had a driver pass a bit too close and perhaps taken the chance to remonstrate with them at the next lights. YouTube helmet cammer matthew6476 asked a driver for a bit more room next time and got the best response ever from an apologetic but understandably preoccupied driver. 

Matthew's made the video private because, he says, he "cant be doing with the hassle from morons" on YouTube attacking him for posting videos. We've left it here in case he reconsiders.

Meantime, here's how it goes. The driver passes him without leaving much room. Matthew catches him at the next lights and taps on his window.

The driver rolls it down and Matthew asks: "Can you just give us a bit more room next time please?"

The driver opens the top of his coat to reveal a brightly-coloured bird as you can see in this still.

"I'm sorry," the driver replies, "but I've got a parrot dying on me."

Monty Python would be proud.

We hope the parrot pulled through.

Acknowledged by the Telegraph as a leading cycling journalist, John Stevenson has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc editor Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined road.cc in 2013 and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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