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OPINION: Broadcaster Steve Allen looks at the issues of today

PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:42 27 August 2017

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We don’t need to be told nuts contain nuts

This week Big Ben fell silent and a solar eclipse happened. It wasn’t difficult to convince some people it all means it’s the end of the world.

People got very excited about the eclipse. The news channels kept calling it a once in a lifetime event.

Solar eclipses happen on Earth about once every 15 months so the life expectancies on news channels are even worse than in EastEnders.

The worst part of the eclipse is everyone in the media telling us to not look directly at the sun. I’m sorry but if you don’t know staring at the sun is bad for you it’s your own fault.

It’s like those labels you see on packets of nuts that say, “May contain nuts.”

Why do we have to health and safety everything?

I am guilty too. In the past I’ve said on radio, “If you spot a problem on the roads, give us a call if it’s safe and legal to do so.”

If something isn’t safe or legal to do, don’t do it even if a radio DJ tells you to.

The problem is the compensation culture we live in.

We hear stories of people who sue and, let’s be honest, we’re a little jealous. It sounds like a lottery win.

You see the daytime TV adverts where someone says, “I sat on a stapler and now I got my mortgage paid,” and it sounds pretty good.

We should take a little personal responsibility and if you buy a hot drink that doesn’t say, “Caution hot” on it, don’t pour it down you.

I hope you didn’t look right at the sun but if you did that’s your fault.

I hope it didn’t damage your eyes but if it did, you made that eclipse a once in a lifetime event.

• Tune into Steve’s Friday show on Time 107.5 FM.

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