Horizon: Surviving Disaster

THERE’S a documentary on TV tonight which might just save your life.
Not that you’d know it from this rather bizarre image, one of several BBC publicity pics issued to tie in with the Horizon film.
It shows, at least in part, Prof Myer Glickman, from the Office of National Statistics.
I use it here, as it almost certainly won’t appear anywhere else.
Perhaps it’s me? Am I missing something?
Myer tells BBC2’s cheerily-titled How To Survive A Disaster: “We would normally classify any death before the age of 70 as premature death.”
Almost three quarters of which are preventable.

It’s actually a gripping watch – you can read more about the programme in today’s MEN TV feature here.
There wasn’t room to include reference to the crash test dummies in the film.
For some reason, I assumed they were related to the type of dummy you get in a shop window.
When they are actually filled with sophisticated instrumentation and cost around £100,000 each.
The documentary also contains slightly gruesome footage of how it was done in the 1950s.
That’s when pioneering American scientists used dead bodies.
And one of the experts put his life on the line by volunteering to be a human crash test dummy.
That data is still used today – and led to the development of seat belts and airbags.
With people now walking away from accidents which would once have killed them.
The Horizon film contains invaluable information about air crashes, fires and ferry sinkings.
But, personally, one revelation stood out.
I’ll never put a fork or knife in a toaster again to retrieve a slice of bread.
Horizon: How To Survive A Disaster


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  1. Thanks for referring to my face as a ‘bizarre image’, Ian! By the way I’m not a professor, though it might be fun one day. But if any of your readers would like to learn more of the cheerful statistical facts about threats to their lives, they should feel free to visit the ONS website at http://www.statistics.gov.uk!

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