A few years ago, I was almost run over by Adrian Chiles.
At least, I think it was Adrian Chiles. It certainly looked like it was him driving the big, flash BMW, but it may have been a lookalike, I suppose.
Either way, here’s what happened: I was trying to find an album to listen to on my phone, and stumbled out into the road without looking both ways. It would have broken the Green Cross Code man’s heart. Fortunately possibly-but-maybe-not Adrian Chiles was an attentive driver and braked before my flabby corpse dented his expensive-looking automobile, but it was a startling experience to be sure.
On another occasion, I wandered out of a pub after a night out, texting friends with ‘hilarious’ ale-fuelled witticisms, and almost immediately walked into a lamppost. Fortunately, I got away with nothing more than a headache, some dented specs, and a nagging sense of shame.
Both events had one thing in common – I was paying attention to my phone, not where I was going. And I’m not the only one to make that mistake.