Picture the scene. It's some time back in 1982 or 1983. Gerrit Vandemeulebroucke and his fiancee Lieske van den Meulen are thundering down the motorway between Liege and Brussels, happily chatting away in their native Flemish, and enjoying the sunshine and the prospect of a good bottle of old-fashioned witte. Suddenly Gerrit lapses into heavily accented English for the benefit of From the Gallery readers. 'But thousand, Goddarnit, go!' he exclaims, in a typical Belgian expression of surprise. 'There's a bed on the motorway!' We are not making this up (to borrow a phrase copyrighted by another columnist, very popular with our readers). From the Gallery really did leave a bed on that stretch of road. It was still in kit form and had been securely fastened to the roof of our old Japanese car. (Yes, even then we were preparing for a future in Asia.) We hadn't reckoned with the weakness of the elastic strap thingies. (Who knows what they're really called? But you know the sort of thingies we mean. The ones Hong Kong taxi drivers strap your oversized suitcase into their oily car-boots with.) Luckily, Mr Vandemeulebroucke's new Mercedes was far enough behind us not to get the head of the bed through his screen. The man who was driving behind From the Gallery's father a few years earlier (funnily enough also on a Belgian motorway), when he lost a couple of suitcases full of the family's holiday clothes, was equally lucky. He simply drove over as many different items as he could leave his tyre-marks on. Apparently, the rope was rotten. We raise these little embarrassments not to make you laugh (you think that's funny?), but to show that you are not alone, whoever you are, when you turn up as a statistic in the Legislative Council. You are just a little less lucky. Tsang Kin-shing asked about a recent accident in which a boulder was thought to have fallen from a dump truck, struck the vehicle behind and caused serious injury to the driver. How often did this sort of thing happen, how many prosecutions had there been and what was the Government planning to do about it? Secretary for Transport Gordon Siu Kwing-chue managed to find no less than 28 similar incidents involving rubble, rods, planks, machines, boxes between 1994 and 1996. (Actually, we were surprised it was so few.) Amazingly, there was neither a bed nor a suitcase among them. But one person had been killed, seven taken to hospital and 29 slightly injured as a result. Twelve drivers or vehicle owners had been successfully prosecuted and two were awaiting prosecution. And, we were guiltily relieved to learn, the Government was not only enforcing the law against dropping beds, boulders and other objects on the public highway, but was distributing copies of a code of practice for correctly tying them down to learner drivers (commercial), trucking companies and anyone else might want them. But we did wonder if that would be enough to prevent the inexperienced amateur from using inadequate ropes.