Oh dear. I’ve just been on BBC Radio Scotland’s Macaulay & Co talking about sat-nav, and recounted the (true) story of the chap who drove his BMW into the Havel river in Eastern Germany because his sat-nav didn’t tell him he needed a ferry. Apparently the chap just assumed the sat-nav knew best, and followed its instructions to the letter. Time for an offensive stereotype: “he was just following orders!” I cackled.
This is what happens when you do live radio in the morning without first ingesting superhuman quantities of coffee.