Brentwood is in Essex – not Manchester
When I first applied to become an ambulance man I went through the application process with LAS. One of the tasks we were set was to demonstrate an ability to read a map. From what I recall we had to devise a route from Putney Common to St.Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton. Now I have no trouble with maps but this was a particular ‘no-brainer’ as I used to live in Putney and my dear, beloved grandmother lived in Roehampton; I could describe the route in detail without the aid of a map.
Nowadays we have satellite navigation; locally known as Doris-the-bitch. With the inevitable ‘push’ to meet our ORCON response times we are now discouraged from ever looking an address up in the map book but encouraged to rely blindly on Doris: The Times today carries an extreme example of what can happen:
P.S. For those who are curious, the LAS process took me 18 months. Before it was concluded my present county, who conducted all the application processes on the same day, offered me a job so I declined the offer from LAS.