Something has happened in your street. The reporter has the microphone in your face. You know what to say when –
- A pit full of human bones has been uncovered in your neighbour’s basement – “He was friendly and kept to himself”,
- A car has ploughed into your front room. No-one has been hurt – “There were children playing just here, only three weeks ago”.
- A meth-lab has blown up, a service station has been robbed, or – well, anything – “First I heard a loud bang”,
- There’s been a collision – “First I heard a loud bang. We’ve been telling them about that corner for years”, and
- A surfer has been eaten by a shark, a sky-diver has merged with the ground, or a lumberjack has fallen into the mincer – “He died doing what he loved” (He loved screaming and bleeding?)