I bet most of you have seen the Daniel Craig James Bond film where Sebastian Foucan starts the action with a ferocious chase around a building site in a bid to escape by any and all means. Sebastian Foucan is a talented exponent of Parkour, the French-originated discipline of negotiating and moving around the urban environment with speed and efficiency. A derivative is called ‘free running’ which is basically the same thing but with fancy stunts, flips, turns added in for style. I’ve been very interested in this locally. There is a group of teenagers who get together to learn how to control their bodies, condition themselves for strength and agility and use the local urban environment for their own ends. If my council tax is going to be spent on railings and walls and who knows what street furniture, it might as well be put to practical use. These kids are not into vandalism, damaging things and tagging with spray paint. They embrace the philosophy of parkour, try to better themselves, use the discipline to encourage better diet, exercise, co-operation etc. Let’s face it, kids want to hang out somewhere. We did when we were younger. At least when these kids hang out they are trying to do something positive. Teenagers get such a bad press and they shouldn’t all be tarred with the same brush. So when you encounter a group of teenagers around the car park or jumping railings don’t immediately assume they are up to no good. They might well be practising parkour. At the very least, skill in this discipline may well make the vital difference between escaping from kids bent on bad stuff or getting knifed and making headline news for the wrong reasons.