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Time 107.5 FM’s Steve Allen column: Wristband craze hits uni Freshers’ Week

PUBLISHED: 12:31 23 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:31 23 September 2017

Steve Allen. Picture: Paul Bennett

Steve Allen. Picture: Paul Bennett

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It’s that time of year when a new cohort of late teens head off to university.

If you have children of that age you may have just waved them off with a case of tinned goods and the knowledge you won’t see them again till they have a massive load of washing they need doing.

The first week is Freshers’ Week, a time to realise your newfound independence. The nights out end up looking like a scene from ancient Rome, and look what happened to them.

This year that messy right of passage has been made safer with the invention of wristbands. Students can get a bracelet with their address and contact number printed on it. Not their number I’d imaging. There’s no point having your own mobile printed on your wrist. If someone calls it they’ll hear the phone ringing in your pocket and it also stops you giving a false number to someone who is trying to pull you at the bar.

The idea is that if you are too drunk to get home, someone will know where to deliver you. I don’t have confidence in getting things I have ordered online delivered let alone my actual body.

If I used one of those wristbands I’d expect to wake up in the morning with a hangover after being delivered to my neighbour’s because I was out. And if you’re drunk someone will have the bright idea of swapping people’s wristbands around. You’ll wake up in someone else’s hall of residence while they wake up with everyone thinking they support Lance Armstrong’s charity.

It’s basically the same as putting your address on your dog’s collar. It’s one step away from students microchipping themselves.Jon

Maybe the best advice is not to get too drunk during freshers’ week, or that full load of washing will be created well before your term has started.

Tune into Steve’s weekday show on Time 107.5 FM.

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