Jonathan Riddell

Aurélien Gâteau aurelien.gateau at
Tue Nov 29 15:56:14 UTC 2011

Hi all,

Jonathan got in a car crash last week-end. Here is a forward of the mail 
Paul Sladen sent to our internal Canonical mailing-list.

Sujet: Jonathan Riddell
Date : Mon, 28 Nov 2011 20:24:58 +0000
De : Paul Sladen <sladen at>

TL;DR: Jonathan Riddell is alive!  Although slightly concussed.  I've
spoken to him on IRC then video+Skype and he's back at his flat now.
(This is good).

Jonathan appears to have been in a car crash at some point on Saturday
(2011-11-26), probably in a supermarket car-park, possibly somewhere in
the bit of France that is in the Caribbean (Guadeloupe).

Calling his phone won't work for the moment; as the local Police have
it, along with (presumably) the remaining three-quarters of the
unfortunate car.  The car might have been a "Peugeot/Renault sort of
thing" but he can't remember.  First thing he asked me was "heard
anything of me?".

The concussion/memory loss applies to various other things in the same
timeframe too; and he's been ordered to keep one eye closed at all times
to try and cure the double vision.  His parents and family are aware.

 From the video I could see that he's got bandages on the left side,
which is apparently where the injuries were.  He got out of hospital
sometime today (two days in), and seems to have woken up at somepoint on
the Sunday (out for a day?).

I (aurelien again) had a brief mail exchange with Jonathan, he told me 
he was "a bit cross eyed and unclear about the world" but his dad is 
coming out to help him.

More details when I have them.  Email is probably the best for the
moment (ASCII-art flowers?) as I'm not sure of a postal address that works:

   Jonathan Riddell <jriddell at>

Hopefully he'll be a bit more alert/responsive in a few days!  I
certainly hope so and wish him the best!


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