What else should I resolve to do this coming (academic) year. Keep the boat clean? Naah, as you can see, I have staff for that.
How about a bit of do gooding?
One thing does occur to me this week. I have never ever bought a National Lottery ticket being one of those who has always believed it to be a tax on the daft. Something tells me that 40 million to one isn’t a good bet. However, a couple of our brilliant paralympic athletes this week have spoken about what a big help their lottery funding has been, and urged people to keep on buying tickets. (If you haven’t been watching, you’ve missed a real treat.) So now I look on it in a new light, not as a gamble on winning a fortune, but a good cause worth having a punt on. So I shall now buy the odd ticket and feel good about it, even knowing that I am unlikely to be funding a new Russell Newbury engine for Herbie out of the winnings.
On a more practical front, I’ve got round to sending of my details to C&RT with a view to volunteering, perhaps as a towpath ranger in the West London area. Wandering about by the canal chatting to people is something I’m always doing anyway, so I might as well make it official. If I work alone, can I be called the lone ranger? Perhaps I should call my bike “Silver” if I get picked.
Speaking of C&RT, they have now published the winter stoppage programme with the customary maps of lock closures etc. Interestingly, the Birmingham area map lists the “Stratfordshire canal” - shall I tell them or will you?