I forgot to respond to YPMOYB's meme tag. Sorry. So here it is. I'm not tagging anyone else because I don't want to impose. But if you'd like to dive in consider yourself tagged.
I'm supposed to write 5 things you didn't know about me. But I've been doing this blog for three years so I'd be surprised if there's anything new left. Er. So. Here's some stuff I might not have mentioned for a while:
1. I used to write gags for the News Hudlines on Radio 2. This was a very poor topical comedy show (sorry Richard). I had to comb throw loads of newspapers every day to try and find material, then send off a bunch of gags. I think I got about two on the show. The effort to reward ratio was not good so I gave it up.
3. I'm allergic to yeast. Especially brewer's yeast. So I don't drink beer. I hardly drink at all in fact. And I've never taken any drugs. Or ever smoked a cigarette. I was quite concerned a while ago that I didn't have any worthwhile vices so I tried smoking cigars. I liked all the paraphernalia but didn't actually like the smoking. So I've not bothered again.
4. I used to be in Derby Cathedral Choir.
5. When we lived in Portland I built a huge, elaborate, Garden Railway (G Scale) using lots of LGB and Accucraft track, locomotives and rolling stock. I implemented hand-held radio remote control of three separate engines and was especially pleased with an entry system I built that took the track from the garden into the basement so all my trains could be stored inside overnight. (A contraption that was inspired by Roland Emett's design of The Far Tottering and Oystercreek Railway for The Festival of Britain). I think I'm more proud of that railway than anything I've ever accomplished as a planner. Arthur would have loved it, unfortunately we left Portland before he was old enough to appreciate it. And now we don't have a garden.