Wednesday 21st August 2013.

A drop of rain this morning, and it’s quite a bit cooler too, but still okay for a bike-ride around Radcliffe.
Around the canal the greenery is just about at its summer zenith and it’s a very rustic ride, at the moment, for the Radcliffe to Bury cyclist. Or walker.
You’d think, cycling or walking past all this water, that there’d be a glut of the precious stuff, but no, it’s not quite so. In fact one or two areas of Great Britain are always short of water. Particularly affected is the south-east. Mind you, the population, in those parts, is pretty thick on the ground. That’s why parliament is situated around there. With over six hundred wise-men and women attempting to run the public-sector (which directly or indirectly controls, if not runs our water) you’d think that the water system would be geared to allow for population and internal migration fluctuations with quite a bit of safe leeway. But no. Parts of our water system are still based on Victorian underground plumbing and one or two bits are actually Roman! (I first wrote that, on the ‘net, in 1996. And nothing has changed!) So, although the logo, on a water-bill, may change from time to time, our water treatment and supply system is, just about, coping with demand. Sort this out, properly, and then, when there’s enough water to use, without it being, for the general public, rationed, and I’d be prepared to give Fracking a go to bolster our gas reserves.
Cheaper gas? Oh no. That’ll never happen. Not when those governmental have an ongoing debt of £1,200,000,000,000.00p or more.
But, locally, there is apparently a little brightness at the end of the tunnel. Bury has been granted over £250,000.00p by the Heritage Lottery Fund to fund excavation ‘digs’ at Ye Olde Radcliffe Tower and surrounding areas. With money from other, local sources, the total fund will be nearly £500,000.00p. The idea is that stuff learned by the dig about Radcliffe will add to the knowledge of local teachers, students and school-children.
Which would be great, if those teachers, students and school-children of secondary age, actually had a school in Radcliffe!

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