A feature on the BBC website the other day revealed that studies show there is a higher incidence of crime around the full moon. This leads me to wonder whether there has been a rather prolonged full moon of late, since my step-father (sometimes commenting here as Albert Herring) has suddenly decided to cycle to Rome. From Nottingham. As you do. He is not in training, he has never cycled across Europe before and he will be arriving in Rome when I'm not here. Brilliant. You can follow this ridiculously ill-conceived plan here:
Nonetheless it should be entertaining for us (if painful for him) and it is of course being done in aid of a worthy cause, namely the Down's Syndrome Association, which is a cause close to all our hearts. Albert Herring's younger son, and thus my littlest brother, has Down's Syndrome. Dan is 9 years old and a source of endless delight, discovery, laughter, affection, exasperation, despair and incredibly hard work. There is still a lot of ignorance and prejudice surrounding people with Down's and a lot of study remains to be done on developmental issues, physical, mental and social. The DSA provides brilliant support for families, for individuals and for people working in the disability sector and is more than deserving of support. If you are inspired to sponsor Albert's absurd enterprise, his donation page is http://www.justgiving.com/rome_ride
I shall probably update intermittently as and when comedic disasters occur as they surely will.