The first step in planning the PicoMicroYacht voyage from Dublin to Limerick for next year (see previous post) is to get hold of the particular type of lock key used on Irish canals.
Irish canals have lock key systems that prevent people vandalising locks by using ordinary spanners to open the sluice gates at the wrong moment. Specially fitted cowling stops them, but this means the key has to have a longer end, as above.
Well ... I needed to get one of these keys and it was fortunate to be in Dublin attending a meeting to celebrate the career of a distinguished brain scientist, Professor Ian Robertson.
It was a wonderful meeting - I have to admit that we all got a little carried away at the end. To the delight of his audience, Ian became Elvis for a magical instance and we were treated to a masterful rendition of 'I can't help falling in love with you.'
Or maybe it really was Elvis.....
Well, I was allowed time off from the meeting to purchase the lock key, a heavy lump of metal, which I had to conceal in my bag and cart back to the UK. I now have it in readiness for the PicoMicroYacht Ireland adventure.
But the way, Ian has just written a book on stress which promises to be a real classic.