In 2014 - July - Le Tour de France is coming to the UK and the first stage in this country will be in the Yorkshire Dales and may even come past the end of our Lane (we haven't quite worked out the route yet, but it will at the very least come within half a mile or so).
My son, who is a Le Tour fanatic/afficionado/groupie - call it what you will, is ecstatic about the whole thing and is already deliberating on the best possible viewing place.
Our writer's group are wondering whether to produce another book for the event. We have now produced two books, the first sold in aid of our local Wensleydale Railway and the second, due to be launched in a couple of weeks, for the local Air Ambulance Service. Each member of the group writes two articles for inclusion and then the whole thing is put together by a committee, sent to a really helpful publisher and printed. There is a lot of work involved. But Le Tour does seem an ideal opportunity, too good to be missed.
As we are all going to produce a piece of writing for the next meeting, which is open manuscript, I have been doing a bit of research into the route this morning. There is one troublesome aspect. Once on a site it seems to be impossible not to read it all, follow links, find out more information and get side-tracked.
The other day I said on this blog that I still found it easier to pick up the Oxford Guide to English Literature to look something up than to Google it. Well, perhaps I am changing my views. If I had wanted the information I have gleaned this morning, I would have needed to locate, lug around, look in the index, find the page and copy out the info I wanted from a dozen different books.
This morning I just printed off the relevant pages and have them here in front of me for when I want to begin writing the article. Oh yes, I am coming around to a different way of thinking - particularly now that my new hub is here and things have speeded up no end.
Anybody want anything looking up? If so I'm your man - or rather woman.