So I’m off work. I don’t parade it but I’ll say it openly too, the black dog has been a bit unmanageable of late. When depression strikes with me it is like having a vast dog sitting on me making it difficult for me to do anything. Sleep usually helps and sometimes after a good sleep the dog has buggered off but not this time. The bugger. It was brought on by a ridiculously tough work week hours wise and a properly awful meeting on Friday that I had to go to London for.
Probably not helping this time is, because my thumb has temporarily limited my dexterity, my other recourse of railway modelling has not been possible.
However, I have had this day in the diary for some time to “nip” down to Didcot and see the archives. A discussion with Richard Croucher some time ago and a revelation to him (the first person external to know – but you’re all about to now) that I would like to write Hawksworth’s biography (Engineering biography really but you can’t do that without knowing the chap) led to an invitation.
I have to say it is one heck of an impressive archive. All humidity controlled and properly stored. The downside is they have precious little directly catalogued as Hawksworth so I’m going to have to work out notable engineering events in his work and then use them as a “kiss” to research data in the board minutes and whatnot dated in the same reference timescale. Definitely going to be my life’s work.
Of course visiting Didcot did mean a look around including a squint at how the County is progressing (and I did get to see the Saint but no photos of that!!)