But what about the Autumn Olympics? We'd be really good at those in Lancaster. Catching falling leaves. Lighting a wet bonfire. Keeping your umbrella the right way out in a high wind. Getting across a boggy field without losing your wellies. I'm sure there are more events that could be thought of.
- the council's stopped the ducks swimming - paddling - or even flying - under the canal bridge now: and the swans'n'gulls'n'all too, though there's fewer swans by far, and the gulls tend not to paddle - nor swim, for that matter - in the canal water; there's a kind of anti-torpedo net made out of flat, bright orange plastic with oblong cartouche holes, suspended on iron stakes, that prevents them flying in to land very close to it; and then, there's wooden boards on a scaffolding structure blocking the space between (most of) the arch, and the canal surface (or possibly bed); so if they tried to fly in to land underneath the bridge, they'd hit the wooden boarding, and likely stun themselves silly.
(the man in the canal i saw a couple of days ago was maybe fifty - a hundred yards at most - away from the bridge, close to the orange "netting", on the side away from the canal.)