Up at 0500, over to the barracks to pick up my armoured car. Batteries dead so drove normal car to the annual vehicle gathering in Wickham Square (Hampshire). No-one organises it, people turn up with anything interesting that has wheels - tractors, scooters, muscle cars, customs, commercials, military, motor bikes - classics and modern ...
Met a lot of old friends and club members and helped Mike with his 1936 Leyland escape ladder. Unfortunately lack of hydraulic fluid only allowed the ladder to extend to 31 feet so didn't get the natural high I was seeking - it will go to 101 feet...
Quite quiet compared to previous years. It normally gets totally jammed from sround 0830, didn't seem to get that busy until around 1030, just wondering if some people thought it was today.
Back to Paddington for the third and, I hope, last time on my lock drilling task. The supervisor has put in a complaint about me in that I left without completing the job. I did point out that I had worked nine hours before coming to site. Spent another six hours (plus four travel) today. I doubt his union would approve of a 15 hour shift!
One of my watches that needed changing from DST still!
30 feet up is worrying, far enough to hurt when you fall. 100 feet is a lot better - a couple of seconds of terror then oblivion