Traveller’s Tree seems to be going pretty well and as usual the series is rattling along. I can’t believe we’re half way through already. To celebrate the fact, I managed to play out the show with a ham-fisted version of “I’ll See You In My Dreams” – just the kind of thing Lord Reith had in mind when he talked of nation speaking unto nation… This is of course just part of my plan for ukulele world domination, and before long Traveller’s Tree will be extended and renamed “Charlie Connelly’s Ukulele Hour”.
Most excitingly though, on Monday I became a temporary and useless member of the Tower lifeboat crew on the Thames. London-based folk may not even realise the station’s there, but here it is, just next to Waterloo Bridge in front of Somerset House.
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I thought I’d just be given a quick tour of the station and be sent on my way. But no, before I knew it I was being kitted out and shoved into the boat:
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Tell you what though, bombing up and down the Thames in a jet-powered boat makes you realise how little you appreciate the river. I’ve seen Tower Bridge countless times, for example, but never from underneath:
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And, as you can see from this picture, I clearly have the quick thinking, concentration level and teamwork necessary to be an effective lifeboatman:
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In all seriousness, anyone who’s read Attention All Shipping and who subscribes to North Atlantic Drifter will know the admiration I have for the RNLI and their crews. Please please think about giving them your support. Thanks to Beefeater Bill Callaghan for organising my visit and to all the crew at Tower for a startlingly good day.