I often bemoan the removal of the famous phrase 'Boring - see Civil Engineers' from Yellow Pages. It always got a laugh and showed we had a sense of humour.
I got quite excited about the Brunel bicentenary - what would the celebrations be?
An attempt to sail the SS Great Britain around Britain's coastline? Construction of a broad gauge railway to demonstrate its advantages? A sponsored bungee jump off the Clifton Bridge?
No, the events planned read: stamps, lecture, lecture, fireworks, exhibition, bus tour, lecture, exhibition, conference, symposium and a dinner.
It is of course our natural temperament and training that makes us this way, as exemplified by the poll of 519 engineers on the future of nuclear power which were boringly predictable. We do not want nuclear power and would not let our families live anywhere near a plant but we had better build some more because that is what we do.
Can we please think less boringly and more like Brunel?
Let's not go for the most obvious solution!
Andrew Wood, aandswood@tiscali. co. uk