Steam spirit Before the last embers of summer finally flicker and fade into the memory a small selection of day out possibilities for your consideration, dear reader-.
Kew Bridge Steam Museum The 19th century steam museum and pumping station in west London.
Tel: (0208) 568 4757 www. kbsm. org
Brede Steam Engine Society More steam pumping engines, this time close to the Sussex coast near Hastings (Limited opening times).
Tel: (01424) 882356 www. southernwater. co. uk/ homeandleisure/daysout/ bredesteam engines
Crossness Engines Trust Pumping house that was key to Bazalgette's sanitation system for London. Something not to be pooh-poohed.
Tel: (0208) 311 3711 www. crossness. org. uk
Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway Train rides from Oxenhope to Keighley through the heart of the Pennines. If you're lucky, the selection of hand pump real ales available in the buffet car will include the world's finest bitter - Timothy Taylor's Landlord. In my humble, opinion, of course.
Tel: (01535) 645214 www. kwvr. co. uk
National Railway Museum Steam and much more at the big one in York.
Tel: (01904) 621261 www. nrm. org. uk The Talking Newspaper Association Those unable to read normal print might like to know that the vital organ you hold before you is also available in audio cassette form containing a weekly 90 minute digest of all NCE's juicy bits. The association's list of titles also includes 200 national newspapers and countless magazines, some of which come in CD-ROM and also via e-mail if you have the right screen reading software. Oooh, talk about fancy.
www. tnauk. org. uk Tel: (01435) 866102
And finally- A quick mention for the series Coast which is just about half way through its run on Monday nights, BBC2, at 9pm. We got a bit of a ticking off from reader William Day who thought the coastal heritage series well worth a look. A repentant Foresight begs your forgiveness William. Please be gentle with us.