It’s 29th February, which only happens once every four years. It has traditionally been a date when women could propose marriage to men. Indeed a lovely young lady popped the question 38 years ago, when at university. I politely declined and I am sure that she has been grateful ever since.
But over on Radio 4, there has been quite a build up over the last week or so by Eddie Mair on the PM programme. He has invited listeners to take a ‘Leap for PM’; to do something that they would not normally consider doing to celebrate this date.
We’ve had listeners writing in to tell Eddie what they are going to do: There has been a depressed agoraphobic promising to take a bus journey to town and a middle aged lady who is being tattooed, live, on air!
Lawrence headed out with a camcorder to record places he used to enjoy with his wife, who died suddenly a couple of years ago. Sharon from Brighton runs a cafe and is going to change it to a vegetarian outfit. Philip from Kidderminster wrote that he wanted to finally finish his musical composition and Richard, a conductor from the CBSO, is going to play it next month!
All these people are doing something that celebrates life, which is a refreshing change from the normal dose of financial and political scandals that infest the news each evening.
My day was spent at Addenbrookes Renal Department hearing some news that was not wholly unexpected, that is going to affect things quite a bit. A bit of a bugger really.
So then! Adopt, adapt and improve!