Today we got given a flyer and sent an e-mail about a lunch-time walk. This certainly sounds nice on the face of it – a scenic stroll next to the river in the company of interesting colleagues and in decent (if not fine) weather.
That, my friends, is where Local Government kicked in.
If we wanted to take part in this walk firstly we had to register our interest. Register interest?! It’s a walk for crying out loud!!! What possible reason could there be for registering interest in walking from a to b – if we are interested then we’ll just do it!
Of course that wasn’t all, we also were told we had to fill in a form. For walking. Seriously, I know Councils like forms like the average man likes a Pussy Cat Dolls video, but what information about walking could they possibly hope to garner? “do you start usually with the left foot or the right?” perhaps, or “What is your preferred direction of walking: forwards, sideways or backwards?”.
That’s not all. Each walk will have a leader. Should you wish to lead a walk yourself you will need to go on a training course first. Never fear however, as they have a shortened version of the course which only takes three hours. I know it took me a good eight or nine months to learn how to walk first time around, but I’m pretty sure I’ve got it down pat by now.
We are seriously considering being rebels and going for a walk at the same time along the same path but not going through this rigmoral. Most of us don’t even particularly like walking, but it’s the principal of the thing after all!