I always enjoy reading up on the courses available through my local county council. At once time there would have been a whole adult education system of night schools. How often did you hear mum or dad going to night school or college for top up sessions towards a qualification or leisure pursuit. I remember one near neighbour dutifully went along every week with her husband to take the qualification to be a Master for yaught sailing and other sea craft. It struck me as hilarious that they were taught by the local harbour master – and there’s no harbour. The nearest is 90 mles to the east But as the town has lots of navigable tow paths about, there is a lot of boating goes on and these life skills are essential for safety of themselves and other boat users. Today the exawms incorporate a vast amount of online learning – the e-education system is second to none and many a fine sailor is happily enjoying his craft as a result of keeping his learning skills as sharp as his sailing ones.