As it turns out once you've broadened your attention, stuff happens.
About a week after the last blog post, someone told me this. There's a high-speed rail link planned in some distant future where we aren't broke. It would connect Manchester and Sheffield, a mate was telling me. I tracked down a piece in the Guardian to check the facts. And get this (the italics are mine):
"David Higgins’s review of the second phase of HS2 endorsed the two planned routes... Higgins said either a new tunnelled high-speed route or an upgraded rail link through existing but unused tunnels through the Pennines were possible options."
That's right. Existing tunnels, closed in 1981. Here's a picture:
Boom. There it is. A group of surveyors are re-opening a bricked up tunnel to begin work on a new rail network. No-one's been in those tunnels for 35 years. Consider the possibilities, folks...
Cold case! Missing kid! Flashbacks to the early eighties! Other stuff!
This is how it happens, friends. Ideas collide with ideas. Maybe there'll be a third thing. I've a feeling there will...