September 3, 2009
Bletchley Park 70th Anniversary & Getting Our Priorities StraightFirst of all, a quick update on the ticket situation for Boffoonery!, the comedy benefit in aid of Bletchley Park on Nov 3rd. There's a handful of seats left, after which it will be standing room only. So if you're thinking of coming along, now's the time to book.
This weekend marks the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the first team of code breakers at Bletchley Park, including one Alan Turing. There's a whole bunch of very cool stuff planned for Saturday and Sunday, and I highly recommend going along.
On a related note, right now there's a petition doing the rounds asking for a full apology from the government for the very shabby way Turing was treated in the events that led up to his suicide. I've lost faith in these petitions (I mean, it's not like we're living in a democracy now, is it?) But I do think one way that we could make amends would be to ensure that his legacy is remembered with some real dignity - perhaps even a little style, dare I suggest.
Sadly, modern governments are not in the business of changing their minds, so I suspect we're barking up the wrong dead horse if we continue to lobby people who demonstrably don't care and seem happy to leave one of the most significant heritage sites in England to its fate. Boo hiss to you, Mr Brown, say I! All this means that it's now down to us - folks like me and you - to help Bletchley Park get through the next couple of years while their application for lottery funding is being considered. Boffoonery! could raise 5-10% of that much-needed extra cash for 2009-2010, and - if there's an appetite for more after Nov 3rd - Boffoonery 2.0 could raise even more for 2010-2011.
Of course, one way we might find the extra funding is to take the 600,000 GBP being frittered away on designing a new logo for London and use it for something a little bit more worthwhile...
Posted 9 years, 8 months ago on September 3, 2009