Liverpool accountants attempt track record
local accountants who share a passion for railways
are hoping to set a new record by covering the greatest distance
ever travelled in the UK by rail passengers in one day, starting and
finishing in Liverpool, without riding the same length of track
twice. Jim Dimmock and Brian Ricketts, both partners at the
Liverpool office of PKF (UK) LLP accountants and business advisers,
discovered they have a lot in common.
As well as sharing the same profession, working in the same office
and being keen railway travellers, they even have the same birthday,
although not the same year of birth, as the younger one is keen to
"The rail network is carrying more passengers than ever before and
this underlines the popularity of rail travel." says Brian,
whose clients include the Festiniog Railway.
track marathon might seem like insanity to some frustrated rail
commuters but to us it will be an enjoyable challenge. It would be
great to get into The Guinness Book of Records, but we'll need
plenty of luck and punctuality. Our target is to cover 1,250 miles,
passing through over 100 different stations. We're hoping to raise
£5 a mile for charity." adds Jim.
The 2 are already in training for the big event next month and have
recently completed a 1 day 500 mile roundtrip from Liverpool to
Somerset on a special excursion, with part of the journey by steam
Colleagues at PKF are supportive. As one commented:-
"Although the image of a rail travelling accountant
isn't that cool, it demonstrates the lengths Jim and Brian are
willing to go to provide a first class service."
Little Green Men Land with a Safety Message
DO you believe in
little green men?
Well Aliens landed in
Liverpool to encourage people to cross our roads safely. The
Neighbourhood Road Safety Initiative in Liverpool enlisted the help
of 4 'extra terrestrials' to highlight the dangers to pedestrians on
The Aliens landed in Church Street at 12.30pm on Friday 7 October
2005 as part of the Initiative's 'We believe in little green
men' campaign. They where carrying placards to protest at
needless pedestrian road casualties and to encourage those on foot
to avoid risks and to use pedestrian crossings wherever possible.
Councillor Peter Millea, Executive Member for Regeneration said:-
"People are still taking risks on our roads and increased use of
mobile phones, personal hi-fi systems and even being engrossed in
conversation all take our attention away from the dangers. As
pedestrians we need to be aware of traffic and the danger it poses.
The safest place to cross any road is a pedestrian crossing and
where possible we should be using them. Children often play on our
neighbourhood streets and also have to cross busy roads on their
school journeys. Every year over 15,000 child pedestrians receive
serious or minor injuries on UK roads and we think this is
unacceptable. Our latest campaign is purposefully lighthearted but
we're hoping our 'little green men' will help raise some serious
issues and make people think twice about taking risks on our roads."
The regional NRSI campaign is being mounted throughout Merseyside,
Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire and there will be
opportunities to spot the aliens in other towns and cities. The
campaign is using bus advertising along with over five million bus
tickets to raise the issue of pedestrian road safety and offer the
public the opportunity to win one of ten monthly bus passes. Full
details of the campaign, the issues and the competition can be found
ME TO YOUR ZEBRA CROSSING OR I WILL DESTROY THE EARTH!!!!!!"