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Edition No. 222

Date:- 10 October 2005

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Liverpool accountants attempt track record

2 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 point out.

"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.

"Our 24-hour 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 locomotive.

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 our roads.

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 at:- www.nrsi.org.uk.

"TAKE ME TO YOUR ZEBRA CROSSING OR I WILL DESTROY THE EARTH!!!!!!" 

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