Well, it is going

I have not blogged about the project at such regular intervals recently, not because nothing is happening, but rather because the ups and downs and twists and turns are either not particularly interesting, or that they are so electrifying they are quite overwhelming. Occasionally people come up to me and ask "is everything going well with the project?" I rarely know how to answer. It feels a little bit like an enquirer jauntily leaning out from one of the portholes from the funicular railway that tunnels through the Eiger Mountain in Switzerland and talking to the mountaineer at the instant that he is making a death-defying attempt on the most perilous section of the famous North Face. Is it going well? The only answer I can think of is: Well, it is going! Huge strides are made in one direction, only to be nullified by massive setbacks in another. One moment we hear that we have received an amazingly generous gift from a grant-making body way beyond their normal parameters, then the next moment we hear of an unexpected costly problem with the roof with no reasonable solution presenting itself. There is no doubt that the project is more difficult, more expensive and more protracted than I could possibly have imagined when we set out. Sometimes it is a good thing that we don't know what the future holds, because if we did perhaps our courage would fail us.

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