Sleepless in South Norwood

I didn’t expect the former Lady Mayoress of Blackburn, a declared authority on “giant radishes and chrysanthemums” and a qualified cricket umpire, would have much in common with a Croydon-based construction manager who also happens to be Sierra Leone’s answer to Kevin McCloud. And yet, when I interviewed them both for a “Meet the Members” special in the CIOB’s Construction Manager magazine, the conversation was eerily similar. Both have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, both pack more into a 24-hour period than I’d think was practical in a week, and both wonder how they’re possibly going to get everything done while happily taking on even more. I have a feeling they’d get on like a house on fire if they ever met, but I can’t imagine either would have the time.