BTW I am the only person ever to write software that was used in BOTH System X and System 12! There were strict rules preventing STC passing any software between the UK System X and ITT's System 12, but my software was not intended for System X so was legally used by a System 12 group. Meanwhile, GEC had a copy of it, and THEY used it for some System X work. As they were not part of ITT they were not restricted in using it - though I was never quite sure how they got a copy in the first place! (I think it was due to some other joint project which had a copy.)
One of my campaign trips today was to Dollis Hill in Brent, where there is a council by-election coming up on Thursday 22 March following the sad death of Liberal Democrat Councillor Alec Castle. It was a good example of how to organise a canvass team so that the most is got out of everyone’s time.
One person running the board, a team of people shuttling between board and doorsteps and the best informed of us on local issues going up to join the conversation when we found someone in.
Group canvassing like this keeps everyone moving – useful on a cold day! – and makes it much more fun. On other occasions having a candidate, MP etc. be the extra person who joins in conversations on the doorstep works very well too.
Fun local history fact for anyone wondering if they want to go to Dollis Hill to help the campaign: Bletchley Park’s famous code-breaking computer, the Colossus, was built at the Post Office Research Station in Dollis Hill.