Up at All Saints Catholic College in the heady metropolis of Dukinfield, I met some excellent people from Years 7, 8 and 9.
I'll never forget the school where hamsters wear swimming armbands (in case they stumble into the toilet) and aliens release armies of mutant bears that destroy houses and force orphans to go and live in Liverpool.
It was also great to get the chance to talk about songwriting, as well as story writing. I played a few tunes for an elite musical group between sessions on my books. Loads of fun, and it even included the premiere of a brand new song - my first new song for ages. Timed perfectly to coincide with the Brit awards tonight.
(All I'm going to say about the Brits: 1- Rihanna was way better at the Grammies. 2- Amy Winehouse: I'm worried. 3- Paul McCartney rocks.)
Finally, a statistical mystery that hit me at Euston Station on my way home. The ads up the escalator claim that Virgins new trains (which, by the way, make me travel sick), emit "76% less carbon than domestic flights or cars".
How is that possible? To emit 76% less carbon that domestic flight OR cars. Do domestic flights and cars emit the same amount of carbon? That would be an incredible coincidence. I'd believe it if it said something like "76% less carbon that domestic flights and 39% less carbon than cars". But it doesn't. So it's clearly rubbish.
Also, why is it always so hot on Virgin trains?
I might have to build up the energy for a wholesale rant. But it might turn out more of a whinge...
Anyway - wotcha to All Saints. Put Dukinfield on the map. (But for good reasons.)