But on a recent bus journey between Preston and Burnley I was startled to see a real-life inspector board the bus! He wore an anorak rather than a smart tunic and definitely didn't have a peaked cap, but he did walk through the bus checking tickets and passes. In another breach from the past, when he had finished, instead of standing smartly to attention on the platform he went to the back of the bus, sat down and appeared to go to sleep (perhaps he'd had a long day?).
So, bus passengers, look out and keep your tickets safe - the inspector is not extinct yet! And if you're wondering I do still have a boat and I will soon find the time to actually do some boating to blog about. In the meantime you'll have to put up with my increasingly desperate ramblings!