As part of my drive to achieve respectability, instead of just being a drunken old sailor, I have volunteered to become a ‘warden’ at my country’s representative office, the BTCO.
I know that some people have a rather negative view of the usefulness of this type of office, and maybe with some reason, but in the event of emergency… who ya gonna call?
The BTCO wardens are links in the chain between ordinary mortals and pseudo-diplomats in their ivory tower on RenAi Rd. Under normal circumstances I just relay any info they may have on SARS, visa restrictions, travel advisories, etc. It’s not much of a job to do and I don’t mind volunteering.
In the event of major catastrophe - earthquake, nuclear disaster, invasion by the commies, etc. - I’ll be leading the way to the airport, or at least calling to see if you’re OK so that we know who’s missing. (I have this cool folder with all the emergency plans for these and other exciting eventualities!) To do that, someone needs to have your details on file.
If you’re a Brit, or citizen of any commonwealth country that doesn’t have an office here, then you can register your details online at btco.brinkster.net/net/registration/BNO.aspx
It takes five minutes, costs nothing, and who knows? You might one day wish you had.
If you’re unhappy about giving your info to big brother, or you don’t fall under her majesty’s authority and want me to keep an eye on you anyway, then drop me a line with a bit of basic info and I’ll put you on my list. The EU countries in particular also watch out for each other.
Happy New Year, btw.