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Time for another character feature, I think!
Tonight, I'm going to introduce you to 'Ed', Patrick's friend in Llanberis. Ed is an ex-biker whose career background is an electrical engineer with a huge amount of enthusiasm for alternative technology, as well as strange inventions. Before moving to Llanberis to assist with the upkeep of Dinorwic, he was at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth. He is somewhat older than Patrick, but his boyish attitude and sense of humour offsets the restrictions of age. He was responsible for a major achievement which boosted his standing in the area amongst the locals after he moved there (to find out what, you'll just have to read the book!)
Patrick meets up with him again after a very long period of time, to find that his old friend is not much different from when he first knew him. He's still as scatty as ever, and still inventing things which may or may not work. Ed misses the days when fuel was readily available, so he spends time working at home on projects which are aimed at recapturing his glory days as a biker (much to the bemusement of his long suffering wife!)
As well as bringing some humour to the story, there is also a serious side to this character. This becomes more apparent as the story progresses.