I've been so busy this week that I've been considering coming out of retirement for a rest.
Past, present and future rallies this week.
Back in 1991 Phil the Spill was at the Kentish Hop rally. Report and pictures on-line. What's that you say? You wanted moving pictures. Well, Phil made the beggars move! Watch his video.
Wet and windy weather blessed the Leicester Phoenix MCC Big End rally. The first Big End was in 1980 but you will need to wait two more rallies for the 40th because two years were missed out. So the 40th will coincide with the club's 60th anniversary.
Hans Veenendaal is already building up a portfolio of rallies for 2020 as well as adding more events for this year. Hans' Rally Listing indicates a healthy and active future for rallying in case anyone survives long enough.
Eight Embers put more new roads on our list of been-there, done-that, drank-the-pub-dry rides. Never mind our route that snaked up and down the map, we found another brilliant lunch stop despite it being described as a gastro pub. Yes, we had square plates but the meal was superb. If you want to find it, it is the Bubble Inn at Furnace End. If you Google it you may find it described variously as the Bobbin Inn or the Bull! No bull.
It has to be new roads and another undiscovered pub on Thursday, 22 August because we haven't started from Brierley Forest Park before. It is a long way north for us but hopefully within range of Tony Loach.
More familiar territory on Thursday, 29 August starting from Thrapston. This always brings back memories from the 60s when we regularly camped in the area with the Kettering and District guys. The place hasn't changed much. Except for the A14!
After a tiring day, a commuter settled down in his seat and closed his eyes.
As the train rolled out of the station, the young woman sitting next to him pulled out her mobile phone and started talking in a loud voice:
"Hi sweetheart. It's Sue. I'm on the train.
"Yes, I know it's the six thirty and not the four thirty, but I had a long meeting.
"No, honey, not with that Kevin from the accounting office. It was with the boss.
"No sweetheart, you're the only one in my life.
"Yes, I'm sure, cross my heart!"
Fifteen minutes later, she was still talking loudly.
When the man sitting next to her had enough, he leaned over and said into the phone,
"Sue, hang up the phone and come back to bed."
Sue doesn't use her mobile phone in public any longer!
More great rally reports to add and I may even manage a few more badges.
The bad news is we are running out of Foz Spot jokes. Help!