Hi, Last Autumn Sue and i decided to go to a local bike club (Taw & Torridge VJMC) show at "Atlantic Village" Bideford, N Devon.We have a young friend Scott who is a member of both this club and our own CX-GL MCC club, he was the person that told us about this show. We arrived on our bikes at around 11am and had a walk around some really nice bikes and a natter to a few of their owners. While there we had a cuppa with Scott then walked around the shopping area for a couple of hours.Before leaving we popped back to the show area to say cheerio to them all. There was a chap walking around taking pictures with a nice looking Camera, so Sue started to chat to him, it turned out he was a reporter/columnist in the local Bideford newspaper.Then it was time to go as we had nearly 40 miles to go back to the Caravan.Back at the bikes as we started putting on our protective clothing, helmets etc the reporter approached us again, this time admiring our bikes and chatting to us about them. After 10 miutes or so he left us and we drove off. Several weeks later Scott got in touch with us saying that we had appeared in an article in his local (Bideford) newspaper.
This is the article as it appeared.
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This article isn't exactly as told to him but then what newspaper article is actually 100% accurate.Also he didn't make notes so it was from memory.
These were our bikes as of October 2012.
Joke of the day.
Modern version of a famous historic event
Nelson: "Order the
Nelson: "Hold on, this
isn't what I dictated to Flags. What's the meaning of this?"
aloud): " England expects every person to do his or her duty, regardless of
race, gender, sexual orientation, religious persuasion or
disability. 'What gobbledygook is this for God's
policy, I'm afraid, sir. We're an equal opportunities employer now. We had
the devil's own job getting ' England ' past the censors, lest it be
Hardy. Hand me my pipe and tobacco."
Hardy: "Sorry sir. All
naval vessels have now been designated smoke-free working
Nelson: "In that case,
break open the rum ration. Let us splice the main brace to steel the men
Hardy: "The rum ration
has been abolished, Admiral. It's part of the Government's policy on
Nelson: "Good heavens,
Hardy. I suppose we'd better get on with it, full speed
Hardy: "I think you'll
find that there's a 4 knot speed limit in this stretch of water. It's
an environment protection initiative."
Nelson: "Damn it man!
We are on the eve of the greatest sea battle in history. We must
advance with all dispatch. Report from the crow's nest, please."
Hardy: "That won't be
Hardy: "Health and
Safety have closed the crow's nest, Sir. No harness; and they said that
rope ladders don't meet regulations. They won't let anyone up there until
proper scaffolding can be erected."
Nelson: "Then get me
the ship's carpenter without delay, Hardy."
Hardy: "He's busy
knocking up a wheelchair access to the foredeck Admiral."
access? I've never heard anything so absurd."
"Anti-discrimination requirements, sir. We have to provide a barrier-free
environment for the differently abled....."
abled? I've only one arm and one eye and I refuse even to hear mention
of the word. I didn't rise to the rank of Admiral by playing the
Hardy: "Actually, sir,
you did. The Royal Navy is under-represented in the areas of visual
impairment and limb deficiency."
next? Give me full sail. The salt spray beckons."
Hardy: "A couple of
problems there too, sir. Health and safety won't let the crew up the
rigging without hard hats. And they don't want anyone breathing in too much
salt; haven't you seen the adverts?"
Nelson: "I've never
heard such infamy. Break out the cannon and tell the men to stand by to
engage the enemy."
Hardy: "The men are a
bit worried about shooting at anyone, Admiral."
Nelson: "What? This is
Hardy: "It's not that,
sir. It's just that they're afraid of being charged with murder if
they actually kill anyone. There are a couple of legal-aid lawyers on
board, watching everyone like hawks."
Nelson: "Then how are
we to sink the Frenchies and the Spanish?"
Hardy: "Actually, sir,
Hardy: "No, sir. The
French and the Spanish are our European partners now. According to the
Common Fisheries Policy, we shouldn't even be in this stretch of water.
We could get hit with a claim for compensation."
Nelson: "But you must
hate a Frenchman as you hate the devil."
Hardy: "I wouldn't let
the ship's diversity coordinator hear you saying that sir. You'll be up
on disciplinary report."
Nelson: "You must
consider every man an enemy who speaks ill of your King."
Hardy: "Not any more,
sir. We must be inclusive in this multicultural age. Now put on your
Kevlar vest; it's the rules. It could save your life."
Nelson: "Don't tell me
- health and safety again! Whatever happened to rum, sodomy and the
Hardy: ""As I
explained, sir, rum is off the menu! And there's a ban on corporal
Nelson: "What about
Hardy: "I believe that
is now legal, sir."
Nelson: "In that case.
kiss me, Hardy."