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Monday, September 24, 2007


Its been an eventful few days of a holiday weekend. We were fortunate to catch up with Father Bell and partner on their visit up north from down south on the Thursday evening where we ate and drank until the early hours, whilst listening to a variety of musical entertainment. The following morning at 10:00am, we set off to visit Reidski, completely forgetting the stressfulness of the M6 from our previous visit. This time though it was worse, far worse. We expected to get to Reidski's fab new pad by around 7:00pm at the latest, but instead arrived famished and thirsty and completely knackered by 10:00pm. 12 hours after setting out. Damn the M6 I say and all who drive on it. Then we had a splendid few days indulging in some excellent company, food, drink, pubs and even a bit if culture thrown in for good measure. Reidski being well on form and having much fun with his Waterboys albums. When it was time to go, he suggested another route, avoiding both congestion charges and the M6. It involved the Blackwall tunnel and the M11 to Cambridge, then the A1M, then the last portion of the M6 and home. Theoretically a good option. We didn't however reckon on this event, which kept us in a traffic tailback for 2.5 hours, which was bad enough, thewife however was bursting for the loo but there was nowhere to go, then it looked like the traffic was moving so I switched the igniton back on, or at least I tried to, but it was dead, the fan had been running and the sidelights had been on since the tunnel. I tried to get a jump start from the nice Czech chap in front of me but it wasn't sounding good and then the Highway Agency blokes came over and advised we would have to move onto the hard shoulder and the nice Czech chap had to go. I would have to phone Green Flag to come and get me started. It was just at that point when the voice at the other end of my mobile phone advised me I was running out of credit. Fortunately Green Flag phoned back and advised they'd have someone there within the hour. It was at that point that the Highway Agency bloke and Cambridgeshire Traffic Police were pushing me onto the the Hard Shoulder that they suggested trying to bump start it. Of course it starts right away, and they now want me to exit via the nearby on-ramp, by now though thewife was no longer just bursting she was stating quite firmly that since all the traffic had gone and the motorway was empty she would just have to open both doors and pee on the fast lane of the M11 and I had to explain to the traffic police that this was definitely going to delay my exit by a few minutes. They just laughed. Thewife's business complete, we set off on our way yet again. Eventually getting home a whole 20 minutes faster than the journey to London. Next time its the train for sure.


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