March 2008 Newsletter
9 March – Pioneer Run – on Epsom Downs on a
clear chilly day saw a good turn out of members to see our own Bernard off to
A warm welcome to new member Rod Daniels who I’m sure you have noticed has a very immaculate 61 Bonneville. Rod was saying his wife also rides, so Rod, if you can get her to come along and join us either on the back of your Bonnie or on her own bike we’d love to meet her. It’s going to be a very busy year with lots of great events and runs so the Club look forward to Rod and hopefully his wife joining us on our forthcoming trips and rides out.
YEAR OF THE BONNEVILLE
E-mail from Malcolm:
It’s the 50th Anniversary of the Bonneville next year and the TOMCC have requested photographs for their next year’s Club Calendar. Photos must be digital, 5MP and over please and must have a Bonnie appearing somewhere in the photo. If interested and you think you may have something to fit the bill, e-mail Laurence Mee on email@example.com.
1 April – Bob’s Legendary Quiz Night –8.30pm Start - Cash Prize – Entry £2 per person - large
attendance please – remember to put this event on your Calendar so you don’t forget, get your teams together and support Bob for
this fun evening. Have sent Invitation
Flyers to the BSA Club and
BUYING OUR HOLIDAY HOME IN FRANCE – Mike Smith
For the last
six years we have been visiting the Vive la France Exhibition at
Knowing our budget
and seeing photos of the development we decided on a one bedroom property. The complex
would have an indoor and outdoor pool, a small club house with a children's
play area and an outdoor stage for evening entertainment. Two week’s later I flew to
I picked up
the hire car and left
The following morning I set off to an arranged meeting with the Property Agent in Colombiers who showed me the plot. With my limited French and his limited English we managed to understand each other, looked at the plan and located where the house was going to be built. It all sounded good and found it was only 20 minutes drive from the nearest seaside resort of Valras Plage and set off to the airport. On arrival at the airport – shock, horror, “WHERE ON EARTH DO YOU PARK A HIRE CAR”? This would be my third mistake and knowledge of the French language would have been useful!
I ended up in a Pay and Display park and spotted a sign pointing towards Hertz but there was a barrier across the way. Having sat there for a while trying to work it out and having tried my credit card to no avail, buzzed the operator and listened to a tirade in French. Much to my relief a very patient French lady came to my assistance.
At last I parked up and rushed to the Returns Desk, gave in my keys and made my way through the Check-in to the Departure Lounge. I then realised I HAD LEFT MY CREDIT CAR ON THE DASH OF THE HIRE CAR!!! I panicked, went back to security, ran to the desk and asked if I could have the keys. He said “I think the car has been taken away to be cleaned”!! Fortunately, it had not. I grabbed my card and went through all the rigmarole again but was soon to be all forgotten.
In June we received the letter we were waiting for, we could pick up the keys but when we arrived at the house we had no electricity. This in no way was going to spoil this happy occasion so we went out and bought a torch, candles, sheets and towels, went out for something to eat and went to bed by candlelight.
We have discovered that our little home is a good centre to explore the South of
We celebrated New Year in our little French house. The weather was about 17-19 degrees with plenty of sunshine and
ate out on the patio, something we could
not do back home in stormy and rainy
Mike in front of his holiday home
Our holiday home
is near Colombiers
on the Canal du Midi.
Thanks Mike – a very pretty property and I’m sure this report will inspire Club Members who are toying with the idea of buying a property abroad.
Read about Debbie and Terry’s journey on how they became Landlords of the Princess of Wales in your April Newsletter.
SENIORS GIVING BIRTH
With all the new technology regarding fertility recently a 72 year old woman gave birth.
When she was discharged from the hospital and went home her relatives came to visit.
“May we see the new baby?” one asked.
“No, not yet” said the 72 year old mother “I’ll make some coffee”.
Thirty minutes went by and they were getting agitated
“May we see the new baby now?”
“No, not yet” said the mother
“Well, when can we see the baby?” they asked
“When he cries” she told them
“Why do we have to wait until he CRIES?” they asked
“BECAUSE I FORGOT WHERE I PUT HIM, OKaaaayyyy?”!!!!
Tuesday, 1 April 2008 Bob’s Quiz Night - 8pm - Cash Prize – start getting your teams together now - no need to book just turn up, have fun and support Bob.
Make sure you have a full tank of petrol.
Make sure you have a full tank of petrol.
Remember to look at the Notice Board for extra news and trips.
Save your old stamps for Mog.
Last but not least – keep your Editor busy
WE MEET AT:
98 Morden Road Runs leave the pub at sharp
020 8542 0573 Please ensure you have a full tank of petrol
Chairman Mog Pharoah 020 8947 7727 (day)
Treasurer Malcolm Orpin 020 8640 2608
Membership Secretary Dave Kent Ditto
Show Secretary John Flower 020 942 9976
Social Secretary Bob Simmonds 020 8669 0921
Runs Leader Brian Peters 01737 551762
Regalia Robin Maynard 020 8224 7421
TT Editor June Flower firstname.lastname@example.org
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