Posted on July 27, 2015 - by Mac Chap
One of the things we really enjoy about roadtrips and gigs is the serendipitous meetings with interesting people.
Friends and hangers-on always take the piss when I reach for my policeman’s notebook, mid-conversation, and scribble something down that they never get to read. My ‘little black book’ is the one thing I sleep with under my pillow and, in the event of a fire, wouldn’t leave the premises without.
Here’s a couple of entries, from the many, scribbled down on Lord Pembroke’s East Lawn last weekend;
Mr. Andy ‘Keep quiet and empty the till’ Dobson and Liz ‘Eats, shoots and leaves’ James
Andy’s ‘claim to fame’ is that he was one of the team responsible for bringing the ‘Femidom’ into mass production ( a contraption designed to prevent mass ‘reproduction’, more about it here – http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception-guide/pages/how-does-female-condom-work.aspx.
Andy now helps companies to ‘straighten-out’ their production process and you can be nosey here – http://lean4business.co.uk/
Liz described herself a ‘grammar pedant’ meaning she reads stuff like this to make sure there aren’t any mistakes before it’s published.
Mr. Ralph ‘don’t press the red button’ Wilton designs car engines for Ford in Dagenham but, by his own admission, he is largely credited with figuring-out how to run belts-in-oil, when others dis-owned him, uttering the immortal words “ It can’t be done” when they left the room.
Mr. Ben Hall of Valespeed Motorcycles
Ben’s Aunt Muriel, now 97 and still going reasonably strong by the sound of it, was assigned to the late, great Graham Hill to nurse him after one of his accidents. It sounds as if she became his confidante, possibly more, during his convalescence as their exchange of glances during her appearance in one of the famous ‘This is your life’ programmes suggests.
Tony’s Dad told me all about the DOT motorcycle with some form of modified sidecar which was used to deliver milk shortly after the war. It used a Villiers 125cc engine and the bottle sat in a rack somewhere adjacent the frame.
Like almost all of our ‘public appearances’, we can’t thank ‘Lord Larry’ and ‘Lady Jeanette’ of Lamb Engineering fame enough, without whose for their generosity and hospitality we’d have been staying at home doing the washing and ironing.
Watch ‘Tarquin’s’ horseplay at Wilton House, Lamb Engineering style
If you came to Wliton House, why don’t you post something about your day here…
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