Home in Fannit after a fortnight of waiting on weather (mainly) and despite the footy mania on the telly, and everywhere else for that matter, allatsea resisted the urge to sit in front of the telly with a case of Becks, a bottle of Gordons and a large chicken doner kebab. Instead a visit to the most decent part of Fannit (as far as old sailor is concerned), Ramsgate harbour, for a wander around looking at boats and munching on the daily special from Peter’s Fish Facory.
Apart from three hundred Belgian bikers (not one of them under 50, from a casual glance) clogging up the promenade and an unusally long queue for jellied eels at the cockle stall, all was quiet and pleasant. I even bumped into an old RNXS mucker who, despite pretending to be a born again Hells Angel was easily spotted as he had the only bike there with a noise compliant exhaust. Bless. No so much the rebel, more the conformer. Good on him. Noisy sods.
Had to (unusually) resort to a bit of blagging too. KwikFit at Ramsgate were going to charge a wapping £230 for two front tyres for memsahib’s super underpowered sloth like Toyota Corolla. Now call me me old fashioned but that sounded at least a £130 too much. Following a long and impassioned story from my goodself about online quotes and fair deals for all, the priced duely did fall by that much, and for decent branded tyres too. I’m going to try a similar approach in Waitrose when it’s time for the monthly shop. Don’t hold out much hope for success it must be said.
Scaffolders coming to 143 on Friday. The metamorphis from inept AHT Master to Super Builder starts there.