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Yes, a massive welcome to your July edition of The Fuddler and it is an amazing nine years since The Fuddler was first introduced! You’ll find all the usual fun and nonsense inside plus of course those all important messages from our advertisers showing that

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THE Richard and Laurence secure long lease, preventing misery of a managed house! RESTAURANT

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LIBRA WELLNESS Aromatherapy Reflexology Massage in conjunction with

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Saturday 17 September is Harlington Carnival Theme: The Olympics Bookings are being taken until 31st July for the parade and stalls at this highly popular event! The Carnival procession will be at 12.30 pm with the arena events and stalls from 13.30 until 17.00. Admission is free for spectators, and there is car parking available at the station or Upper School car parks. If you would like more information or a registration pack please contact or telephone 01525 877419.

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A great family day out – Something for everyone! On Sunday 7th August the Rufus Centre, Flitwick will be hosting a Classic Car & Bike Show with Health & Beauty Experience. Profits from this event will go towards the Town Mayor’s Charities Bedford Concern for Homeless & Rootless, the Children’s Burns Trust and the Flitwick Christmas Lights. There will be plenty of motors from yesteryear lovingly restored to their former glory – come and meet their proud owners, talk cars and reminisce Ladies come inside and be pampered! The spacious Lockyer Suite will be decked out with stands offering health and beauty products and advice. Here you can make appointments and sample a range of health and beauty experiences, including manicures, pedicures, skincare, make-up, hairstyling, massage and more... Lots for children too including face painting, tattoos and more! Hot and cold refreshments will be available See also The Rufus Centre’s ad on page 13 of this issue.

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PARKSIDE HALL WOBURN ST AMPTHILL MK45 2PS Bookings are invited for this local community hall. Seating capacity 257 seated, dinner dance 180, buffet dance 180 Suitable for many activities. Enquiries please ring 01525 634215 Andy Briars and the 3 Legged Charity Race Committee thank all Sponsors and Participants for their superb effort and contribution in raising over £5,000 in this years race. Updates will be provided in future issues of The Fuddler. THANKS AGAIN


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LORD DEE’S PONDERINGS After a gentleman’s measure or two of the low flying bird I was explaining to Duster and Check-It-Out that I have on many occasion tied a double Windsor knot in my tie. Unfortunately, I described such action as tying ‘hundreds of Wizzles ...’ much to the guffaws of the assembled company.

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Across: 1 Peels (5) 4 Rinse (6) 9 Open faced sandwich (7) 10 Castigate (5) 11 Leer (4) 12 Materialise (7) 13 Sapless (3) 14 Ending Mus. (4) 16 Drew (4) 18 Enemy (3) 20 Lachrymose (7) 21 Fete (4) 24 Endeavoured (5) 25 Associate (7) 26 Artificial waterways (6) 27 Greed

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Sandra’s working her way through another big book (dictionary?) so she’s found lots more words for us! See whether or not this one jumps put at you. (Answer at the bottom of the page if it doesn’t!)






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FLAT FOR RENT IN AMPTHILL Available early June 2 Beds/Lounge/Kitchen/Bathroom CAR PARKING £550 PER MONTH

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From the ‘Big Oak Chair’…Meerkat revisits the

Darkened Room… Fuddler Time’……. The magic which comes from unchangeable ‘Fuddler Time’ When the minutes replace the seconds with almost childlike being. The incomprehensible reasoning that comes from Fuddler rhyme Is perhaps, an imaginative window of reflective ‘seeing.’ The chance to swap the trials and tribulations of present day time And escape the boredom of repetitive stress and mindless ideals – For a world of colour and passion on which the mind may innocently mime, And weave in never endings, speculative circles where time never steals.

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The starkness of reality engulfing those distant unmatchable dreams, Where time escapes as the clock ticks patiently and relentlessly on; Where comedy catches its breath in the challenging chasing of rainbows and seems For seconds, to hold onto the moment of escapism and then, reluctantly, is gone… Discard the unsettling spiral, which makes up the passing of ordinary time…. for you see… ‘Fuddler Time’ rejects the rudiments of normality by starting and ending at - 4.03 Benedictus is still travelling with Featherstone Luke back into town. They have not arrived yet as they probably stopped off at a famous pub for a drink…or two!! Benedictus will be back again in August……

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NISA Store has now arrived at Westoning Post Office and Stores Telephone: 01525 712675

AS YOU KNOW - THE STORE IS UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT It’s exciting times here in Westoning as our refurbishment is now complete!

GRAND OPENING SOON! Longer opening hours ... Monday to Friday 6am to 8pm Saturday 7am to 8pm Sunday 7am to 2pm Post Office 9 am to 5.30 pm Mon - Fri, Saturday 9 am to 12.30 pm

Special offers in store and leaflets will be arriving through your door soon .....

Come in and see the changes and meet the friendly staff and owners Harvey, Sarina, Tara and Kay

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WANTED: HOUSE FOR LET House with 3 bedrooms, garage & enclosed garden wanted from September for long let. Would prefer house in Ampthill or surrounding area.

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By Julio Van Peebles 1) When horses do their business on the road, why doesn't the owner have to pick it up ? 2) Why do women blink nearly twice as much as men ? (Fact) 3) Why can you cycle through Windsor Great Park but not Ampthill Park ? 4) Do people still eat jelly and blancmange ? 5) How can Pluto be a planet for nearly 80 years, then all of a sudden it isn't ? Julio’s Top Tip: Covering a Dairylea cheese triangle with Tip-ex makes an ideal substitute for 'funsize' Brie !! A BIG Happy Birthday to Kerry and Bex for the 16th July! Lots of love Mum and Dad xx

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CANCER (June 22-July 23) Now that the summer is well and truly here, you may find that you are ready to step back from it all and rethink the plane you have in mind.

CAPRICORN (Dec 23-Jan 20) Why not throw caution to the wind and go on the trip that you have promised yourself? You can always catch up when you return.

LEO (July 24-August 23) It could be an opportune time to make the decision that you feel you should now make. Discuss matters thoroughly with those that care.

AQUARIUS (Jan 21-Feb 19) With the full moon in the middle of the month, you could well find that an upturn in your financial situation comes with it.

VIRGO (Aug 24-Sept 23) After the new moon at the beginning of the month you could find yourself invigorated with an abundance of new ideas.

PISCES (Feb 20-March 20) Your creative side may well come to the fore soon if you are asked to assist in a particular project. Be sure of arrangements before you start.

LIBRA (Sept 24-Oct 23) You may be considering a complete change in your working life which you feel would be for the better. Be sure to take advice.

ARIES (March 21-April 20) It may not always be in your interest to remain secretive about things. Share your thoughts with those close to you confidently.

SCORPIO (Oct 24-Nov 22) The next few weeks may be a confusing time in certain directions. But remain confident that you will clarify the situation.

TAURUS (April 21-May 21) Is it time to wear your heart on your sleeve and declare your real feelings for the special person in your life? They probably are waiting to hear.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23-Dec 22) An exciting challenge may well lay ahead for Sagittarians in the near future. The stars indicate that there are good times ahead.

GEMINI (May 22-June 21) As we forge ahead into the summer, watch out for unexpected pitfalls in the things you are planning. Pay heed to the good ideas of others.

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Well if what I hear, and the rumours are true, Our new Fuddler stand will be here on display outside for you, And full of Fuddlers for you to take away, I’ve just been told the delivery day will be this Tuesday. So no more leaving them out in a box on the ground, Where they all got battered and kicked around, So come and collect them out of our new stand, And while you’re there why not pop in the shop and have a look around. We have many great offers you will see in our store, And great value for money, and so much more, With many new products for just one pound, Qh and not forgetting our great newspaper offers, the best in town. Toys, cards, disposable bbqs, and children’s activity packs, And if you’re working in the garden we even sell refuse and garden sacks. With a large range of magazines all out on display, But if you can’t find what you’re looking for please don’t just walk away, Just ask and we will see what we can do, We will ring our supplier and try get it in for you. Oh and don’t forget if you’re out in this hot sun, We sell a great range of cold drinks and ice cream on sale for everyone. Your local newsagent Martins, 17 Church Street, Ampthill 01525 404096

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT Daniel is sorry to say that he has had to suspend his delicious Sunday Roasts temporarily as our kitchen will shortly be undergoing refurbishment! Apologies for any inconvenience but please watch this space for more news!

NEW OPENING TIMES Due to popular demand we are pleased to say we are now open from 3.00 pm to close on Monday to Thursday and 12.00 noon to close on Friday, Saturday & Sunday

REAL ALES Up to 8 real ales now available to enjoy in the bars or on our sunny side patio!

QUIZ NIGHT EVERY WEDNESDAY With our resident Quizmaster and his lovely assistant, or sometimes a guest quizmaster starts at 9.00 pm and is open to all at no charge - why not come along and have a go? When you advertise in The Fuddler - you’re on line too at!

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LOST - CAN YOU HELP? One of our readers has lost a gold watch in Ampthill on the morning of the 22nd June, somewhere between Waitrose and Neotsbury Road. It is Gold with a black leather strap and of great sentimental value. If you should have found it please tell us (our details are on p.4) and we will contact the owner.

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Gladys, Archie, Mrs.F, and myself popped up to the Millbrook Village fete to have a flutter on the ferret racing, enjoy a cream tea and peruse all the stalls. Lo and behold, on the book stall was another of John Grisham’s novels entitled ‘The Broker’. Clutching my 20 pence I rushed to purchase said tome and handed it to Gladys for safe keeping lest I should immerse myself before I arrived at the wing back. After a splendid afternoon we arrived home so I dashed to the study, poured a malt and settled in for a good read.

(Gladys was playing with the cat by now.) Steering away from Mr Grisham’s normal legal genre, this novel involves a controversial pardon given by the outgoing President of the USA to a notorious former power broker who has been languishing in prison for 6 years. Moved to a secret location the big question is who will kill him for his secrets? As the Independent describes the book: ‘A killer combination of sheer storytelling nous and no nonsense prose.’ What a cracker! Couldn’t put it down! Thanks Millbrook!



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FARMERS MARKETS The Farmers Market in Woburn is held on the third Sunday of every month at The Pitchings, whilst Ampthill Farmers Market is held on the last Saturday of each month at their new home at The Prince of Wales in Bedford Street, Ampthill.

Don’t forget The Charter Market in Ampthill every Thursday and Flitwick Market on Fridays!

Now is your opportunity to book a stall at the famous Woburn Oyster Festival’s annual Antiques Fleamarket. By public demand the Fleamarket will be at The Pitchings on both the 10th and 11th September this year. So if your are a stall holder and would like to book your pitch please ring Elfyn or Elaine at Town Hall Antiques on 01525 290950. The Craft Fair at the Oyster Festival will also operate on the 10th and 11th September at the Churchyard. If you are interested in having a stall at the Craft fair please ring Ken or Sue on 01525 290352.

Fancy a dip? The lovely Woburn swimming pool in Crawley Road is open now until the end of August. As an added feature it is well worth visiting to take a look at the splendid wall painting recently carried out by local graffiti artists ‘Mef & Kem’. The mural extends along a 30 metre wall that runs alongside the pool!


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xRoot Beer was originally called Root Tea, however the name was changed to Root Beer to get more people to take interest in it. xBeer recipes have been found on Babylonian clay tablets from over 6000 years ago. xGuinness sells an average of 7 million glasses a day. xThe British Army supplied its men with a cash allowance for beer, considered a vital nutritional staple on long overseas missions. With this allowance of one penny, soldiers enjoyed six pints of ale every day. x1587: The first beer is brewed in the New World at Sir Walter Raleigh's colony in Virginia, but the colonists send requests to England for better beer xA beer a day... Beer was used to treat over 100 illnesses in Egypt, 1600 BC. xIn the 13th century, King Wenceslas convinced the Pope to revoke an order banning the brewing of beer in Czech territories (no wonder he was known as 'Good King Wenceslas). xIn Egypt, two containers of beer were the minimum wage for a day's labour. xAmerican beer is predominately made from rice. That is why it tastes so light compared to foreign beers. This is purely an American invention to increase profits as they hoped a lighter beer would also draw women to purchase. xBeer was often served for breakfast in medieval England. Our grateful thanks again Al!


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With Ann, Robin & Son, For your delectation and pleasure, here are some more of those unbelievable answers that contestants have come up with on various game shows. 1 An animal you cannot fit into a Mini car .............. ‘Mouse.’ 2 A bad place to fall asleep: ................................. ‘Concrete.’ 3 A sport which involves throwing something: ....... ‘Tennis.’ 4 Something you lose when you get older: ...... ‘Your purse.’ 5 Something that makes you close your eyes: ........... ‘Dark.’ 6 Someone you wouldn't swear in front of: .......... ‘Yourself.’ 7 A number you might have to memorise: .............. ‘Seven.’ 8 A boy mentioned in a nursery rhyme: .......................... ‘Little Red Riding Hood..’ 9 Something a train-spotter would have in his pocket: ........... ‘A magnifying glass..’ 10 Something you would play with in the bath: .... ‘A bazooka.’

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Woke up at 6-20 am, nothing will be open until 9am, especially the bank! So going to have a bath as I have some nasty sores on my backside, must get some cream for my saddle sores. I noticed a Morrison’s on my way in to Gibraltar yesterday. I wonder if I will be able to find it again today. Just reflecting on how unbelievably good the roads were down here, the tunnels are great to blast through, the sound of the bike going through them is reminiscent of a big Spitfire engine or perhaps more appropriate a Messerschmitt engine! The road down the coast to Gibraltar is all motorways, taking you right through hills and hills and more hills. On the plateaux there are thousands upon thousands of orange groves, full of fruit destined for supermarkets around the world no doubt. There are hundreds of plants covered with big plastic greenhouses. I have no idea what they were, but will try to find out. I seem to have been riding for hours around Gibraltar in the rush hour traffic in order to find the Morrison’s store I saw yesterday, but it was worth it, got some cream for my sores and also two hand raised pork pies. I then did a bit of the tourist route up on the rock, saw the monkeys etc. I then went to Nat West bank to try and draw out some Moroccan money, which I could not do. So I drew out sterling and changed it into Euros. I then went and filled up with petrol at a good old Shell garage, the cheapest pump prices I have seen for years, 89.5pence. I estimated I would do 2,500 miles to Gibraltar and I have

done 2,454 miles. I was not far out. Rode out of Gibraltar to go towards Algeciras to get a ferry to the port of Ceuta in Morocco. Saw loads of tourist offices on the way, but decided to go to the terminal for my ferry ticket, - well that was the plan anyway, but got accosted by a man who took me across the street to a ticket office and before I knew it I had paid €128 for an open return ticket. Never mind you live and learn! Then on the way back he wanted paying for the privilege of taking me to this over priced ticket office. I gave him €2 and told him to go away. I boarded the boat almost straight away, waited for the man to tie my bike down, which did not happen, so undid my own strap and did it myself. It is actually a very clean and pleasant boat. A great improvement on the Isle of Man steam packet boats, I must say! It has a nice little snack bar and cafe inside and luxurious leather seats to sit on. The crossing seems to be a bit choppy, I just hope my bike is ok, as all ferries I have been on in the past, you are not allowed down in the hold to check your vehicle while sailing. As I got on the ferry I saw a massive cylinder head on the car deck - very reassuring. I think this must be a catamaran as it seems to be going a fair rate of knots! So that cylinder head can’t be anything to do with this boat, as the sea cats are jet powered. It’s 13-00hrs, looks like we are close to docking now. I can see land, loads of it. Docked at 13-10. Got to now try and get insurance for me to ride in Morocco, you can only get it once you arrive in Africa, you are not covered with European insurance! Part 2 of day 8 - to be continued next month

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Brand new 50 cc sports bike as shown above for only £699 including tax, registration and ‘L’ plates if required! With the price of car-parking, tax and petrol, the ideal vehicle for commuting is a scooter; a years’ tax on a scooter is only £16. Very cheap to insure. At Most rail stations parking for a scooter is free (£6.20 a day for a car), coupled by the fact that you can actually park. The other obvious advantage is that you can get circa 100 miles to a gallon. You can ride a 50 cc at age 16, or if you have a full car licence, just twist and go, no test or ‘L’ plates required. (Providing licence obtained prior to February 2001) WE ALSO HAVE A FULLY EQUIPPED WORKSHOP AND CAN SERVICE AND REPAIR ANY MAKE OF SCOOTER 50 CC TO 125 CC

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about 1/4 of the sugar to one side, mix the rest with the mustard powder and sprinkle the mixture over the gammon. Then pour the milk over, cover and cook in the oven for about 45 minutes. Grab a quick slurp! Remove the gammon and place on a shallow oven proof dish. Thicken the sauce that is left with the corn flour and a little water mixed to a paste. Pour the sauce over the gammon, sprinkle the remaining sugar over and pop under a hot grill. Garnish with some watercress and serve with a sumptuous green salad.

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My company car, purchased at my expense was a Californian Mini Moke, my boss did not really approve but still said “OK” it was a cheap car to run and according to them I was getting results, the value of my car allowance was far in excess of the cost of running the Moke and I spent that excess on learning to fly. After several hours of training I went solo, the thrill was unbelievable, but I had reservations about my job as a salesman, I could not equate the work I did to the salary they paid me. It seems strange now but I did not believe I was earning the money, so I left. During my exit interview I

had a rare talk with the MD of the company, he was a devout Presbyterian, and I felt guilty for letting him down, he had faith in me and I ignored it. He seemed quite puzzled that I felt I must go! In fact one of the reasons I left was Jean who I met soon after I arrived in Melbourne from the bush; she had expressed a wish to work in Alice Springs and I had persuaded her to let me be her driver and take the scenic route to Alice, via the Top-End, (Northern Territory), to the new post. Prof Reginald V Q da Ghama IPA With kind permission of Jim Barr To be continued ...

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Hello again and many thanks to everyone who entered my little competition again last month. Congratulations to everybody who correctly spotted that the picture was of the old ‘Bates & Parmiter’ shop in Ampthill. (Where the NatWest bank is now.) Now we continue our trip down memory lane courtesy of a very kind reader who has been good enough to forward this picture to us. But do you recognise where it is?

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Digital photography has developed over the past few years dramatically. Many new cameras include new features that make taking pictures easier resulting in blur free sharp images. Take for example face recognition, the camera automatically detects a face and adjusts the settings for the best result simple but very effective. Think how many pictures you have, were faces are too dark or too light! Image stabilisation, when you zoom in on an object, how hard is it to keep the camera steady? Some of the latest models stabilise the camera resulting is sharper images. If you are thinking of getting a camera or upgrading your current model, call in and have a demonstration. As the warmer weather starts to appear older refrigeration products start to struggle. How old is yours? Many new fridges have a cool air circulation feature that really does keep your food crisper and fresher for longer. Does your freezer need defrosting on a regular basis? Frost-free is fantastic, eliminating the need for the bowls, towels and the waste of time! Think about it now don’t get caught out just before the BBQ with a freezer full of soggy food! Since switchover lots of people have asked about recording television programmes. Our advice is to invest in a PVR. Gone are the days of using videotapes or DVD discs with this latest technology all recorded programmes are stored internally on a hard disk. Its a three stage process to record a TV programme, press guide, choose the programme to record and press ok, it really is that simple. If you are reading this and would like to change your old VHS recorder to a new PVR, during the month of July we are offering Fuddler readers a 5% discount on any PVR (just show us a copy of the Fuddler magazine) that even includes the Freeview HD one. If you enjoy listening to the radio, Roberts have recently released a DAB (that’s digital) sports radio. It can fit in your shirt pocket, has a built in speaker or if you want to catch up on the footie or cricket scores without anyone knowing pop in the supplied headphones for personal listening. Three things you may not have known. We copy old cine films onto dvd discs - We have a huge range of shaver spares - We service Dyson cleaners. The answer as always is to speak to your local Independent Specialist to get professional information and a demonstration. Paul Mead - Michael R Peters, Tavistock Sound & Vision

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30th July A very Happy 60th Birthday to Rob!


1) ‘I only brought the wife out so I didn’t have to kiss her goodbye.’ 2) ‘I’m just going to pop in the shop to see whether they’ve got a 10 in my size.’ 3) ‘So where do you live now?’ ‘Well, in my house’

I have just had a total knee replacement and have looked at life in a different way. I have always had freedom to drive a car, go to the pub on my bicycle, and drive myself to band gigs, and ride my beloved Triumph motor cycle. Then it all happened I had the operation, and at the same time had my wings clipped, the first time in 44years of marriage. I can’t get anywhere, no driving for six weeks, can’t get to the pub, and have to rely on people to take me to band gigs, sitting down with my crutches by my side. I am taking strong pain killers and am up with the fairies; dare not have a drink in case I trip over my crutch, or fall down a step. Sitting in the garden with my leg up on a stool watching the clouds, looking at the flowers, and bird watching. I had bouquet of flowers delivered to my wife for looking after me, and the first thing she said was have you got a guilty conscience, are you having an affair. You can’t win, Will I ever get back to my local pubs for a beer or three and throw my crutches away and walk properly again, it gives you a different outlook on life when viewed from the crutch. Honky

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Telephone / Fax 01525 404268 Mobile: 07970 303368 email: back to the Good Life . .. In Arthur’s


Due to clearly foreseen circumstances we've been missing from these pages for the last couple of months. Sorry about that. Our editor and publisher has made a brave attempt to keep this column warm with a few not so well chosen words. But it's not been the same. His professional writing standards lack the skill, the sheer exuberance and the utter cheek in putting together paragraph after paragraph of wasted word space. Well we are back – Big Time ! ! Grabbed a last minute bargain on one of those space shuttle things. Saved up the tokens from the paper, got a good discount and with my OAP

concessions had a cheap few weeks wandering around outer space. The shuttle was 2 star rather than my accustomed 5 star but all in all it wasn't bad value for money. It's navigation system went all to pot and we landed on the car park at Millbrook village hall instead of wherever we set off from. The place was full because of the Church fete. Met up with Mrs Arthur a few hours earlier than I was expected. She was there buying home made jam from super sales lady Mrs. Honky and losing a few quid on the ferret racing. I was happy – they had a good pint of draught on in the bar, my first for weeks. They raised a tidy sum of cash for the Church funds and charity well done guys and gals (yankee space walk speak !) I think I've found the missing

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ferret – the one that won nothing. It got into my dirty luggage, went a few times around the tumble drier and is now well coiffured waiting for it's rightful owner. Ampthill looked pretty when I got back – no need to go the extent of all that street bunting just to welcome me back though. The same with the Cook Shop – it didn't really need a coat of paint outside, but it got one anyway. Thank you all - I was very flattered. What's next then? Enjoy the Ampthill festival and then relax and concentrate on creativity within the Fuddler pages until October and the big operation on the knee replacement job. Our mate Honky has just had his done – he was kind enough to let them do a practice run on him a few weeks ago. He keeps telling me

I'll be all right. “A couple of months getting over it with the wife chasing around after you and you'll be as right as rain” he says. No chance says I. Not so sure Mrs Arthur fancies that bit – but it is all about “better and for worse”. Before that though is the invasion of Es Graus – a Menorcan hideaway I found through the advertising department of The Fuddler. A brilliant looking place and you'll be kept up to speed on the planning and execution of this little adventure. Amid all of this excitement I've got to learn my lines for Ampthill Singers Concert in November – word perfection I will never achieve, a vast improvement on my efforts of last year will be expected. When does that next Shuttle Trip holiday start ? ? I think I may need a ticket TH E

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Here we bring you some more observations and tales from the whimsical world of Montgolfier: Seen in our garden yesterday for the first time ever - a Bunet Moth. They are black with 5 red spots. They are not rare and are mostly found in chalky areas. I bought 2 combs last week and got 1 flea. The most expensive thing I’ve ever put out in a recycling bag (BY MISTAKE) was a 2,000 dollar Japanese hand embroidered wedding kimono. That was around £1,500 quid gone. Archaeology: I was given the freedom of a country estate and heard that a previous Duke had a cannon by the lake where he entertained British and French Royal families by firing at a mock galleon out on the lake. I worked out the best place to site the cannon and 200 year old trees had grown. Using my detector I found 26 x 6 pound cannon balls at a depth of 10 inches. Had to have a tractor to collect them. These were ones which had never been fired - the fired ones were at the bottom of the lake. I worked out that the balls I found had been there about 207 years. Pub sign: Open all day from 12.00 noon. I saw a sign today saying MASSIVE CARPET SALE. I didn’t stop to go in as it didn’t give the actual size. Did you know that the shortest place name in the UK is Ae about 9 miles north of Dumfries, and the longest one is Doddiscombeleigh 6 miles south west of Exeter. If I remember rightly their pub is called ‘The Nobody Inn’. Query: How do you kill ometers?

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Alan! Alan! Al! Alan! Alan! Alan!

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With Geoffrey THE Golfer

The archaeologists had been exploring deep in the Amazon jungle, clearing creepers and undergrowth from the faint traces of a Lost City. Their excitement mounted as the place`s purpose became evident. Broad, winding avenues of giant flagstones had deep, narrow, perfectly circular holes every few hundred yards. Surely it had to be .... a golf course! The discovery of stone panels depicting human figures using primitive prototypes of irons or putters removed any doubt. Next step was to ask the local tribesmen about

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traditions associated with the prehistoric golf club. The tribes had legends of Old Ones who followed a daily ritual with the clubs and balls. Watching a particularly wrinkled, aged elder chattering to the interpreter, a Professor murmured wistfully. ‘If only we knew why they gave up golf, making it disappear for centuries before being discovered again.’ The interpreter nodded eagerly and relayed the query. The elder, surprised, made a sweeping gesture at the jungle, and replied tersely. ‘Simple,’ was the translation, ‘they couldn`t afford the green fees.’ GTG

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