Thursday, 3 May 2018

"It's Too Far For Simon!"

 Another one of my anecdotes:

About twenty two years ago.  My fiancee and myself decided to go on a week holiday touring Scarborough, the Yorkshire and the Lake District.  We didn't think our car was up to the journey so we hired a car from a carhire firm.

The Hyundai Pony looked good and we toured around and stayed at campsites.  It was the weekend when we stayed at a little camp site in Coniston.  We had pitched our little tent and decided to go for a spin into the town.  The ignition key broke in half and it was stuck.

We walked to a red telephone box and rang the hire company and told them our problem.  The lady said:

"He will be with you in twenty minutes.  Whereabouts are you?"

"Coniston!"

"What are you doing up there?  We thought you would only be going local.  It's far too far for Simon!"

It's a good job we were members of the AA!


9 comments:

  1. They don't make car keys like they used too - thank goodness.

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  2. No they don't Gwil. Back in the days with telephone boxes and no mobile phones. Things always break at weekends. Thanks!

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  3. It's funny how odd phrases like this stay in our minds for ever.

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  4. Isn't it just Rachel. I recently watched an Australian television programme called Demolition Man I think? He kept saying:. "That's how we did it England." He had heard some one say it. Now the phrase is stuck in my head like a pop song you heard last week and you can't get it out of your head. Thanks. Rachel!

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    1. I once heard a line in an Ingmar Bergman film, "I could get a job as a waitress" and I ended up making it into a text piece for my art.

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  5. It's wonderful when the muse inspires you like that.

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  6. Er, did they expect you to hire a car only to stay in the vicinity? Perhaps you should have taken Simon with you, or at least go armed with a spare key!

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  7. I think they did Valerie. We often say to each other: "It's too far for Simon".

    It always makes us laugh. Thanks!

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