After editing this humble tome for some years now I am now able to rely on a sort of editorial team to assist in the assembling and distribution of the newsletter. This edition has involved myself and Debbie (doesitall.com) Lewis in a joint effort hence its rather mixed flavour. I hope you will be happy to receive your newsletter by email when possible, as it will save considerable time and effort. Obviously those of you without access to the net will continue to receive a newsletter by the post. If you have received this by post and would prefer to have it by email then please forward your address to myself.
Well here we are with our first all new ‘electronic’ newsletter. We can now easily enjoy the many images of brightly coloured friends doing things they should not have done, or at least they should not have done unless we were all watching so we could fully enjoy the antics with deep roaring laughter.
Unfortunately on our recent Christmas Dinner ride, ‘Mr Smug’ was far to busy trying to pilot the Smug Mobile while laughing, to operate any form of camera. ‘Debbie Does It All Dot Com’ left the tarmac and grass road for a trip along the wall of death. Well it would have been if she had not seen the error of her ways just in time, resulting in more of a ‘pin ball’ effect than a ‘wall of death’. After falling off a perfectly stable trike on one side, she over compensated and fell off the other side before ‘Mr Smug’ had taken in enough air to launch into his second bout of laughter.
As if almost falling off was not enough for both of these miscreants, ‘Debbie Does It All Dot Com’ in her very earnest, and admirable, efforts to get every clue on the treasure hunt, slammed on her able brakes without so much as a whisper to the still recovering ‘Mr Smug’. His smugness had to take immediate evasive action to avoid wearing ‘Debbie Does It All Dot Com’ like a piece of modern cycle art.
This was by no means the only note worthy event of this festive venture into the hills above Bangor-on-Sea. The ‘Hunt Master’ claimed that a perfectly respectable and reliable national institution such as BT would contrive to undermine her efforts to supply a full and interesting hunt clue. ‘Wee Betty’ claims that BT targeted the little red phone box in the middle of no-where just to spite her, but we all know that BT are far too busy for such games. An alternative answer must be available.
I put it to you, the people of the court of cycling fair play, that ‘Wee Betty’ in fact took a bribe. She maliciously ripped the call box from the harmless little, and may I say ageing, red phone box, in order that last years winners of the treasure hunt could reign supreme for a second year! Skulduggery was afoot without a doubt, for the winners had a specialist in telecommunications on their team, who with knowledge not available to the rest of the entrants in this, the jewel in the crown of the NWTC competitive colander, pipped the nearest other team by only one point! ‘Wee Betty’ we are watching you…
Yet more dubious winners were announced in the ‘photo competition’. The winners were none other than Le Gary, and Albert, who I would like to point out to the court, not only had the technology to cheat, but were the main players in the previous nights photo and video extravaganza, so were bound to have had some input into the ‘photo competition’. Bribery and corruption reaches all organisations, and the NWTC is no exception. The question you the jury have to ask yourself is, was ‘Wee Betty’ yet again on the take.
It was probably the thought that the ‘Mc Lewis’ the skip was expected to try to wangle two meals for the price of one at the lunch stop. Having successfully sorted the tribe out with soup ‘Mc Lewis’ then skulked around until the pre-prepared chips and nuggets arrived, and looked suitably aghast. But the ‘Mc Lewis’ plan was foiled, when ‘Wee Betty’ invited all comers to partake of the joys of fried food. And never one to pass up on an offer of a bit of a ‘fry’, ‘Mr Smug’ was straight in, taking the food out of the mouths of the ‘Lewisettes’. ‘Sultry Sue’ was also seen to sneak the odd chip from the plate of the underfed ‘babes-of-the-bicycle’. The table in the corner with the ‘Rowdy Russells’ (in training to join the ranks of the ‘Rowdy Pensioners’) woofed down a whole plate of the ‘babes-of-the-bicycle’ nourishment for the long ride back to ‘Bangor Towers’.
On the topic of nourishment, Chris, Siobhan and Caitlin, brought ‘Wee Betties’ witchy brew of mulled wine for general consumption at the Bus-stop concert featuring the ‘Mc Lewis’ family singers, and the ‘We-are-not-an-item’ band (see awards board).
Nourishment, as always, is a feature of TC events, and Chris and Mike provided plenty on our return to ‘Bangor Towers’, for Mike was 60. We helped him celebrate with tea and cakes rounding off a great meet.
The Annual Awards Ceremony is always well attended and we feel there should be some ongoing competition throughout the year so that members are able to openly compete for each coveted prize. There will obviously be the adhoc awards generated by individuals each year but we would like to propose the following ongoing awards.
A. Rude Gnome Award (For Distasteful behaviour not in keeping with TC etiquette)
Contenders (from Dec 04 run)
B. The Flat As A Pancake Award
C. Fashion Award
For people not able to attend each meet the newsletter is the best way to keep a feel for what is happening in the TC. The more contributions we have the better so I will email everyone approx. 10 days before I want to complete each issue to jog your memories. If you have anything you’d like adding please send it across. This can be articles/items for sale/cycling items you’d like to buy or borrow/ announcements etc. Could the leaders of the next meet please get in touch to confirm date, time and departure point for meet along with details of lunching facilities, i.e. do we need to bring butties?
This is the first electronic issue and I will include two images. I will use the smallest size images possible but if these do cause problems with downloading for anyone please let me know. Also, if there is anything else you are unhappy with regarding the newsletter please let us know.
Ride Off The Pud Run
2nd January 2005
The Coleman Family have been volunteered to lead this the first run of 2005 and have issued the following details.
Start - approx 10.00 am from our place allowing time to catch up with gossip. It is proposed to rest and be thankful at the Rest And Be Thankful café even though it won't be open it will be necessary! (bring a flask).
Return to Rhos on Sea via playground at Westshore then explore the proposed Sustrans route to Deganwy before returning along Pabo Lane. If you want to ride to us and rendezvous enroute then please phone.
Hopefully refreshments will be from home grown produce (all organic-ish). Alternatively you could ride directly to our house for say 13.00hrs.
Minutes of Tandem Club North Wales AGM held at Bangor YHA on the 4th of December 2004
N.B. Following the excellent dinner Luke spoke to the Hostel warden and has already booked next years dinner.
The 2005 Runs List
This is now up and running and mostly populated. Please contact Luke if you want to volunteer for any open dates.