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The climate is a big issue to some, and rightfully so. The first 100 Miles of Amsterdam was scheduled just after the Copenhagen Climate Conference (2009) warning us about the warming of planet earth. On the morning of the rally, to our surprise we were confronted with a full foot of fresh snow, plus blizzards, closed roads, closed restaurants and dug-in marshals. We had to postpone the event to the distress of many.
For this year we planned the 100 Miles of Amsterdam on the longest night, dark, cold and miserable. The city of Amsterdam was even going to assist us. We told you that bureaucracy is too slow and that we are still waiting for a suitable starting location. In fact it is the weather, we do not want to offend the hardened winter driver with subtropical winter conditions. For next year we are confident that we can start on the Museum Square, and we pray for a smooth layer of fresh snow.
(Text & photo Bart Kleyn)
I have learned not to say Ceci lives in Spain, because she lives in Catalonia and Catalonians fiercely value their independence. Luckily, she loves England and all things English and occasionally visits these shores to attend English courses to improve her skills as an English teacher. Ceci wanted to do some Christmas shopping, so I drove her to Waddesdon Manor in my Bullnose Morris. The Buckinghamshire Manor was built in the Neo-Renaissance style of a French château between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild but is now owned by The National Trust which always has a well-stocked shop. The car park attendant melted at Ceci’s pleas to allow us to drive right up to the door and I promised not to drop any oil on the gravel drive.
It had rained while we were shopping so I bought some mince pies to warm us for the journey home – I drove and Ceci was navigator. Happy Christmas !
(Words & pictures Robin Batchelor)
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