Saturday, December 23, 2006
As usual I have to educate the grown-ups about Father Christmas. The REAL Father Christmas is on board the Narrow Boat Europe and is not to be confused with the flimsy fakes at Rackhams, Pallisades or Lewis' at Solihull. He can be seen in Lapland if you have loads of money but he spends most of Christmas with the Tooth-Fairy*.
I spent my time on the Europe this year with some of the most beautiful girls you can imagine and rather than spend all my time taking photos of the other boats I took lots of the crowds watching... and were they brave with the weather being as it was! I have posted just a few photos of the onlookers but have a good look, you could be there... I saw some of the listers as we passed by.
Walking along the towpath by the boats I bumped into some of the most incredible characters, but just take a look and enjoy.
*For the uninitiated read some of Terry Pratchett's excellent Discworld novels.
ps Sorry about the late posting of the event but I have been unwell, probably PMS (pre Merriness Stress)
pps MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL and a HAPPY 2007.
Today's story starts with the Narrow Boat Europe, here moored under the bridge connecting the ICC to Brindley Place because some sod had pinched our moorings back down the Birmingham Mainline where we were to assemble for the parade. Eventually we managed to nearly squeeze into our appointed place although we had a 4 foot gap to cross to board the boat. The NB Europe belonged to Second City Canal Cruises, a company which sadly closed in 2008.
This is the NB Zodiac, named Bag End at the front, and sponsored by by Shire Productions. Go to http://www.shireproductions.co.uk/home.htm
They won the parade competition with their "Unexpected Christmas Party" theme on the boat.
See also my blog on the 2005 Tolkien Weekend at http://tinyurl.com/y6nybq