Wednesday, 12 April 2017

A load of old cobbles

 Hello my dear friends....we have finally got our blog working again....(*also possible issues with a defective typist)....and so I am back with a few of our recent adventures....Hurrah!...


So, last weekend, we headed of to France so that the typist could be allowed to cycle his bike and watch a bit of cycling too.....


...so, for border issues don't forget to take your border terrier along....*chuckling*....

....there were lots of other folks heading our way from the UK....we were off to a town called Roubaix where there is a very famous bike ride every year...it is called Paris-Roubaix and is one of the highlights of the professional racing season...although they let the amateurs ride the same course the day before...


...there are plenty of compensations with going to France of course....


....we travelled by Eurotunnel...a dog in a car in a train under the sea....



....we drove all the way to Roubaix, which is near the border with Belgium....and we had a very nice little hotel...they were very kind and accommodating...


...they even allowed the typist to park his "precious" bike in our room....



....we wandered through Roubaix to race registration in the afternoon...here is the Hotel du Ville...Town Hall to you and moi....



....we saw the huge cobble outside the famous velodrome...the race is famously run over very rough cobbled roads across farmland....its known as the Hell of the North....not all the cobbles are this big!...


...and we had a little snoop around cycling's most famous velodrome....many a cycling legend has been born here....*yawn*...typist will get to finish his race here tomorrow....


....what a long day it was.....(*i am told this was all part of the training...i am not so sure)...

....but what a beautiful spring day it was too.....

...although for some reason the nitwits (Surely "neetweets" Ed.) gave the typist his trophy BEFORE the race....pfffft


...*yawn*...cycle cycle cycle etc...this went on for most of Saturday...some of it was HARD ...apparently...*yawn*....try googling Paris-Roubaix to get some sense of what they went through....



..that afternoon I went in search of some real culture....they have a nice museum in Roubaix....spoiled only by a tired typist groaning and moaning about his 90 mile ride....

...and they have found a creative use for their entry tickets.....

...the museum is in a swimming pool!....

...see?...in a pool....these French dudes are strange.....


...but they do know a thing or two about pastries!....

....we all did our bit....I don't know what he's moaning about...it seemed easy to me....

...and in the evening we went to Ypres for dinner (juts over the border into Belgium) and saw the famous Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate...it was very moving and and we thought about typists grandad who served on the Western Front during WW1...




....and we saw this at the Gate...a reminder of some real suffering on a bike....typist looking sheepish and toning down his whingeing...

...on Sunday we went back out to the fields and saw the professionals riding...that man in red in second place was the eventual winner of the race....he's Belgian...the Belgian's are good at this sort of thing....

...we had such a super weekend......we highly recommend Roubaix in the sunshine in the spring!....


Le woof!

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Tinderella

Hello my friends....last night we held our annual border terrier Christmas party on Twitter...#BTXmas...

.....we at BT HQ staged our annual pantomime......and we are repeating it here for those that missed it on the night....


Good evening pals…and welcome to this year’s #BTXmas Panto “Tinderella” starring @mulberrybt as Tinderella and @barnetta_BT as the Pup ..If you look closely you may also see a stroll-on part for @dustybindog and some familiar members of the BT HQ staff …#BTxmas

Tinderella is a paw, paw doggie who slaves away all day ….no walks, no snacks and very, very few naps…#BTxmas

She struggles along under the baleful gaze of her two ugly sisters, Mutterina and Houndchopserella ….#BTxmas

To calm her nerves, she takes a stroll in the woods with her new-born Pup where she bumps in to a handsome prince and his servant…#BTxmas

Mutterina and Houndchopserella have also been invited to the ball…and refuse to let Tinderella go…#BTXmas

The Pup begs her Fairy Dogmother to get Tinderella to the Ball… but she must be home for her naps by midnight or else! #BTXmas

Tinderella goes to the Ball in a magic coach drawn by squirrels…but the sleeping Pup is still aboard...oh no.. #BTxmas

Swept away by the music, Tinderella dances with the Handsome Prince and has not noticed the Pup… #BTxmas

The clock strikes midnight! Tinderella flees the castle!…leaving the sleeping Pup behind  #BTxmas

The Handsome Prince is bereft and orders a search to begin for his beautiful companion #BTXmas
 ....The Handsome Prince tours the town trying to find out who the Pup belongs to…it is NOT Mutterina #BTxmas


But she knows her momma when she sees her...and the Prince is delighted #BTxmas

…and THEY ALL LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTTER….except for Mutterina and Houndchopserella #BTxmas

*the cast bow and @mulberrybt and @barnetta_bt are presented with bouquets* #BTXmas

*a posse of beautiful young pups is seen chasing @dustybindog down the road after autographs*  #BTxmas
  
*CURTAINS* #BTxmas