Me, I just love the Scottish winter! That’s if I’m looking out at it through the window of a well-heated room or car. But for an expat African like me, experiencing the wind, rain, sleet and snow for myself – outdoors! – is something to be avoided. Unless, of course, I have huge earmuffs and 10-metre-long scarf to wrap myself in.
Who knows, though? Maybe one year I’ll do the Loony Dook on New Year’s Day and brave the freezing Forth armed with nothing but a sense of adventure, a pair of Speedos and a set of well gritted teeth.
I hope you and your family enjoyed the festive period as much as I did. Perhaps, like me, you played endless board games and ate too much. By Hogmanay, I swear that if I’d eaten just another 20,000 of my great-aunt’s pickled ants (not my great-ant’s pickled aunts) I would’ve burst!
And now? Now we’re well into 2012. So far into 2012, in fact, that I’ve stopped accidentally writing 2011 when I mean 2011. I mean, when I mean 2012. If you see what I mean. Oh dear.
All the best from your old pal
Did you get up to anything fun for Children In Need? Did you wear a daft costume and help to raise some money?
Plenty of you did. The grand total was well over £26m! You could buy an awful lot of ant-and-termite sandwiches for that, to quote an old aardvark expression.
At Peter Vardy, it was all happening! Every one of the dealerships was heavily involved in raising money through lots of different activities. These included:
- Throwing sponges at the managers (just sponges: no loofahs, toy boats or rubber ducks)
- A Tour de Vardy cycle ride round the entire network
- A penalty shoot-out
- Body-waxing for men (but not, I’m relieved to say, for aardvarks)
- A sort of Peter Vardy version of eBay – vBay
There were also lots of cakes being sold for the charity. I bought quite a few. I was a little disappointed that the sprinkles on top weren’t sugar-coated insects, but you can’t have everything.
The BMW Edinburgh team took Hamish, the Highland cow/MINI, round to a local special-needs school. And everyone had a fantastic time. Particularly Hamish himself.
And the total amount of money that was raised by Peter Vardy? Go on, take a guess! GO ON!
The answer was £25,537! A great result for a great day. Can’t wait to do it all over again next year!
It’s Tuesday…and guess what, it’s stopped raining. Hopefully it holds! I tell you one thing though, I was glad to watch Glastonbury from the comfort of my armchair this weekend, weren’t you? Even that amount of mud would be far too much for us Aardvarks. I loved seeing U2, Coldplay and of course Beyonce closing the show last night. Fantastic.
Did any of you catch the brilliant Andy Murray? He’s doing great, isn’t he? I was supporting him all the way. I just love Wimbledon. Do you think they need a Peter Vardy mascot on the courts to cheer him on? That would be ace!
There’s also been a lot going on in Glasgow and Edinburgh this week with bands paying a visit. Take That, Bon Jovi and Kings of Leon were all in town. Did anyone catch them? I was out and about in Edinburgh with Peter Vardy BMW on Sunday at Fettes College. Did you see me there? We were supporting their Athletic Champs and had such a great day.
Phewww I’ve been busy...I thought weekends were supposed to be a time of rest but it’s been great to get out and about and meet you all. I loved it and hope I’ll see you next weekend wherever I may be…look out for me.
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