Unplanned session! Got a text from Richard suggesting a beer after work. Why not I thought? Tae-Kwon-Do almost killed me on Wednesday what with this stinking cold, so perhaps missing a session would be good for me. And, of course, Sally was also there with her work colleagues from school.

So, yes, that’s how the Gentlemen Bikers came to have their first “AGM”. Biking was discussed; new ones, old ones, new routes and the such like. Possible weekend away in Wales too was mentioned.

The best bit though was the beer. The beer in the Red is always good, so much so that I quaffed 5 pints; though I have to say Richard got through 6 of his favourite beers.
The other good thing about the Red Lion is the meat raffle that is held there once a week. A quid a ticket and the opportunity to win loads of meat from the local butcher. Richard, the miserable sod, declined a ticket – all proceeds to charity – but I purchased one.

Next day, I got a call saying I had won some sausages – and I tell you what, the word “slab” of sausages came to mind. The weight of them was amazing! All different types, from Cumberland, to Welsh Dragon and Cricklade finest. (If you are a local reading this, then you will now know which butcher donated them)!

You know what, this cold is now abating. I think missing Tae-Kwon-Do on Friday was a good thing which is unusual for me to say that as I do really enjoy it!

Anyway, Merry Christmas!

PS it was my son’s 13th birthday yesterday and we took him and a friend to see the film Paddington – well worth a look!