I am a member of the Bentley Drivers Club and we have a monthly meeting which of late has been very sparsely populated, in fact we have been down to two of us due to people’s fears of Covid 19 and last night was sadly just myself.
Another member had commented on our BDC Facebook page that I ought to give up the unequal struggle and just have a drink with friends in the garage and the following was my reply.
I think it’s getting a little chilly for drinking in the garage so I’ll stick to imbibing in the comfort of the indoors.
You may think I’m flogging a dead horse but had, by chance, a new member turned up last night at least there would have been someone there to welcome them.
I do feel a little like Charles Lightoller the second officer on the Titanic who survived the ordeal and went on to greater things.
A little snippet of information I found when researching my next book concerned Charles Lightoller and the Dunkirk evacuations.
Apparently, he took his own boat Sundowner which was only 58 ft long together with his eldest son and a young sea scout for crew over to the Dunkirk beaches and evacuated 130 men to safety.
You see, there is light at the end of the tunnel, can you imagine a time in the future when we are back to normal and are joined by 130 people for our Noggin and Natter, although that may be a tad crowded.
They say if you put all the people in the World standing on the Isle of Wight it would be like a crowded cocktail party, we need to strike a compromise between this, “The Right Crowd and No Crowding” and no-one at all.
I had a fairly pleasant meal and a quick pint so all was not lost, although I kept having the same tune going through my head for some reason, no matter as “Nearer my God to Thee,” has always been one of my favourite hymns.