Sunday, 24 March 2019

Rally - Border Blethers

A collection of true tales from the Border Counties Rally that you won't read anywhere else, including marriage proposals on the move, proof that age is no barrier to success in rallying, and proof too that mountain biking is more dangerous than rallying. In other words, just another behind the scenes look at a Scottish Rally.

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Rally - Border Counties Classes

That's the roundup of the Classes from the Border Counties now in the on-line mag, and perhaps you'll forgive the occasional bout of flippancy in this report. This was entirely down to the weather as a certain drookit and bedraggled rally reporter trudged doggedly round the muddy service area, feet splunging through the streams of waatter coursing down the roads from the rain, whilst the crews sat cosy and dry in their cars or sheltering from the elements in their vans. And not so much as a sniff of a Cruella rock bun or a lick of tablet to soothe the growing grumpiness and assuage the abject feeling of misery having soaked one rain hat, three bunnets, two jackets and a pair of boots in the process whilst coping with a disintegrating notebook turning to mush. Such dedication to duty, eh?

Just the Blethers to come now, but if the weather is anything like this come the Speyside, yer on yer own! Lucky white heather anyone?

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Rally - Border Counties report

Full report from a wet, wild, wet, wintry and very wet Border Counties Rally now in the on-line mag. Did I mention say it was wet? It was also f-f-f-f-freezin'. Also a list of the Top 6 Fastest Stage Times. Full Class roundup to come - and then the Blethers!

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Rally - Spectator sport

You have to feel for my big pal Jaggy. There he was at the Border Counties Rally, spectating. But this was before he ventured out to Kielder. He was stood transfixed inside Rally HQ in the Town Hall in Jedburgh. What had arrested his attention was the glass catering oven where rally Signing-On was taking place.

This was the property of the Juicy Meat Company of Kelso who were providing heart warming sustenance to those about to embark on a wet and wintry outdoors. Placed tantalisingly inside the glass fronted warming oven were a range of Scotch Pies, Sausage Rolls, Steak Bakes and Haggis savouries.

None of your lifeless Greggs stodge here. The deep golden pastry looked light and flaky and the meat sizzled in succulent silence behind the glass. The free range lamb and pork comes from the Dalgliesh family's own farm and they have access to local grass fed Aberdeen Angus beef from a neighbour.

Naturally the captivated big lad was challenged by Moira Dalgliesh herself: "Is there something you would like sir?"

"Aye, but ah'm no allowed," came the trucculent response, "The wife won't let me eat pies or pastry. Ah'm allowed tae spectate though. Mah weekly treat is a visit to a Greggs or a baker's, but I  just stand on the pavement outside the window and spectate. Bakery products are purely for visual entertainment these days."

So there the poor chap stood, beguiled by the sight and smell of some of Scotland's finest cuisine, but he did learn one little secret. Tomato sauce is used as an ingredient in the minced meat. Doesn't that just make you slevver, eh?

You might want to check them out. The Juicy Meat Co also provide outside/inside catering for functions with spit roasts, and whilst that might be a temptation in its own right, the big chap was still there when I left, fair bursting to resist the temptation to buy a pie. I wonder if he succumbed?

Do your taste buds a favour, have a look:

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Rally - Brief encounters

Met a very interesting and talented chap in the Kielder Service Area at last weekend's cold and soggy Border Counties. He was chatting with a right unsavoury bunch under an easi-up as I approached, and being of an inquisitive (bluidy nosey!) nature I stopped to see what was afoot.

At first I thought the chap was showing them some large framed photographs and they looked pretty good - from a distance, but as I got closer I realised they were in fact paintings. They were stunningly good and one in particular caused a lump in my throat. It's an image of a man and a car that will always evoke memories regardless of location, event or time, and he had captured it perfectly.

The artist's name is William Young and he lives in Duns. He has a full time job, but his friends keep telling him to pack it in and take up painting full time. It seems he can't wait to get home from work of an evening and get straight into the studio. That might have something to do with the fact that even while he's at work he's thinking of his current artistic endeavour and whether to make changes, adjustments, improvements or just leave it. Perfectionist, eh?

At the present time he will undertake commissions that tickle his fancy and his interest these days has turned to motorsport and more recently rallying. Not just action stuff, but he has produced some accurate and detailed scenes from service areas with service crews working on cars.

Not this lot in the photo you understand, otherwise his resultant picture would be called 'Still Life' - only joking of course, but if William can impress such an unsavoury, uncultured, non-art loving bunch as this then he must be good. And he is!

If you are interested in an ideal gift for spouse, partner, wean, relative, friend or team sponsor, might be worth getting in touch: