IS NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS!
More truth than usual in the above heading - courtesy of Isle of Man
Steam Packet which is the only ferry company serving the Isle of Man.
Or perhaps I should report Mopps view which is that it is 'NOT serving
the Isle of Man in any way whatsoever!!’
Cranstal Twolegs usual extensive preparations for Crufts had all
been completed. Faris and Tiisi departing for the MSPCA kennels -
where if Tiisi is to be believed they are treated like visiting royalty!
NeighbourPam who had on this occasion been deputed to look Lily and
Jack (cats) for three days had received - and been tested on - her
War and Peace sized written instructions! Flash and I had been bathed
and put through the usual pre show torture of coat stripping, nail
clipping, teeth cleaning etc. All that was left was the 3 1/2 hour
journey on the ferry to Liverpool, then the subsequent drive down
the motorway at a leisurely pace to meet up with Flash's Scandinavian
family who had flown in from Sweden for the big event.
of cake I hear you say? Well, it certainly would have been……………….if
the ferry had done anything apart from sail round in the Irish Sea
for 71/2 hours…………………….eventually
returning to our point of departure on the Isle of Man without ever
having touched land during the whole of our trip. Bye Bye Crufts
you can imagine Mopps was a 'little distressed' by the whole episode
at the time. Come to think of it she is still a 'little distressed'
as in likening 'Krakatoa' to a 'firework display'!. In fact the one
thing that is holding up a full scale assault on the management of
the Ferry Company is that to date Mopps has not been able to think
of anything bad enough to do to them. But I do know that she is now
giving this her undivided attention!
further (and major) complication was the fact that Flash's Swedish
family were left without any transport to get to their overnight
hotel (booked many miles from NEC because they were meeting up with
the Cranstals) never mind any prospect of subsequently travelling
to the Isle of Man after Crufts. A different overnight hotel was
booked for them and Kennelman boarded the ferry once again - 24 hours
after the first attempt - and actually managed to dock in UK this
time. Having arrived at Crufts Kennelman finally met up with our
house guests 24 hours late and two hours after the saluki judging
had finished. Subsequently they all arrived safely back on the IOM
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