A little while before Christmas, Assembly Towers had an electronic letter drop onto our virtual door mat, it was a short note from a Mr Nigel ‘Fennel’ Hudson, introducing himself and asking if perhaps I may be interested in bringing his Journal to the attention of the Ladies and Gentlemen from the Assembly?
Interest piqued, the latest copy of “Fennel’s Journal” was popped in the post for our attention. It has got to be said when the publication was received the look and feel of the item brought a smile to our face with little quality touches like a personalised message and an embossed inside front page.
It is however the quality of the writing that makes the journal, Mr Hudson has a wonderful turn of phrase and the sort of self deprecation we Guvnor riders are all too familiar with. The style of writing is probably best equated to the literally equivalent of the Guv’nor, modern but a style and feel firmly rooted in the best of the 1930’s.
The 7th edition of the Journal covers a number of different topics, from the purchase of a hat when he was a teenager to travelling two hundred miles for a pint of beer. I think however the article that will strike a chord with you good fellows is the search for a new bike that ultimately leads to the purchase of a Pashley Guv’nor from our friends at the Traditional Cycle Shop.
Mr Hudson has been good enough to make the article available for download from his site: The Guv’nor, my I be so bold as to suggest that you download the piece and in Mr. Hudson’s words you “Stop – Unplug – Escape – Enjoy”?