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Lady Penelope…and the Air Ambulance
Posted Tuesday, 24 April 2007 at 11:43

(Dictated by Nadine from the train)

Bedfordshire has no Air Ambulance service, whereas Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire do. Something is being done about this and this morning there was an appeal at Millbrook Proving Ground to highlight the problem and for people like myself to look at what services the Air Ambulance provides and the benefits it can bring to our rural communities.


This afternoon I am speaking in the Chamber and giving interviews for Anglia TV, and Chiltern Radio, as well as meeting with constituents in London, and 1001 other things which I have to do! However, I thought this is so important I have to fit it in and go.


I left my home office and dashed into my battered up old car this morning. Driving my car is an acute embarrassment as one of the exhaust brackets is loose and it makes the most horrendous noise.


As I drove into the proving ground I noticed it was Aston Martin day. I played with the idea of making some kind of joke about the Aston Martin guys fixing my exhaust, but thought better of it.


As I drove through the gate, a chauffeur driven car pulled up behind me. Chauffeur driven cars are important, they don’t have to pull into the car park and park like I and every other pleb has to, they are allowed to wait on the main drive.


Who was this? My curiosity got the better of me, especially when the mini bus driver who was taking us all to the next point, told me that the name of the chauffeur was Parker!!


Moments later a gentleman in a very heavy and ostentatious chain sat next to me and introduced himself as the “Deputy Mayor of Bedford Borough Council.” The driver of our mini bus then said “Your chauffeur is called Parker, isn’t he?” “Yes” said the gentleman, with more than a trifle embarrassment; you could tell he really wished the mini bus driver hadn’t said that.


So, I’m no Lady Penelope, but the Deputy Mayor of Bedford Borough Council is. Yes, there are no strings on me, but there are…ok, sorry, I’ll quit whilst I’m ahead!

Angela said:
Responded: Tuesday, 24 April 2007
Living near to Lands End on the far western tip of the Uk and obviously surrounded by the sea, helicopters are a regular feature in our skies. We often see the Air/Sea Rescue helicopters from RNAS Culdrose following the coastline on a near daily basis. Occasionally the helicopter that checks the nearby unmanned lighthouses hovers across. More recently I have noticed the red air ambulance fly to and from the Scilly Isles on yet another errand of mercy, no doubt a godsend to those on the isles.We are very fortunate in having both of these resources to call on.It amazes me, given the enormous cost of running an air ambulance, that they survive solely by public donation.
Anon said:
Responded: Tuesday, 24 April 2007
So........... you were being nosey about parker.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 24 April 2007
Perhaps that cheeky chappy John Ball from the Beds on Sunday should highlight this... I also think you should rename your car to Thunderbird One.
Where to M'Lady said:
Responded: Tuesday, 24 April 2007
Bit cheesey this but I think your the FAB 1
Brains said:
Responded: Tuesday, 24 April 2007
There's a guy who has made an exact replica of the pink FAB1 limo and he hires it out complete with a 'Parker' for special occasions Knowing that you have a birthday looming I just thought of a present for you.......
Brains said:
Responded: Tuesday, 24 April 2007
A new bracket for your exhaust,,,
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 24 April 2007
"Dictated by Nadine from the train" Conjures up a mental image of Nadine's staff running alongside the train as she yells her blog post from the window!
DoomMonger said:
Responded: Tuesday, 24 April 2007
Yeh and in a couple of weeks time he could be called Branston which would make for an even more embarassing situation!!!!!
Mike, the mechanic said:
Responded: Tuesday, 24 April 2007
When are you going to listen to good advice and slow down a bit.Your going to end up like your car- knackered. Then it will take more than Kwik-fit to sort you out.
Let William Be!! said:
Responded: Tuesday, 24 April 2007
I'm sorry but as the mother of two boys I would like to think that they too have the courage to break a relationship when they realise the young lady is not "the one". Prince William is only young and I'm sure he was very relieved to be free from all the pressures of a serious relationship. People take these things too serious far too young. Let him have his fun! There's plenty of time for him to settle down later on in life!!
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 24 April 2007
How funny, you should tell the Beds on Sunday about it!
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 24 April 2007
You should have a chauffer. Actually, I'm looking for a job at the moment, and I have a very nice car with an exhaust bracket in full working order.
Peter said:
Responded: Tuesday, 24 April 2007
Nadine, you are amazing. You have such care and compassion for others. You are able to bounce back after whatever life throws at you. You are in touch with common people. You remind me of that other star of the north, Lady Heather Mills McCartney. Keep up the good fight !
One of your old mates! said:
Responded: Wednesday, 25 April 2007
It would happen to you.I could tell some stories about you Nadine. Do you remeber a party in Bewsey road nurses home and how you locked a besotted policeman in the cupboard, I think his name was Barry, because he wouldn't leave you alone, and then you forgot about him. Do you remeber the maid screaming when she opened it the next morning and he was on the floor asleep?
Nadine said:
Responded: Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Thanks again all, N
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