Saturday, 4 June 2016

We could win, but it's up to us

I first happened across the Britain Has Spirit website by mistake as I was on the look out for a bottle of non-alcoholic absinthe. As if by some freak coincidence, The Plumstead Make Merry was in a slow motion race with a small handful of other hopefuls. This race has turned out to be mildly gripping as our festival lagged far behind the leader and within a week, have now taken pole position. Staying in front is another kettle of fish as no doubt, some voters will forget to vote, others may spoil their ballot papers and a few more will move on to the next new thing¹.

Good people of The Shire, vote every day. Borrow your neighbour's smart phone and vote on their behalf, but do not be tempted to look through their photos, for fear of potential fruity² images.

If the Make Merry does not win the £10 million pot of gold, the organisers may have to cancel George Clooney's personal appearance. I believe he was delighted to have been asked to cut the ribbon. Still, professional George look-a-like, Sadiq Khan might have to do.

If the Make Merry does not win the £10 million pot of gold, there are many ways of making it a fun packed day. Some low rent theme parks have a 'panning for gold' activity whereby you assume a character from the gold prospecting days. You swish around with a sieve and find gold nuggets in the sand or water. We don't have gold, but we have cats.

The people of The Shire LOVE cats.

So 10 or 12 people could bring their cat litter trays to the Common et voila, panning for gold Plumstead style. It's fun for everyone from 7 to 77.

1 - One of my gripes of modern life is the throw-away culture. In this instance, information on social media flashes past us before we can digest it. Information indigestion - quite a mouthful in itself.
2 - Not meaning apples and oranges.

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