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(, Thu 25 Nov 2010, 11:50)
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I am reposting this cos I love my dear old Dad.

When I was younger, I wanted to go to Wimbledon Common to see the Wombles, which would have been about two hours drive from my Essex home.

But my Dad,bless him, saw how much I wanted to go, so he took me there.

We packed up a picnic, and off we want on our adventure.

I was so excited. I leapt in the car, and, as I still tend to do when travelling anywhere by car (or train, or plane or anything other than bike really) I promptly fell asleep.

Two hours later, I was woken up by my Dad tellinng me we had arrived.

I got hyper, was running around everywhere to see if I could find my cuddly heroes, and being really disspointed when he kept seeing Wombles in the opposite direction to where I where I was looking.

I kept spinning round just as one had 'hidden in that bush, over there' or 'must have dived down a hole behind that bumpy bit'

But still, I was having fun, so it wasn't too bad, until the fateful moment that hunger took over.

'Dad, can we have our sandwiches?'

'Of course'

But it wasn't to be. We opened the bag, and the sandwiches were gone! The Wombles had stolen our sandwiches while we weren't looking!

I was devastated. I loved The Wombles, how could they do this to us? They were supposed to be nice.

My relationship with them had been soured forever.

It was only many years later, during some idle conversation about childhood memories that the truth emerged.

My Dad had put me in the car, driven around for a bit until I fell asleep, headed to the local park, eaten the sandwiches, put his watch forward 2 hours and then woken me up.

Evil. Bastard.
(, Thu 25 Nov 2010, 13:19, 6 replies)
That's so funny! My Missus has a picture of her on Wimbledon common holding a prize(book) from the author of the Wombles, Elisabeth Beresford, when she was about 10.
The great thing about it is she's beaming at the camera, as is the author, but she's surrounded by about 50 really grumpy sour looking other children who are plainly well pissed off they didn't win!
(, Thu 25 Nov 2010, 13:58, closed)
That's brilliant
I'm taking notes.
(, Thu 25 Nov 2010, 14:39, closed)
Dad win! He sounds like a top bloke.
(, Thu 25 Nov 2010, 17:02, closed)
This is great!

(, Thu 25 Nov 2010, 22:31, closed)
(, Fri 26 Nov 2010, 15:26, closed)

How long did it take to drive home??
(, Mon 29 Nov 2010, 0:54, closed)

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