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Northern delights | Driving home for christmas

A New Year means a new start, but Kevin Poulter ?can’t help but dwell on his disastrous Christmas escape

11 January 2013

With Christmas over and 2013 already well underway, I feel compelled to relay to you a short story from late last year. Let me take you back, only a few weeks (although it seems like months), to a time just after the party poppers had been popped – in a health and safety compliant manner – and cracker ‘novelties’ had been reluctantly disposed of. This is just before the journey starts, the first born son heading back to the homeland in the frozen (and slightly waterlogged) north for the annual census, bags packed and gifts mostly wrapped. ?A decision had been made, long before the journey started as to how to travel: train, car, Megabus, donkey? This year, being laden with presents and sufficient variety and volume of clothing to prepare for all weathers, the decision was taken to drive, ?it being felt that a donkey just can’t cut it these days, being confined to A roads ?and bridleways.

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