21 August 2002
Special Edition: International Section
In the true spirit of investigative journalism, but also because I get jealous of describing the foreign wanderings of others more fortunate than I, we decided this year to forego, briefly, the pleasures of the Misty Isle and head for more exotic parts to see if it is really true that they drive on the other side of the road.
What we actually discovered baffles description.
First of all, Switzerland has a lot of trains. Most of them run exactly on time, and the great majority are spotlessly clean.
Secondly some of them are multi-coloured:
They climb what seem to be impossible gradients and sweep across magnificent pieces of engineering:
They run virtually an hourly interval service everywhere, and you can visit all sorts of exotic places, such as a Peter Sarstedt-free St Moritz:
Secret Altitude Lakeside Training Camp Revealed
However, the most profitable outcome of our visit was the uncovering of a devious plan on the part of the IGIRLS team to walk (or row) away with all the prizes in this year's Sudbury raft race.
This cunning plot to out-wit the egg-throwing hooligans of Sudbury has been hatched by none other than international (easy)Jetsetter and mastermind Colin "Old Salty" Phillips. In collusion with shipmate Fran, Salty has established a secret training base high in the Swiss Alps above Martigny.
The following covertly-obtained photos reveal the extent of the plot.
Acclimatisation is a vital part of the process:
Mountain gully walking is also a key aspect of the training programme. One of the less-savoury features, however, is the regimented "Baring of the Knees While Sitting on Sharp Rocks" Ceremony.
Our exhaustive research is also able to bring you firm proof of the purpose of all this Spartan rigour. In a secluded lake near the treeline, recruits are subjected to the Ultimate Test, mockingly known as
Can anyone doubt, in the face of this daringly-acquired evidence, the ruthless determination of The Team to stuff all the opposition?
Our safe return from this mountain retreat enables us to report that Fran and Salty are on excellent form.
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