THIRSTY FOR ATTENTION
Roland the Rolls Royce is delighted to find out he is going to a Church fete at Elsbridge as
part of a display. He's incredibly eager to get there as soon as possible to receive some "much-deserved" attention, and ignores
his owner's concerns about how much fuel he has. They soon regret this, when Roland runs out of fuel right in the middle of
the bridge just north of the town, causing delay and commotion. The owner manages to get some fuel in a container, and soon
enough they arrive at the fete. Roland then becomes the centre of attention - but for all the wrong reasons!
Based on an incident
that happened to my own father in Bega, Australia. His ran out of fuel in the middle of a long bridge, and it ended up on
the local radio as a result!
DENNIS AND THE MENACE
Dennis the Diesel Roller is longing for work, so is delighted when a job comes up with fixing
a road near Elsbridge. But not far into the work he comes across a rude, impatient car - Berthold. Berthold abuses Dennis,
before rushing away as soon as possible. The next day, Berthold passes and upsets Dennis again. When the road works are finished
Dennis has to travel up to Ulfstead, and that night he runs in with Berthold again at an intersection - this time a speeding
Berthold narrowly misses Dennis and they both crash, with Dennis rolling over onto his side. Both them and their drivers are
rescued, and Dennis receives a new coat of paint for his troubles.
Dennis' accident was inspired by a similar real-life event that happened in Patna, India in 2012.
Rocky the Skip Lorry is enjoying some banter with Percy when he hears about his next job -
collecting a skip of muck dredged out of the nearby river - and he is more than a little dismayed! When he arrives he sees
the skip full of waste, with a rather putrid smell everywhere. Rocky reluctantly moves into place, but then has a devious
idea. He feigns weakness when he tries to lift the skip, and after a few attempts one of his hydraulic arms fails. Rocky is
pleased, but then learns he can't leave until the arm is fixed. He immediately regrets his actions, and remains by the river
until his arm is repaired - leaving with an inescapable smell!
This story was inspired after seeing a photograph of a slip lorry trying to lift a skip of dredged muck along the river Thames.