Tuk to the Road

The trials and tukulations of Jo, Ants and Ting Tong the tuk tuk and our three-wheeled odyssey from Bangkok to Brighton...in aid of the mental health charity Mind. For more information please see www.tuktotheroad.com

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Fun, Fearless Females

11th November, Brighton

We did it! On tuesday night Ants and I won the Cosmo Fun, Fearless, Female award in the Friend/Family category. It was an amazing night, although I can't remember every detail- more of that later....

While we were tukking across China we received an email from Mind telling us that they had nominated us for the above award. That was nearly four months ago and we honestly never thought that we could actually win. The award ceremony was held at the Bloomsbury Ballroom, a snazzy venue in central London.

It was the first time that I had worn make up in a long time and Ants had to doctor my overly decorated eyes. Basically, when I can't get my eyeliner equal on both eyes I just add more and more until I feel that equilibrium has been reached. The result was that I looked like the Snow Queen from Narnia.

At 6pm we left our uber-modern hotel room at the very trendy St Martin Lane hotel and were chauffered to the event. Neither of us had eaten much during the day and free alcohol awaited for the next five and a half hours. This is not good news for someone like me who is a non-drinker.

Ants and I had to walk across the pink carpet to get to the drinks reception and this involved passing a wall of Snapparazzi. We tried to scuttle past but were asked to pose for photos- they were most probably wondering who these two random ferrets were.

There were some really inspirational women at the event, including Dame Kelly Holmes, Trisha, the Badger and many many more.... When we received the award I said a few words, but honestly cannot remember if any of what I had said made sense. I blame the bubbles in the champagne.

Ants and I tossed to see who got the award first- I correctly guessed tails and so this very heavy silver statue is now proudly displayed on my mantlepiece. TT will be very jealous and might try and glue it to her dashboard, but after Barry the Buddha jumped ship in the Ukraine I won't risk it.

Thanks to Mind for nominating us, Cosmo for such a wicked night, Trisha for presenting our award and most importantly, Ants, my best, fun and fearless friend. Right, now I am off to nurse my small collection of injuries from the party- one grazed knee, one grazed elbow and two blisters on both of my little toes.