What a brilliant lot you are! Many thanks for all the suggestions for the 2010 Herbie awards, some of which I'll incorporate. Others might be more difficult as my memory is so useless. I have had some bizarre conversations with other boaters this year, but the details escape me, so that category might have to wait until next year when I should keep a notebook. As an example of how bad my memory sometimes is, here is the script of what happened when we were getting a meal in the Moorhen pub on the Stort.
Me: I'll go and order the food. What do you want?
David (Rainman): I'll have the fish and chips.
I walk six paces to the bar, order my meal and Kath's, and fish and chips for David
Barman: Is that with garden peas or mushy peas?
Me: I'll go and ask.
I walk over and ask David. He wants garden peas. Six paces back to the barman. Ten seconds at most.
Barman: What did he say?
Me: er . .er . . I can't remember!
All: General laughter.
At least the lads behind the bar saw the funny side.
I know there's something I have been using on the boat this year that I have found a real boon. I kept thinking to myself, that'll be good for the Herbie Awards Best Gadget. Do you think I can now remember what it is? I expect it'll come to me. Probably at 3 am and I'll forget it again next morning.