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Dumball 2008 - Mission: Corfu

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This is The Dumball Rally 2008.


It's when a load of not-so-rich, not-so-famous people get together in their fancy rubbish cars and drive ... all across Europe - just about the opposite of the rubbish Gumball.

Why let the rich and famous have all the fun? Dumball is one of those drunken pub ideas that actually happened.

Find out more at www.dumball.org


This year we're fundraising for War Child: www.warchild.org.uk





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As you might imagine, it's not that easy to capture the hazy Adriatic beauty of the stunning Croatian coast by sticking a phone out the window of a cow moving at high speed, so I won't try. I can't even take a group shot without it being mainly floor and chopping off John Cena's head.

The beach yesterday was ace. OK, the beach was a bit stoney, the water was suprisingly cold considering it was 36 degrees outside, and I trod on a sea urchin, embedding hundreds of spines in my heel. But the chance to dive into the crystal clear water we'd been admiring for mile made it a brilliant stop. Small sleepy cove town apparently opened up a cafe bar for us and quite literally waited on us hand and foot- giving me a local cure for urchins. Apparently i need to put my foot 'in a tomato' overnight and it will draw out the spines. We'll see. I'll probably just walk around treading then in deeper for a few days and have a go in Corfu.

So. Last night we went into Dubrovnic and had a wander around the old town. It's a very pretty little marbley place, and lots of people had been before so we had a few guides (sort of. "I just need to walk round for a bit to get my bearings..."). Nice meal out and then as usual we took over a club and threw some shapes for a bit. Lots of British in Dubrovnic. We picked up a hen night and spent a while convincing then we weren't a stag. 15 of up in Croatian football strips didn't help.

The band! I forgot about the band! Right, we need to backtrack a bit. In Zagreb, with the big hotel, we went to a club to The Club. At the The Club, there was a band called The Band. They were brilliant. Really tight, really enjoying themselves. Us loving them playing wedding band classics and them loving us dancing like very excited monkeys. We also came up with a cracking plan- amongst us are music teachers and various current and ex band members. We could easily get a Dumband together, and formulated a great
line up, featuring Muz on drums and Spolier up front.

Unfortunately it wasn't to be that night. Diplomatic relations with The Club management broke down after some other jokers tried to get on stage without asking and they posted bouncers at the front. Maybe when we get to Macedonia, and we already have our own band prebooked...

One more thing - we were right the first time about Rich B. He has been on an overnight train to Split, and with a bit of luck, he will be rejoining us later today. Oh yes to that.

And hello to War Child readers! Apparently we're now live on their site too!

... Now in approaching mental Albania! But we've got signal back which is why i'm only posting now. Hope we get there before it gets dark! Albania might get a little 'fruity'. ...in fact we've just heard Albanian TV are at the hotel and want to interview Rick and Nick. It's gonna be on breakfast news! More later...
28th May 2008, 18:50  

John and Rosemary says:

Great to hear that all is going well. Will look out for you on Albanian TV - Which channel is it on?!?

28th May 2008, 19:19

OJ says:

Sigh. I love Croatia. Must. Book.Flights. Thanks for the reminder.

29th May 2008, 16:57

Dumball One says:

Book flights? Wot?!

If the Dumball has taught me anything, it's that there is no need to fly in Europe to have the most amazing time.

Fly back maybe.... but only if you've sold you're car to be a boat tractor in Corfu!

5th Jun 2008, 22:53

OJ says:

Ha. We could take the train to Dubrovnik but it would take about 4 days...

8th Jun 2008, 20:18