It was my last night under canvas as they say (in truth, I was under nylon) in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern province of Germany on Monday. Too late I realised that I had bought a bottle with a cork rather than screw cap. I gingerly approached the couple dozing in the late afternoon sun seated under the awning of their pristine caravan behind a table with half empty bottle and wine goblets, 'Haben Zie ein corkscrew, bitte?' I asked, making an unambiguous screwing gesture with my right hand. 'Ein Korkenzieher!' (a cork puller) the startled woman exclaimed correcting me whilst her partner went inside to retrieve one. I half expected him to return with a Bosch Ektrischekorkenziehermaschine but he returned with the VW equivalent - wooden handle and a pigs tail of steel - which did the job equally well.
Having returned from the land of the VW, I spent last night inside 'Joni', comedian Laura Mugridge's bay window VW camper parked outside the Parker's Arms in Newton watching, and participating in, her performance of 'Running on Air'. This is their own story of mechanical and personal breakdown where many tears are shed. All ends happily when hearts and fanbelts are mended after the audience of 5 take part in a musical interlude that lifts the curse that caused Joni to break down in the first place. An enchanting piece of theatre performed entirely inside a VW camper!
SpotOn Lancashire helped bring Joni and Laura, who take their audience from Edinburgh to Lands End in the course of the evening, to Newton-in-Bowland.