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Riling the Russians

August 13th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Day 3 started as all days in Taxistan do, with God Save the Queen played at full volume while the Union Jack Hubcaps are placed on the flagpole. Then the theme tune to the Great Escape is played at full volume on repeat until the dozy Russian border guard comes out of his hut waving his baton and blowing his whistle. We ignore his requests to turn the music off until he is just about to call reinforcements. Judging and testing the limits of the Russian sanity is an artform we are perfecting. A spot of pre breakfast cricket in our boxer shorts continued the morale high. The flagpole doubles as a rudimentary wicket and we’ve cleared and (sort of) leveled enough land for a decent run up.

Half way through South Oftaxia’s second innings 2 representatives from Kazakhstan with ridiculously oversized caps in hand entered Taxistan. Vaguely perplexed by our Passport control post they respected our territorial integrity and passed us tomatoes, bread and Ukrainian sausage for breakfast. Marina Kim has friends in high places.

Team Road to Ruin have presented their papers and are now enjoying Marmite sandwiches and tea in Taxistan while they wait for the Russians to have their lunch and reopen the border.

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  • 1 John // Aug 14, 2008 at 4:54 am

    You guys are amazing — clever, perservering, indefatigable, and funny. I am sure the Russian bureaucracy has never seen anything like TDT and will be happy to see them move on. Not good news on Jimmy – like all of us children of the 1940s, he refuses to acknowledge the infirmitis of old age! Take good care of the old codger.

  • 2 Marina // Aug 14, 2008 at 4:59 am

    Hahaha you’ve got to take photos! This is such a hilarious adventure! )))

  • 3 Paul hartley // Aug 14, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Pass on my best wishes to Jimmy (tell him his English banker in Bronxville says Hi).

    Do you have any more pictures, the prose is riveting but you know what they say about pictures and a thousand words

    Try not to cause too many diplomatic/political incidents on your adventure unless of course it is in the pursuit of a good laugh. Keep up the posts. Don’t break anymore windscreen wipers;-)

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