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

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Trisha (22nd November, 10.30am)


Tomorrow morning I will be studying calculus in triple maths. However, you can also find me on your TV screen at 10.30am on Channel 5. I made an appearance on Trisha a few weeks back as an active audience member talking about self-harm and depression.

My wonderful mum will be recording it for me and I will watch it at a later date with my hands over my face groaning about how I really don't like the sound of my voice.

I will write a longer blog soon, but right now I have to play with my ferrets and write up my physics practical.



Monday, November 20, 2006

Tuk to the Royal Geographical Society, December 12

Kelling, Norfolk

Just a quickie to remind you all to come along to the Royal Geographical Society on Tuesday to hear Jo and I talk about our tukking adventures. The talk starts at 7.30 pm, will last about an hour and has slides and a short film. If you can't wait to see the film, or can't make it on the night then here it is:


If you would like a ticket for the talk then either call me (Ants) on 07966 911 917 or email us through our website www.tuktotheroad.co.uk.

The RGS is situated at 1 Kensington Gore, near High Street Kensington and South Kensington tubes.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!


Ants xx

Thursday, November 09, 2006

That triumphant feeling!!

Kelling, Norfolk, UK

With Trisha at the Cosmo FFF awards

A quick update from Tukland.

On Tuesday night we won Cosmopolitan’s ‘Fun, Fearless, Female’ Award, something Mind nominated us for as we sped across the Gobi Desert. We never thought for a second we would win and be walking down a pink runway clutching a large silver statue. Thanks to Mind for nominating us, to Trisha Goddard for presenting us with the award, and to the team at Cosmo for putting on such a star spangled event. And also to all those handsome barmen who gave us a few too many Mojitos. For more about the event and the award take a look at this month’s Cosmopolitan magazine.

The other big excitement is that we have got ourselves a publishing deal with the fantastic Friday Project (www.thefridayproject.co.uk) who specialise in publishing blogs. Set up last year, they have already produced 28 books including the bestselling Blood Sweat and Tea. Tuk to the Road will be available in your nearest bookshop next June.

Finally, December 12 is fast approaching so roll up, roll up for your RGS tickets. We’re delighted to have the event sponsored by www.thelmaandlouise.com, a new internet venture aimed at female independent travelers. Tickets are selling fast so get in there quick. If you would like a ticket then please make a cheque for £10 out to Tuk to the Road and send it to: Tommy’s Cottage, Hall Yard, Kelling, Norfolk NR25 7EW. Please tell all your friends about it and bring them along too.

That's all for now. Hope to see you on 12 Dec xx

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.