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

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Mrs Jo!

Apologies that blogs have been lacking from me, but I have been off in India getting married. My new surname is Natarajan, but I have no idea when I will make the effort to get all my details changed.

So, life in the Ting Tong camp is all quite exciting at the mo. We have had some great press coverage recently, including Richard and Judy, which made me extremely hyper. We will be in The Daily Express on Thursday 30th August and our book is reviewed in this month's Cosmopolitan.

If people are free, then get your butts down to our book launch in Norfolk/London and/or our signing in Stanfords. Not only will Ants and I be there, but more importantly Tingers will be showing off her polished pink paintwork.

We will also be revealing some VERY exciting news at our launches, which you will be the first to hear if you are there. Ants squeeled so much when she found out the news, that she gave herself a sore throat.

Finally, before I pootle off to bed at the ungodly hour of 3.15 am, I would like to say a really big thanks to all at the Friday Project and Jenny at Happy PR, who have all been absolute legends.

Bon Nuit.

Friday, August 24, 2007


Norfolk, UK

A quick update to let you all know about our fast approaching launch parties for Tuk Tuk to the Road. It would be lovely to see you there and please feel free to bring friends, family or better halves. There’ll be drinks, Ting Tong and signed copies. What more could you want?

We kick off in Norfolk on Saturday 1 September at Big Blue Sky in Wells-next-the-sea. Please see the below invitation for details on timings etc. For information on how to get there please see www.bigbluesky.uk.com.

Round two takes place on Tuesday 4 September at The Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, East London. Again, please see the above invitation for more details and www.trumanbrewery.com for location information.

And in case you haven’t quite had enough of us we’ll be at Stanfords in Covent Garden at lunchtime on 4 September signing copies.

Spread the tukking word and we look forward to seeing you for a launch party knees-up.

Happy Bank Holiday everyone!

XX Jo, Ants and Ting Tong

Friday, August 17, 2007

Jo is married!

Bristol, UK

Very exciting news: Jo got married this morning! She flew out to India a few days ago and married Raja in a simple ceremony at 10.30 a.m. today, with her father Bob representing friends & family. They'll have a proper Indian wedding later in the year...

Congratulations Ferret, I'm thinking of you and can't believe that the naughty little ferret I met when we were 12 is now a Mrs. How time flies.


Thursday, August 16, 2007

Guardian unlimited

Bristol, UK

Hi all

Have a look at The Guardan website today for top tips on overland travel.



xx Ants

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Vladivostok or Bust

Bristol, UK

In a few weeks a whole year will have gone by since Jo and I drove into Brighton and finished the greatest adventure of our lives. And boy have I got a bad case of itchy feet again. I seem to have an inability to stay in the same place for more than about 6 months, which is how long I have been in Bristol, and every night I lie awake thinking of the next big adventure. What can it be? Where can I go? How can I get paid for going to some far-flung corner of the planet?

Jo and I long ago came to the conclusion that extremely long journeys in odd modes of transport was really quite fun, so my nightime musings generally focus on these two points: an obscure destination plus an odd vehicle. My current favourite is Vladivostok in a Robin reliant. You can get them for as little as £50 on ebay and if I set off early next summer I reckon it would take about three months. it might sound like a bit of a daft idea but I think it would be a laugh and I am going to ponder the matter some more.

As for tuk to the book - all is looking rather exciting at the moment. Our publishers www.thefridayproject.co.uk tell us that advance sales have been really good. We were in The Times travel section last w/e as pick of the week, and are Cosmopolitan magazine's 'Book of the month' this issue (page 222) which I am sure will give our sales a boost. Launch party details are still being finalised but it's looking like the London event is going to be on 5 September at the Truman Brewery, and the Norfolk event at The Big Blue Sky in Wells-next-the-sea on 1 Sept. Details to follow...

Now back to Richard & Judy. What a classic experience. Jo managed to flash her very sexy sports bra at Richard, we met Adam Hart-Davis and Helena Frith-Powell, talked about botox and boob jobs in the hair and make-up....and filched a bottle of bubbly...which we drank in one swift gulp when Jo came to visit me in Brizzle last week. The best bit however, is that we got some donations after the show. Keep 'em coming in guys, we've STILL got another £10,000 to go.

I'm disappointed that google maps seems confused by my Bristol to Vladivostok query. Anyone know how many miles it might be?

XX Ants

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Richard & Judy - photographic evidence

Bristol, UK

Just to prove we really did meet R&J...get an eyeful of this.

More soon xx

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Richard & Judy here we come

Bristol, UK

An uber quick blog from Tukland to say that tomorrow afternoon Jo, myself and Ting Tong are going to be making an appearance on Richard & Judy. I'm sure someone at our publishers www.thefridayproject.co.uk must have slipped them a tenner somewhere along the line...

Jo has had a crush on Richard since she was in her pram, Ting Tong is beside herself with excitement and polishing her chrome as we speak and I'm just wondering what on earth to wear. I always was one to get my priorities right.

So if you have nothing better to do at five p.m. tomorrow then tune into Channel 4 and get a load of the tukkers on THAT sofa.