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I am wondering how everybody survives the Christmas season. I have spent my days attending  carol concerts and the mandatory parties, buying, wrapping and sending presents all over the world (I haven’t received one for me yet. Christmas is for kids, you see).
But there are some good news. All should be over soon. I am going on holidays tomorrow…Today, after no less than two festive meals and the unwrapping of all the presents, we are off…More will follow soon. But it will be somewhere sunny!

Natasha Bedingfield – Pocketful of sunshine


With this in mind, this morning I braved the cold, and, notwithstanding my sleepiness, I went to Harrods for some last minute shopping. That’s where I saw it. I am not sure how to call it. I believe that it is the closest thing to an urban tank.

This cannot be called a Chelsea tractor. It is pretty much an upgraded version of it. The Knightsbridge tank. It must be a reaction to the August riots. You can survive a siege in it. You just sip your coffee inside the car while the rioters are desperately trying to set you on fire. That’s the only plausible explanation.
Don’t get me wrong: it is an urban jungle out there.  I totally get it. It is also a very versatile vehicle: I am pretty sure that you can add a bazooka on it, just to be extra sure that you are on top of the world. Maybe you can even cross the Channel with it: just imagine the savings on Eurostar and ferry tickets that you would make with such an engine!  Does it become a submarine as well? What do you think?
And of course, should you face a buffalo, you are totally safe. Totally.
The only thing that you are not safe from with it are your inner fears. Even the Knightsbridge tank can’t protect you from them! Well, I will stick to my Chelsea tractor then.
On this note, I wish you all a happy festive season…


Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • I feel the term Knightsbridge Tank may have some traction! The French Yummy Mummy may well have made her own contribution to Engerlish wot it iz spoke!

  • MuMuGB

    Thanks, David! I have to say that I thought that I had seen it all but I was, once again, very wrong…

  • Deborah Lawrenson

    Ha ha – the Hummer’s for the Christmas crush in Sainsbury’s! Have a wonderful and relaxing time on your holiday, Muriel. Sounds like you’ve really earned it!

  • MuMuGB

    Thanks Deborah! I am sure I will. As for you, where will you be? france or UK?

  • Elizabeth Young

    We have a vehicle like this in North America called a ‘Hummer.’ You have to be very wealthy to own one as they are very expensive, and I think you have given a wonderful description of them! I hope you and the family have a marvellous holiday and enjoy the sunshine away from the doom and gloom of London (where the tank will be operational!) Best Wishes Always, Elizabeth.

  • MuMuGB

    I can understand the need for such a vehicle in the forests of North America…but not in the middle of London!!! Have a lovely Christmas! X

  • Dani Zambrano

    That’s hilarious as a Brighton born person now living in California I have to say that is the strangest sight. How times have changed since I’ve left the UK eh?

  • MuMuGB

    To be fair, it is the first time I have seen a ‘Hummer’ this side of the pond. As for you, from Brighton to California, may I just say ” lucky you!”

  • Muriel, this is a great blog (with a very catchy title ;). I stumbled across it while reading/voting for favorite stories on Sonia’s Gutsy Living blog. Thanks for the pocket-full of sunshine, as well as the positive vibes of “starting over” in a new language and country. I’m doing that myself here in Spain (from the US). Keep up the fantastic work!