The Presteigne One

12 Responses

  1. Graham says:

    I had to return to this one Ian. Although in some ways, nay, most ways a tragic tale of utterly futile rebellion by someone who should be old enough to know better, your story serves to remind up all that one man’s big-bottomed act of unpublicised protest is only a whisker away from being an example of just one more silly sod who doesn’t pay his parking charges. Ian I salute you!

  2. Ian Marchant says:

    Yes; ‘daft’ and ‘ill-thought out’ hardly begin to cover it, do they? The wheels have been grinding exceedingly slow; so no paperwork, no case number, and no details of how to pay, or who. So, I could have been off to prison, had I not spent ages on the phone, to three seperate numbers, before I got through to someone who knew what I was on about. Even then, the lady told me I could pay in my nearest court, which apparently is Llanelli, 75 miles away.
    However, I will say this…la vengeance se mange très-bien froide.

  3. David says:

    Hi Ian. A mutual friend linked me to this on FB. Is this what you do for entertainment in Presteigne! Seriously, I’m very sorry to hear about your miserable time, but I’m sure your wedding more than made up for it – congratulations to you both. I just wonder how exactly you thought this was all going to end? I think by your own admission, “daft” might be a polite word. Cheers.

  4. chrissie gladwin says:

    Hi Ian, your narrative reads bald and unembroidered as though you are getting it straight in case you find a way to challenge the legality of your arrest later. I agree with the reader who cited PACE and I have a copy of the latest edition of that plus name of a very good lawyer if you want ’em. However my thoughts when Chas mentioned this were along the lines of your own – not the best thought out popular uprising ever, seeing there was only you, no network, no manifesto, no slogans, no mass support, no publicity machine, no escape plans, no glory, no concealed mobile phones, no martyrdom… ah,perhaps kind readers will start their own campaign to rustle up the dosh for you. Many good wishes for your happy day, and in feminist spirit I exhort your lovely bride to ensure she enters the married bonds with a reliable mobile phone and car charger, a supply of ready cash at all times, and a spare packet of fags to see her through the vagaries and vicissitudes of wedded life and popular protest.

  5. Ian Marchant says:

    2010 a great year!

  6. kate leader says:

    2010 not a good year for you. Sorry about your dad and the parking fiasco arrest. Hope the rest of the year is kinder.

  7. Luke says:

    Congrats on the wedding. I just read through the whole post and didn’t realize till I got to the comments that it was tuesday today.

  8. Graham says:

    Hey baby! You got a record! It’s a Shite world when you act on your principles, isn’t it? I just wrote a slightly grovelling letter to the vat man after an earlier phone call in which my principles led me to get a bit out of hand and abusive with an advisor. You don’t want to mess with any of those fookers. All my best wishes and congratulations to you both for tomorrow. Hope it’s a wonderful day x x x

  9. Martin says:

    Ian, I admire your ability to turn out such an eloquent piece of prose from what was obviously a very harrowing experience.
    Best wishes to both of you for tomorrow.

  10. Alex Ramsay says:

    Bloody hell Ian, what a horrendous story. Have a terrific day on Tuesday, both of you.

  11. yammerman says:

    That’s a shocker – avoid the forces of the state at all times. Hope you can still enjoy your big day.

  12. good luck on your wedding. By the way, don’t they have to prove that you left the car there? – actually parked it and left it. If you have not been asked for identification for the driver how do they know it was you. If you have not had your rights read and been charged you are illegally detained – see PACE Act. This is what most convictions fail on. Not whether they were guilty or innocent.

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