What's this small white envelope? Doesn't look like a bill.
Oh my goodness! It has 10 Downing Street written on the back. I must have done something really bad!
But the address says Mick Ryan, UKClimbing.com. Exciting. Have MI5 been monitoring the forums? Too many climbers critical of New Labour?
Inside is a simple white card that says:
"A Reception for the BMC, in celebration of British Mountaineering.
The Prime Minister requests the honour of the company of:
........Mr. Mick Ryan......
at a Reception at 10 Downing Street, Whitehall on Wednesday 8th 2008, from 5.30 pm to 7.00pm"
I immediately start singing, just like Charlie and Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.
"I've got a golden ticket, I've got a golden twinkle in my eye"
I call up and thank Dave Turnbull BMC CEO, Dave asks if Alan James, owner of UKClimbing.com, has his and then has to dash to a meeting with Sport England.
Alan is on holiday in France and Holland with his family so I call him and give him the news. Alan is very surprised indeed.
I must say we are very honoured. See you on the 8th Gordon Brown, PM.....along with 120 or so climbers and mountaineers.
See the BMC news report A reception for the BMC in 'Celebration of British Mountaineering' at No.10 Downing Street for more details.