I’m proud of my son Chris tonight.  He’s done the bulk of the driving to get us down to Swindon and then negotiated town’s notorious “Magic Roundabout” – a bizarre sequence of six mini roundabouts and thirty eight arrows designed to scare the hell out of outsiders.  He’s only been able to drive my chunky Insigna for the last three weeks but handled the journey and the nuts intersection well.

Oldham grabbed a point with a goalless draw in the football. But the game was awkward for me to watch as my Bell’s palsy affected eye struggled to cope with direct sunlight at first and then dry air as the match wore on.  At least I didn’t miss any goals!  Combined with my back feeling achy throughout it wasn’t quite the fun lads day out I’d anricipated.

Back at the hotel now.  Last year a combination of optimising a generous promotion from IHG (Holiday Inn and more) with some timely business travel and a trip I paid for myself I managed to earn a shedload of loyalty points with IHG and gold status too.  The points are being spent on free nights in Santiago, Helsinki and somewhere else I forget.  I also got a Hilton status match on the IHG gold thing which got me a free cooked breakfast on a December morning last year.

No free night tonight, but for £39 we have a functional room, breakfast included and because of the gold status a free drink tonight too.  Quaint, individual or magnificent it isn’t, but cheap, comfortable with free parking and free wifi it is.  And well placed to get us to Stonehenge in the morning.