HubNut Social Cymru/Wales

IMPORTANT UPDATE! Train discount code only applies when booked on the 12th October, it can’t be used online/by phone. My apologies.

Here are the details for the first Welsh/Cymraeg HubNut Meet! If you wish to attend, please email Ian via ian@hubnut.org so we can keep tabs of numbers.

12th October
Vale of Rheidol Railway. Meet 10am Aberystwyth. Train departs at 10:30. Get a 10% discount on your ticket by quoting HubNut ON THE DAY ONLY. Ian will drive up separately to be at Devil’s Bridge station when the train gets in (1130hrs) with as many of the fleet as can be mustered (ie are working). Enjoy the steam-hauled ride!

The train returns to Aberystwyth at 12:30pm. Food may well be consumed.

Speaking of which, you can pre-order your food from Two Hoots Cafe – advisable as it may well be busy!
Menu below.

Contact the cafe via: 07779 450735 or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/twohootsdevilsbridge/

Contact the railway on 01970 625819 or visit https://www.rheidolrailway.co.uk

No further activities are planned, but chatting is likely to occur and there will be HubNut merchandise available.

On Sunday 13th October, Ian will be visiting the Internal Fire Museum near Cardigan. It’s a full running day, so bring your motor along and take in the fascinating display of enormous engines. The steam room should be in operation. There’s even a working telephone exchange room.

Doors open at 10:30 and Ian plans to be there about then. Visit https://www.internalfire.com/ for pricing and further information. No HubNut merchandise at this one. It’s just a visit.

If you plan to stop over, the nearest campsites to Devil’s Bridge are https://woodlandsdevilsbridge.co.uk/ and https://www.erwbarfe.co.uk/cms/ (Er-oo-bar-vay)both run by lovely local families. Aberystwyth and the surrounding area has many hotels, including a Premier Inn. The George Borrow Hotel in Ponterwyd is generally well-reviewed and not too costly. Please note – these are two day events. No evening plans have been made, so you’re free to explore the local area.

Eateries worth visiting include the Halfway Inn at Pisgah and Y Ffarmers at Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn.

I hope that’s of some help.

Ian

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HubNut hits 20,000 subscribers! Thank you.

Blimey. The HubNut YouTube channel has hit 20,000 subscribers! That’s quite an achievement.

It deserves a celebratory video, but workload means you’ll sadly have to wait for that.

TWC the Invacar

This pair have had quite the year.

To be honest, I can’t quite believe it. It was only in April this year that I celebrated 10,000 subs!

It’s been truly joyous to discover that there are plenty of people who also have love for the unloved in the world of the motor car. That love has helped the channel grow, and I’m very grateful for it. We’re now running a mail order business, sending our HubNut merchandise all over the globe! It’s astonishing.

Right. I need to complete my final issue of Classic Jaguar magazine, and then I can sort out a suitable celebratory video, and really focus on developing the channel even more during 2019. There is so much I want to do, so many cars I want to capture on video and so many adventures to have with my own vehicles. I cannot wait! Thank you all.

I need to write

It’s fair to say I don’t write much on here any more. The main reason is time. The channel has gone from strength to strength, and while I find great joy in making the videos, they eat up a lot of time, especially when it comes to monitoring comments and dealing with the merchandise that has sprung up off the back of it. Especially when there are still day job requirements of editing two magazines to cope with…

In fact, the editing isn’t eating up that much time. I try to only shoot what I need, in a linear manner on one camera, so I can generally assemble a video in under an hour – sometimes under half an hour. I think ten minutes is my record…

Recording them is a strange business though, because I am a writer. You might assume, therefore, that my videos are carefully scripted and planned. Not a bit of it! Though, I think the skills I’ve used to make features happen over the years certainly come in useful. Whether writing or filming, there’s a certain amount of brain churn before you put finger to keyboard or record button. I think that’s one reason I’m sleeping so well at the moment. My brain is getting a pretty decent work out!

It certainly is this month, while I edit two magazines alongside each other. Yet, here I am at 2146hrs at night, typing words into my keyboard for no greater reason than I really, really need to. Typing still give me comfort, even when I’ve spent several days hard editing, which has included writing the best part of 4000 words myself this week. And it’s only Wednesday.

But, that’s the way it goes. This is a part of my brain shuffling through the detritus I hurl at it in terms of car facts, imagery and music. It all sort of tumbles around in there and occasionally my fingers feel the need to fly. The real skill of writing does not come from writing when the mood takes you, it comes from writing when it doesn’t take you – and that’s hard. Sheer panic tends to help there, which is perhaps why I need a deadline right on top of me to do my best.

I guess that’s probably enough waffle, but it is an opportunity to say hello to those who still follow this Blog. I’m sorry 2018 has been a rather quiet year on here, but appreciate your support nonetheless. Who knows. Maybe next year, I’ll actually start writing some interesting stuff on here once more. If that’s something you’d like to see, do let me know.