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Nick on top of the world!

By now we had all by and large mastered the rudimentary techniques of skiing to various degrees of success. This feat was mainly due to the encouragement and patience of our teacher. So when Andy turned up that morning a little later than normal and looking distinctly the worse for wear, we were all shocked to learn he had suffered quite a bad epileptic fit in a restaurant the previous evening. After our normal routine of going up and down the Allmendhubel a few times Nick and I decided we would again break from the group and have lunch inside the Gasthof, Nick tucking into Frankfurters fries and beer, hair of the dog, me with an excellent goulash soup, bread and a diet coke! After lunch it was back down the mountain again before ascending the funicular for yet another afternoon of thrills plus a few spills! As the afternoon drew on I began to feel quite tired with the previous night now catching up with me. I told Nick I was ready to call it a day and return the ski equipment back to the hire shop.

Back at the hotel after a shower and a good rest we reluctantly made a start packing our suitcases before going down to dinner. Sandra and Daniel Kuster-von-Allmen, the hotel proprietors, had laid on an exceptional meal for our last night with them. As we retired for the night there was that feeling you always get when you know something really good is coming to an abrupt inevitable end. But for me there was also the expectant excitement of returning home to my wife Carole and my other children Charlotte and Toby. And for Nick he would soon be reunited with his very own ‘James Bond Girl’ Joanne.

George Lazenby rehearses a fight scene with George Leech

Saturday and it was time to check everything was properly packed and ready for our early afternoon departure from Murren Bahnhof. Although most of our class had returned, or were, returning home. There were a few people still having one final lesson. Therefore, Nick and I walked over to the school for a final farewell. However, Andy very kindly suggested that Nick and I go up the Allmendhubelbahn and walk the blue run down to the Gasthof for a coffee with them after the lesson. It was very strange walking this route we had both sledged and skied that week, but I think we were both glad we had decided to make the effort one more time to meet up.

 

007 MAGAZINE On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 76-page special publication

007 MAGAZINE On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 76-page special publication

007 MAGAZINE On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 76-page special publication

007 MAGAZINE On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 76-page special publication

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