For those of you who don't know me (that'll be most of you) and those of you who don't care (that'll be the rest of you), I'm Moley. Mrs Mole and I live very close to the Air Tattoo's HQ in Fairford and over the years I've risked life and limb to burrow my way into the Air Tattoo's inner sanctum - that's the air ops department - to reveal exclusive information on the latest, unannounced aircraft planned for the airshow.
However, in order to maintain an air of secrecy, I've always revealed the aircraft type and air arm by way of a series of easy-to-solve clues! (cue whinging). I even offer the occasional prize to the first person to post the correct answer (mind you, there haven't been that many winners so far). But before I tell you about my latest foray over the wire, I must explain the reason for my long absence.
You see, every Friday, for as long as I can remember, Mrs Mole and I have enjoyed what we called our Magical Mystery Tour, where we would climb into the boot of a random car parked at Air Tattoo HQ, nestle inconspicuously in the corner and then be driven off to who knows where . . . all very exciting. We'd enjoy a nice weekend away somewhere different and on the Monday, we'd be whisked back to Fairford. Great fun - and really cheap.
Anyway, back end of July last year, we crept into a nice looking Skoda Yeti parked out the front, tucked ourselves away beside an EAC plaque, a wiggly amp an empty bottle of Febreze and prepared to depart. We ended up on the outskirts of Stroud and, after enjoying a lovely weekend, we crept back into the Yeti and waited and waited and waited. Nothing! Turns out, the Yeti wasn't going to be returning to Fairford after all! So instead, we decided to trek back to Fairford and, guess what, we've just arrived back.
So, an easy clue to kick-off with. Post the correct aircraft type and air arm on the Air Tattoo Facebook page for an opportunity to win a copy of The Lancaster Bomber Pocket Manual 1941-1945 (Conway publishing £7.99). So here we go:
Okay, think of another name for something most of us use every day and that featured in the title of an acclaimed album by a British band, released in the same year the UK won one of its five Eurovision Song Contests.
Add 1,000 dissenting Germans and you'll be getting pretty close. But be quick, others will be close too!
Finally, if you can think of the first name of an untidy lead singer of a blooming rock group and end up connecting him to a confused Star Trek character you'll have cracked not only the aircraft but also where it comes from.
Simple eh?!!! Good Luck