Tuesday, 11th May 2021

Putting on a panto, and four other activities if you're stuck in a lorry in Kent

TRAVEL restrictions may have been eased, but queues and Brexit mean the average HGV driver will still see Christmas in on the M20. This will pass the time: 

Organise a Secret Santa

Exchange mystery presents with other stranded hauliers by dippng into the back of your wagon and wrapping up whatever you find there. Just watch your new Romanian friend’s face light up when he opens a Land Rover fanbelt and gives you a live sheep in return.

Put on a pantomime

Nothing raises spirits like a festive production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Commandeer a flatbed truck for the stage and start auditioning. But when the 6ft 8in former mercenary dude from Moldova asks to play the dame, let him.

Form a government

With insufficient toilet facilities and food, it’s time to take action and form a functioning administration in a country that’s clearly without one. This will inevitably split into two rival groups, culminating in an armed conflict like a gritty Shane Meadows version of Lord of the Flies set near Ramsgate.

Learn a new language

As a multinational gathering with time on hour hands, you’ve a great opportunity to pick up a new language. By the time you get moving again you’ll be able to say ‘Do not go to Britain. Kent is a toilet,’ anywhere between Moscow and Lisbon and be understood.

Host Euro 2021

Someone’s bound to have a football, so why not beat UEFA to it and stage Euro 2021 in a farmer’s field? With thousands of drivers parked up from all over Europe, you’ll easily get full teams for all participating nations. TV audiences would be massive too as there’s bugger all on this Christmas except repeats.