In the morning I went down to south Manchester to pick up a pair of MG Metro front seats for Fenchurch, complete with Newton Commercial bases so they will bolt straight to the Minor floor (it looks like they'll need some new holes and bolts though as the pattern is different to the original seat brackets). The chap I bought them from also has a Traveller, in rather nicer condition than Fenchurch, and he has the expensive Newton Commercial front seats fitted. Upon comparing them to the MG Metro ones, we realised they're actually the same seat frame with a nicer covering. I asked about this on the MMOC forum later and somebody said the front seats that NC are currently selling (£300 each for vinyl, £435 for leather) are based on the Rover 100 seats, which aren't as nice as the earlier MG Metro ones. Because the MG Metro was a sportier version of the Austin Metro, the seats have side bolsters to support you better when cornering. I'm considering trying to buy a new Newton Commercial interior complete with matching covers for the Metro front seats and the standard rear seats but I suspect it may cost rather a lot.
The evening entertainment was a trip down to Sheffield for the Sheffield SF Group's annual
The party itself went well. There was a pork-based buffet, a Christmas-themed SF quiz, then Ian Sorenson was persuaded to put a Hogfather costume on and hand out the Secret Hogfather presents. I think he rather enjoyed having so many women (and dougs) sitting on his lap; not sure if he'll still be able to walk today though! I received a DVD of the original Italian Job movie. It's been quite a few years since I watched that so it should be interesting to see again. Next came the Discworld quiz. Nearly all of the questions were based on the book version of Hogfather, which I haven't read for nearly ten years. I didn't keep count but I believe I knew the right answer to about ten of the thirty questions; quasi_hayley won with a score of 26! The evening finished off with a discussion about Dr Who, then we all had a go on bonsaient's Igor game (basically a remixed Operation), which proved pretty much impossible because some of the new organs were too large to remove with the tweezers.
On the way back I almost missed the way to the Snake Pass again due to the signs being a bit confusing, but I turned around and found the right road, and I was glad I did because it was far more interesting than the Woodhead pass even in the dark, particularly with the Moria section of the Lord of the Rings audiobook playing on the stereo. When I reached the steep downhill part towards the end, the millions of lights of Manchester were an incredible sight.