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Monday, 21 May 2012

A man walks into a car lot....

My nephew discovered  a surprising connection between the US and Guernsey when on business in New York recently.  Jon Atkin, National Accounts Manager for That Company called IF,  met an executive from Barnes and Noble, the world's largest book distributors, and got chatting after their meeting.

Jon, from Lytham St Annes in Lancashire, picks up the story.

'He told me he'd  be in Britain soon on holiday, so I asked where he was staying.'

'Guernsey in the Channel Islands,' he replied, 'Do you know it?'

'Know it?'  I said,   'half my ancestors were born there!
It turned out that his sister lives in Guernsey and he's been going there for several years.'

Oh, and while he was in the States, Jon ended up on  cult TV show Broadway Carfellas after walking into a car lot in Amityville, NY. The guys  working there, apparently,  have turned 'ad lib' into an art form by chatting with potential punters at  Broadway Motors while the cameras are rolling.

'I was with my boss and we only called in out of curiosity, to see what the place was like' says Jon. We already follow the programme at home on the Discovery Channel. The whole thing was a fantastic experience. We had no idea we'd end up on TV.'

 A successful trip all round, then, wouldn't you agree?

John Atkin with newborn son Jake


anotherguernseygirl said...

sounds like your nephew had a great business trip- meeting someone with a Guernsey connection and appearing on t.v - what a star !

Elaineyross said...

Sounds like your nephew has the gift of the gab as they say. Now I wonder who he got that from ....???

Guernsey Girl said...

We are a naturally talented (and extremely modest) family...