I've enjoyed your comments on bikes and viewed your quite good taste of same.Essentially, you advocate being sneaky and grovelling. Well done!
Are you familiar with the witty exchange between your Prime minister Churchill & I if I recall correctly Oscar Wilde? It goes something like this. A delivery was made to Churchill consisting of two tickets to the opening night performance of Mr. Wilde's new play & a personal note which read, "Dear Winston I hope you will attend the opening night performance of my most recent production, enclosed are two tickets for you and a friend...if you have one!" To which the Prime Minister tersely replied, "Sorry old fellow I've a prior engagement and won't be able to attend opening night, but will be sure to be present for the following nights performance...if their is one!"
Vinegar and honey one works the other is just sour. Keep building & writing, I like! Rick C.