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A Week Like No Other …
May 20, 2022, 8:15 am
Filed under: Comment, Happiness, Love, Martin Weigel, Mercedes, Wedding

A week ago, this post was not going to be written.

Circumstances – some real, some assumed – were working against me.

From Forest missing out on automatic promotion to NZ immigration issues stopping me from attending the wedding of someone hugely important to me as well as seeing the first born of another person who is hugely important to me.

I had begrudgingly come to terms with it, but then – like magic – it all changed.

Forest – somehow – managed to get to the playoff final and border restrictions got changed earlier than imagined.

And what does this mean?

It means I’m flying to Europe on Sunday.
It means – thanks to NIKE getting me tickets – I get to see Forest play at Wembley.
It means I get interviewed on the Nottingham Evening News about my trip. [That’s not a joke]
It means I get to do this with my best friend Paul who I’ve not seen since September 2020.
It means I meet the first born of my dear friend and incredible planner – Paula Bloodworth.
[Made better by her husband being from Nottingham and Forest fan, which kills her. Ha]
It means I can give you 10 days of freedom from this blog.


But the icing on the cake is that I also get to see my beloved Martin Weigel marry his beautiful and wonderful Mercedes.

He might not want me to talk about this, but he’s probably so stressed trying to sort out the final arrangements that he will either not see this or not care.

But after trying to make this wedding happen for THREE YEARS – fuck you COVID – next Wednesday, in Portugal, we finally get to celebrate the most wonderful day of the year.

And I include the unlikely possibility of Forest getting into the Premiership in that statement.

Put simply, Martin and Mercedes are genuinely amazing and wonderful humans.

Yes, I know Weigel can come across as a miserable bastard intellectual … but the reality is he’s one of the most wonderful and warm people I’ve ever met. Of course I’m not supposed to say that – but it’s true – after all, how else would he get to marry such an amazing woman?!

People may think Martin and I are an odd couple, but everyone knows Martin and Mercedes are the perfect couple and I cannot sum up how happy I am for them.

Up until a couple of days ago, I didn’t think I could go.

I was invited, but visa and immigration issues were messing with it.

But now – on the day Forest won the match to get into the Championship playoff final – things changed and I’ll be there and I’m overwhelmed about it.

Not just because marriages are always wonderful.

But because marriage is important.

I’ve written about this before.

Of course everyone has their own opinion, but based on my experience, it has been the single best thing that’s ever happened to me.

Did it change anything when we’d been living together for years?

Actually it did.


For the better.

It made me feel more secure, more cared for, more together.

And while that may not be the case for everyone, I have a sneaky suspicion it will be for Martin and Mercedes. And so it should, because they’re wonderful and right now … I am the 3rd happiest person in the whole wide World.

Thanks to them.

And because of them.

So to my dear M&M – but not Eminem – congratulations.

At a time where the planet is in a bit of a state, what you are doing next week – and what we all will celebrate – is a reminder that there’s beauty, happiness and hope out there.

I’m so glad you found each other.

I’m so glad you’re in my life.

I’m so glad I’ll be there.

Masses of love to you both.

Good luck to Forest.

Here’s to one of the most important and special weeks of my life.

A week I never expected to have, just a few days ago.

Which is a reminder of how awesome life can be.

As proven by the fact I’ll see you on the 2nd June.

Ta-ra lovelies.


23 Comments so far
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I’m surprisingly happy for you.
Congratulations to Martin and Mercedes.

Comment by Bazza


Comment by andy@cynic

Who are you???

Comment by Rob

Such a good read. Enjoy every second.

Comment by Lee Hill

all fucking freebies i fucking presume.

Comment by andy@cynic

No … but some. Hahaha.

That said, you’ll be happy it’s still costing me a fortune.

Comment by Rob

why the fuck weigel likes you is beyond me.

Comment by andy@cynic

He asks himself that question every day.

Comment by Rob

Congratulations Martin and Mercedes.
I’m very excited about next week for you Robert. I love that you are doing it.

Comment by George

Me too mate. Whatever happens, it’s going to be special and memorable.

Comment by Rob

Wonderful news all round.

Speaking of happy unions, when is WeigelCampbell launching??

Some planners are in need of the marriage of true minds.

Comment by HBD

Let him have his honeymoon first, haha.

Comment by Rob

Ha. WeigelCampbell has had its honeymoon period.

But on a serious note, yes, completely, just eagerly waiting to see this initiative come to life.

Safe trip, good luck Tricky Trees and enjoy the ceremony.

Comment by HBD

Sounds like most of your weeks.

Comment by John

You mean on holiday?

Comment by DH

Congratulations Mercedes and Martin. You are a beautiful couple.

Comment by Mary Bryant

This is so moving Rob, thank you. We are both so happy that this last minute miracle happened ❤️🙏

Comment by Mercedes

You lovely, lovely man. Thank you from us both.

All that said, I do just want to note two things:

First – Mercedes READ your blog post. She never reads my blog. I mean, I probably wouldn’t read my snarky ramblings either. But still. You’ve been bestowed an honour.

And second, Mercedes’s planning skills are FAR superior to mine, and it’s she who’s taking on the burden of stress and logistics. If I had let you and your readers assume I was doing the hard work she’d probably murder me before we get to “I do”.

See you in Portugal, mate.


Comment by Martin

Wishing you and Mercedes a fabulous day and hoping that other CSO’s follow your lea and acknowledge their planning limitations.

Comment by John

Where in the world are you Robert?

Comment by George

they fucking won. are you pissed campbell? like proper pissed?

Comment by andy@cynic

you better be ignoring me because youre lying in a fucking gutter pissed out your mind and covered in celebratory vomit.

Comment by andy@cynic

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