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    Scotland
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    Fox hunting, badger baiting, grouse shooting, whale harpooning, egg collecting, fouling, rabbit snaring, hare coursing, in fact all blood sports apart from angling.

    Fishing is boring. Unless you're trying to foul hook a whopper with a dirty big treble.
  1. Yep. That's my experience too. But there are always exceptions that prove the rule...
  2. Its been ages since I fixed someone's quote on here. I actually laughed out loud when I read Parklife's comment. The irony is probably beyond his comprehension... Have I missed much?
  3. This is well worth a read, it changed my perspective a little bit on "who I think I am". It puts your genes in perspective by stating the bleedin obvious, but its framed in a way I hadn't actually properly considered. http://qz.com/557639/everyone-on-earth-is-actually-your-cousin/
  4. We were on holiday there and the notes were in the hotel. I went straight back the next day!! But I think I know how you must have felt when you learned about the graveyard in Virginia. I hope you get the chance to go back one day. I find this stuff fascinating.
  5. Only recently took an interest in this, I think it happens when you get older and realise you have more dead family than living. In the summer I went to Bragar cemetery on the west coast of Lewis, just to be close to my grandparents unmarked grave. No idea where their remains lie, but wanted to visit the spot as I'd never been. Found a grave with a Donald Maciver and Margaret Maclean, no biggie, there are plenty Macivers there, and its a sizable grave yard. Got back and checked the genealogy notes my father passed on to me and discovered Donald and Margaret were my great grand parents. That freaked me out, in a nice way, to have found myself drawn to a single grave stone out of hundreds and hundreds... I also know the family croft was 21 Arnol, and found an archeological study online of the black houses of the whole township with detailed notes of every croft. There is also a published booklet I've got my hands on listing all the families in every croft in Arnol and North/South Bragar from around mid 18th C to present day. There is a wealth of family information in there that shows how many many families were inter-related. On a side note: there were about 40-45 crofts in Arnol at the time of the first world war. 21 of their sons did not come home.
  6. Its a charter from David I in 1136 that gives Aberdeen Harbour its place in the Guinness Book of Records as the UKs oldest business...
  7. Is this troll still posting shiite on here? Alan you are a bawbag. Interesting fact.... The %age of gaelic speakers would be much higher if it wasn't for the British establishment's cultural ethnic cleansing. My grandparents, all four of them, spoke gaelic as their first language, learning english in school. My parents had gaelic thrashed out of them. I'm a monoglot. You're a tosser.
  8. Good luck! I can't get my head round this stuff. Its beyond what I consider possible....
  9. The marathon and finish: https://debtrisforkona.wordpress.com/2015/08/24/ironman-sweden-the-scorcher-of-a-run/
  10. The bike bit: https://debtrisforkona.wordpress.com/2015/08/24/the-sideways-bike/
  11. The swim bit: https://debtrisforkona.wordpress.com/2015/08/23/ironman-sweden-the-hilly-swim/
  12. Man up. If Debbie Moore can get knocked off her bike, end up in hospital and physio, then end up back there again a few weeks later with a blood clot in the lung, and go the last four weeks of training with no running at all, then do a FULL IRONMAN in under 11 hours then, I dunno, I run out of explanations as to what is possible for human beings to achieve. She only bl**dy qualified for Kona... That's 4km swim in open water, 115 miles on a bike, then a full marathon. And she was second woman in her age category. I dunno if the links to her blog will work, but if they do then everyone prepare to be inspired...
  13. Aye, once a week for an endurance run is plenty! You're practically there. Got a half marathon in mind? Glasgow is coming up and its a good one. Aviemore is a week after it...
  14. How much building up did you do before running 17.5k? Please tell me this WASN'T your first run over 10k....