Thursday, 5 July 2012

Walk up to your knees...

Just an advanced heads up for those interested in organised walking. There is a major (10,000 plus expected ) walk planned for my local Stirling area this Saturday.

Organised by the aptly titled LOO of Scotland with expected participation  from  ABOD, EDL/SDL, BNP and various English Premiership "casuals", the route is a mere three miles over paved surfaces with minimal inclines. Which is good if you are a sweaty fat bastard with a big bass drum.

While most of the route is through the the centre of the city in order to cause maximum disruption, it also takes an apparently illogical loop through what the BBC would call "the predominately Catholic Raploch area". Here you will have the opportunity to discuss late-17th century Irish military history with the locals, while asserting the ascendancy of the reformed church in Scottish society. There may be minor scuffles at this point, but one of the walk organisers will sort things out by greeting the police officer in charge with a hearty handshake.

Afterwards, there will be tea and scones ( well actually the local equivalent - Buckfast and kebabs) for the participants and the usual "tiny minority" will disgrace themselves.
And, as if this wasn't attractive enough, there will be music.





And one of the tunes you will hear will be Jock o' Hazeldean, which,I have to admit, can sound good even when played by a swaggering flute band.
But I prefer this version, by a man whose Irish immigrant roots and left-wing politics epitomises everything your fellow walkers abhor (fear?).




See you there, then. I'll be the one in the bowler hat with the rolled umbrella. Oh, and the sash.

9 comments:

  1. Thanks for the information, OM. But I think I'll save my shoe leather for the Durham Miners' Gala the following Saturday. It's just a shame Durham doesn't possess an enclave of super-rich fat Tory bankers for the march to take an illogical loop through.
    All the best, Alen McF

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    1. Nice place Durham. Last time I was there my car was twoced. Keep your eyes open for a blue '82 Montego estate !

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  2. As far back as I can remember, I've always assumed that the very very very easiest musical instrument to get a tune out of had to be the flute.

    Do you remember Mason Boyne?

    :0)

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    1. You can even play it standing on one leg !
      I mind Mason Boyne but it took me a while to remember what series he was in.
      Viewers in the leafy southern suburbs probably thought it was a bit of an exaggeration - a man who only has orange flowers in his garden, sleeps under a union flag duvet, and patiently explains to his ignorant workmates the papish conspiracies behind every news item.Could such a creature exist ?

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    2. Just noticed that is a link to a Youtube clip. Howudodat?
      Like the comment about the clothes and wallpaper !

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    3. The link thing seems to work if you use the "top of the page" browser address on Youtube, rather than trying their embed code options.

      Also, I always forget how to do the HTML thing in the first place, so thankfully I found a place where they explain it for school children.


      :0)

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    4. Ta. I see now how schoolkids these days are able to hack into the Pentagon computers.

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  3. Marvellous. 'The marching season', as I believe it's called in the province! I came across this madness last in Berwick on Tweed, of all places, many years back while living in Northumberland. My daughter, who was in the car with me at the time, loved it and - like many - couldn't understand what it was all about. So no change there, then!

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    1. Far be it from me to offer an opinion as to which of Scotland's "Christian" sects is God's favourute.
      Suffice it to say it pished down in Stirling on Saturday

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