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Bleck Cra
2010-02-14 22:42:54
"... and thank the Saints for Christopher" from Bleck Cra Expand pics
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HEARTS IN THE HIGHLANDS
Valentines’s Day. He takes her a nice walk up the Trassey and on to the Brandy Pad; then gets completely confuddled and wings out along the Annalong Track at 90 degrees to the planned trajectory; undaunted he continues manfully until the penny drops and he retraces his still-warm footsteps. So with an overrun of an hour and a half at pace and a final gagging pull back up on to the Pad, he has her at about Gas Mark 5. When I encounter them he had given up trusting a single thing in his head. The sky must be green and not blue; he must be in The Atlas Mountains, not the Mournes; the Irish front row are singing and drinking beer and not lying busted in Calais. “Is this the way to Hare’s Gap?” he tested, confident I would answer in Flemish or Azerbaijani. “Yes it is” - even my broken Hiberno-Caledonian English was a joy to him. For a second, I was his true Valentine, but it wasn’t to be. Gazing lovingly at him and through sweat and phlegm, she gargled something about skill, confidence and great day and that they would just go home now. Tested – the boots, the stamina and the relationship; and none found wanting. The Day of St Valentine: a fertility festival, doubtless once enjoyed by leaping lads and lassies, hijacked in part by some Christians or other and now proffered to us along with Mafia-like threats of consequences – and on the hill …? Enough snogging pubescents certainly – but also some lone women with plain faces and pretty spirits and lost lads with loaded stomachs and big hearts. Q: What is it magics the ugliness of black crags, grey rock and dour bog into beauty? A: We do. Happy Valentine’s Day.
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