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2010-12-13 13:40:11
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IN THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY
I spied him with his map. She hung on his every word as his presentation panned from one peak to another, connecting each to its whorly namesake on the paper.
“Worked them all out?”
“Oh yes. Indeed …….” he assured..
“Good good,” I rejoined, pointlessly.
“Up here much?” I added. “Oh yes - yes.”
“Good good” again from me, still pointlessly.
She fixed me expectantly. I obliged. “So where are you heading?”
“Up Rocky” and with a sweeping gesture, he directed our surprised gazes to ….. Chimneyrock Mountain.
Ordinarily, rocky-schmocky-chimneyrocky – no big deal. But it was the context that got him..
Take this postcard. The magical Peloponnese, in whose glittering waters, the butchery of a thousand Athenians gave birth to our Western World. Today, the heady aromas of fresh ground coffee, bitter goats cheese and ….. drat – elf in the keyboard! Not the Peloponnese but Ulster in midwinter. So now the smell of what? Burning tyres, cordite and cheap shoes. Context.
The road from Mayobridge to Hilltown is merciless in winter, particularly in a rush to catch the Mournes before sundown. There is a death-defying dip into darkness just outside Hilltown. Cresting it, I slowed down to prevent a costly happenstance and Dozy behind me hit the brakes, slid past me sideways, did a full 360 degree turn and continued on his traumatised way. Context.
Our small green island. Balmy summers. Generous winters. Has anybody got it yet that in one direction the next stop is Greenland, another Newfoundland and a couple of hopscotches later, where Santy is defrosting the reindeer? Context, Pity help us in our T- shirts and chemises (whatever they are); bare legs from the gym and brains from Poundland. We live in the North Atlantic. Look at the map! I know a man who has one.
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Onzy a day ago.
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Slievemore Circuit
Onzy a day ago.
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Summit Comment
Farbreague: from Arderin
ewen a week ago.
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Onzy a day ago.

  
Summit Comment
Tonelagee: Fore!!!
ewen a week ago.
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Summit Comment
Brandon Hill: Grand on Brandon!
MountainBoy a week ago.
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Robber's Pass Hill: Minor heathery lump. Overcivilised and underwhelming.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 5 days ago.
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Summit Comment
Croaghmoyle: Easy walk up to great views
Fergal Meath a week ago.
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Ben of Howth: Loop walk starting from Howth Harbour
Joshua3 a week ago.
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Carrigroe: Sea of cloud
Kennyj a week ago.
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Slieve Binnian - more track work ?
gernee 6 days ago.
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