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Bleck Cra
2011-05-02 21:59:20
"Heat on the horizon" from Bleck Cra Contract pics
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Burning Ring of Fire
Indignation. There is no human characteristic less attractive. So if I lapse into it here, forgive me.
Today, crossing into the north, in my nostrils, the scent of burning mountain; on my lips a smile; and in my heart of hearts a salute to the audacity of it. I don’t think we have the goods on them yet, but on the street, it is generally surmised that the wee scuzzies are responsible for setting the Mournes on fire.
What may be less known to the rest of us, but certainly to local residents is that the whole shebang is up: not just the Mournes, but bits of the Cooleys and it seems all of the Ring of Gullion.
Until today I have promoted the following view and in general, stick to it. Is the burning of upland heath mortal? No it is not. They do it in Scotland every year to promote the success of grouse and its entourage. It is a visual event, dramatic to behold and primeval in its purpose and spectacle. Sure it is why Scumby Jnr now so enjoys it. So cries of “foul” from armchair alpinistes may be a tad precious. That is the thrust of the argument – although it is paper thin. After closer investigation, I am changing my tune. This is a dangerous thing and very defo NIMBY. A run around the Ring and through Camlough today did not endear the aimless, disaffected wee hoodies to me. Clouds of choking smoke bale out from the tops and drop into the defenceless villages; roaring flames strafe heather and bite at the back gardens of paper-and-pins homes. On the road, safety is compromised, with the entire hill alight only metres away.
Ah well sure, here in the North we never did like visitors anyway.
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