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CaptainVertigo
2008-07-30 22:32:06
"Risking a Wrist" from CaptainVertigo Contract pics
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All These Highs n Lows
The sight of young Harro shaking his sore wrist at the Open made me leap from my seat and slam the door behind me. I mean “Come off it, Harro! Whatever bit of damage I did to your precious wrist on Corranabinnia last week was NOTHING compared to what the Government did to me!” I had spent years working on the Mountain Golf Project as Chairman of Comhairle Gailf na Sleibhe. Our vision... Sheiks, Yanks and nouveau riche Chinese racing round our fairest summits for 18 wonderful holes of gravity assisted golf...Corrie lakes to be emptied and replaced with sand as “superbunkers”. Forests as “rough”. Helicopters (and rollercoasters) instead of golf carts. I had to get around the problem of the Greens (I mean the party, not the putting areas). We were talking mega investment: PPPs, giant NRA roads to backward places, Gaeltacht grants, sheep depopulation programs, and , well...expenses. Young Harro (formerly of our Youth Wing, and inclined to hero worship) agreed to caddy for me on a “reccy” on the Nephin Begs. I was thrilled with Corranabinnia as a tee... But the gale kept knocking the ball over before I could drive off towards one of those cute Clew Bay islands... Harro lay down and held that ball in place as if I were Ronan O’Gara going for a vital conversion. Sadly, it was at that very moment, as my Big Bertha came crashing down, that my mobile went off. Harro, fusspot that he is, ran screaming in circles as I said “Yes Taoiseach?”. Can you believe it? “Serious recession; cutbacks; country can’t afford mountain golf; blah blah blah”. And then, the morning of the Open, came the letter from the Department. Comhairle Gailf na Sleibhe was being “subsumed” into Comhairle Lucht an Airgid Yanki, which, in turn, had been “amalgamated” with Comhairle Marcaiocht na nDaoine. In short, I was now a long serving party member...without expenses...
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