If you double click you can see the old people on top
It's the peak of mountain climbing, up the North Face of The Matterhorn, well this is the starter kit option. Shuttlingsloe in Cheshire is known in some circles (Homes for the Cheshire Stupid, circles) as The Cheshire Matterhorn. And so the day after the bleakest of Bleaklow tests, Cheshire has burst into bright sunshine and I'm meeting Shad for a rapid follow up walk.
'Meet at the Cat and Fiddle at 9.30am', fortunately Shad was running a few minutes late so I had chance to assess the weather. Glorious sunshine was a brilliant weather bluff, once out of the car it was blowing an absolute hooley and it was bloody freezing. A smiling Shad arrived and I suggested we headed down valley to a warmer and calmer start point by the Trentabank Reservoir. What freaked us both is that not only did I know an alternative start point but that I knew how to get there without a map. Like Grizzly Adams mountain man..... with a car.
Now there is a downside to starting at the bottom, it tends to lead to a rather steep start up the hill and Shads track record isn't good. Y Gant nearly did for the old boy a few months back. I say 'old boy' not in an ageist 'oh bless' way, but more in a 'in the wrong century' mode. As some folk may know, Shad's a bit of a throwback to different and frankly more interesting times. He just knows different stuff to anyone else and also does different stuff.....Ferreting, Hedge Building, Pond Dragging.........that sounds quite difficult, for a start what do you attach the ropes to? I almost forgot, also Kiting ie the big kites that drag you along and are really heavy. In fact heavy enough to pass to your mate to carry when struggling up Shutlingsloe!!!!
He's also possibly the exception that proves the rule....in a nice way. Whilst out for a stroll a few months ago with Craig we were discussing The Theory of Evolution.....no really stick with this its good.
Main Theory of Evolution 21C Modification CSPB adaption.
Evolution has in fact peaked with 'our' generation. (Exceptional use of the word 'our', classic marketing speak to get everyone on your side). Now the first part is mainly down to Craig, but being born only 2 months apart I'm happy to offer the following evidence.
I always knew more than my teachers at every school I attended
My kids haven't got a clue about real stuff - cooking? no chance
Virtually all previous generations spent most of their lives beating the crap out of each other
We invented computers, mobile phones and the internet and made all the other stuff actually work properly e.g. cars
Old people went to Scarborough for a 'holiday'
Our parents' generation invented caravans
As for kids evidence against TXT MSGes! Dis Dat and Dother
Using dip dip dip sky blue ship to choose answers in exams (this one really happened last week - lots of head shaking)
Everything is better than it ever was
Does anyone trust their kids to actually improve things over the next 50 years
And finally, video games that's how bloody good we are.
Just in case I've missed anything feel free to add to it Craig (or others)
I'm going to save the 1977 was year zero special theory of evolution subsection B till later. So out from the carpark and very literally straight onto the mountain. I've walked up Shuttlingsloe a few times, so I knew to take it easy over the first stretch and fortunately Shad didn't need too much persuasion re 'take it easy mate'. Actually it wasn't a bad walk at all until we got to approx 1/4 mile from the top and the weather started to turn. If there hadn't been 20 old pensioners on the top I'm pretty sure Shad would have cut around the base of the hill.
Pride still in tact we clambered up the last pointy bit to the top and did our best to get some shelter whilst the worst of the ice storm passed over. What is it with icy rain, in the old days the options were
I for one don't think this Johnny come lately pairing of 'Icy Rain' and 'Ice Pellets' have added anything useful to the British weather. In fact they are the wasps of the weather charts, no use whatsoever and can be bloomin painful.
We headed off the cliffside and amazingly overtook the old people a mile later and then it was all downhill back to the carpark via a local pub. The landlord mentioned that there is a 10 miler walk around these parts that takes in 10 pubs. Don't worry chaps I've made a note to look this one up for a summer walk with camping.
And now as its December time for a few top 10's. If I've missed anything that should be included or there's any obvious Bxs let me know.
5 Live gigs
5 Best other stuffs
It doesn't all have to be 'from' this year, just stuff you've discovered this year.
If you post them on the comments or email me I'll do a completely biased assessment and make CD's for xmas.