The Angry Corrie 26: Feb-Mar 1996
TAC's exile Mags Hunter has taken time out from Artexing her new home in Windhoek to supply some interesting maps of southern Africa. Wacky placenames abound: Namibia itself has Plumpudding Island, Roastbeef Island, Warmbad and Stinkbank, plus the 13:15 Klinghardtsberg and the Nasionale Weskustoeristeontspanningsgebied (Llanfair PG eat your heart out). Swaziland, meanwhile, has the wonderful Hhohho as well as Mbabane - where the Branch Bothidian hang out?
Speaking of 13:15 and the like, not content with unearthing Vicky Leandros, 13:13 (TAC24, p2), James Cunnane has now exceeded his wildest dreams by locating Douglas McIntyre, a fantastic 15:15. Said person isn't at all famous (until now); rather, James has literally been reading the Glasgow telephone directory, where two people of this name are shown, in East Kilbride and Castlemilk. In a gesture of goodwill, TAC has awarded them both a year's free subbie, just for being - well, for being themselves
Belated congrats to two other TAC subscribers, Patsy and Gordon Millar of Helensburgh. They recently sent in a photo of their Big Day, when they appear to have wedlocked wearing TAC T-shirts: a trend to be encouraged. Also supplying snaps has been Ed Grindley, who holidayed near Dijon and spotted a motorwayside sign reading "Ligne de partage des eaux" - in other words, "you are now crossing the French watershed". Your Ed hereby announces his availability as a consultant should such signs be proposed this side of La Manche.
After a period of relative stability (and palindrominity), the total number of Marilyns has now dropped from 1551 to the less satisfactory 1549. The deleted summits are both in the Ponds, Section 34c: 778m Harter Fell and 487m Baystones. In both cases 1:10000 OS maps show the drop to be just shy of the required 150m. This may make things easier (or perhaps more frustrating if already bagged) for those few folk with their eyes set on the full set. Alan Blanco intends producing a Hall of Fame for TAC27, but the clear leader currently appears to be Rowland Bowker, who reached the turn of the year on 1112 (dig 'n' delve!) He then scooted off to South Wales to bag a further 22 in triplequick time. When you consider he "only" passed 1000 on 18th March 1995, this is a pretty phenomenal rate of progress.
Recently spotted on the Internet:
"Empire Stores of Bradford in Yorkshire are £1,000 worse off - because of an embarrassing blunder. The company, which first hit the headlines when they assumed that it was necessary to obtain a passport to visit the Shetlands, has now refused to deliver bookcases to a woman in Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, because they thought it was abroad and required export documentation. Now Empire have offered the village £1,000 worth of goods from their catalogue to make up for their foolishness."
And whilst on the subject, this, in Deirdre Molloy's interview with one Neal Stephenson in the Dec '95 issue of hyper-cyber-trendy .net magazine: I read an article in the New York Times about these bothies that you could rent in the Inner Hebridies (sic). I ended up going to Eigg and spending four weeks there by myself, which just about drove me crazy. Bothies for rent? Do the MBA know about this?
And finally, has anyone been listening regularly to Straight Up, a programme every Saturday at 7.35pm on Radio 5 Live? This is easy to miss, since accidentally tuning in too early results in having to endure some of the hellish David Mellor's Six-O-Six. The idea of Straight Up is neat: the presenters, Andy Parsons and Henry Naylor, claim "to travel the country from Melcombe Regis in Dorset to the Kyle of Tongue on the north coast of Scotland in a dead straight line. And if they err or stray [50 yards or more], an ever-vigilant NATO satellite will spot them and sound the alarm". Nice idea, but are they being straight up with us? One recent episode saw them in Grasmere one minute, on Striding Edge the next, and a line between these two places would be very squint indeed. Your Ed has only heard three or four editions of this longwalking programme (Episode 43 recently had them only as far as Carlisle), and would be glad to take comments from anyone who has heard the whole series. Even a review perhaps?