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Your Ed doesn't watch much TV - some sport, plenty of news, no soaps or sitcoms - so what follows might be a completely erroneous theory. But is it only recently that the term "Corrie" to describe Coronation Street has become near-ubiquitous? Granted, hardcore stay-at-home aficionados have probably called it Corrie ever since Arthur Lowe and Albert Tatlock were cast members back in the early sixties, but around the time TAC started up, in 1991, there was never any confusion - or even danger of confusion - with Salford's slum-soap. Now, though, not only does CORRIE scream unmissably from every fourth or fifth tabloid headline (it's up there with DEAD DI, SPICE, BECKHAM, and HAMSTER), but the broadsheets are at it too. Take this from a recent Guardian article re the "Elle Style Awards": "...upstaged only by an impromptu appearance from Fi (aka Angela Griffin) and Maxine (aka Tracy Shaw) from Corrie, who didn't actually win anything...". Has this always been going on without our ever noticing? Should TAC sue for breach of copyright? Is The Street (as it surely used to be known) ever Angry?
Following the report in TAC38 (p3) of Lynda Woods having lost her rucksack on Lawers - it had bounced away angrily into the corries - comes the news of it being returned to her in early October. Having been handed in at an Edinburgh police station on 19th September, it was sent to the Pitlochry polis, who contacted Lynda. Everything was still inside except her lunchbox - understandable given the ten-week delay. The finder remained anonymous, but is due thanks nonetheless.
With an eye to the outbreak of football punditry in TAC37 and TAC38, Graham Illing asks whether anyone else has ever aligned hill-list and World Cup climaxes: he completed the Munros on Carn nan Gabhar the day before the FIFA final day in 1994, then repeated the trick with Corbetts on Goat Fell in 1998. There's nothing to beat doubling-up your pleasures.
In the context of discussing other matters, Gerry Knight of Leicester let slip his having climbed everything in the 1969 edition of Munro's Tables: Munros, Corbetts, Donalds, even the Donald appendix tops. He wonders how many other folk have completed a whole book: it's not as easy as might be thought. Take the 1997 edition, for example. This lost the Donald appendix, but incorporated the Grahams, which immediately narrowed bookish candidates to the three purported Grahamists. Yet Peter Lincoln hasn't done the subsidiary Munro Tops, nor the Donalds, whilst Andy Dempster only has 58% of Corbetts in his bag, without even considering his Donald status. Which leaves only the Dunbartonshire bagger known as "An Alien From Outer Space" (AAFOS to his friends), who has been mentioned before in these pages (TAC29, p3). AAFOS's current interstellar status is unknown - no signal has been picked up from his transmitter/bleeper/coathanger thing for a couple of Earth years, so we just don't know. Earlier editions of Munro's Tables are likelier candidates for hosting completeness, but thus far Gerry Knight and 1969 is the sole claimant. He says it makes him feel very old.
(Late news: Ken Andrew reports having climbed everything in the 1953 Tables - including the deletions!)
On the subject of lists and the like, there'll soon be a revised edition of The Grahams and the New Donalds, plus a brand new Corbetts-related TACit Table, again by Alan Blanco. The plan is to include sections of Donaldist and Corbetteer info in these booklets, since these have never been fully collated and will undoubtedly be of interest to some. Compared to the now enormous number of hillgoers who have completed the Munros, full Corbett or Donald rounds are still rare achievements. TAC has been working with James Lamb of Falkland, who has also asked around for names of those who have completed a Corbett round, and pooling information gives 80 or so names. Similarly, 31 names have thus far come up as Donaldists - using either the original, or "Old" form of the list, or the rejigged New version, ie without any formal division into Summits and Tops. Rather than simply giving name and year as with the SMC Munroist data, we plan to include where/when for last Corbetts/Donalds and, where possible, first ever Corbetts/Donalds. All this has already thrown up some fascinating stories and histories, and adds a very human dimension to what some people regard as a rather arid topic. If anyone has themselves completed either of these lists, or knows of someone who has, TAC would be very keen to hear more.
And does anyone know the inside track re OS Landranger 189? Popping into a bookshop to check a query re Cheriton Hill, your Ed was thwarted by the relevant slot in the map-rack being covered with a label reading: "OS189 - withdrawn 15/9/98 (serious error)". How serious? 1st Serious? 2nd Serious? Outdoor Leisure Serious?
It's sad to have to report the death of one of TAC's subscribers, especially so given the circumstances here. Robin Griffin died suddenly a couple of months ago, aged 58, shortly before his planned retirement and not long after having accompanied his wife Mary on a full round of all the English 2000ers. He was a fine all-round hill man, and his father Harry, writing in The Guardian Country Diary slot, tells of his having traversed the Cuillin ridge at age eighteen (possibly the youngest to have then done so), and to have climbed high peaks in the Alps and the Himalaya - earlier this year succeeding on 6476m Mera Peak. Harry described Robin as "his staunch companion in a lifetime of mountain days" and, elsewhere, as "everything I could have wished for in a son - kind, quiet, patient and a superb mountaineer". Your Ed's own contact with Robin was brief - a couple of letters to and fro, one brief phonecall - but if the loss was felt here, then how much greater must it be for those who were close to him? Two days before his death he made a round of the Coniston Fells with Mary. To her, and to his father, TAC's sympathies and condolences go out. Robin's ashes are scattered near Dow Crag.
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