The Angry Corrie 51: Sep-Nov 2001
Woolly intifada: TAC is always keen to hear tales of ovine intelligence, so an early-January Scotsman report spotted by Gordon Smith was of interest. Waheeb Hamoudah, a tax official from Alexandria (not the Vale of Leven one), had been fattening a sheep in preparation for its sacrifice during the festival of Eid. The animal was tethered on the roof of a three-storey building and one day, while being fed its Nile neeps, it decided to get its retaliation in first and butted Hamoudah over the balcony. He died later in hospital.
As if that wasn't enough, Smith came across another report, again in the Scotsman, in March this time: "An Egyptian bedouin shepherd was shot in the chest and killed yesterday when one of his flock jogged his loaded shotgun as he slept, police said. They said that the accident happened in the northern coastal governate of Marsa Matrouh. Other bedouins found the body of 20-year-old Mokhtar Fadl and took it to a local hospital. Police later seized the gun, which was not licensed."
All news of ewe resistance gratefully received. Sadly nothing has been heard from the culling fields, but give them time...
Mount Shade: Found recently at NN863000 on Landranger 58, beside the path between Blairdenon Hill and Colsnaur Hill, near where the fence becomes a dyke: a dark-blue spectacle case containing expensive-looking shades. They were soaked, and one of the side-frames was rusted, but whoever lost them might like them back. Contact TAC with the name of the shop where they were bought and we'll see you right.
Odds and events: Erstwhile quiz god Jim Willsher has asked for a plug for the latest Boots Across Scotland safety day - to be held at the Albert Halls in Stirling on 22 September, 10am-5pm. Exhibitions, workshops etc on hill safety and more. Full info at http://www.bootsacrossscotland.org.uk/
And the Scottish Place-name Society is holding a conference in Aviemore on 10 November. Theme: Scottish mountain names. Speakers include academics and amateurs, among them TACers Ian R Mitchell and Pete Drummond. Details: http://www.st-and.ac.uk/institutes/sassi/spns (under Conferences), or contact 01236 606291 or firstname.lastname@example.org