Monthly Archives: December 2007

That was the year that was #3

Continuing the popular series on some of last year’s highs and highers, things hot up as we hit the Alps…

France

A bit of boating, a bit of drinking and a bit of work. In that order.

I freely admit, I was very, very drunk…’ Pic: TL

Slovenia and Austria

2 weeks spent working with Hull Uni CC. Well, you say working…

Pics: SN.

You can have it your way… In Norway…

After 3 days on the road, I finally reached Sjoa. The next 3 weeks saw epic water levels, a sucessfully run ‘Discover Norway’ trip (see http://www.tomparkercoaching.co.uk for more details), Jam, cheap suits, parties and some great boating.

15 year record levels made for excellent playboating
on the Sjoa. Pic: TT.

Monty, the hardest working car in kayaking. With a GPS that gives speed in Knots and
position in longditude and latitude. Pic: TT.

Max overcome with joy at his new boat arriving. Pic: TP.

The man who used to be Tim Trew nailing it on the Brandsetelva. Pic: NH.

‘Crikey!’ Pic: NH.

‘Does my bum look big in this?’ Pic: TT.

The author pimping it up, despite having ‘hat envy’. Pic: EAS.

So, to conclude this instalment, consider these pearls of wisdom;

Norway is a long way from everywhere, ‘Trevor’ is an excellent name for a beer, never accept rugs from others, as you don’t know where they’ve been until it’s too late and the ‘Local Stuff’ will soon be available at your local too.

Join us next time as we reach the final furlong and have a quick round up of the autumn…

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That was the year that was #2

Continuing the popular series recounting the thrills, spills and so on of 2007, we pick up the thread with student safety and Val Sesia…

The BCU Student Safety Camp

Traditionally run every Easter to give uni clubs access to top notch coaching for a reasonable price and stop them killing freshers into the bargain, the Student Safety Camp had folks attending from a diverse selection of colleges. Sadly, it was the driest Easter for years but we muddled through and everyone got something out of it, which was nice.

Cows. Wandering about a bit. Pic: TP.

‘Never tie your shoelaces in a revolving door…’ Max dispenses some wisdom. Pic: CE.

Val Sesia

Eth eth eth, adventuros con kayakeros englese ‘Team Slacker’ en Paradiso Piemonte!

Eth eth Tom en mucho hurryo en Torrente Egua! Scorchio! Pic: TL.

Sminki pinki Tom e Chris filmio para nuevo DVD Kayakero Adventuro ‘Means Of Production’! Pic: TL.

Scorchio! Nick Horwood en Torrente Sermenzina. Pic: TL.

Buono Noche! Chris en Torrente Sermenzina. Pic: SN.

Mucho Agua. No Excellente! Pic: CE.

Mucho vino collapso! Excellente! Pic: TL.

Uno excellente trip. Bhoutros Bhoutros Ghali!

Excellent stuff. Once again, lessons should be taken from this, like the fact that Slovenia is further than it looks, coffee perculators will explode if misused and menus in restaurants are an outmoded concept…

Tune in next time for more European adventures and find out just what Max would do…

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That was the year that was

Introuducing a series offering a wry look at some of the social highlights of 2007. Today, cowboys, injuns and the NSR!

Last New Year, Mr Laws hosted a shindig on his folks’ farm in Westbury Sub-Normal, darkest Somerset. Drinking, dancing, drinking, boating, cake etc…

Jem and Dave with a giant French Fancy. Mmmmm, creamy. Pic: TL.


Party Mitch, Ange and Chris. Pic: TL.

New Year’s Day was spent filming promo footage for the NSR.

Dave getting into character. Pic: TL.

‘I’m not paying you to stay dry!’ Max camps it up a bit. Pic: TL.

Thwack! The stuntmen Alex and Chris indulge in a pagga, western style. Pic: TL.

All this approximate wild west fun was to promote the NSR, probably the biggest freestyle event in the UK, which was also loosely based on the wild west. Yehaa!

Dave screwing around to take gold in the squirt event. Pic: SN.

The crowd giddy with anticipation. Pic: SN.

Sara marshalling the crowds. Pic: SN.

Jules and Dave. Whistful melancholy and comedy facial hair. Pic: SN.

Pic: SN.

What have we learnt from this? That cider is not to be trifled with, hay bales are tougher than they look and that a big ginger beard does not repel the ladies…

Coming up next time – Student Safety soap dodging and more shameless topic recycling as we go creekio Italiano!

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