: Singing High, High, Low
28th August 2012
you remember Brian Johnson?
mean the singer, not Brian Johnston, the
redoubtable cricket commentator.
you are under 60, it is unlikely.
in the early days of the Eurovision Song
Contest, the UK generally did quite well
and the aforementioned singer actually came
second in 1960.
You can watch the video at
If this don't get you whistling, nowt
will! But do listen out for the Truck
Driver's Gear Change.
the relevance to today’s outing? Well there were
three of us, Bryan, me and my now Dorset-based university
pal and occasional BOOTboy,
Tim, whom we had asked to suggest a destination. To
our amazement he burst into a hitherto unknown adaptation
of Johnson’s Euro-song: High, High, High:
thinking High, High, High
Not so low, low, low
Street, my feet, is where they want to go
Kentmere, I’m told is good and so
I pray, the way
to me show, show, show.
could we refuse? Initially I was a little worried
that it might be a bit too strenuous for him but then
he started discussing with Bryan the various expeditions
they had been on- Himalayas, including Everest base
camp, the highest point in Africa and the highest point
in Europe. I felt quite outclassed. I haven’t
even done the highest in the UK - Lochnagar is my upper
limit at a miserly 3,789 feet. More like High,
I then burst into song with a second verse:
been high, high, high
I’d stayed low, low, low
breast Everest and Kilimanjaro
And Mont le Blanc or
But Lochnagar was as high as I did go.
whilst the two Margarets (Tim’s and mine)
were plotting an excursion around the lower
part of the Kentmere valley, we strode up
the Garburn Pass until we came to Bryan’s
went direttissimo to the ridge, thereby
overtaking the only people we saw all day
who were going in the same direction.
Ill Bell, Froswick and Thornthwaite Beacon
all succumbed in quick succession; the path
between them sadly having been spoilt by
the so-called “Fix the Fells“ people.
to the west- Conistons to Dunmail
bespoiling, at least Bryan thought so, was a stone left
on the Froswick summit marked with the text: Froswick
100 10:46 26/8/12.
Presumably someone's 100th Wainwright. If
everyone did this, the place would be littered with
such graffiti (and worse) and anyway, the time to celebrate
the Wainwrights is after the 214th, not the 100th. So
the text no longer sees the light of day.
perhaps it was the persons' 100th birthday, in which
case, apologies and great respect!
summit with graffiti
and Helvellyn ranges
soon, we reached the High Street summit, although it
is actually quite difficult to be sure exactly where
the summit lies. After a bit of a wandering about,
we crouched down by the wall, near to the trig point,
but the increasingly strong and cold wind seemed to
be blowing along the line of the wall, thereby curtailing
our lunch stop.
and Blea Water from High Street
Ill Bell has also been blighted by the Fix the Fellsers
but it was now blowing a gale so we were unable to have
a moan about it until we reached the Nan Bield shelter.
And shelter was needed. The wind was seriously
briefly contemplated doing the full Kentmere round but
saw little merit in climbing the less interesting side
of the circuit in such conditions. Anyway, the
drop down into Kentmere has much more to offer with
the reservoir, fell ponies and various mine workings.
it was out of the wind and provided a fine view or our
High High High- the round trip
reached the car bang on time to drive to Staveley for
our 4 p.m. rendezvous at the Brewery with the two Margarets.
we reached Scroggs Bridge we saw two likely
lasses hitching so we stopped for them.
To our surprise and delight,
it was the two Margarets! [creep-
had been helping a lady and her two teenage
daughters who were in some distress as they
were lost, their wellies had split and they
could not get a mobile phone signal.
two angels sorted them out and sent them
in the right direction.
we did the decent thing and gave the Margarets a lift
down to the Brewery for a celebratory drink.
we were there who should take us by surprise but Mike?
He hadn’t been able to be with us on the walk
due to staff meetings but could now join us for a quiet
pint. I won't go into detail about the misfortune that
then befell him. Let's just say he had a dental
of which leads to the concluding verse of today’s ditty:
been high, high, high
And now were low, low, low
then, d’ye ken, two Margarets said “Hello!
a drink would be rather nice, you know."
Mike, gap-like, needed tape-sello!
28th August 2012
Dummocks and Aquinas
reference to Dummock in BB1226
caused my brother, Alan, to query whether the word should
be "lummox" . After consulting various sources,
we concluded that Lummox was a word for a fat, heavy
and stupid fellow or an awkward clown, so a not very
the course of the research, I came across
a reference to St
Thomas' younger days, his teacher, St Albert,
We call this man a dumb ox,
but his bellowing in doctrine
will one day resound throughout the world.
went on to become one the greatest of the
medieval Doctors of the Church, an unrivalled
theologian who used scientific rationalism
to support the doctrines of Christian faith
Yet Aquinas the man always remained modest and unassuming, as rich in spirit as in mind.
may well be the origin of the word "Dummocks"
which then became singularised.
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She was on special
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A bit of an impulse buy but I never could resist
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her new family.
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28th August 2012
climbed in feet:
Ill Bell, Froswick, Thornthwaite Beacon,
High Street, Mardale Ill Bell
Bield Shelter, Margarets
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