The week has been a black hole. More of a grey hole maybe. I juggle poorly and the glorious weather window of the past few days slipped out of an already full hand and hit the floor tiles from where it’s not coming back. Them’s the breaks, I’m an engineer and that’s what I was doing instead, I like that, feels like I’m being useful as much as anything. Still, the ootsides-overnight bag is packed and by the door.
I loved Doctor Who tonight. I think it’s already been guessed-at on here somewhere that River Song is the child of Pond, but it was still pretty cool when it all came out. Matt Smith is a brilliant Doctor, he’s carrying a slightly scrappily scripted series all on his own.
I’m always trying integrate skulls into my stuff, and that rather innocuous one above became the two below via the wonders of Photoshop. I put this down to Joycee watching the final of Britain’s Got Talent while I was messing with the mouse, I think my inner angst was being expressed safely rather than launching household objects and various handy action figures at the telly.
I was also rather annoyed earlier by a news item on Grough that MWIS linked to on their front page. “Rescued mountain pair in trainers were totally ill prepared” went the tabloid-style headline.
The premise is that an unprepared and inexperienced couple got rattled on tricky ground on Tryfan, got stuck and needed help to get down. They were dressed in “town clothes”, so that must be a suit and a black dress, and of course trainers. There were no injuries, just folk out of their depth.
Lower in the same report we have an “experienced and well organised” walker who took a fall and also got the MRT out, luckily again happily resolved. No mention was made of him wearing trainers so I’m sure he was kitted out exactly as convention would approve, so why don’t we have “Rescued mountain man in boots wasn’t as prepared as he thought” as a matching tabloid-style headline.
I’m making no judgment or comment on either incident, I’ve been in situations frighteningly similar to both, just been lucky enough not to need MRT. It’s worth reading the piece as the content is better balanced, that trainer headline niggled me though. How many folk will read the headline and have their fears and preconceptions about trainers in the mountains confirmed. One step forwards and two steps back.
Must make more skulls now. What a grumpy bastard.
Ach, it’ll look less gothic on here again when I get back from Wester Ross.