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Re: The Lighter Side
Posted by: OBinFiji
Date: 08/06/2019 02:02
Last year, we celebrated 25 years of going to Islay and drinking whisky playing rugby against the local side. Picture getting changed behind some containers right next to the glass collection centre that indicated no-one on Islay is very accurate at throwing-in. 50kph hour winds - matchstart delayed as the helicopter touched down (sideways) to pick up someone destined for Glasgow RI (we lost - but that doesnt matter - I lasted the whole game, first for 9 years, at the age of 57. Took 3 months to recover).
As usual we managed to combine this with St Patricks day, and so joined in the festivities at the local ex hotel (it gave up its hotel status after some miserable btds wrote unfavourable (but possibly technically correct) reviews about it on TripAdvisor). Imagine scenes of debauchery, as this wildwest outpost celebrated in the way only wildwestern outposts can. Alcohol consumed by the gallon (with shotts), mad psychotic twins prowling around the dance floor, Longhaired frenchmen insisting on dancing with all of us, shirts whirled around overhead ripping the 'chandeliers' from the ceiling, boy/girl interactions all the way to the washrooms, etc, etc. We rather kept to ourselves - being somewhat overwhelmed. After a bit we decided to launch into sunshine mountain (a mild, happy, song without a single rude word or action - so far as I'm aware). As we climbed onto the chairs the landlord roared at us to get down or we'd be permanently banned from the bar. Dutifully, we got back down and pondered the unfairness as we looked at the Islay revellers. Clearly you don't mess with your local clientele - especially on Islay.

Ohh happy days - although the yen to run out again hasn't come back yet. Maybe I've grown up?


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