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Old 12 December 2002, 11:14   #151
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Personally I don't think we need the guide, it's just extra expense and it seems like we'd do alright just on the info from the skipper. I'm certainly still interested in diving whilst up there. If they're providing the cylinders, even better as it's then less gear to take up.

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Old 12 December 2002, 14:52   #152
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That is great
I think will go for the guide. Much better to dive with someone who knows the area. I will feel more easy about it. I have never dived in Scotland and I think is a good idea and SAFER to have a guide or someone who has dived in that area before.
I have dived wrecks before (in the Caribbean, the Med and the Red Sea) and I can say that is a bit of a dangerous bizs if one doesn't know what he/she doing.
So, I will go with what you saying is a deal we have the guide and two days diving (2 dives per day)!! and is not that much if we split it by 3 or 4.
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Old 13 December 2002, 03:01   #153
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OK Manos and Matt. It can go on the back-burner for while. The bits are now in place for a revisit closer to the time.

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Old 13 December 2002, 05:12   #154
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By the way

....I have all the diving gear and will only need some air supply.
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Old 14 December 2002, 06:57   #155
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For all you diving entusiasts

I have posted some photos at

http://ribworld.jhost.co.uk/forum/sh...2644#post12644

Hope you like them
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Old 15 December 2002, 05:35   #156
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Orkney Factoid
Another factoid in a series designed to whet the appetites of the intrepid Orkney expeditioneers

The BA Game

Twice each year, on Christmas Eve and Hogmanay, householders and shopkeepers along Kirkwall's winding main streets barricade doors and windows in preparation for the next day's traditional Ba' games.
The Ba' is played on Christmas Day and New Year's Day every year.

Uppies and Doonies
The men and boys of the town are designated "Uppies" or "Doonies" - an affiliation that originally depended upon your place of birth. If you were born to the north of the Cathedral you were a Doon-the-Gates (Doonies), whereas those born to the south were Up-the-Gates (Uppies).
These days, however, family loyalty is usually more important than the place of birth and many players will play for the same side as their father and grandfathers did before them - regardless of the position of their current home.


The Ba'
The ba' itself is a handmade, cork-filled, leather ball specially made by a few Orcadian craftsmen.

At the stroke of 1pm the ba' is thrown into the gathered crowd of men from the Mercat Cross in front of St Magnus Cathedral. Once it lands in the pack of assembled players, each side must then try and carry* the ba' to their own territories at the opposite ends of Kirkwall.

The Uppie goal is to touch the ba' against a wall in the south end of the town, while the Doonies have the unenviable task of getting the ba' into the water of the harbour to the north.
When the ba' reaches the pack, the players form a tight scrum around the leather trophy while players on the outside brace themselves against the buildings to prevent the opposition gaining ground.

The streets become their playing field and a typical game can go on for hours, with a heaving throng of men pushing and pulling to try and gain a few metres of ground. Very often during a game the majority of the players have no idea where the ba' actually is.

When the pack breaks, chaos erupts and the players in possession of the ba' will try and get as close to the "goal" as possible before being stopped and the scrum quickly reforms around them.

Numerous tactics are used to achieve the goal. Players have been known to smuggle the ba' through Kirkwall's winding lanes and even attempt to reach their targets via the rooftops.
There are no hard and fast rules and although the game is fairly rough, tempers are usually held in check and foul play or "inappropriate behaviour" is not tolerated.

Given the nature of the game, injuries are few and far between and more often than not it is usually unfamiliar spectators that tend to get in the way of the game that are hurt most often. When the pack breaks, there is very often not much room to run!

The ba' is a coveted trophy, awarded after the game to a player in the winning side who has been a notable participant over a number of years.

Folks I've seen this...it's awesome!

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sounds like fun ...

and good time for a 'Ribbing'...

It seems that's not the only odd sport going on...
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I've just had a long chat on the 'phone with my pal in Orkney. He's off from work with a back problem at the moment, so over the next couple of weeks he's going to get busy with the map and telephone regarding things to see, places to go and accommodation.

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Old 20 January 2003, 10:32   #159
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orkney trip

I'm interested and will bring a rib (also a couple of mates etc) just need clearance from my better half and I'll be in.

will need details etc destinations and launching facilities as I need a ramp etc.

When you say ribs for back up I hope you mean just to be there as all I have is powerboat 1 and 2 along with icc and the vhf ticket. ( I am taking rescue boat course hopefully in May), At present I'm not anywhere near a rescue boat qualified!)).
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Keith is probably busy at work at the moment so I will try to answer for him.

This all came about because we dared Keith to cross the Pentland Firth in his sib "Quicksilver".

Once he agreed to do it (or try anyway), we thought it wise if a few larger, (and in our case, ribs,) went along with him for backup.
It snowballed (if you will excuse the phrase, from there).

Many people are now involved. I and some others will start off from the South Coast, and take 4 or 5 days to get up to John O'Groats. Others are towing their ribs up. Some are bringing their sibs in their cars.

We will all meet at JOG and set out (in various boats, sibs and ribs) across to Scapa Beach.

I have then mapped out, in great detail, a five day tour around various of the Orkneys, trying to take in all interesting sites. Some of this will be in ribs only, with sibs being carried by the ribs. Sometimes the ribs will stop, sibs will be launched, and those that wish, take a closer look at some of the sights i.e. The Old Man of Hoy.

Does this give a clearer idea of whats what? The course is now being checked over by locals to make sure I have not made too many boo-boos in the planning.

Once everybody is happy, I am sure Keith will provide access to all the detailed info, timing, routes, hotels, waypoints, bearings, distances, writeups on places of interest etc etc.
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