Meet the Vikings...

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Crackle, 5 May 2014.

  1. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry Here for rides.

    Not quite...

    On the main island of Britain if you live east of a line from London to west bank of the Dee estuary, you live in a place once ruled by the Vikings/Norsemen.

    On the main island of Britain if you live anywhere in England outside the boundaries of the former Kingdom of Wessex, and her dependent kingdoms, you live in a place once settled by the Vikings/Norsemen.

    But then again...

    If you live anywhere in England you live in a place once ruled by daffodil the Great, probably the most effective King of the Anglo-Saxon era, and briefly, by his sons Harold Harefoot and Harthacnut.
     
  2. OP
    OP
    Crackle

    Crackle ...

    Me and the dog failed to meet them again today, it being the May fair. In truth, it was early and bleary eyed Vikings hammering in tent pegs, robeing up and sipping Viking coffee were clearly not ready to meet anyone. Even the Viking dog on his Viking lead could only manage a small wag, so we failed to meet him too. True, we could go back but it'll be full of face painted toddlers on scooters by now, which is why we went early, toddlers, scooters and dog paws don't mix.

    Also, I can't help feeling that sign has got one too many exclamation marks of excitement in it. I suspect they are not responsible for the sign and if they were they might lower the expectation by removing an exclamation mark or two. They seem lower key Vikings than the sign would have us believe.

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  3. ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest

    Tents!!

    Tents!!

    Tents!!

    Whatever happened to sleeping on the ground wrapped in your cloak

    How can you strike fear and panic if you sleep in a tent?
     
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  4. anothersam

    anothersam SMIDSMe

    Location:
    Far East Sussex
    Don't you dare, that's a great OP. (Oh, too late I see.)

    I've never met any Vikings, which is my own fault, as it seems they take ample time off from pillaging and accountancy to attend fair days and open mic nights.

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  5. Saluki

    Saluki I've run away with my friends to..

    Location:
    ...New Tealandia
    Hubster was in the Vike. He was a telephone box sanitiser. Funny you should post that ^_^
    I wasn't a claims adjuster, but I did work in the Claims department, but I don't look anything like the claims chap. It was all a long time ago.
     
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  6. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    My parents moved to Knutsford, not many Vikings there now though. :whistle:
     
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  7. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    I wonder if @Keith Oates is a Viking? He could be re-enacting in the South China Seas, as we speak, pillaging around with his Norse exclamation marks.
     

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  8. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    I'm not pillaging but just growing some more exclamation marks to dispense tomorrow.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  9. OP
    OP
    Crackle

    Crackle ...

    I picked up a wee souvenir this morning

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    I have this vague plan to replace the belly dancers sign with this next year as I decided the belly dancers invoked a far more fearful response than the Vikings did. It's a sight that young children should not be subjected too. I happened upon them by chance last year, twisting about on the bowling green. If I was a bowler that green would carry haunting memories now.

    The dog spent some time sniffing around where the Viking encampment had been, in a fearful tail down way, occasionally looking up with a worried look on his face. Perhaps they sacrificed the Viking dog there, not being able to get hold of a sheep or something.
     

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  10. OP
    OP
    Crackle

    Crackle ...

    It's that time of the year again. I fear, nay hope! This weather drives the belly dancers off the bowling green. I have also discovered a neighbour who has also failed to meet the vikings. Like me, he'll be doing it again this Monday.

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  11. OP
    OP
    Crackle

    Crackle ...

    As I strolled to the park entrance in the unfortunate rain, my neighbour stopped in his car and shouted, " You're too early for the belly dancers." "But not for the Vikings," I replied and I wasn't. The rain had driven them into the safety of the tents with the burning brazier keeping them warm. Lit, one assumes, from the eternal flame or possibly a box of Swann Vesta. The Viking dog popped out the tent to issue a challenge to my non viking dog, who skirted around him and then nipped back and pee'd on his tent. Luckily it was raining so no one heard. And that was that. We did a quick circuit of the kids rides, various tat tents, all covered from the rain, so who knows what they were selling and were back at the Vikings before we knew it.

    As my neighbour correctly pointed out, we were too early for the belly dancers on the bowling green which was occupied by a couple of bouncers in the form of wet seagulls with a studied look of attitude which only seagulls have.

    We may nip back when the rain goes off
     
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  12. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    Chapeau to your dog, he's got style. :bravo:
     
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  13. shouldbeinbed

    shouldbeinbed Rollin' along

    Location:
    Manchester way
    & their practice with captures slaves on the way to selling them on of treating the men and boys as their wives(*) for the duration of the journey.

    (*) I'm not sure if this means doing a bit of DIY at the weekend and saying yes dear absent-mindedly whilst football is on the TV and they're telling you about their day ( other Terry & June married life stereotypes are available) Or something a bit more invasive and unpleasant to keep them in line.
     
  14. Vikeonabike

    Vikeonabike CC Neighbourhood Police Constable

    I'm ex-vike too. Greatest hobby on earth (next to Cycling).
     
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