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Re: They walk amongst us.

Postby Marigold » Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:01 pm

This is where the sock lizard was actually going, when leaving a dummy of himself under the bed.
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Re: They walk amongst us.

Postby bigyetiman » Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:36 am

Lucky he was found.
Just come back from a week in the Peak District. Where we may have met true candidates for they walk amongst us.
We booked a trip on the underground boat at Speedwell caverns. There was one other couple on the 1st trip on the Tuesday, a tall man about 6ft 2 and his partner. You have to wear hard hats as the roof is quite low as you go along and with the rain on the Monday the water level was a lot higher. As we went along the man asked if he could remove his hat as he kept banging it on the roof! The guide was very informative and was talking about the huge cave systems that extend all around that area, to which his partner asked how many undiscovered caves were there, the guide was pretty quick and said "5 we are still looking for another 2", undaunted their next question was are the walls thicker than a house wall, bearing in mind we had walked down 106 steep steps to the boat.
The guide said afterwards that those remarks were going into the book of strange things that have been said.
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Re: They walk amongst us.

Postby RichmondHens » Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:10 pm

I love this thread!
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Re: They walk amongst us.

Postby bigyetiman » Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:18 pm

The guide did say afterwards when we were chatting in general that he figured the man could have taken his hard hat off, as after a question like that there probably wasn't a lot to damage.
He said one of his favourites was "why are there so many steep steps down to a cave, it would be easier if it was near the top" which is the point it becomes a quarry not a cave.
Our all time favourite was the American woman at Windsor castle who said in a loud voice "it's a shame they built it so near the airport"
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Re: They walk amongst us.

Postby rick » Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:07 pm

I do feel I have to stand up, as it were, for tall people!
Hard hats are really annoying because when your tall you do get pretty good at gauging the ceiling height through painful experience. A hard hat adds an inch to the top of your head and can can give you a krick in the neck constantly catching you out and bouncing of the ceiling.
But, obviously, everyone does have to wear a hat in a cave!
I liked the one about the number of undiscovered caves. That's a gamer's question - presuming that the level map had already found after defeating the boss.
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Re: They walk amongst us.

Postby Margaid » Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:15 pm

I've heard about the Windsor castle quote. They can't help having no sense of history. (Maybe the last two words are superfluous!)

It's not only tall people Rick. Going underground at "Big Pit" in Blaenavon at 5' tall even I can't stand upright and banged my hard hat against the roof a couple of times. Most people "know" where their body ends and adding a hard hat changes that. I tripped up some steps once because I was wearing shoes a half size bigger than usual - my feet were less than half an inch longer but I caught the toe on the overhang.
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Postby chrismahon » Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:58 am

I used to be a volunteer at the Blists Hill Victorian Town demonstrating in the Plumber's Workshop. Whilst plumbing pipe work is now completely different, lead flashings for buildings are pretty much unchanged today and the workshop had some examples of apprentice's work. Two of them were unfinished exercises in lead sheet forming which resembled bowler hats and would ultimately become roof flashings. One lady asked what the hats were for and I jokingly said "radiation protection", at which point everyone else in the room burst into fits of laughter. Without changing her expression she pondered for a while, the penny then dropped and then she asked what the hats were really for, at which point I had to tell her they were not hats at all.
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Re: They walk amongst us.

Postby bigyetiman » Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:18 pm

I think being short or tall poses problems in equal measure. Peak cavern has a passage called lumbago alley, even OH at 5ft 2 was bent double, and you didn't get hard hats in that one.
Incidentally if anyone is in the Peak district, go to Eyam the plague village, absolutely fascinating, and the museum is really well put together. Only sour note was the idiot who had thrown a drinks bottle in Mompessons Well
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Re: They walk amongst us.

Postby Marigold » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:13 am

This one went upwards, rather than underground - at least he chose an appropriate charity, though.
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Re: They walk amongst us.

Postby Hen-Gen » Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:46 pm

Just got back from a week away. Lovely to read about the caves in Castleton as I lived and worked there for 25 years before my retirement.
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