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Originally posted by fab100

Life is for living. The "should n't have been out there" brigade are part of the elf-n-safety mafia.

But google the first sentence of Swallows and Amazons too. 

Hell yeah. My point about swimming was merely being non-dufferish. Go sail solo, but like you say, be sensible about it. Don't be that guy needing his foiling moth towed by the RNLI from the middle of the solent after someone else calls them in

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Originally posted by fab100

But google the first sentence of Swallows and Amazons too. 


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What "Roger, aged seven, and no longer the youngest in the family..."?

Presumably you mean the famous telegram "BETTER DROWNED THAN DUFFERS IF NOT DUFFERS WONT DROWN", but that's later on in the chapter...

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Jim wins Tongue
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I know this is a bit off topic but what is a "Duffers"? A google search says it's a person occupied in cattle raiding.
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A "duffer" for a start, Mr Gruitt. Not that I'm suggesting you're likely to drown, but you're one of the most duffrish-people I've ever met Tongue

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Originally posted by tgruitt

what is a "Duffers"?

In Australian slang a duffer is a cattle thief, but in the context here a duffer is someone who is incompetent/stupid.
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Originally posted by alstorer

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Doh. Agreed. Well done Jim.

I've not read it for a while. Like 40+ years
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Originally posted by fab100

I've not read it for a while. Like 40+ years.

You should do: No-one should consider themselves too old to read a really great children's book (Wind in the Willows is another). An adult palate may grow out of liking Sunny Delight, but it shouldn't grow out of liking bread and honey...
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Originally posted by JimC

Originally posted by tgruitt

what is a "Duffers"?

In Australian slang a duffer is a cattle thief, but in the context here a duffer is someone who is incompetent/stupid.

casting for roles... form an orderly queue behind Graeme and I.

As for swallows and amazons, I never read it.  I tried it once as a kid, but I preferred Roald Dahl 
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We'll be taking boats to Windermere in the summer to play at Swallows and Amazons - something I've wanted to do since I was a kid, but never got around to. Will certainly be sailing solo whilst the rest of the family goes horse riding. Lacking a clinker built lugsail boat, so the Mirror will have to do. Bet if the book had been written in 69, not 29, that is what they'd have been in. Something Rotomoulded if written in 2009?
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