Month: September 2003

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While I was busy chasing fish in Greece, here's one that got away... A fish fall! A classic fortean phenomenon! In Ireland! Well, maybe. At least no one is blaming a whirlwind... there's a good chance the 'osprey theory' is correct. More as we have it... Western People (Ireland): Flying salmon goes through roof of Ballina house! Wednesday, September 03, 2003 Ballina, as the salmon angling capital of the World, has had its fair share of fishy tales but none so astonishing, or unbelievable, as the true story told yesterday (Monday) by Gertie Clarke of the Piper?s Inn in Hill Street in the town. The Clarkes were in their home at about 11.20 in the morning when they heard a loud bang. At first they thought the noise came from within the house but later discovered it was caused by ?a fair sized salmon? smashing through the roof. more>> Western...

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Blather attempts to take over the other 2/3 of the planet. loodies and gintlepong... greetings from Corfu. There's thunder and lightning outside, so I'm cowering in an internet cafe. An Eventful week... I lost my mobile phone, and learned how to drive a moped, and to dive to 18m (60ft) I am now a qualified PADI Open Water Diver. Got 96% in my written exams (pretty easy really) and did my final qualifying dives this morning, down to 18m. Had to navigate around with a compass at that depth, take my mask off and clear it of water, etc. Tricky enough. Visibility is usually around 25m here, but with the storms and all, it's down to about 8m. Lots of colourful fish: damselfish, peacock wrasse, parrotfish and small golden groupers, moray eels, scorpion fish, sea slugs, saupe, flying fish, loads of clams, corals, urchins, etc. This morning's dive was off...