That's me now finished work until the 05/01/11 and I'm feeling as festive as an Ebenezer Scrooge who has been giving a second chance on Christmas Day.Sadly the trip to the Hampshire Avon has been postponed for tomorrow as the snow and ice coming late in the day,may get the Gruff and I stuck eighty odd miles down the M3.But it is being reschedule for the New Year so fear not JAA you do not get off that lightly ;-)
So what book's do you chaps want for Christmas ? May I be so bold as to offer two of my favourites for your list of festive reading.Now I touched on this book Blood Knots, on this blog way back in May. I've now read it again and in my eyes you would be mad not to buy,beg or steal a copy of this book.Everyone who has read it has been blown away by the nature of the book.Various other bloggers and Internet forums have also offered it huge plaudits.You can pick it up in soft back for the princely sum of £8.99 at present.It's not your typical angling book but a charming story of a different era.Buy it or forever be cursed to damnation.
And this book is also from a different era and slightly more pricey coming it at a hefty £60.00 and a little at under 500 pages.
The Carp Catchers Club,produced by Medlar Press.I'll admit 60 quid for a book is quite expensive,but like most Medlar books it's produced to a very high standard.In essence its written in the form of a rotary letter,complied over the course of seven years from 1951 to 1958.And in this day of e-mail ruling the roost I doubt we will see this sort of book again.It has the illustrious names of Walker,Ingham,BB,Jack Smith,Harry Grief,Bob Richards,Pete Thomas,Venables,Fred J,Gerald-Beth Jones,Dick Kefford and John Norman.
It's really about the inception of how Carp angling took off in this country,with some lovely line drawings and photographs from days gone by.How the gent's pooled together thoughts on tackle,bait,bite indicators and the general behaviour of Carp.If your interested in the history of angling and Carp in particular I think you will enjoy this book.The closing chapter by Maurice Ingham makes the book worth buying in my eyes ,a sad lament if you will to lost friends and a lost time.
Moving on swiftly to our old friends at Barbel Fatwa World.We have had the monikers of "Boris","Beards","Old Whiskers" to describe the plain old Barbel.Well it hit new heights of mirth last week when a new poster described Barbel as ........."Bearded Brutes".It gets better though another poster welcomed him to the forum with this beaut......"Welcome to the circle of trust".Sounds like some homo erotic daisy chain for Boris forum folk.Still what ever makes you happy.
I hope to get another angling trip in early next week,but it's all dependant on the weather at present, like that for many of us I suppose ?So I'll make do with listening to the next Ashes Test from Australia and a wee dram or two for now.