Sunday, 20 January 2013

Crikey.

My boy Sam has spent the day at trials for orienteering.

He's just been selected to represent England at the World School Championship in Portugal at Easter.

20 comments:

lilith said...

Proud Daddy! See, it was worth driving them out onto Dartmoor and leaving them there to find their own way home! Well done Sam.

Electro-Kevin said...

Unfortunately they always found their way back.

lilith said...

You should encourage him to find his own way back from Portugal...:-)

Calfy said...

Excellent! I met a young Australian in Damascus who spoke Swedish because she'd gone to Stockholm to orienteer. If he wants to go to university it'll certainly open up doors to him internationally, whatever subject.

Calfy said...

(and of course, congratulations!)

A K Haart said...

Excellent - well done!

Anonymous said...

Good parenting brings its rewards. Congratulations, E-K.

apricotfox said...

Anonymous is right! Yet another triumph of good parenting.

idle said...

Very good. He'll never have to revert to satnav or listen to 'advice' from the passenger seat. One brief look at a map before departure is all a chap should need.

Idle qualified as an Army orienteering course setter at the Gurkha Field Force HQ at Sek Kong, Hong Kong in 1981. This was a wonderful excuse to miss a dull fortnight of border patrols under constant mosquito attack and to be looked after by a Gurkha batman, who was 8,000 times better than my Jock batman, who I sacked immediately on my return to the regiment.

Thud said...

Well done that lad!
Idle....does this mean you where robin?

Scrobs... said...

Excellent news, Elecs!

What a way to start finding his way in life!

DtP said...

Cool beans - he too can bag a wag and adorn the pages of the tabloids with his sordid exploits whilst keeping you & the Missus in retired luxury! Err....bravo!

Electro-Kevin said...

Thank you all

Calfy - I hope he has an exciting life ahead.

AK - Thanks

Anon & Apricot - Not so much good parenting as putting good kids in the right environment and peer groups.

Thud - Batman is quite the reverse of what you think !

Idle - Thanks. I think he'd make a good officer as it happens. Knowledgeable, sociable, athletic, quietly confident, wise - dashing !

Scrobs - Ho ho !

Dtp - So long as the spondoolicks keep on coming.

Akela Beast said...

And the boy is armed !
A good start in life
Many years ago my Ma came along to inspect my Cub Camp(we were drenched) and miserable, they were also greeted by my to this day chum Roger who had a frog in his pocket (still a loon) she wanted her baby home but my Grandfather said NO!
So a week of sleeping in mud in a wet down bag and forced swims in an aluminium un heated pool getting bitten by midges

Well done Sam !
I suggest a volley of gunfire in the garden with that glock

lost beast said...

IDLE
I am sure you that have heard the joke at the expense of the noble African tribe called the "Warethefuckarwaye"
They live in either dense jungle or Elephant grass
No maps ,no GPS nor a compass between them
Please donate

idle said...

Lost Beast - I have heard a great deal about them. Apparently the difficulty is caused mainly by the fact that they average five feet nothing in height and the elephant grass grows to well over six feet.

Electro-Kevin said...

He's not joking about the Glock either, Idle.

He gave it to the boys one visit.

Electro-Kevin said...

...not a real one of course.

Blue Eyes said...

Well done for creating an environment where Sam was motivated to do something constructive with his efforts, rather than play on BBM and moan that there was nothing to do...

Electro-Kevin said...

Blue - They play on BBM too. The problem with that is that they NEVER complain that there is nothing to do.