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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FergusMart4

60 Days - Some LIght Reflection.

A liitle light relief from the studies.

After thoroughly investigating the matter, local experts have concluded that the underpants that Eilidh is wearing, were in fact stolen by Iain. This understandably has put his whole relationship with Anna under severe stress, what with their recent announcement, for which they were congratulated. What with his court case now due, and the intimate relationship with Eilidh revealed, she is most certainly a grumpy girl.

Having spent a number of days convinced that the legend Popeye in the area, I came to the conclusion that Olive was actually the professor's name. This may, or may not be true, and warrants further investigation.

Spent most of yesterday attempting to hire a boat, which I was going to use to sail to one of the many oil rigs the locals seem to be obsessed about, and chain myself to it in protest. Imagine my surprise when I was introduced to Effie.

Note to self: Book hearing appointment.

January 30, 2020

33 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zia177448

I've always prefered oil thigh to oil rig. You learn more there, even though it tends to be full of olives. XD

A very enjoyable post, by the way! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FergusMart4

Glad you enjoyed it


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cairistiona2020

2 questions: When can we expect a sequel? Will it be sponsored by IRN BRU?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FergusMart4

There's a couple of words bouncing around, but I think waiting another 60 days might be a bit much.

Barr's factory brings back childhood memories, so quite possibly!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Morag_Kerr

Which factory? There was one in Wishaw near where I went to school but there were old mine workings under it and the wall sort of sagged in the middle.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FergusMart4

Cumbernauld, had relatives near it


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Morag_Kerr

I did hear someone say it was made in Cumbernauld. There was certainly a big factory just on the Waterloo side of Wishaw when I was a kid. I think they moved a lot of production to Manchester. It was never the same after that.

I might manage to reach the third flag tomorrow by the way. Maybe.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FergusMart4

Nowhere near it. Just doing a little day by day, and working to level 5 in everything.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Morag_Kerr

That's hilarious. Have a lingot.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnitaRRC

Just donated a lingot after I I could breathe again.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FergusMart4

My work here is done


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FergusMart4

I had a laugh too, and I wrote it!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Baldr11

Please take a lingot :)))


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FergusMart4

Thank you very kindly


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Baldr11

'Tis but a pleasure ...

Slàinte ... :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lismore1

Have a jigot ye daftie and thanks for making me laugh


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FergusMart4

Thanks. Glad you had a giggle


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leah321090

I needed a good laugh - thanks


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FergusMart4

A little light refreshment is good for the soul


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Steve86340

My favourite line: "Olive was actually the professor's name." That's going to keep me laughing for weeks. Good mnemonic device too.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Morag_Kerr

Look, in one of the early listening exercises I actually typed "Olive", in all sincerity!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Baldr11

I'm profoundly deaf & I take ages to figure the CORRECT pronounciation (I have a good Gaelic dictionary). Thanks to this thread I know I have Ollaimh correct not to mention a chuckle or three ... two thumbs up


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Morag_Kerr

Good heavens, how do you manage these listening questions? I strain to discern the words sometimes and my hearing is reasonably OK (even if it wouldn't rival Heimdall).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Baldr11

All turned off ... ;)

When it's turned off you don't get the audio exercises. My dictionary has phonetic spelling so I just take longer to learn the correct pronounciation.

Only issue is when I complete 'owl levels' I dont get full recognition ... the owl is not a solid colour ... it is very faint. Pfft ... :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Morag_Kerr

By the way I like your username and avatar. I'm currently deeply into learning the Baldr part in a duet between Baldr and Hel - yes, in that duet Baldr is a soprano part (my friend is singing Hel, who is an alto), maybe don't ask.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Baldr11

Little recognition is given to Baldr thanks to Snorri ... & yet Baldr was the glue that kept all of the 'gods' together. Including the different families. The others were quite aggressive which, I guess is why Hol LIE wood prefers them over Baldr.

Hel is also misrepresented IMO. She just wanted someone decent to talk to ... :))).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Morag_Kerr

Gaiman is one of my all-time favourite authors but I didn't think the Norse Mythology was one of his best. Anyone could have written it. It was just a vanilla retelling of the familiar stories, when I'd hoped for some imagination and interpretation. But a decent enough introduction.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Morag_Kerr

You'd like the duet. She gets more and more sympathetic as the music progresses. The damn thing had me at "While I lived, I thought nothing was too frozen for my warmth to heal. When I died, then, lady, I met you." And that's just the top of page 2. There are 12 pages and it goes on for the thick end of a quarter of an hour. By the end they're practically sobbing on each others shoulders. (Yes, I think Hel does weep for Baldr, actually, even if it's a bit involuntary.)

There's an awful lot about the contrast between Valhalla and Hel, and the injustice of the peaceful souls being abandoned, how each side views the other, and Baldr re-evaluating rather a lot that he had previously taken for granted. It's so complex I decided we had to sing it to understand it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Morag_Kerr

I did read somewhere though that because Snorri only covered Baldr's death, he came over as a more congenial character than is evident from other sources. Something about his being quite the warmonger? Not sure what sources these were though.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FergusMart4

I understood this conversation thanks to reading Neil Gaiman's Norse Gods, and the fact I sell mead at markets/events.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FergusMart4

Well, that's given me food for thought for the next missive from our intrepid explorer.

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