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Back when young ScaryDuck worked in the Dole office rather than simply queuing in it, he had to deal with a claimant brought in by his mum. She did all the talking. He was 40 years old.

Have you had to deal with over-protective parents? Get your Dad to tell us all about it.

(, Thu 10 Sep 2009, 15:13)
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I'm a power kiter
It's a form of extreme sport. More on it here. Specifically I'm a buggy jumper - it's the most dangerous form of the sport.

(For the impatient - I strap myself into a metal buggy weighing about 20kg then use a huge kite attached to a harness to propel myself into the air and along the ground at speed. Cock up in midair above about 4ft and you'll break bones. No discussion. Pretty much no safety equipment either).

To put it simply, I am very good at what I do. I should be - I've been at it for five years. I help to put on displays all over the South of England, I'm beyond the necessary standard to qualify as an instructor, and the only reason I haven't yet done so is the fact that I only recently bought a car, and the course I want to do only runs every six months and is 300 miles away from me.

While on holiday with my parents this summer, they refused to let me stay on at the beach (in my own car) with about a hundred other people around - because they didn't want me to be flying "On my own".

(Incidentally, if any Edinburgh b3tans were at Portabello beach yesterday afternoon and saw someone with an enormous blue and red kite jumping over the groynes - that was me)
(, Mon 14 Sep 2009, 10:53, 7 replies)
I saw someone with an enormous red groyne jumping all over Brighton Beach, if that counts.
(, Mon 14 Sep 2009, 11:00, closed)
Beat me to it
You git.
(, Mon 14 Sep 2009, 11:23, closed)
I think I saw you at portabello
Very impressive stuff mate! I was the unfeasibly tall bastard in shorts laughing at my foreign flatmates becoming acquainted with the main reason I don't swim in Scottish seas - they're fucking ludicrously, bollock-shrivellingly cold.
(, Mon 14 Sep 2009, 12:50, closed)
I remember that. I wondered how long it'd take them to find that out...
(, Tue 15 Sep 2009, 17:04, closed)
Yay for Porty!
And did you have a fine pint in the Espy after perhaps?
(, Mon 14 Sep 2009, 14:07, closed)
You land boys and your "danger"

Add drowning into the equation when you land wrong into a wave then you've got a proper sport ;)

Give me a tinkle if you are ever in the south and I'll drag my buggy out.
(, Tue 15 Sep 2009, 2:42, closed)
Water doesn't hurt
(, Tue 15 Sep 2009, 18:10, closed)

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