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Have you ever done something, realised how stupid or embarrassing it was and then looked about to see if anyone watching? Did you get away with it?

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(, Thu 27 Jan 2011, 15:49)
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Almost a Darwin award contender

I was snorkelling and spearfishing just near the cliffs when I lived in Babbacombe (Torquay). I'd caught a couple of nice fish and left them on a rock.

I then swam away a short distance, dived down, only to come up and see a gull starting to snack on my hard won catch.

A/ Tried shouting. The result? No reaction whatsoever from a gull.

B/ Aimed speargun, pulled trigger. The initial result? Missed the gull by a smidge. The rest of the result? The discovery that speargun string, when used in the medium of air, is actually *very* elastic. The spear missed my head by, oh, about one bugger-allth of an inch.

Interesting that in the moment that it took the spear to come back, I had time to imagine how ridiculous a way this would be to die and what the post mortem report would have said..but not to duck.

I think that the gull flew away, although it may have just fallen off the rock laughing.
(, Fri 28 Jan 2011, 9:38, 11 replies)
To click I like this just because Babacoombe is my favourite place name ever.

All day now I will be singing 'Babacoombe, Babacoombe, Baba Baba Coombe Coombe'

Actually, I don't like this.
(, Fri 28 Jan 2011, 9:58, closed)

Um, thanks for sharing.
(, Fri 28 Jan 2011, 10:02, closed)
are very welcome.
(, Fri 28 Jan 2011, 10:12, closed)
Surely Giggleswick is a better place name.

(, Fri 28 Jan 2011, 10:24, closed)
Lickey End
is my fave
(, Sun 30 Jan 2011, 9:09, closed)
Clicked mightily.
For both "bugger-allth" and "I think that the gull flew away, although it may have just fallen off the rock laughing."
(, Fri 28 Jan 2011, 10:18, closed)
and for not dying.
(, Fri 28 Jan 2011, 11:20, closed)
No way!
I use to live in Babbacombe! I had an amazing beach party in the small enclosed beach by the cliffs. Haven't been there in about 3 years now.
(, Fri 28 Jan 2011, 10:27, closed)

I had my 21st on that beach!
The spearfishing rock was to the left..
(, Fri 28 Jan 2011, 10:38, closed)

We had such a great party there! This is the place: img98.imageshack.us/i/torquay59.jpg/

I grew up in Torquay / Paignton but moved away to study at RHUL.
(, Fri 28 Jan 2011, 10:51, closed)

Great party spot indeed, no-one to hear the noise, plenty of firewood!

We did have security come around at 3:00am and try to charge us rent for the deck chairs we were using. We declined, politely. Actually we said that were about as likely to pay, as they were to give us a receipt..
(, Fri 28 Jan 2011, 11:54, closed)

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