Sunday, 23 October 2016

Deportivo Wankas

Two weeks into my Dungeness stay and it is all getting a little bit desperate. There can be no disguising it, it has been disappointing. No real arrivals, a few brief bursts of visible migration and just a Yellow-browed Warbler to be placed in the 'unusual species' column. A poor return for all of the effort put in. This afternoon I ran out of steam, and for the first time in 14 days put the binoculars down and retreated to the observatory common room with a good book and a bottomless mug of tea. My batteries need recharching and tomorrow morning will hopefully see my mojo reset. I've brought with me a bottle of single malt to open when 'the goody' appears. Sod that, it's being opened this evening!

When I stayed here last autumn there was an abundance of late flowering, so much so that I started to make a list of the species still in bloom from Nov 1st - I think I got to 130+ by the time I went home. Alas, this year's show is meagre indeed, so I haven't even got that as a distracting sideshow. Instead, a few of us have awakened the school-boy within us to try and assemble a football team made up of genuine professional players with rude names. I know, how puerile... but at the same time, great fun. I won't list all of them here (we have a squad of 44!) To give you just a taste, they include David Seaman, Lars Bender, Julian Dicks, Stefan Kuntz, Igor Shitov, Juankar, Anil Koc, Wayne Wanklyn, Andre Muff, Bernt Haas, Waldo Ponce, Brian Pinas, Milan Fukal, Fabian Assman, Rod Fanni, Ralf Minge, Quim, Francisco Arce, Rafael Scheidt, Argelico Fucks, Cha Bum-Kun, Michael Gash and Lopez Ufarte. All 100% genuine. Google them if you don't believe me, but then again you'd better not, I cannot vouch for any of the websites you might be directed to. We even have a genuine team name for them to play with - Deportivo Wankas (from Peru), and of course they will play at the Wankdorf Stadium. This has been the highlight of my stay so far...

6 comments:

  1. Man - you must be bored? It's a post reminiscent of a factory tea break!!!!! - Chin up - Dyl

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    1. You have summed it up very well indeed Dyl!

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  2. Lopez Ufarte, a real blast from the 82 Panini ailbum past!

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    1. Schoolboy humour I know Simon, but I find it all very amusing.

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    1. He is in the squad Ric, just didn't name him. Strong squad!

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