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The ‘V’ Sign

02 Nov

The ‘V’ Sign – do I mean ‘V’ as in the magnificent Avro Vulcan bombers which were stationed on Lincolnshire airfields at a time when I had reason to be in that part of the UK. They were a stunning sight in flight – appearing to be so slow that it was a wonder they stayed airborne and yet the same aircraft had no defence against attack other than sheer speed and the supposed ability to fly at greater alititude than the enemy.

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Or – was it the ‘V’ as in the ‘very nice’ day we had for our walk yesterday. Morning arrived so bright – it was the first day since the clock’s were put back for ‘winter time’ at the weekend that I have felt like jumping out of bed and heading for the hills. And head for the hills we did —

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The ‘V’ in ‘View’ springs to mind – climbing to one of the highest points on the Isle of Luing we were spoiled for choice with a 360 degree panorama unfolding around us – but – the View to Easdale and Mull is always worth a second click —

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M-mmm – that elusive ‘V’ – could it be my reply to Mightymouse when she gave me the ‘hurry up’ call from the top of the hill —

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Judging by this pic it could well have been – but it wasn’t – I wouldn’t be so rude 🙂

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especially with lunch waiting out of the wind just over the top —

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No – this is the ‘V’ we’ve all been waiting for.

The first skien of geese from the Arctic Circle flew over just as we sat down. On their way to Islay – they skirted to the west of Scarba and Jura in formation behind a leader who had obviously flown this route many times before.

A perfect ‘V’ —

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A shape in flight that has stood the test of time in goose life in particular and for a brief period in our own as the now retired Vulcan was the last line of defence carrying a constant airborne deterrent during the Cold War from mid-fifties through to the eighties.

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A role now undertaken by the Polaris submarine based but a few miles away as tempers rise once more in the wider world.

It all seems so far from the peaceful hills of Luing – let’s hope it stays that way 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2016 in Isle of Luing, out and about, Walks

 

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