The full picture

People have commented on the picture at the top of my blog.

They say it is a nice picture. Very serene and peaceful.

I thought it was appropriate – people rambling. And they are up the mountains like me.

But the criticism is that it is too serene. I rant and rave a lot. And that doesn’t match the image at the top. They say I should have a picture that shows more anger. More ire. More bile. More violence. More bloodshed. People are very bloodthirsty these days. I blame it on computer games.

I like that picture though, so for the moment, it stays.

The photograph was taken by a friend. I was sitting right behind him at the time. It was a lovely day. Those two tourists had just asked for directions and they were now heading up to the bogs where I send all tourists.

Just after he took that photograph, he took one of me.


Does that really make you feel any better?


The full picture — 18 Comments

  1. In case anyone is worried, I waited for the hikers to take another ten paces before opening fire. I like to give them a sporting chance.

    I’m not a murderer.

  2. I love that – “a serene ranter”!

    Thank you Flirty.

    Maybe I write serenely, but the image above may just reflect my innermost dark thoughts.

    There are times when I could cheerfully line up my “favourite” people in front of that 50 cal.

    George W?
    The Plank?
    Luke Clancy?
    People who employ foreigners in call centres?

    Anyone else?

  3. Grandad,

    I mentioned it to Ron (I think) at one stage. His response was that if you look carefully enough you’re behind a rock with a sniper rifle.

    Your camouflage must be good though, because I can’t spot you. It’s the hardest “Where’s Wally” I’ve seen in a while.

  4. I move around a bit. Sometimes a sniper rifle. Sometimes I just feel like letting rip. Sometimes I like to lob mortars from the other side of the valley.

    It all depends on my mood.

  5. Grandad,

    I’m just waiting for the report that someone is roaming around the Wicklow mountains with a M1 Abrams taking out tourists with Depleted Uranium Shells. (Lets see if this makes your site show up on NSA/CIA lists 🙂 )

  6. Grandad,

    Just doing my part to ensure tourism in Wicklow gets a boost. Is there many Black bullet proof cars driving around your parts these days? And how well does the bullet proof glass stand up to a 50cal machine gun?

  7. Ya’ know as I look at that pic more closely it appears to be a Browning model 1919-A6 .30 caliber machine gun, air cooled, belt fed, right handed with the tranverse and elevation unit on the tripod and chambered for the .30 caliber model 1906 cartridge. Is that close?

  8. I couldn’t understand why I Never ever get any hits from Yahoo. Anyway, I typed my blog into Yahoo and got:


    Once on the Russian site with Rinceoir, I tried forthe fainthearted and didn’t get anything, but got what I linked to for yourself!

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