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TGO Challenge 2016

The Great Outdoors (TGO) Challenge 2016

The 18:20 from Glasgow Queens Street to Mallaig halted at Garelochhead because of a fire close to the tracks. I joined the crew and passengers enjoying the sunset. It was a clear evening. Looking at the surrounding mountains I recalled some of the highlights of my previous years. In 2012 walking along Loch Leven in …

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TGO 2015: Lochailort to Stonehaven

The Great Outdoor (TGO) Challenge 2015 – Scotland

In May 2015 I made my third successful TGO crossing, starting at Lochailort and finishing at Stonehaven 13 days  later.  My route, as with previous years, was  low level with no major obstacles, or so I thought at the start! The bar  at Lochailort Inn on the evening before the start was full of old and new …

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End of TGO Challenge 2015

The Great Outdoor (TGO) Challenge 2015 – Scotland. A walk to the Park!

The Great Outdoors Challenge for 2015 takes place between May 08th and May 22nd.  Around 300 backpackers will be hiking from Scotland’s west coast to east coast, through some of the most stunning and testing landscape in Europe. It’s a test of back country skills, navigation and stamina – but Challengers also share wonderful camaraderie …

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The Great Outdoor (TGO) Challenge - Scotland 2013

The Great Outdoor (TGO) Challenge 2012 & 2013. A 14 day hike across Scotland

The TGO Challenge is a demanding self supported event where participants hike from the West Coast to the East Coast of Scotland and are responsible for carrying their own tent, sleeping bag and food. The Great Outdoor Magazine and RAB, an outdoor clothing supplier sponsored the event in previous years. Every solo hiker or group (maximum …

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King Jaja of Opobo Memorial Statue

King Ja Ja, L’Année Passée and Rum & Coca-Cola

This is a follow-on to the well-known Barbadian folk song Millie Gone to Brazil and is how two classics songs L’Année Passée and Rum & Coca-Cola trace their heritage back to the Bajan folk song: King Ja Ja.  It is told by our guest contributor Roger Gibbs. King Ja Ja of Opobo King Ja Ja …

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Three Houses Sugar Factory, St. Philip, Barbados - 1954

Barbados Sugarworks 1640 – 1924 (Summary)

Jim Webster, in collaboration with Francis Ward, has put together three posts for BajanThings all on the theme of Barbados Sugar-Works.  In addition Jim Webster has also produced a detailed index of Maps of Barbados going back to 1500 – many of which list the major plantations and owners. The Printed Maps of Barbados 1500 …

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Barbados Sugar Estate with Windmill and Factory

Ronnie Hughes: Barbadian Sugar Plantations Index 1640 – 1846

Ronald G. Hughes: Barbadian Sugar Plantations 1640 to 1846 index was compiled from deeds, wills, maps, census, newspapers, surveyors’ plans and correspondence. The basis of this listing was Ronnie Hughes seminar paper 1977/78, Department of History, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, titled: “Barbadian Sugar Plantations 1640 to 1846“. Over the ensuing years …

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