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Offline Smithers

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"On finding myself upside down I did not panic"
« on: October 15, 2009, 03:22:22 pm »
I've just been reading Jim Eyre's "The Game Goes On" and came across the anecdote where he tells the story of a couple of amateur caver from Blackburn who get them selves into some trouble on a rope ladder.  Long story short they got themselves into a spot of bother, with one of them uttering the words "On finding myself upside down I did not panic".  As it turns out Newcastle University Caving Club used this quote along with an amusing cartoon (according to Jim Eyre) on a T-shirt some time in either 60's or 70's.

What I'd like to do is try and recreate that t-shirt design for this year's Newcastle Uni hoodie.  Here's where you guys come in, does anybody know what the cartoon on the t-shirt looked like?  None of the regular old lags are old enough to remember university in the 60's or 70's, but maybe some of you do?  Does anyone have any photos of Newcastle University Caving Club from that era (ideally with the t-shirt on/in the picture) so that we can recreate this design?  Or better still does someone have a very old and tatty UNCC t-shirt tucked away somewhere?

Cheers for your help!

Chris

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Re: "On finding myself upside down I did not panic"
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2009, 11:14:22 pm »
I LIKE that idea  ;D

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Re: "On finding myself upside down I did not panic"
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2009, 12:46:21 am »
To get an idea of what it might look like do the following (not very far off the ground!!!!)

Start prusiking up a rope, stand in your foot loops so all you weight is on the hand jammer.   Remove your chest jammer whilst keeping one arm wrapped arround the rope for support.   You should now start very slowly, but inevitably to turn upside down, you will be totally helpless and not very safe.   Your arm will fail to support you, the only way out of the predicament is somehow free a foot from a foot loop and hope it can still reach the ground as you try to get round the right way again.
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Re: "On finding myself upside down I did not panic"
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2009, 08:37:36 am »
It's to be found in 'Race Against Time', which might be easier to source.

I know this, I had it copied as a cartoon on my door in 1990...

Happy hunting!
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Re: "On finding myself upside down I did not panic"
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2009, 08:44:30 am »
It's to be found in 'Race Against Time', which might be easier to source.

I know this, I had it copied as a cartoon on my door in 1990...

Happy hunting!

I have a copy for sale

Mike

 

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