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    The publication date for issue 289 is the 10th of December, meaning subscribers should receive their copies during the week leading up to that date. It is also available from caving suppliers such as Inglesport and Starless River, or from our new website

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Who won the Scurion??

Pegasus

Administrator
Staff member
WHO WON THE SCURION 900??

(y) Many thanks to Rolf at Scurion for this fabulous prize (y)

Lots of information about this excellent caving light here:
https://www.scurion.ch/jm19/en/lamps-en-eg/model-overview/scurion-900.html

Available to buy in the UK from Starless River:
https://starlessriver.com/shop/scurion-speleo-900-with-4-cell-battery/


wl



Thank you to everyone who entered this competition - loads of fabulous entries making judging really, really difficult.  As New Year plans were cancelled (thanks Covid) judging has kept me busy this evening - I even avoided the bubbles to keep a clear head  :halo: 

Just missing out on the shortlist were:

Wellyjen - 'Don't point your light directly at my eyes!
                My eyes, my eyes, I'm blind!'


Howardlimbert - fab video but a bit pixellated
                        https://drive.google.com/file/d/16IW1vUmHn0Yct2sYQF2nwZFV82gQKQUa/view?usp=sharing

Badlad - Until yesterday (8th December 2021) this short drop inside a new cave had never seen light......
                      https://youtu.be/Jcl0SCkpJ38

Brains - clever twist on light and dark- sunlight and mud  ;)

wl


Paul - I was left behind stumbling in the dim light until I realised I was bent double just trying to see the floor of the cave with the dim red glow which was all that was all that was left from my light.  I could imagine the scene  ;)

Skippy -
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Chunky -
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yuvals - the mistakes  ;)

The Shortlist of 10 are:

1)  Josh W - The Black Dog (and reminding us of the thread on UKC I'm most proud of).  Well written Josh.

2) Speleofish - Cave - a poem.  The sudden black against the white demands the eye....

3) Caver Keith - http://youtu.be/j0TZX62aGbs

4) GarDouth -
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5) Mealy - Dancing in the Dark.  I had to play Bruce's version to get it  ;)

6) JonP -


7) Beardy

8) Chunky
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9) CJ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KV6Qg1aJZ0U

10) Franklin A poem. Witches Cave, Easegill

11) roo.walters.4 Darkness. The 90m pitch was a drop into blackness. We were using carbide lamps then, so you could see almost nothing beyond about 10m, and looking down, the darkness was total. So solidly black, that as I was rigging, I reached out to touch it.

12) CJ I used to think that the day would never come
                        I'd see their light in the shape of a scurion...


13) Bartek Light and not so light - clever.
wl
 
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(Apologies some of the photos are larger than others)

I know, I know it's shortlist of 13 not 10, but try as I might I couldn't reduce it down so 13 it is.

Of the 13 who have posted more than 20 times on UKC you each get two entries (CJ, you also get two as you're listed twice).

Right, am off to put the entries into the Santa hat (yes literally!)

https://youtu.be/oOvI73K10BM

.....and the winner is CJ!! Congratulations!!
PM me to arrange delivery/collection  :)

(y) Once again, many thanks to Scurion for the fabulous prize (y)

wl
 

AlexR

Member
Congrats to CJ, all the late night driving and editing effort paid off!

And thanks to all the other entries, some really fantastic pictures, stories and videos  :)
 

traff

Member
David Rose said:
Did you write and perform the song, CJ? Great entry, worthy winner.

He's got a good case for plagiarism against Iron Maiden if he did write it ;) ;) ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bePCRKGUwAY

Brilliant cover.
 

CJ

Member
David Rose said:
Did you write and perform the song, CJ? Great entry, worthy winner.

I only performed it; all credit to Iron Maiden for the original. I changed a few lyrics to fit the theme (and to qualify as fair use since the Youtube algorithms are on the ball). Traff has already posted a link to the original version, although it was their live performances that I used as inspiration for the more theatrical vocal style in the opening.

I appreciate the kind comments I've received about my submission. Thank you to UKCaving judges for sticking my entries in the hat, and thank you lady luck for starting 2022 with some serious lumens!  :beer: I thought AlexR was pulling my leg this morning when he sent me a congratulatory message. There were some really amazing submissions as well, I'm not surprised that making a short-list proved difficult.
 

AR

Well-known member
Congratulations CJ, it seems musicality is what wins you the big prizes on here (having won the last Scurion competition five years ago with wilful and premeditated underground carol singing!)
 

Pegasus

Administrator
Staff member
AR said:
Congratulations CJ, it seems musicality is what wins you the big prizes on here (having won the last Scurion competition five years ago with wilful and premeditated underground carol singing!)

...and fine singing it was too  ;)
 
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