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Tub-Thumper - 1. A speaker or preacher who for emphasis thumps the pulpit; a violent or declamatory preacher or orator; a ranter. (from This blog will be a combination of reasoned posting somedays and an occasional rant.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Well, actually I have been to several. The highest up I ever got was about 14,500 feet which is about 4,500 metres. I don't normally post photos of myself on here but a photo from the back is ok... here is me in himalaya-ville...

I just absolutely love it. It is my favourite thing in the world bar none (well, maybe one - but you can do that one up there anyway if yo uknow the right person). For me, being up there is the one place of truly forgetting it all. For some people it is music which works for me sometimes but a lot of music is situational and therefore either

A - you tailor what you are listening to to what is going on in your life


B - what you are listening to drags your mood or outlook to whatever the situation in the song is.

For some people it is reading or yoga or watching a movie. Not for me. Mountains.

There are so many reasons. For example, the clean air, the fitness thing, the feeling when you get to the top, obviously there are the incredible views. But I think the most important for me is going to a place that hasn't been fucked up yet. But even MORE than that it's the feeling that I don't even think in that way when I am in these places. I just get on with it. I do it in different kinds of weather too, it doesn't have to be sunny.

For good measure, here are a couple from various places in Scotland...What makes you forget about all horrible stuff???

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posted by michael the tubthumper @ 1:56 pm  
  • At 4:56 pm, Blogger Peacechick Mary said…

    The last time I tried mountains, I ended up in a medical unit - oxygen deprivation. Since I live at and sometimes below sea level, I am accustomed to a very dense atmosphere. So, I now avoid the mountains. Sad.

  • At 8:03 pm, Blogger justin barker said…

    In the mountains where the water comes crashing down, or in the desert under where it's so quiet my ears ring, or in the forest all green and smelly being in these places makes me forget all the troublesome nonsense that people cause. Or reading a good book especially if it's about people and their troublesome nonsense.

  • At 9:51 pm, Blogger pissed off patricia said…

    For me it's the beach. Not a crowded loud people beach but a spot where it's just me and the birds and the life in the ocean. My mind refreshes itself at such a place. Life seems real and okay at a place like that.

  • At 11:09 pm, Blogger Keir said…

    Mountains for me.

  • At 8:40 am, Blogger sumo said…

    The beach is for me too...but if that isn't nearby I'll go for a good book and some music.

  • At 12:30 pm, Blogger michael the tubthumper said…

    so whats the score then - 2 for the beach 2 and a half for the mountains...who cares? whatever gets you thru the day/night

  • At 5:54 pm, Blogger Graeme said…

    beautiful pics Michael.

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About Me: Tub-Thumper - 1. A speaker or preacher who for emphasis thumps the pulpit; a violent or declamatory preacher or orator; a ranter. This blog will be a combination of reasoned posting somedays and an occasional rant. 28 years old, I write and research for a couple of websites and also do my own stuff.
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I have made a few short movies. Here are links to free downloads for them all in the order that I made them (as far as I can remember). Please feel free to use, distribute, disagree with, shout at etc etc

  • Praise The Lord and Pass The Ammunition
  • This was a REAL song from World War 2. I was so stunned by it I had to make a movie

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  • This is my attempt at a video for the excellent, if worrying, David Rovics (see links) song

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