Games people like us all can play

Lord Horatio here again

Do tell – which is your favourite of these? 

Stone Skimming

Scottish waters are the perfect practise ground for this sporting pursuit.   Dougie Isaacs from Blairgowrie in Perthshire, is the 2016 World Stone Skimming Champion.   

 He beat off stiff competition on Sunday (Sept 29) in a disused slate quarry on the Inner Hebridean Island of Easdale – a rather longer stone’s throw from Oban in Argyll. Dougie bounced past the opposition before a jubilant crowd in fine weather.

Although we have no photographs of our own to mark the momentous occasion,  there are good views to be had on   

Why not enjoy the 2017 event in September?   It is near Oban, hub of the islands transport system, so much is possible.

Conkers ahoy!

The World Conker Championships is eagerly awaited following cancellation of the event due to high winds in recent years. 8th October 2017 is the next date to look out for.  More details on the website.  

A profusion of shiny, russet coloured orbs will be on parade.  My highly strung nephew Daniel is determined to attend. He regularly stoops to conquer in the playground. I am reliably informed that family tickets can be had at a very reasonable price. 


Every year there is a procession of important sporting challenges.  The next on the itinerary is a flipping marvellous event: The World Tiddlywinks contest.  In the past it has been held in Sandwich, Kent and Ely in Cambridgeshire;   There is a National Team of Four in 2017 between 29-30 July.   Have a look at the masters at work in this  youtube video     Now you know how the champions play you might also want to try it out yourself.    You can get all the kit from clicking on this link to Bizzy Bods


Although I lost my marbles a long time ago the sport is still alive and well. the global challenges are held every year.    In the last decade the Johnson Jets have featured as runners up several times and in 2017 they won the championship.   Back in 1588  when this event began as a result of two suitors, Giles and Hodge, who were competing for the hand of a Tinsley green milk maiden, who would have  thought that it would be the forerunner of an annual challenge which has already lasted for over 400 years.  Definitely a game to be involved with, even if you are not a Jet yet!  What sort of marbles would Lord Dawdle suggest?  Since 1962 they have been made of glass, so try this retrostyler website for starters.  

Over and out!


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