Ah the term scallywag, it’s a lovely word, rolls off the tongue with ease
The English dictionary defines scallywag as A person, typically a child, who behaves
badly but in an amusingly mischievous rather than harmful way; a rascal.
Nautically it’s a good pirate term for a wrong doer and ne’r do well, so I dare say
poor dear reader I may slip in some further piratical terms, and will try not to
go lower than why are pirates called pirates? Because they aaaaaaaaaargh . I know
I shall run far away before Blue gives me one of those looks.
With a fair wind behind (sorry curry last night) I made good sail to the south coast
so here I am near the seaside for the Scallywags Bilgerat bash, which has to be said
is a great name for an event. I had planned to wear a parrot on my shoulder for the
occasion, but slim had already advised me that the BBQ would be good so I decided
against it, and verily he told the truth.
The Scallywags are a Sussex Based group but as the members are spread out can rarely
be pinned down to one location for their regular meets, though they do hold a great
monthly meet in Horsham (2nd Thursday of each month at the Shelley Arms), so it was
nice to see them all in one place.
The Crabtree Inn, which sounds like a place to find buccaneers, and where do you
find Bucaneers on the side of your bucanhead was already filling up, and so was the
pavement and local road much to the amusement of several of the locals . Musical
entertainment, sadly was not a selection of sea shanties and bawdy ditties but by
a rock band headed by one of their very own, it was loud for early afternoon, but
some well trousered folk were jigging along too them.
There was a bike show, with but two simple categories everyday ride bikes and customs
and the winner chosen by public vote. I liked this idea as most varmits are proud
of their rides so why not show them off. I have no idea who won but for me the most
fun bike there was the scooter with the RD350 engine, made a glorious howl. It was
also great to see so many younger riders at an event. The cost to enter a bike was
but two pieces of Gold with the bounty heading for charity.
After a while it was fair snug to squishy outside but with the barometer dropping
and rain starting I made hearty farewells and left the others to party on late into
There are already plans for Bilgerat do two… which sounds like a date for the diary