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    Sport; sporty, hobby, recreation? Who cares? In my book, "sport" doesn't have to be competitive. Sport can be done solely for fun, so our hobby can also be a sport even for those of us who don't compete but only try to improve our skills at some aspect or other.

    Microlighting a religion? Well I'm still seeking enlightenment. What I can't understand is the fervour of atheists to convert everybody else to their Faith. If somebody's happy to live their life as if there's a God and an afterlife, then why not? If the Atheists are right then after we're gone none of us will know or care. If they're wrong then the others will at least have the satisfaction of saying 'told you so'



    PS. What's sporty? The simple act of taking off and landing successfully on the chosen bit of the runway? Staying in charge of the beast in 'sporty' summer's day thermals? Getting practice (or real) forced landings on the dot? Having fun up there, not just flying S&L between cups of coffee? Getting to a destination, or back to the home field, in spite of the RAF's GPS jamming trials? Spotting other users of the sky before it's too late? It all depends how you define 'sport', I suppose.
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    Ooooh, I'm not getting sucked into how I define sport, or even doing a copy/paste of the OED definition. I'm happy to be in the minority (perhaps a minority of one) but it's always been one of those things that bug me. Believe me, when I am getting chucked about in the wind, the rain and the snow in my little flexwing it certainly feels mentally and physically sporty enough.... but then again, I sometimes physically struggle reading Solzhenitsyn but would hardly call that a sport either.

    It resonates with me along the same lines that some folk don't want to fly "microlights" and would rather fly the same thing under a different label and be a member of some sort of British Light Sports Aircraft Association rather than the good old bMaa.

    Hey ho. Guess it takes all sort

    ps.. as for religion. My wife tells me there is a god and since she hasn't been wrong about anything in her life then thats good enough for me!!


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    Well as we are onto religion my agnostic, dyslexic, insomniac mate, was laying in bed wondering if there was a DOG ............ then he sold his soul to SANTA

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    I was going to mention the time we landed on a completely deserted beach on Coll,
    and when we got back late from the pub, nearly got stranded by the tide.
    But I expect er, Snaggles will blow a gasket, so I won’t mention it.


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    What about this bloke? Very low pass at Rayne, about 7 years ago . . . . . . . . . in a Vampire!
    I remember Joan remarking at the time that it was ‘pretty awesome’ (or intellectual words to that effect)



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    Quote Originally Posted by MadamBreakneck View Post
    ]What I can't understand is the fervour of atheists to convert everybody else to their Faith.



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    On a minor point of pedantry, Joan, there is something a little oxymoronic about that comment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paultheparaglider View Post
    On a minor point of pedantry, Joan, there is something a little oxymoronic about that comment.

    Paul.
    Well, yes, but surely that was the intent? An oxymoron is a rhetorical device that uses an apparent contradiction to reveal a paradox.

    I don't happen to agree with the point Joan is making, but I'll defend the way she is making it (to misquote Churchill or GBS or whoever it was).
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    I was just "sporting" with her.


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    I'm more concerned at the allegation that I made an intellectual remark about that Vampire.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MadamBreakneck View Post
    I'm more concerned at the allegation that I made an intellectual remark ...
    Not a problem I've ever faced.


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