My totally not embarrassing hobby

MegiMegi Posts: 7,147Member
edited August 2016 in Totally Not Guitars
My totally not embarrassing hobby, about which I am much more serious than Rubik's cubes, is archery. I shoot what is called a compound bow - I suppose the most modern, high tech category, although there are also separate classes for the recurve bow and longbow. Will have to take a pic or two of my archery kit for those interested. First tried this sport back in 1990, and have really been obsessed by it ever since. Also nice is that there is a lovely community of people one gets to know, and who I meet regularly at tournaments. I have been Lincs county champion in 6 previous years, and was classed at Master Bowman level for a several years - I think the last time I managed that was about 4 years ago though, and I need to get practicing a bit more to get back to that standard (which I intend to). If you qualify as an MB, then you are eligable to compete at the UK Masters tournament the following year - I went in 2002, and came 5th overall. Time to stop showing off Megi...  A friend did once take some slow motion footage of me shooting, and I see it is still on Youtube:  There are clubs all over the country though, and honestly, it is a wonderful sport, which can be done by anyone, at any age (there are bows to suit whatever strength level you're at). The oldest member of my club (Grimsby Archers) is in his mid 80s. I thoroughly recommend giving it a go if you want to try something different - most clubs run beginner's courses, where you can learn good basic technique, and get a taste of things without investing a huge amount of money. All the equipment you need will be provided also - it is not a good idea to buy archery gear without already having some experience, as the kit needs to be tailored to your draw length/strength. And don't buy from ebay or one of those shops that sell bb guns/knives etc. - an archery club will usually recommend a few specialist shops, staffed by experienced archers, and only after you have completed a beginner course, and have decided to take up the sport seriously. Waffling on now - but just thinking I need to get my indoor archery setup sorted out now winter is approaching - we tend to shoot at shorter range in sports halls during the cold winter months, and go outdoors, and longer distances from about April to mid October. I much prefer the outdoor side of things, but some folks like the more clinical feel of indoor shooting (no wind to contend with indoors!). There are various forms of field archery also, where one walks around a course, usually set in some woods, and there are targets at various distances (sometimes unknown, and you have to estimate), plus uphill and downhill shots sometimes - it's amazingly good fun, although I tend to concentrate more on target archery, which emphasizes repeatable accuracy, with many more shots at just a few distances over the course of a day. Really, stop waffling now Megi! Anyone got any hobby of your own you'd like to talk about?

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  • HobbioHobbio Posts: 21Member

    My Dad was into archery, but he died when I was a kid so I never really caught the bug. I remember seeing loads of his kit around though.

  • The23rdmanThe23rdman Posts: 1,560Member

    I knew you did archery as I randomly Googled you a while back, but I had no idea that you were GOOD! I've tried it a really enjoyed it, but never pursued it. One day when I have a bit more time and disposable income I'll have another go. 

  • Reg SoxReg Sox Posts: 3,121Member

    I've always fancied archery ever since at school, after we finished our "O" Levels, the school organised a bunch of extra-curricula activities to fill the gap between the exams and end of term.  One of the courses was making a 15 minute TV programme (stay with me - it gets to archery very shortly, in fact immediately, in fact now if I stop waffling).

     

    It transpired that one of the other kids was heavily into archery, and had been since Junior School, which none of us knew.  So we made a TV documentary about archery with this kid being interviewed, giving us a guided tour through the kit, and then providing a practical demonstration  - I'm sure good old health and safety would get involved these days.  But not a Risk Assessment or Fluorescent Jacket in sight back in June 1974.  Obviously all of us boys (strange, but I don't recall any girls getting involved in this activity, but I can't recall what else was on offer) had made bows and arrows earlier in life to play genocide and indians, and that was the extent of our knowledge.

     

    I guess because we had an unusual subject with someone quite knowledgeable the programme actually turned out to be very good (including some spoof adverts - Messcafe was one I remember that was manic and ended up very messy - as the name suggests).  Apparently this programme was used as an example in the course for a few years - probably in a patronising way because we were a pretty rough council estate school.  One other result of that was another of the kids got inspired and went onto to study media production in further education and is a freelance sound recordist to this day.

     

    So through that I've always fancied archery.  But time is the issue until I retire - maybe then.

     

    My main hobby revolves around music. We go to see lots of live music (Bellowhead tomorrow night) and these days I'm even putting on gigs locally - Ray Cooper and Rowan Godel provided an excellent evenings entertainment for us on Saturday night.  And or course singing and playing and making/repairing instruments myself.

     

    Other interests include gardening.  The council house I grew up in had no garden to speak of, so now I've got 1/3 of an acre that takes up a lot of time.  Also astronomy is another interest, but the last couple of years has been a series of mismatches between my being home and there being reliably clear skies so hardly had the telescope out for ages.

     

    Cheers, Reg.

  • MegiMegi Posts: 7,147Member
    Originally Posted by The23rdman:

    I knew you did archery as I randomly Googled you a while back, but I had no idea that you were GOOD! I've tried it a really enjoyed it, but never pursued it. One day when I have a bit more time and disposable income I'll have another go. 

    Cheers 23rd - good is a relative thing, I admit there are people next to whom I am very shabby indeed. I like to think at least a good competitive club-level archer - or course, there is a gulf between that and someone at national or international standard.

     

    Hope you do give it a try one day - it's honestly not a massively expensive sport. Yes, the kit can set you back a bit, but the thing is to buy wisely, and buy once. My club fees, including membership of the Lincolnshire County organisation, East Midlands regional org, and Archery GB - the national body, are about £130 annually, plus the club charges a pound every time I go to shoot. It's generally about a tenner to enter and shoot at a tournament.

     

    There are some archers at the club who just like to shoot for their own enjoyment, which is fine, and some of us are more competitive, and like to go to tournaments, and to work to qualifying for the county team, and things like that. Personally I love going to tournaments, for the competition yes, but however I place, I'm always happy if I've got close to or beaten my PB, and even if having a "bad day" it's not really, because I do find there is something very wonderful and elemental about just shooting arrows. And it's always great to meet friends again, and swap stories, and chat about the latest gear etc. etc. Give it a go one day, you won't regret it! image

  • MegiMegi Posts: 7,147Member
    Originally Posted by Reg Sox:

    I've always fancied archery ever since at school, after we finished our "O" Levels, the school organised a bunch of extra-curricula activities to fill the gap between the exams and end of term.  One of the courses was making a 15 minute TV programme (stay with me - it gets to archery very shortly, in fact immediately, in fact now if I stop waffling).

     

    It transpired that one of the other kids was heavily into archery, and had been since Junior School, which none of us knew.  So we made a TV documentary about archery with this kid being interviewed, giving us a guided tour through the kit, and then providing a practical demonstration  - I'm sure good old health and safety would get involved these days.  But not a Risk Assessment or Fluorescent Jacket in sight back in June 1974.  Obviously all of us boys (strange, but I don't recall any girls getting involved in this activity, but I can't recall what else was on offer) had made bows and arrows earlier in life to play genocide and indians, and that was the extent of our knowledge.

     

    I guess because we had an unusual subject with someone quite knowledgeable the programme actually turned out to be very good (including some spoof adverts - Messcafe was one I remember that was manic and ended up very messy - as the name suggests).  Apparently this programme was used as an example in the course for a few years - probably in a patronising way because we were a pretty rough council estate school.  One other result of that was another of the kids got inspired and went onto to study media production in further education and is a freelance sound recordist to this day.

     

    So through that I've always fancied archery.  But time is the issue until I retire - maybe then.

     

    My main hobby revolves around music. We go to see lots of live music (Bellowhead tomorrow night) and these days I'm even putting on gigs locally - Ray Cooper and Rowan Godel provided an excellent evenings entertainment for us on Saturday night.  And or course singing and playing and making/repairing instruments myself.

     

    Other interests include gardening.  The council house I grew up in had no garden to speak of, so now I've got 1/3 of an acre that takes up a lot of time.  Also astronomy is another interest, but the last couple of years has been a series of mismatches between my being home and there being reliably clear skies so hardly had the telescope out for ages.

     

    Cheers, Reg.

    Cheers for that Reg, hope you do get to try archery one day. Some of the longbow archers I know like to craft their own bows - I can imagine you would be good at that yourself somehow. Of course you have mentioned the astronomy before - I do find that to be fascinating myself, and have been to several talks put on by my local society, which were great. But I am not in any way a practicing astronomer - just an armchair follower really. I guess you are right that there is only so much spare time that one has, and we can't do everything, sadly. Music of course though! - that one has to count for all of us on here. To me it really seems too big a thing to be classed as a hobby - more just part of who I am, if that makes sense?

  • MegiMegi Posts: 7,147Member
    Originally Posted by Hobbio:

    My Dad was into archery, but he died when I was a kid so I never really caught the bug. I remember seeing loads of his kit around though.

    Sorry to hear that H, hope I didn't bring back any bad memories.

  • Reg SoxReg Sox Posts: 3,121Member

    I meant to ask Megi, with the Hunger Games Franchise, which although I've not seen any of them I believe from the trailers includes archery, has it resulted in an influx of people, particularly youngsters, wanting to try out the sport?

     

    Cheers, Reg.

  • HobbioHobbio Posts: 21Member
    Originally Posted by Megi:
    Originally Posted by Hobbio:

    My Dad was into archery, but he died when I was a kid so I never really caught the bug. I remember seeing loads of his kit around though.

    Sorry to hear that H, hope I didn't bring back any bad memories.

    Not at all mate, it was 30 years ago! He used to have this massive (well, to me it at the time it looked massive! It was taller than me image) compound composite bow with roller things at each end and weights hanging down either side, a great big cream coloured thing it was. His arrows were kept safely out of my reach, but I used to play with his two-fingered glove thingy and my own plastic bow. When he got ill his eyesight went, so the archery stopped along with his other main hobby of watch and clock repair.

     

    I'll never forget the look of that bow though, it would have been round about 1983/4 or so when he got it cos he passed in 1986 and was very ill for the preceding 12-18 months.

  • MegiMegi Posts: 7,147Member
    Originally Posted by Reg Sox:

    I meant to ask Megi, with the Hunger Games Franchise, which although I've not seen any of them I believe from the trailers includes archery, has it resulted in an influx of people, particularly youngsters, wanting to try out the sport?

     

    Cheers, Reg.

    I've not seen any of them either, and don't know much about it all either [apart from the lovely Jennifer Lawrence - did you know she also took the lead in the film "Winter's Bone, recently shown on BBC2 btw? image ]. And afraid I've not been involved in our club's beginner's course for a while, so couldn't really say if it's had a huge effect. Past experience with films like Kevin Costner doing Robin Hood, and of course the Lord of the Rings trilogy, would indicate that there will be at least some increase in numbers wanting to try the sport. I think usually people are influenced more by just being reminded that archery exists, rather than the desire to emulate what is shown in the films - thank goodness! image

  • Kevin PeatKevin Peat Posts: 3,128Member

    The boys and I used to belong to an airgun club. 

     

    I liked having to deal with drop and windage. Plus you get a rewarding *TING* if you hit the bell on the target or knock the birdy's head down. (Shoot the birdy in the chest to get his head back up - poor birdy.)

     

    Make the rat jump - the spinners spin...

     

    All that got boring though. I found that the most satisfying shooting was at a paper target - one with a single bullseye shot would get propped up against a pint glass in a pub and celebrated. 

     

    PS - A Latvian friend of mine is a bowyer (?) and makes them from scratch using natural woods. 

  • Kevin PeatKevin Peat Posts: 3,128Member

    My main hobby was martial arts. Packed it in about 5 years ago. Too many joint injuries and the whole commitment thing gets a lot more serious when you go beyond black belt

     

    "We have three weekend seminars and we expect you to be there."

     

    "I have family commitments"

     

    "What comes first ?  Karate or family ?"

     

    "Well - er -um..."

     

    "Good. We'll be seeing you Sunday then."

     

    And so I didn't turn up - and then the shame would prevent me from going to the next session and then a missed week turns into a missed month and now it's been... FIVE YEARS !

     

    I used to box as a kid. Did a bit of martial training in the police and went on to riot squads for a few years - night duty patrol vans in London and the West End. I thought I'd formalise what I knew and so went into a karate club for the first time aged 37 - got my first Dan aged 42 and have a nice certificate on the wall and another box ticked. I augmented that with Ju Jitsu and wrestling and a bit of full contact work - this is where I found out that I'm not very hard; seriously, you don't want to be messing with someone who can dump you on your head and put you in a wheelchair for good. 

     

    My main interest was in street type self defence. Against weapons and multiple attackers. Kubotan is my specialism. Well - actually - keeping out of trouble is now my specialism. 

  • BryBry Posts: 652Member

    Not sure which hobby thread this belongs in but on reflection it appears my hobby is not finishing things. From where I sit I can see nine unfinished oil paintings (there are many more out of sight), about the same number of unfinished guitars and a pile of photographs that never made it into albums or frames. Two gallons of mead that's yet to make it into bottles (but I can say it's maturing) I could extend this to include the room itself with the unfinished and leaking ceiling but that's not really a hobby to begin with I suppose. 

    The only finished thing I can see is what used to be a bottle of rum.

    I think I may have a probl

  • Kevin PeatKevin Peat Posts: 3,128Member

    It's a pity I can't double-like your comment, Bry. 

     

    It made I larf heartily !

     

    Actually my real hobby is sitting around in my dressing gown and farting a lot. That comes with shift work. The postman or gas man turns up at midday and I'm still in my dressing gown "I've been on nights" I haven't, but the excuse seems to hold anyway.

     

    I wouldn't fart half as much if I could sing properly. Despite dedicating myself to guitar wifey doesn't hear it. But BOY ! She never fails to comment when I fart and I've been banned from taking a dump in the en suite. 

     

    I'd love this hobby instead. It's all I ever wanted to do. Is it too much to ask ?

     



     

    The Bookends tribute act. What a way to pass your spare time !

     

     

  • Kevin PeatKevin Peat Posts: 3,128Member

     

    Me at the Trafalgar Square Poll Tax riots. 

     

    I were a skinny lad. The advantage being that a standard sized shield gave me excellent coverage and that I was able to run through the shower of bricks and bottles without being hit once !

     

    A member of the crowd sneered at me "I bet you love this !" But all I ever really wanted to be was PAUL BLOODY SIMON !

  • Reg SoxReg Sox Posts: 3,121Member

    Should have settled for Kevin Bloody Wilson.  Would have been more attainable.

     

    Edit:  Anyone heard of him?  Might be more of an Aussie reference from when I lived there - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Bloody_Wilson

  • Kevin PeatKevin Peat Posts: 3,128Member

    I'm an atheist. Which means I don't believe in Santa. 

     

    An artist's music has to have some relevance to reality for me to truly appreciate its artistic worth. 

     

    Though I never did get my bike for Christmas either.  

  • SmartySmarty Posts: 403Member
    My not embarrassing hobby is Rugby (being Welsh and all that). And after last week's game against Fiji, that makes it quite an embarrassing hobby...
  • Reg SoxReg Sox Posts: 3,121Member

    It was always a Johnny Seven gun for me.  £4/19/6-   Way out of my parents league in terms of Christmas present costs.  Actually I should check the bay for one just to finally satisfy that itch.  Although I suspect a mint one would be a collectors item and cost quite a bit of coin, and I'd have even more trouble explaining that to Mrs Sox than I do new guitars.

  • The23rdmanThe23rdman Posts: 1,560Member
    Originally Posted by Bry:

    Not sure which hobby thread this belongs in but on reflection it appears my hobby is not finishing things. From where I sit I can see nine unfinished oil paintings (there are many more out of sight), about the same number of unfinished guitars and a pile of photographs that never made it into albums or frames. Two gallons of mead that's yet to make it into bottles (but I can say it's maturing) I could extend this to include the room itself with the unfinished and leaking ceiling but that's not really a hobby to begin with I suppose. 

    The only finished thing I can see is what used to be a bottle of rum.

    I think I may have a probl

    This is a constant battle for me. Half of me is OCD (or CDO, if you're going to make that joke) and the other half is CBA. Between the two I end up doing a half arsed job of everything and then obsessing over the mistakes afterwards. I'm amazed I've got into my 40's relatively sane. 

  • The23rdmanThe23rdman Posts: 1,560Member
    Originally Posted by Kevin Peat:

    My main hobby was martial arts. Packed it in about 5 years ago. Too many joint injuries and the whole commitment thing gets a lot more serious when you go beyond black belt

     

    "We have three weekend seminars and we expect you to be there."

     

    "I have family commitments"

     

    "What comes first ?  Karate or family ?"

     

    "Well - er -um..."

     

    "Good. We'll be seeing you Sunday then."

     

    And so I didn't turn up - and then the shame would prevent me from going to the next session and then a missed week turns into a missed month and now it's been... FIVE YEARS !

     

    I used to box as a kid. Did a bit of martial training in the police and went on to riot squads for a few years - night duty patrol vans in London and the West End. I thought I'd formalise what I knew and so went into a karate club for the first time aged 37 - got my first Dan aged 42 and have a nice certificate on the wall and another box ticked. I augmented that with Ju Jitsu and wrestling and a bit of full contact work - this is where I found out that I'm not very hard; seriously, you don't want to be messing with someone who can dump you on your head and put you in a wheelchair for good. 

     

    My main interest was in street type self defence. Against weapons and multiple attackers. Kubotan is my specialism. Well - actually - keeping out of trouble is now my specialism. 

    *Makes mental note to stop winding Kev up*

     

    Edit: a guy I worked with was an tae kwon do instructor. He was only a little guy but solid as a rock. He always had one of those kubotan's on him.

  • Derek_RDerek_R Posts: 1,692Member

    I have too many hobbies. Often think that if I were to give up a few then I'd be better at the ones that I retain. But which ones to give up? They're all so enjoyable.

     

    Guitar Playing is top of the list, obviously. But for most of my adult life I've spent almost as much time on writing as I have on guitar picking. No great successes in either field(*), but I enjoy them both so why stop?

     

    On top of those I also enjoy cycling, motorcycling, fishing, and watching Gloucester play rugby. Used to do a bit of drawing, too, and I'd love to get back into that - one of my favourite YouTube things to do is watch ThePortraitArt do his thing.

     

    Kind regards

    Derek

     

    (*) Just this week I've had my PLR statement from the Irish library system. 78 lendings worth a grand total of £4.84. Not worrying Stephen King too much at the moment.

  • Kevin PeatKevin Peat Posts: 3,128Member
    Originally Posted by Smarty:
    My not embarrassing hobby is Rugby (being Welsh and all that). And after last week's game against Fiji, that makes it quite an embarrassing hobby...



     

    Smarty, the rugby fan. Doubtless a delicate soul whose never attended a table top, singing & imbibing session in his life I post the sanitised version of this to cheer you up. (It's coming to that time of year, after all)

     

    I don't even follow rugby but my police colleagues did and I attended a few sessions where people ended up singing completely naked. 

  • BryBry Posts: 652Member
    Originally Posted by Reg Sox:

    Should have settled for Kevin Bloody Wilson.  Would have been more attainable.

     

    Edit:  Anyone heard of him?  Might be more of an Aussie reference from when I lived there - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Bloody_Wilson

    "I've got a tongue

    that's ten inches long

    And I've learned to breath through me ears"

  • HobbioHobbio Posts: 21Member

    Do ya fvck on first dates?

    Does ya dad own a brewery

    Can I feel ya t1ts

    Or will you show 'em to me?

  • SmartySmarty Posts: 403Member
    Originally Posted by Kevin Peat:

           
    Originally Posted by Smarty:
    My not embarrassing hobby is Rugby (being Welsh and all that). And after last week's game against Fiji, that makes it quite an embarrassing hobby...




    Smarty, the rugby fan. Doubtless a delicate soul whose never attended a table top, singing & imbibing session in his life I post the sanitised version of this to cheer you up. (It's coming to that time of year, after all)

    I don't even follow rugby but my police colleagues did and I attended a few sessions where people ended up singing completely naked.

           


    Kev,

    I appreciate your gallant attempt to deflect profanity from my very, very delicate ears. However, in my line of work I do occassionally get sworn at (mostly in Pushtu,  Dari, or countless other languages). In fact, when I complete CVs  these days, I'm often tempted to tick the "Other Languages" box and caveat it with "*Profanity Only".

    I've often thought about doing some sort of Martial Arts...but wanted to do it with my 6yr  old son.....and I don't think that would be possible would it, as we'd  be split up into age groups etc...?
  • SmartySmarty Posts: 403Member
    Originally Posted by Derek_R:

           

    I have too many hobbies. Often think that if I were to give up a few then I'd be better at the ones that I retain. But which ones to give up? They're all so enjoyable.

     

    Guitar Playing is top of the list, obviously. But for most of my adult life I've spent almost as much time on writing as I have on guitar picking. No great successes in either field(*), but I enjoy them both so why stop?

     

    On top of those I also enjoy cycling, motorcycling, fishing, and watching Gloucester play rugby. Used to do a bit of drawing, too, and I'd love to get back into that - one of my favourite YouTube things to do is watch ThePortraitArt do his thing.

     

    Kind regards

    Derek

     

    (*) Just this week I've had my PLR statement from the Irish library system. 78 lendings worth a grand total of £4.84. Not worrying Stephen King too much at the moment.


           


    Del,

    If 78 people chose to read something I'd  written over a library full of other books.......I'd  be delighted!!

    I think it's  fantastic that you've written a book (s) at all!!

    Ps. Oh and how is Hook getting on at Gloucester? I'd  heard he wasn't playing terribly well?
  • Kevin PeatKevin Peat Posts: 3,128Member

    Smarty - Lots of clubs cater for parents-with-kids and even family groups. 

     

    If you want to do it for the 'art' in martial art then no problem and karate is excellent for this. Not much physical contact and an emphasis on katas (solo form work) which are nice to do (aggressive Tai Chi if you like)

     

    If you want it for fighting then you really need to go to an adults' class. I don't rate karate as a fighting art anyway. Ju Jitsu - preferably the Brazilian variety rather than Japanese. The Russian style Systema, British Defendo and Israeli Krav Maga are all excellent but don't come with belted gradings. 

     

    I wanted to to earn a black belt and chose karate only because my club did day classes (I'm a shift worker) but they did know  other systems and put them into my training. I would like to have done Judo but this is a competition art with much of the real fighting stripped out of it (based on ju jitsu) and there wasn't much of it in my area. 

     

    I loathed Tae Kwon Do. Too much leg work and - unless you're gifted - high kicking is a silly thing to do in a real fight. Aikido takes a heck of a lot of years before it becomes useful. 

     

    If you want self-defence then Kubotan training can be done to very good effect in a single afternoon. 

     

    I also rate this book highly:

     

  • SmartySmarty Posts: 403Member
    Cheers Kev.

    I think I wanted it primarily as a father/son type thing that we could learn together more than anything else.  I've done a bit of self defence training for my job - but nothing serious. In fact it was a national karate champion who trained me at Ryton. Can't remember her name......it'll  come to me.......

    Just found it..

    http://www.coventrytelegraph.n...championship-3025134
  • Kevin PeatKevin Peat Posts: 3,128Member

    Karate is probably best then. It's one of the few martial arts where kids can train literally side-by-side with adults. Excepting oyo (practical techniques) size is not an issue.

     

    A good club should do family discounts too but be aware that the gradings up to brown belt are frequent and costly - though it still works out a fairly affordable hobby. 

     



     

    Some full contact stuff here. I've only done it once. This is NOT what the average family club does btw. 

  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,033Member, Moderator

    I have spent my entire life studying the martial art of Running Away.  It has stood me in good stead on many occasions. 

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