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October 27, 2004

Shak Prince of Thieves

So archery, that's what I tried today…It wasn't like in the movies. I arrived a little late and wasn't presented with a stylish quiver (that means bucket for the arrows…you have to learn the lingo. I already knew about quivers, but only because I have seen them on the telly). Also was shocked to learn that it doesn't go on your back like in Robin Hood or Lord of the rings.

These initial teething problems aside it is really fun. They gave me a bow and three arrows (again not like in the movies, the points were, ironically enough, not arrow shaped) and set me to work on the closest target. I hit the centre repeatedly and felt like I was "The man". The nice lady teaching me then told me we should moved the target back a little. I, full of confidence, egged her on. Ready to show the veterns how a young upstart can outdo them first go. I failed. A little tip for those without perfect 20/20 vision: if you want to shoot an arrow a reasonable distance make sure you bring your glasses.

All in all a sport I want to carry on with. This is a big day in the calendar of Shakil. Today is the day I have found a sport society I like.

One more thing I think the whole arrow shape was designed to keep the arrow in a person after you shot them. I have realised that this isn't that important with a boss (that means the round thing the target is put on and also the thing I managed to hit instead of the target).

Put it this way, without my glasses, if you ever need someone shot with an arrow that is standing next to someone else I am your man. I advise anyone to give it a go.

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