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  1. Rabid Hamster

    The 5 Stages of Archery Grief.

    Last night at the club I was line captaining and watching members shoot when I realized there was a soundscape of sighs, grunts of exasperation, slight swearing and hissing (hissing?!) going on. Focusing on a couple of the more expressive members I realized there was a process going on after the...
  2. Rabid Hamster

    MMA? ... Mixed Martial Archery!

    So, working on my back strength I started a few weeks ago on a strengthening exercise that has more in common with hunting compounder requirements than recurve but hey, I'll give it a go and see what happens. at present I draw 39lbs on the fingers. My exercise using a cable machine has been a...
  3. Rabid Hamster

    Coming at it from a different direction (Oh Matron!)

    So ... over the years we have run class after demonstration after class with little effect. We still hear "no-one ever told us about ... xxxx" yet no-one ever turns up to classes we run to teach maintenance and string making and fletching and tuning and lions and tigers and bears oh my! So this...
  4. Rabid Hamster

    What a difference a week makes...

    With my return to archery after nearly 3 years away, I was saddened to see (at my club at least) that the shooting line was rather sparsely populated. For the entire summer the club has been decidedly quiet if not dead. Now dont get me wrong, I like peace to shoot 9 arrow ends, swear at louzy...
  5. Rabid Hamster

    Mud Mud Glorious Mud

    Sunday was the last Pentangle where the 3 scottish areas should have faced off against 2 northern english ones. seems the english ones didnt want to play any more and didnt come. Fair enough, things change. We may see a celtic challenge in the future if the welsh and the irish fancy it ...
  6. Rabid Hamster

    The Equipment Hamster returns .. and get a shock

    . What with all the field party duty (and its associate down time) I thought I'd take a look our club kit. (15 training bows) oh dear! What a state it had got into. there were arrows that I had put aside for binning 3 YEARS AGO that were still in use, strings I made years ago were still in use...
  7. Rabid Hamster

    Workin on the chain gang .....

    With the return to archery came with a string or two (no bad pun intended, they will be later) attached. Its competition month at my club where we insanely agreed to host 3 comps in 4 weekends! this generated :scared::bawling:: when I heard and is extremely likely to result in :tired::zzz: So...
  8. Rabid Hamster

    the journey of a 1000 miles begins with you getting off the couch

    so ... what to dribble about today? well, I'm back to archery now almost 3 months. my cut price gym membership has been thoroughly abused, my bow has been overhauled and two coaches are watching me with the same intensity as north korean border guards watch pole vaulting teams practicing near...
  9. Rabid Hamster

    Olymipic Compound ...

    as well all know, compound isnt in the olympics (IIRC) because its too "similar" to recurve. Not sure how all the sailing or rowing events differ but lets let that slide for a minute. reading the Bow International this month theres an article on the subject which mentions a radical (if as yet...
  10. Rabid Hamster

    "GOLD GOLD GOLD" ... dwarf drinking song

    One of the things that I have always struggled with in the past was staying on the gold with my sight. Now I know that theres going to be movement BUT shurely there shouldnt be that much movement? (well, there might be ... and dont call me shirley!) However recently I've noticed I seem to...
  11. Rabid Hamster

    I'm puttin' on my top rod ...

    ... Tyin' up my nock point, glue-ing in my piles. So 6 weeks on in my return to toxophily and where have we got to? The gym has been hit 3-4 times a week, 2 hour sessions. According to Tanita body analyzer I've dropped 5kg, increased muscle mass, dont need to buy new jeans or a new belt...
  12. Rabid Hamster

    In the crypt something stirs ...

    Once a bustling and slightly controversial account ... Rabid Hamster had long been dormant. The undisputed king of the chat box, this profile had faded from memory. Gathered dust. Gone the way of dodo But something stirs in long term archived storage The digital coffin slides from its niche...
  13. Rabid Hamster

    EZ compound cable guard

    Less of a repair and more of a missing. We fell heir to an ez compound which is missing its sight and cable guard. sight I can find cheap but finding a source of spare parts for this puppy is proving tricky. Does any AIUK'er know where I might find a cable guard that will fit this bow? not...
  14. Rabid Hamster

    Two clubs

    serious question for once what are the rules on which club you represent in competitions when you are a member of two? Is it pick which one you want to represent this week, pick one for the year or some other bizarre permutation of time/club (it is AGB we're talking about so I doubt it will be...
  15. Rabid Hamster

    SAA Western Area RIP

    so the western area of the SAA is no more. it had been living on borrowed time for years but is now like the Norwegian blue parrot ... beautiful plumage but no longer a going concern. http://www.scottisharchery.org.uk/members/governance/WoSAAStatement180714.pdf The idea of rolling the west...
  16. Rabid Hamster

    Paid for 7 hrs a day..... just 7 hours!

    Realized its been a while since my last blog so I thought I'd check in with a tiny archery epiphany I had at the weekend while shooting the worst I have done since I was a novice. If you have a work problem that is eating you alive ... the act of standing on a competition shooting line with a...
  17. Rabid Hamster

    WOT? No Koreans!

    there doesnt appear to be any Koreans shooting at this weeks world cup event. have they taken the huff? does World archery no longer need the koreans to participate in the ranking round? did they miss their flight due to 787's breaking? ... we must be told! ps: no brits either although...
  18. Rabid Hamster

    Olympic field at Rio

    not a great picture but does give a taste of what the archery range will look like at Rio. (takes a bit to load) Rio 2016 Olympics | Sambadrome.com and in case you havent seen it ... the proposed field for 2020 Istanbul (mibi)...
  19. Rabid Hamster

    Constantinople 1453 ... part deux

    on the fita home page The Turks are hosting a new arch comp called the Conquest Cup starting tomorrow to commemorate the storming of Constantinople in 29th May 1453. It's a team thing with Europe v Asia .. And the Turks are on the Europeans team!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cheeky beggars after spending about...
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