Nosher's Stag Weekend: Paintball and Lymington, Hampshire - 22nd May 2010

It's Nosher's Stag weekend, so The Boy Phil drives Nosher and a few of the lads down to the New Forest for a spot of paintball, followed by a hang-out at Sean's, a great Indian nosh-up at The Jarna in Old Milton (somewhere Nosher hadn't been to since the 80s) and then a few beers in Lymington. There was something of a moment as we witnessed a strangely-packed train leave Lymington station, on the other side of the river. It turns out it was the last-ever running of the old rolling stock - the vintage of which Nosher used to get every day to 6th-form college at Brockenhurst from '83-'85. A pang of nostalgia, indeed, as the train trundled along with its lights reflecting off the river. After various pubs, we end up in Lymo's classic sticky-carpet "night club" for a while. The following day, on the way back, we stop off at a pub Nosher first had a beer in at the age of 14 - the Plough Inn in Tiptoe, near Sway.

next album: The BBs Up The Junction, Cambridge - 1st June 2010
previous album: The BSCC Do Buckden, St. Neots, Huntingdonshire - 15th May 2010

First up, the small pile of mugs in the foreground is delivered to Taptu in the boxes behind. Staggering.

The first stop on the journey down south is to South Mimms services on the M25. Aparently, 'hot food' is for sale here

The lads do a kind of 'Abbey Road' thing at South Mimms

Simon, Sean and Hamish are already kitted up at paintball

From Hamish's camera: Sean, Nosher, The Boy Phil and Bill in full camo

Marc and Phil

Marc wanders over in a kind of 'war is hell' stylie

The 'stags' and best men are stuck in a shed whilst the rest of the group is told how to shoot hell out 'em

Paintball action

After the event, Sean, Simon and Hamish mill around

Group photo

Bill shows off his frankly staggering war-wounds

Hanging out in Sean's conservatory

Phil has a go at tormenting Holy the cat

Nosher gets to iron everyone's shirt for some reason

Marc and The Boy Phil play Mario-kart on the Wii

Hamish, Bill and Marc in The Jarna

Sean and Nosher

Marc moons out of Hamish sprog-hauler

Hamish drives us out of New Milton

Down near the quay at Lymington

Hamish, Bill and Phil

Marc pops his head over the wall

Hamish checks his mobile

Marc has a fag

Bill looks around as The Boy Phil falls asleep for a bit

Towards Lymington Quay

The lads cross the road

At Barton-on-Sea, Marc stares over the cliff

Bill and Marc sit on the rocks at Barton on Sea

The Boy Phil takes a photo

Like iguanas soaking up sunlight

Flowers on the cliff

More flowers

In The Plough Inn, at Tiptoe

Phil and Marc in the Plough

Jon H's mother appears

Bill and Nosher

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First up, the small pile of mugs in the foreground is delivered to Taptu in the boxes behind. Staggering.