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Fair Fighting and Shillelagh "too small for a war, too mean for a sport" 9

Fair Fighting and Shillelagh “too small for a war, too mean for a sport”

It’s hard to read much of the literature of Shillelaghs and Irish stickfighting without coming across the phenomenon of the “Faction Fight”, or the “Fair Fight”. “Faction Fighting” refers to large organised groups of (usually) young, (usually) men, meeting to participate in a mass stickfighting battle. Sometimes they were described in terms we’d use to …

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Bees! 11

Bees!

Somewhere under the workshop a colony of bumblebees have dug a nest. We’re all for that, something about the fat, good-natured pollen-spreaders is nice to see any time and a nice reminder when we’re working indoors that the natural world is still going on around us. However it can make us a little nervous. In …

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