Sunday, 25 December 2022
The Great Tibetan Expedition and A Christmas Message...
Captain Darling's adventures encompassed the length and breadth of the Globe and one of his lesser known exploits was his Expedition into the Himalayas, a treacherous mountain range that separated the Indian Subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau. For this venture the good Captain travelled light and was accompanied by just 3 stout fellow Officers from his old Regiment and a single Sherpa named Bob. The plan was to cross from the great mountain range from North to South mapping a traversable route whilst keeping one eye peeled for the fabled land, Shangri-La. The band laboured for several months and arrived in the Indian Subcontinent ragged and exhausted yet successful, yes they had mapped a route for future travellers a very good result. Rumours abounded about whether they had located Shangri-La but the entire company remained tight lipped on that fact. Fanciful stories also circulated of a terrible creature that roamed the high ground preying on the local fauna. Captain Darling laughed these tales off mentioning they meet nothing more that the 'Abominable Snow-Mouse' a friendly super sized rodent! The successful explorers left India from Bombay on a tramp steamer and headed to Africa with plans to indulge in more feats of daring do before returning to Ol' Blighty for tea and scones!
A faked photograph of Captain Darling and his purported meeting with the Abominable Snow-Mouse high in the Mountains of the Himalayas, this was a jovial aside he mentioned when questioned on the Expedition's discoveries which many took to be a distraction to cover up the actual findings made by them!
I do not usually pass on Yuletide Messages but this year with the World opening up after the ravages of Covid I thought I'd take this opportunity to thank those who take the time to read my musings and to wish them all a Happy Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!
Next Time; The Violent Night Game OOBs and AAR!