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 Bat detector
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  Spain 1973, 1974,
  1975, 1976, 1977,
  1979, 1982, 1983,
  1985, 1986, 1987,
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  2001, 2002, 2003,
  2004, 2005, 2006,
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  2010, 2011, 2012,
  2013, 2014, 2015,
  2016, 2017, 2018,
  2019, 2020, 2021,
  2022, 2023
  New England


 The Battle of
 El Mazuco

Words invented on 14.08.1985.
(To the tune of “John Brown’s body”.)

They reached the top of a pot
which was 80 metres deep


And he ain’t going to cave no more.

Glory, Glory, what a hell of a way to die,

Glory, Glory, what a hell of a way to die,

Glory, Glory, what a hell of a way to die!

And he ain’t going to cave no more.

The leader was the last to climb
the first to hit the ground


At first he landed on a ledge
but bounced right off again


Another 50 feet below
his carbide lamp blew out


At 100 feet he grabbed the rope
but couldn’t hold on tight


The scraped him off a stalagmite
and send him home to mum

Chorus, dirge-like

Expeditions to the Picos de Europa and elsewhere since 1973.
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This page was last edited on 2007-03-29 by mfc.