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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...I feel a bit naive...

My father came to America as a teen with his mum and dad (Warrington? ..near Manchester)
Unfortunately, he died when I was young, otherwise I probably wouldn't need to ask...

...what are "Midges" ??? (you're probably all laughing at me now!!)

...do they bite Americans?
...are they friendly types at the pub?

...I could do a Google search...
...but I'm certain the explanations I'll get from this lot will be MUCH more colourful and entertaining!!

Fly Safely!! Always!!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi AJ,

Midges are the scourge of many Scottish holidays, of the Englishman collecting blackberries in the wilds of the countryside and the things wot get you when you go to enjoy a nice open air evening concert held near a lake.. For something SO small, they have teeth the size and veracity of alligators and when you slap the little blighter on your arm (they ALWAYS die) the replacement battalions arrive at twice the speed at which they are wiped out.

Citronella seems to be the only effective thing (besides splatting them but when you do that it's cos you have already been bitten..)

Check these out:
http://www.ihatemidges.co.uk/equestrian.html
http://ga.essortment.com/scottichmidges_rrit.htm

Interesting that they are a feature of Scotland!

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helicopters are great for splattering them though Twisted Evil Twisted Evil

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WhirlyGirl wrote:
Helicopters are great for splattering them though Twisted Evil Twisted Evil

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Now that's just cruel!

Anyway I always understood a midge to be :

informal a small person.

Don't think you should really splatter too many of them with a heli though as there might be some kind of legal issue there? Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I'm hardly likely to splatter any small people unless I'm flying a Brantly. But if midges of the flying insect variety are going to bite me then I'm not going to hesitate to bite back. I'm sick of being eaten alive by insects - whenever I go on holiday I seem to get attacked all over. They must like the taste of my blood. Twisted Evil

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