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    right no abuse and only mild comedy suggestions but being on here Ive realsed our own paddys a flipping legend amongst you lot and just wondered why

    and i already know paddy will prob play everything down as he seems humble so big him up

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    He has the job most of us on here would kill for?

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    Who's Paddy Dillion?

    Do you mean Paddy de Lion?

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    Paddy (the licence fee dodger) Dillon?

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    Paddy is indeed a legend in his own lunch time. He's a legend for all kinds of things. Plus a certain type of eccentricity helps a great deal. Doesn't own a TV, always writes his routes using an old Psion and is generally one of the most knowedgable people I'e met on all kinds of things. Never seen without a Tilly Hat. Sleeps in Paramo.

    I've been lucky to interview Paddy on a couple of occasions over the years. He's aone of those rare people. When you get stuck for something to say, you just vaguely nod in a certain direction and Paddy simply lets rip with history and stats.

    This effect can be heard to great effect on the Cicerone Podcast I did with him about Islomania! (Cicerone or Outdoors Station websites)

    Seriously though Paddy's guidebooks are incredibly well researched. Paddy is a professional in that he derives his income soley from outdoor writing - no public sector pension or other job to keep him going.

    Prolific is a powerful word, but I'm not sure it is quite good enough to describe Paddy.

    (I wonder where he is at this moment?)

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    Paddy is one of the more eminently famous and great walking guides writers out there today, both for UK walks and too a fair few popular different walks routes worldwide. Plus, if you've enjoyed him nattering and rambling entertainingly on here, try a free podcast next, as he is even better when you hear him speaking the stuff, I and a lot of others too do feel. He is very articulate and charming in all his walks presentations, and he is really very meticulously detailed in his business of writing, and too constantly regularly updating, all of his many excellent and most popular bestselling written guidebook works. Plus he's just a nice guy! And he's a fellow Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galexy fan of course! He writes in outdoors magazines too, most recently in Lakeland Walker, thatI get on subscription through the mail. Although, I seem to recall, he has too indeed likely probablyfeatured in most of the outdoors mags I've ever read, over the many years now, from Trail to the great Footloose.

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    I think prolific describes his collection of anecdotes!!

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    Rehab?

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    > I wonder where he is at this moment?

    Glued to daytime TV...

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    A great profile of Paddy in two separate newish bits on the Stanfords the map shop website. I know because someone else told me about them, and gave me a link to go there and read them. May even have been the great man himself, I cannot recall now, my memory is getting so terrible sometimes, sorry folks! Also Paddy has his own website as well I think.

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    Good old Paddy!

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    watching the bbc on you tube or iplayer.

    hewrites excellent books too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Bloggs View Post
    He has the job most of us on here would kill for?
    he's a hitman?

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    Also a little know fact about some of his guide books of old! Thay are, many of them seemingly quite collectable! I know this as my friend Morris here in EG used to be a second hand book dealer, so I used to go around with him doing the book fairs around the South East occasionally quite often. I even met one couple in particular there at a book fair in Tunbridge Wells - I think it was - that specialised in collecting walking guides and especially Paddy's, and a couple of other authours including the big 'W'. Some were going for quite serious collectors prices even back then, second hand! Relatively very few of that type of book, and especially Paddy's ones, seem to end up in the second hand market anyways it appears, from what I noticed. It is one of the type of books that folks seem to like to want to hang onto, in some cases all their lives, since I guess the walks are tied up with deep memories for those doing them, perhaps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by captain paranoia View Post

    > I wonder where he is at this moment?

    Glued to daytime TV...
    Pmsl

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    No licence required for viewing on his computer screen though, is there now! Not that I believe he does a lot of that, since he is somewhat 'allergic' to the BBC, following their bad behaviour towards him of years past! That is at least I mean he seems to come out in an 'allergic' type reaction, whenever the BBC is mentioned to him!

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    Writing his autobiography - "I remember the time...." ;=)

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    boggle eyes and foaming mouth is an allergic reaction?

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    He doesn't own a car or any other form of motorised transport and uses mostly public transport to travel, when he isn't on Shanks'.

    Give thanks and praise to the Lord (feel free to choose your own Lord) for Paddy for he is the thin red line between the citizenry of Britain and the nefarious and oppressive practises of Auntie Beeb.

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    Mal, I will just bet that a lot of the younger folks out there don't/won't even know what 'Shanks Pony' referenced in your post there even is! They would be even more confused too though, and likely stll nothave an inkling of a clue,if I said it was just like 'Bedford DMS' to the older generations of ex-army folks on here.

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