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Stag Ideas

Golden rules for your stag do – or how to learn from other people’s blunders

Red7 , April 16, 2014

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1 Leave it to the experts

A stag group from Wales wreaked havoc when they hired a narrowboat to celebrate on the the Kennet and Avon canal.

The Yellow Weaver was negotiating a lock when the water  drained out,leaving the boat stuck on the sill before it eventually capsized.

Luckily, the stag group disembarked free from harm but the blockage of the canal, near Bath, caused chaos for other canal users.

The Canal and River Trust said the narrowboat was eventually removed to safety  by crane.

Far better to let Red7 take the stress out of organising an adventurous activity.


2 Make sure its ok to travel

Be certain that your stags have their paper work in order.

Brian McMahon now faces a British Army hearing under claims he went absent without leave 10 years ago.

Police took Mr McMahon off a plane in Newcastle as he was arriving for a friend’s stag party in March 21. He was then told he was wanted for questioning by the British Army.

The news came as “a total shock” to the Irish contractor, according to reports, as he believed he had left everything in order when he quit the army after two years’ service.

He had also travelled between Ireland and Britain regularly in the intervening decade and even worked in London for a year, according to his business partner John Joe Culloty.

Mr McMahon, who is a well-known footballer with Dr Crokes in Killarney, has now been brought before a military hearing after being handed over to officers at Catterick Barracks in North Yorkshire.

“This is just a paper trail. I have worked and paid taxes in London. How this is being flagged now is a mystery,” he told the Kerry’s Eye newspaper.


3 Know your limits

Do not take a leaf out of the book of the man who drunkenly jumped into a taxi in Wellington and drove it away while the driver was not at the wheel.

Dale Carline has been ordered to do 250 hours unpaid work in the community.

Mr Carline admitted taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent in the incident in Church Street, Wellington, last month.

The 40-year-old, who had been banned from driving for 24 months in August last year for drink-driving, further admitted driving with excess alcohol, without insurance and while banned.

Try this on the stag do and your mates won’t see the funny side.


4 Check your phone contract

Surprised beauty.

If your stag do involves foreign travel, bear in mind the sorry saga of the teacher who rang up a £2,600 bill downloading a Neil Diamond album while she was on holiday in South Africa.

Maths teacher Katie Bryan, 43,  downloaded the music to her iPhone using iTunes.

She says had no idea how high the data roaming charges on her phone would be until she came home to find she was £2,000 overdrawn.

She said: “Why such a massive difference in cost? In England you would just pay the album price.

“I do feel foolish – but I also feel it is morally wrong to be expected to pay this sort of money for a Neil Diamond album.”


5 Be discreet

If you plan on dressing as Bananaman, it might be a good idea to do it where no-one you respect can see you.

At least you shouldn’t make the schoolboy mistake committed by Virgil Tillman.

Last month, the  fugitive on the run chose  to eat at the same time and place as a deputy U.S. marshal who had been looking for him since February.

The deputy, who was off duty, recognised Tillman and his female dining companion.

The authorities in Johnson County, Kansas, had been looking for Tillman since July 2013, when he was charged with being in possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana.

The cop let the man finish his meal before he busted him. Nice.

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