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When Brierley writes, "keep s/o" .... ?

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Jeff Crawley

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Time of past OR future Camino
A "Tourigrino" trip once Covid has passed, so 2023
Greetings,

When Brierley writes, "keep s/o" ....

What does that mean?

He uses it in different ways, one of which was "keep s/o (left)"

I couldn't find anything on Google or here.
Am I betraying the fact that I'm not from the UK?

Cheers
Yes, s/o is straight on. I would suggest (left) means the route you need to take bears to the left.

So imagine a Y junction. The main route heads off up the left branch and there is a minor route to the right.
You want to go s/o (left).

You also want to keep an eye out for the yellow arrows ;)
 
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Hammo

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Time of past OR future Camino
Camino del Norte 2015. Portugese Way 2017...
Greetings,

When Brierley writes, "keep s/o" ....

What does that mean?

He uses it in different ways, one of which was "keep s/o (left)"

I couldn't find anything on Google or here.
Am I betraying the fact that I'm not from the UK?

Cheers
Straight On
 

Guy Strachan

Alba Guido
Time of past OR future Camino
Frances ('13/'14), Portugues ('15), Finisterre ('16/'19); Ingles ('17); Sanabres ('18); Invierno '20
Greetings,

When Brierley writes, "keep s/o" ....

What does that mean?

He uses it in different ways, one of which was "keep s/o (left)"

I couldn't find anything on Google or here.
Am I betraying the fact that I'm not from the UK?

Cheers
Keep Straight On!
 

doggedly

New Member
Time of past OR future Camino
Camino Portugues
Yes, s/o is straight on. I would suggest (left) means the route you need to take bears to the left.

So imagine a Y junction. The main route heads off up the left branch and there is a minor route to the right.
You want to go s/o (left).

You also want to keep an eye out for the yellow arrows ;)

Yes, thanks for the wink about following the yellow arrows. But which one?
See this picture of this curious juncture along the Camino Portugués w/no explanation.
It's in the last stage between Padrón and Santiago DC.
Brierley gives the explanation. left or right.png
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Time of past OR future Camino
10/22 Aragones/Frances
Yes, I found the Abbreviations in my Sanabres/Invierno guide, and it is "s/o = straight on".

I couldn't find it in my older Frances guide, but it might be there, hidden in the small print.
When I first walked years ago I had the Brierley guide and remember well not knowing what s/o was. I did eventually findit. I also had to "study" the difference between all the different kinds of places to stay. Brierley helped and so did this forum. So many questions for so many new pilgrims. it is fun to help out!
 

mike mcbroom

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Time of past OR future Camino
Francis June 17, 2015 ,Portagusee from Porto to Santiago August 2016, Francis may 2018 this year wil
Greetings,

When Brierley writes, "keep s/o" ....

What does that mean?

He uses it in different ways, one of which was "keep s/o (left)"

I couldn't find anything on Google or here.
Am I betraying the fact that I'm not from the UK?

Cheers
Straight on
 
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Jeff Crawley

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Time of past OR future Camino
A "Tourigrino" trip once Covid has passed, so 2023
Yes, thanks for the wink about following the yellow arrows. But which one?
See this picture of this curious juncture along the Camino Portugués w/no explanation.
It's in the last stage between Padrón and Santiago DC.
Brierley gives the explanation. View attachment 129711
It's either a modern version of "all roads lead to Rome" or a twist on the old Scottish song:

You take the high road
And I'll take the low road
And I'll be in Santiago
Afore you!
 
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2012
Can't stand the way that man virtue signals in his books. Bet he would have been annoying over the last two years!
???, as in Que? as in "d'you what?". I have no understanding of what you perceive as "virtue signalling", I'm not even sure I have an understanding of that portmanteau phrase though Wiki is as usual helpful:

"Virtue signalling", according to The Cambridge Dictionary, is "an attempt to show other people that you are a good person, for example by expressing opinions that will be acceptable to them, especially on social media."[4] The expression is often used to imply that the virtue being signalled is exaggerated or insincere.[5]

Bloke walks the Camino Frances back when most didn't. In the process he has a personal experience that significantly changes his perception of himself. Decides that he's going to do it all again but keep a record; of the route(s), accommodations, cultural highlights (that he's aware of). Decides to write all that up into an English language guidebook and manages to convince a publisher that it is a worthwhile investing effort, paper and press-time. OK, it might not make any money but it might cover costs and any way, it'll help people.

Does it again, and again. Keeps walking Caminos. Talks to people. Finds things out about places to sleep, places to eat, places to seek out and places to avoid. Keeps on doing it. Does it again.

Being from a culture wherein I'm defined by what I do and not my wealth or social significance, let alone my beliefs or religious inclinations, I'm minded to give JB every credit for everything he has done and achieved. His "spiritual" meanderings annoy the hell out of me but I'm at liberty to razor them out of his books without cost to either of us.

Meanwhile I'll leave the Ukrainian flag icon in my signature line and continue my financial and social support to that cause - or is that just virtue signalling?
 

dougfitz

Veteran Member
Time of past OR future Camino
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011, 2019. CP (tbc)
Can't stand the way that man virtue signals in his books. Bet he would have been annoying over the last two years!
I think this needs more explanation. My immediate response was 'WTF is he talking about?' and I wasn't thinking of JB.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Time of past OR future Camino
A "Tourigrino" trip once Covid has passed, so 2023
???, as in Que? as in "d'you what?". I have no understanding of what you perceive as "virtue signalling", I'm not even sure I have an understanding of that portmanteau phrase though Wiki is as usual helpful:

"Virtue signalling", according to The Cambridge Dictionary, is "an attempt to show other people that you are a good person, for example by expressing opinions that will be acceptable to them, especially on social media."[4] The expression is often used to imply that the virtue being signalled is exaggerated or insincere.[5]

Bloke walks the Camino Frances back when most didn't. In the process he has a personal experience that significantly changes his perception of himself. Decides that he's going to do it all again but keep a record; of the route(s), accommodations, cultural highlights (that he's aware of). Decides to write all that up into an English language guidebook and manages to convince a publisher that it is a worthwhile investing effort, paper and press-time. OK, it might not make any money but it might cover costs and any way, it'll help people.

Does it again, and again. Keeps walking Caminos. Talks to people. Finds things out about places to sleep, places to eat, places to seek out and places to avoid. Keeps on doing it. Does it again.

Being from a culture wherein I'm defined by what I do and not my wealth or social significance, let alone my beliefs or religious inclinations, I'm minded to give JB every credit for everything he has done and achieved. His "spiritual" meanderings annoy the hell out of me but I'm at liberty to razor them out of his books without cost to either of us.

Meanwhile I'll leave the Ukrainian flag icon in my signature line and continue my financial and social support to that cause - or is that just virtue signalling?
"Twassock" is another fine portmanteau work and is, I think, applicable in this case.

I've never read JB's book, after my second Camino using the CJS guide I just winged it, but did have the honour to meet Etienne, widower of Alice Craemer who was tragically killed on the Camino in 1986, and who compiled the Belgian guide.
He was on his 16th or 17th Camino Frances in 2001, a walking encyclopedia of all things Camino who left me amazed at the dedication to his cause.
Most tourist guides rely upon a team of researchers, to update a guide year after year with on the ground, personal research demands more respect than being dismissed as "virtue signalling".
 
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