The first Black Friday, and get your skis on

Black Friday is black, obvs, but also red, yellow, pink, green…

All the colours of shoes The Scary One has been known to buy on one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

But the first Black Friday was nothing to do with hitting the sales… more hitting the road.

For the people of Derby on December 3, 1745, the biggest fear wasn’t that somebody would get that new three-piece suite, or suit.

No, not that Black Friday. Photo by bruce mars on Pexels.com

But that some hairy-arsed, skirt-wearing Scotsman would pillage their house.

Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish Army were on the outskirts of Derby, just 125 miles from London, by Ikea.

And that prompted a retreat by the English Midlanders and a run on the bank in London.

While the Royal Family are said to have packed their bags.

We started it. Photo by Kevin Bidwell on Pexels.com

Ready to hit the coast and exile.

History tells us that, in typical Scottish style, they clutched defeat from the jaws of victory, and scarpered home.

And were routed on the Culloden Battlefield in the Highlands.

Today, we hit the coast too, but now it’s the coast of France, Spain and Italy.

And also the slopes.

Racing ahead. Photo by Paweu0142 Fijau0142kowski on Pexels.com

I’ll be bringing you Black Friday Sales this week and I’ll kick it off with this Directski offer.

Save an extra €100pp from Dublin or Cork, or £100 if you’re travelling from Belfast, when you book online.

Here’s what they’re tempting us:

They’ve got snow

France (from Dublin)

3* Lagrange Residence Cybele, Brides les Bains, January 18, €360 (eight share). Save €100pp. Self-catering.

Italy (from Dublin)

3* Livigno Ski Apartments, January 18, €399 (four share). Save €187pp. Self-catering.

Off and running. On a Black Run in Soll!

Austria (from Dublin)

3* Schindlhaus Apartments, Soll, January 4, €375 (four share). Save €240pp. Self-catering. And Soll’s a blast… http://Soll mates.

Italy (from Dublin)

3* Hotel Alaska, January 18, €739 (two share). Save €150pp. Half-board.

Austria (from Cork)

3* Landhaus Roscher, Mayrhofen Valley. December 21. Save €130pp. B&B.

Austria (from Belfast)

4* Hotel Eva Village, Saalbach, January 4, £1499 (two share). Save £230pp.

The perfect ski jacket

These offers are limited, so book early on http://www.directski.com.

Prices include return flights from Dublin, Cork or Belfast (depending on chosen resort).

Stay for seven nights, resort transfers, rep service in the resort and generous luggage allowance.

Offers are available until November 29, subject to availability.

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