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James Evans
05-25-2007, 09:51 AM
Some memory sharing with Ron has reminded me of this feat of athleticism/cider fuelled lunacy that takes place in Gloucestershire every year:

http://www.cheese-rolling.co.uk/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IobbEjIBw7c

It's absolutely lethal. Broken bones and dislocations aplenty.

But if you win you get to keep the cheese!

Other English gems include nettle eating, sack races (basically a mile run with a huge sandbag on your back) and shin kicking.

James Evans
05-25-2007, 09:52 AM
And it takes place in 2 days time....

Josh Whiting
05-25-2007, 09:55 AM
If we are talking British sports then I must mention the Welsh pastime of Bog Snorkeling.

http://llanwrtyd-wells.powys.org.uk/bog.html

James Evans
05-25-2007, 09:58 AM
I thought about that Josh and decided that it wasn't really a traditional event like the ones I mentioned.

I'd put that in the category of modern classics like Tough Guy, Man v Horse etc.

Josh Whiting
05-25-2007, 10:00 AM
Point taken.

Ron Nelson
05-25-2007, 06:42 PM
Must be the water in Gloucestershire. I have distant memories of doing stupid things in Cheltenham. The sanest was eating Chinese takeaway from questionable establishments.

James Evans
05-29-2007, 05:42 AM
And the Shin Kicking was on at the weekend too ...

http://www.olimpickgames.co.uk/

Josh, I'll give you that one. here they list them together:

http://www.visitbritain.com/VB3-en-US/experiences/Youth/britain_life/bizarre_britain.aspx

Jeff Northrop
06-01-2007, 04:33 PM
Oh man, what carnage!

http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1761687

James Evans
07-09-2007, 07:56 AM
Only just got around to watching this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC5ykhXDDbo

If the run itself wasn't bad enough, a new variation sees a local rugby club positioned at the foot of the hill to drop anyone who manages to stay on their feet.

Utter mentalists.

Robb Wolf
07-09-2007, 09:51 AM
I'm just at a loss...

Jonas Lind
07-10-2007, 02:14 PM
Cheesus!!!!

Robb Wolf
07-10-2007, 04:54 PM
Cheesus!!!!

Nice!

Jonas...we need to cook up some good Swedish sportive events...ideas?

Jonas Lind
07-13-2007, 04:19 AM
Hey Robb! Throwin' meatballs have already been done. Let me think...

Daniel Myers
07-13-2007, 06:02 AM
Another one your bizarre English sports: Ferret Legging (http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780679647027&view=excerpt).

Mr. Reg Mellor, the "king of ferret legging," paced across his tiny Yorkshire miner's cottage as he explained the rules of the English sport that he has come to dominate rather late in life. "Ay lad," said the 72-year-old champion, "no jockstraps allowed. No underpants-nothin' whatever. And it's no good with tight trousers, mind ye. Little bah-stards have to be able to move around inside there from ankle to ankle."

Some 11 years ago I first heard of the strange pastime called ferret legging, and for a decade since then I have sought a publication possessed of sufficient intelligence and vision to allow me to travel to northern England in search of the fabled players of the game.

Basically, the contest involves the tying of a competitor's trousers at the ankles and the subsequent insertion into those trousers of a couple of peculiarly vicious fur-coated, footlong carnivores called ferrets. The brave contestant's belt is then pulled tight, and he proceeds to stand there in front of the judges as long as he can, while animals with claws like hypodermic needles and teeth like number 16 carpet tacks try their damnedest to get out.

From a dark and obscure past, the sport has made an astonishing comeback in the past 15 years. When I first heard about ferret legging, the world record stood at 40 painful seconds of "keepin' 'em down," as they say in ferret-legging circles. A few years later the dreaded one-minute mark was finally surpassed. The current record-implausible as it may seem-now stands at an awesome 5 hours and 26 minutes, a mark reached last year by the gaudily tattooed 72-year-old little Yorkshireman with the waxed military mustache who now stood two feet away from me in the middle of the room, apparently undoing his trousers.

Robb Wolf
07-13-2007, 09:43 AM
Daniel-
Good, GOD.

Jonas-
it does not matter what Swedish event we cook up so long as these chicas are in attendance:
http://www.jassystems.com/ipsc/sbt%20pics/pages/sbt_gnv_czs%5B1%5D_jpg.htm

http://www.swedishbikiniteam.com/

Jonas Lind
07-13-2007, 11:00 AM
No problemo. For that look we can just pick randomly off the streets.

Robb Wolf
07-13-2007, 07:01 PM
No problemo. For that look we can just pick randomly off the streets.
I know....bastard...

John Seiler
07-16-2007, 02:40 PM
I'm just at a loss...

Doubtless, Robb, this is precisely the kind of thread you were dreaming of when you thought, "We have GOT to start a Performance Menu Discussion Forum to advance our training." :)

Robb Wolf
07-16-2007, 03:13 PM
Doubtless, Robb, this is precisely the kind of thread you were dreaming of when you thought, "We have GOT to start a Performance Menu Discussion Forum to advance our training." :)

It was this or porn. Niki put the kebosh on the porn so this is our "respectable" fitness and nutrition site. Smarty Britches.

Paul Findley
07-16-2007, 03:43 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC5ykhXDDbo

I watched this again, is the first guy spewing blood, or is it an MPEG artifact. I see a cloud of red mist after the big fall, but it could be a residue of the red patch of his shirt.

James Evans
07-17-2007, 12:43 AM
I see what you mean. Sadly it's the red flashes on his England rugby shirt being distorted over You Tube, not some unidentifiable but vital body part bursting on impact.

A lot of those guys are pretty messed up by the bottom of the hill though. A couple of years ago the authorities tried to stop the event and the St. John's Ambulance were pulled from giving medical support. So the hardcore ran it anyway at dawn. As I said above, broken bones and dislocations aplenty.

On the subject of ferrets, they are lot less frisky as they get older and have had plenty of human contact. That being considered I still wouldn't want to put one of the pointy teethed little feckers down my strides.

chris hill
07-17-2007, 04:20 AM
Daniel-
Good, GOD.

Jonas-
it does not matter what Swedish event we cook up so long as these chicas are in attendance:
http://www.jassystems.com/ipsc/sbt%20pics/pages/sbt_gnv_czs%5B1%5D_jpg.htm

http://www.swedishbikiniteam.com/

Robb,

that second link looks very inviting, but i'm sat here at work......is it safe to click on it?

Robb Wolf
07-17-2007, 09:42 AM
Robb,

that second link looks very inviting, but i'm sat here at work......is it safe to click on it?

Well...it's chick's in bikinis...how tolerant is your work environment?

Paul Findley
07-17-2007, 11:02 AM
Lol, I just noticed that Helga is a "Reserve member".

She has more of a bad girl/stripper/pr0n star thing going on.

"And by the way, I refuse to exercise."

I am thinking she ain't gonna make the team.