The Netflix series We are the Champions devoted an episode to Cheese Rolling Day. Very entertaining when viewed from the safety of a couch.
This event is still going strong; though it was put off for the last two years due to Covid
Not participating. Let me know when it’s a ball of Mozzarella or a slab of Provolone.
I really enjoyed that series. I had several friends in the yo-yo episode, but all the episodes were thoroughly interesting. Especially this cheese wheel one.
I think that one of the requirements for cheese-rolling is structural integrity; as the cheese can get up to 70mph. I think that Mozzarella might disintegrate under the centrifugal force.
What is ‘tunbling’? Is it a specialist verb that only parses with the weird formulation ‘in hopes to catch’?
I did go and watch this once about 40 years ago - well before the days of ‘health and safety’ and I am surprised it still goes on. It was utterly insane then and a miracle there were not multiple broken bones as several competitors succumbed to lack of control and the forces of gravity on a very steep and VERY bumpy, lumpy and uneven slope.
I’ve been intrigued by the cheese rolling people for several years now. This is a half-hour away from another competition:
When I shared these on g+ back in the day, I asked "what the fuck is wrong with these people???" but didn’t get much of an explanation.
BTW there are a bunch of intriguing details at
- One veteran winner broke his left arm that year ['97] , having already broken his right arm on the hill a few years earlier, earning him a double fracture for his Double Gloucester. The other two trophy cheeses were stolen.
- After the event was officially banned in 1998, the organisers introduced some token safety measures. As a result, the body count fell to about a dozen casualties per year.
It means that they are rolling down the hill like a very large wooden wine cask - aka a tun
A highly and gaudily decorated tun, for sure (which was one of my first thoughts - glad I’m not the only one familiar with arcane barrel terminology)
There is nothing wrong with them. They’re English, that’s all.
A legs-forward drop could result in serious cheese-wedgies.
I’m wondering if more festivals and events will return next year. Seeing footage like this makes me miss the Radnor Hunt, Devon Horse Show, and Malvern Fair.
That used to be the case. These days, I’m not so sure, looking at many of my fellow countrypersons.
Oh, I know a butt load about that
Let’s not start all that again, so soon - I’ve had my firkin fill of it, lately.
I especially loved the point one of the winners made that he was – over the same (albeit highly sloped) distance – faster than Usain Bolt.
But you contradict yourself…
HAMLET: How long is that since?
FIRST CLOWN: Cannot you tell that? every fool can tell that; it was the very day that young Hamlet was born; he that is mad, and sent into England.
HAMLET: Ay, marry; why was he sent into England?
FIRST CLOWN: Why, because he was mad: he shall recover his wits there; or, if he do not, ’tis no great matter there.
FIRST CLOWN: ’Twill not be seen in him there; there the men are as mad as he.
♪ ♫ ♬ You can roll your pal, to a Rolo ♪ ♫ ♬