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Postby harvey k-tel » 28 Sep 2021, 17:04

I just learned about this rather weird and grim festival in Switzerland:

Also famous outside the region, Gansabhauet is a ritual held on St Martin's Day, 11 November, in Sursee. A dead goose is suspended from the back of its head, and participants (mostly young men but also some women) attempt to sever its neck with a blunt sabre. During the ceremony, they are blindfolded by a pointed cap which covers the face, and also wear a golden sun mask and a red cloak. Before striking their single blow, they reach out for the goose with awkward movements in order to ascertain its position and work out the ideal impact point. The order of the participants is determined by drawing lots. It usually takes between five and twenty blows to decapitate the two geese. The action takes place on a stage before the town hall in front of around 3,000 spectators. Also included in the programme are various games for children and young people such as pole climbing, sack races and gurning (pulling faces) – the latter event is known as «Chäszänne», because the children are rewarded for their efforts with a piece of cheese. Gansabhauet is brought to a close in the evening with the «Räbeliechtli-Umzug», a procession of lanterns made from turnips, as well as a festive meal of goose dishes in the town hall and surrounding restaurants. The origins of this ritual are unclear, but are likely to date back to the late Middle Ages. Having disappeared from the festival calendar around 1820, Gansabhauet was revived in 1863.
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Postby souphound » 28 Sep 2021, 19:39

harvey k-tel wrote:... the children are rewarded for their efforts with a piece of cheese...


:o

But seriously, how strange a "festival" indeed.
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Postby C » 01 Oct 2021, 17:37

Talking to Zap today about ‘black tie’ took me to this - I always wondered where ‘tuxedo’ came from.

Today we associate black tie with the most formal of events. But this wasn’t always the case.
Black tie was born as a fashion concept in 1885. Originally, it represented a relaxing of attitudes around dress codes.
Edward VII, tired of traditional formal wear, decided to swap out his typical tailcoat. To replace it, he commissioned a silk smoking jacket with matching trousers, designed by iconic Savile Road tailor, Henry Poole.
This new style retained some elements of traditional evening wear: the winged collar and the bow tie. But the overall look, without the tails, was far more casual and comfortable.
This style was soon adopted by members of the Tuxedo Club in New York. Hence the Americanism, tuxedo. In the UK, it’s a dinner jacket.
White dinner jackets appeared in the 1930s, designed for wealthy holidaymakers. Because a black suit in tropical weather was hardly appropriate




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Postby Charlie O. » 02 Oct 2021, 01:42

C wrote:This style was soon adopted by members of the Tuxedo Club in New York. Hence the Americanism, tuxedo.

More accurately, the country club in Tuxedo Park, "a village in Orange County, New York. The population was 623 at the 2010 census... The name is derived from a Native American word of the Lenape language, tucsedo or p'tuxseepu, which is said to mean 'crooked water' or 'crooked river'."

The Wiki page is actually kind of interesting.
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Postby C » 02 Oct 2021, 13:12

Thanks Chas - very interesting




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Postby robertff » 02 Oct 2021, 15:50

Apparently when the media broke the news that BP garages had fuel supply problems there were only 5 garages out of 200 closed and it was a completely unnecessary announcement. If this is true the media has created the current chaos at petrol stations knowing that panic will always set in when shortages of any kind are announced. Gave them an easy story to report on for days.

As someone daubed in white paint on a board that I saw somewhere, 'THE MEDIA IS THE VIRUS'.


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Postby Diamond Dog » 04 Oct 2021, 22:00

robertff wrote:Apparently when the media broke the news that BP garages had fuel supply problems there were only 5 garages out of 200 closed and it was a completely unnecessary announcement. If this is true the media has created the current chaos at petrol stations knowing that panic will always set in when shortages of any kind are announced. Gave them an easy story to report on for days..


Or, maybe, with a Govt who have - as always- been caught completely unprepared when a crisis arrives, due to an absolute inability to take action before the potential problem becomes a real problem.

My money's on the incompetent, corrupt, lying fuckwits in Government - how about you?
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Postby Jimbly » 05 Oct 2021, 10:54

There was a guy called Arthur McManus who was born in Belfast, Union Official during the Red Clydeside strikes in Glasgow moved down to England. He was the first leader of the Communist part in the UK. He was named in a letter related to the Zinoev forgery which attempted to smear Labour just before an election.

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Postby C » 07 Oct 2021, 16:18

That Kylie Minogue has lived in the UK for the last 30 years....!





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Postby Minnie Cheddars » 13 Oct 2021, 12:27

I watched ‘Diary of a Mad Housewife’ the other day and learned a lot! I learned that Neil Young wrote ‘ A Man Needs A Maid’ about Carrie Snodgress, the surprisingly cute Frank Langella used to date Whoopi Goldberg, and that his book about his life is supposedly absolutely fantastic.
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Postby Minnie Cheddars » 14 Oct 2021, 15:28

You come at the Queen, you best not miss.

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Postby Minnie Cheddars » 14 Oct 2021, 22:24

Some Yorkshire cheeses in the 1840s used the stomach of calves as a curdling agent for their cheese and this was called ‘Prezzur’ which sounds much nicer than the actual thing

I’m reading this in an old book on the Yorkshire dales at a nice restaurant with a big bottle of wine so I won’t remember any of this soon, I sincerely hope.
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Postby Minnie Cheddars » 14 Oct 2021, 22:28

If cheese was too hard, they would turn it into thongs!
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Postby Minnie Cheddars » 14 Oct 2021, 22:50

A Nidderdale man holds the world record for butter churning. 12 hrs by hand
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Postby Minnie Cheddars » 14 Oct 2021, 23:10

Liverpool potters used to send their pottery abroad packed in oat husks sent to them by Yorkshire farmers!
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Postby Flower » 15 Oct 2021, 10:51

Jane Goodall is still alive and very active .. YAY!!!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Goodall
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Postby GoogaMooga » 15 Oct 2021, 15:54

"Let's go, Brandon!"
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