Monday, 4 June 2018

At Last,

the annual cheese rolling video for this year has arrived,

   I should think most web-surfers are by now familiar with the annual Cooper's Hill Cheese-rolling and Wake, in case you do not know the rules, from the top of the hill, a 9 pounds (4.1 kilograms) round of Double Gloucester cheese is sent rolling down the hill, and competitors then start racing down the hill after it, the first person over the finish line at the bottom of the hill wins the cheese, but there is a catch, the hill is incredibly steep, so falls and tumbles are the order of the day, also the cheese has a one-second head start, and can reach speeds up to 70 miles per hour (110 kilometers per hour), enough to knock over and injure a spectator, the winner is given the prize of an actual cheese after the competition, there are lots of basically identical videos, I like this version because of the choice of slow motion and the music, a tip of the blogging hat to gwdMaine, who identified the music as the aria "Habanera" from Bizet's Carmen and offered this verse from the lyrics:

The bird you hoped to catch
Beat its wings and flew away.
Love is far, you can wait for it;
You no longer await it, there it is.
All around you, swift, swift,
It comes, goes, then it returns.
You think to hold it fast, it flees you,
You think to flee it, it holds you!

I am happy to report that as far as I am aware no cheeses were harmed in the making of this video.

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