The Morris Men of Little Egypt
A Bloodless Crusade
Si debes, escriu sus l'acič; Si on te deu, escriu sul sable.
|We began to dance in the early evening sunlight, under typically French plane trees, surrounded by an interested crowd of onlookers.|
|Mr Evans certainly had his publicity machine working. He admitted later that far more turned up to
watch than he ever expected.|
Some of the younger spectators were inspired to imitate some of the complex steps and sticking patterns.
|Given that this was our first "kit" dance in France, it was to be expected that the dancing was performed with relish and vim.|
And so it was.
|Rarely have the handkerchiefs in "Guillaume de Banbury" travelled so far from their owners.|
And the local fun-size stand-off half simply couldn't keep up with Geoff's sidestep.
|Tommo spent part of the weekend pretending to be an abandoned wreck (but we were too kind to point out out how close this was to the truth).
Meanwhile Neville's attempts to employ an interpreter met with limited success, as, surprisingly, she seemed not to know the French for "galley up".
|Alaigne's resident Irishman - a fellow of infinite charm and wit - insisted on trying to master the hanky movements, but was unable to master fully
the concept of maintaining a straight elbow in the short time he had for tuition.|
But between bouts, he was also kind enough to tell us that we were the best thing to have "happened" in the village for a very long time.
|The interpreter returned for another go, but stumbled this time on the translation of "Adderbury Hey".|
As the light faded, the barbecue was finally ready.
|Eventually, we migrated inside the bar, wherein there was more beer and wine, but also some excellent
singing, from Wales and Ireland as well as England. |
The high, and appropriately final, point for the evening was a wonderful performance by a member of the local choir, singing a local traditional song.
We didn't need to understand the words to appreciate the quality and emotion of it.
And so to bed.
Friday was to be another day.