We left it until the last minute just in case of a miracle but It'll come as little surprise that Northwich Juggling Club will be unable to bring you the WJD weekend as promised in Cheshire 19th-21st June. The intention is to postpone until next year, please watch this space. (It never actually made the events page so little risk of people turning up but putting it out there nevertheless.)
"Juggling Greats of the Past (A - J): A Video Survey" is one of the best things I've seen on eJuggle http://www.juggle.org/ejuggle/. And I've seen it all.
Good gravy, the history! That's a couple afternoons of watching.
Direct link to the article: https://www.juggle.org/juggling-greats-of-the-past-a-j-a-video-survey/
Here are all the links posted during May 2020:
No, it's the World Juggling Federation.
Whilst it is not entirely representative of the world, nor a federation, it still facilitates some pretty hardcore championships that showcases high-end technical juggling.
The WJF competitions are open to the world, but they're not the only juggling competition which is.
So it's less like "The Olympics" (single, recognised international sporting event) and more like "The Golf World Open" which is just one of the available international golf tournaments.
I'm amazed to discover the WJF has been running for 16 years, it doesn't seem that long ago that it started! I guess I'm getting old quicker than I thought!
Bungay Balls Up is happening in virtual form this May, on our originally scheduled dates.
Our virtual video chatroom/meetup/hangout will go live on Friday 15th May from ~18:00 BST.
If you're a Bungay regular, or if you've just always wanted to come along, then pop in at some point. There's already a virtual poker tournament scheduled for May 22nd, and other events may well pop up as we go along.
Thanks to Richard for sorting out all the relevant coding.
We'll post the URL on Friday!
For UK readers, St Peter’s Brewery, about two miles from the Bungay buttercup field, delivers nationwide. I recommend them if you drink alcohol and like beer.
(On the other hand this brewery links to the late lamented ijdb, which is intriguing: http://www.banksandtaylor.com/link.html )
Okay Bungayphiles, the site is more or less set up, so if you want to pop in a bit early, head along to...
...and input the password that you should be able to figure out. If you can't figure it out, please ask @BungayBallsUp on Twitter for help.
It's Bungay Time!
The virtual convention is doing really well. So far about 188 "attendees" over the first 6 days. Still very busy even on the weekdays, and we'll probably get more people again at the weekend.
If you haven't popped in yet, please do. It really does feel like a "proper" convention, with the number of people, and the social interaction and workshops.
See you at https://virtual.bungayballsup.com/
I had a great time at this year's Bungay. Had a real BBU feel to it. Great to see so many familiar faces.
Online games accompanied with a video chat room were a great innovation. Congrats to Void for becoming backgammon champion 2020.
Plenty of great poker with all the banter of face to face sessions. Congratulations to Hairy for winning this year's tournament. In fact the poker worked so well we are planning a monthly game using the virtual BBU site which is remaining open.
Mixed reviews of the food. Some people commented that it was no better than they could have made themselves while others liked the homemade feel of the menu. Toilet and shower facilities were an improvement over usual although the view from the composting toilets was missed by many.
A lot more workshops than usual including creative writing, baking, crafts and crossword solving.
A few regular faces missed it this year but most of the usual Bungay faces were here. It was the best ever attended BBU with over 200 coming from as far away as Miami.
Still hoping to do something in September but a socially distanced camping get together at the farm is the most likely outcome. A decision to be made nearer the time.
Big thanks to all those who made it possible. Workshop leaders, quiz and games organisers and most of all Richard for providing the site.
Pebble juggling in otters linked to tummy rumbles, researchers claim. Academic study was to be replicated in humans but scientists disappointed to find typical hobby jugglers can afford neither food nor pebbles.
But really, in an article in The Guardian today researchers claim to have found a link between pebble juggling in mustelids and the desire for or anticipation of food. Sadly this has dashed my hopes that otters also labour under the illusion that juggling is waaay cool.
While going through some old documents I found some unicycle hockey stuff from the early 90s. I had a quick search & couldn't find any of this online so I will be dealing with that shortly. In the meantime though one of the documents mentioned the earliest known footage of unicycle hockey can be found in Varieté, a German silent film made by Ewald André Dupont. I'd not seen this before so I dug out the full film:
Notable timestamps for me:
32:11 First performance footage, acrobatics from the Flying Codonas?
32:39 Possibly nsfw acro, some nice shots of the reflections in binoculars
33:16 Plate spinning
33:33 30 seconds of Enrico Rastelli plate juggling & mouthstick work, I believe I've seen this clip before in one of David's articles
34:44 The unicycle hockey skit. I genuinely found this amusing!
47:13 Flying trapeze, some nice shots that capture the scale of the Berlin Wintergarten theatre where it was filmed & also from the swinging trapeze itself
I like the idea of being able to drag the goals around... makes the whole thing much more silly
Introducing myself - Simon. I got into juggling in the mid 80's then life got serious and playtime came to an end. Took early retirement last year and met up with a few old friends at EJC 2019. It was great to dust of the clubs and try and get some passing routines going again even though there was 30 years of rust to scrape off the old body. Since Covid struck I've been taking the opportunity in this glorious weather to practice in the garden. As soon as social distancing rules are relaxed I'd be really interested in meeting up with anyone who's into club passing. I live in North London (Muswell Hill).
Welcome to the Edge. I lived in Palmers Green in 1971. I took up juggling in the 80s and haven’t stopped since. Passing is what I like best. I live in Miami now, it might be a while before our paths cross.
Hi David. You probably knew Max and Susi Oddball back in the day. I've recently reconnected with them and a few others who used to frequent those workshops. Boy has the standard of juggling gone up in the time! Not sure what my longest pass is, but it ain't as far as Miami. If I'm in the neighbourhood I'll give you a shout.
Here are all the links posted during April 2020:
I am Joachim, 45 years old from Denmark.
Been juggling for some years on/off - and always had a great interest in creative fun.
I mostly juggle balls - Can juggle 4 at a time, and keep on adding tricks.
Been juggling clubs for 6 months, and just getting uset to it.
Also interested in close up magic (mostly cards, rope, rubber bands...) - and work as a part time magician.
Having fun with the clubs - Comfortable with cascade, and beginning to reverse cascade, under the arms, coloums, two i one hand.
Balls: 3 in one hand, and still struggling with box and shower
And 5 Ball pasning with my oldest daughter (17)
It´s fun (and annoying :o) to see how much faster she learn new tricks compared to me.
For instance - when I practised Mills mess a couple years ago - it took me like forever to understand what was going on, and to learn it. She did it in a couple of days...
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