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Bit thin on the ground again last night. Did a lot of juggling which given my poor form was not really a good thing. Did get a fantastically smooth run of 20 catches of 3 club reverse back crosses with a clean finish though which I was very pleased with. Kevin was trying to break a record for long lateral distance idling. Archie asked for a three ball trick of the week (we're not doing very well at keeping up with that) so I demonstrated the Statue of Liberty. Inevitably some of the old hands of the club complained that it was too hard. We finished off the evening eating iced doughnuts supplied by Archie's mum who had been stalking the discount ticketing person in Sainsburys & managed to pick up a dozen doughnuts for 15p. Win!
How's the new kitten then Kev?!
I miss the concept of a ticketing person in a shop.
People around here go crazy about doughnuts for about a week early in the year, and the best deal I've seen was something like 10 for the price of 9*, where the starting price was fairly hefty.
*or maybe it was 20 for the price of 19.
Kev brought along my registration pack from the BJC plus a copy of the BJC Bugle (awesome, but needs a bigger picture of Tor ♥). I also had a presentation of some of his new toys. Those Royal Kendama are rather nice, & loving the dapper gentleman on the back of the box! Paul was also juggling some nice neon orange Henry's Grip clubs, which when passed with John's black Radical Fish (spit) looked like they were only passing 3 clubs because the contrast was so vivid. Kevin pulled off the hatstand trick 4 times out of 5 which was very impressive. His golf club balance is coming along very nicely too. I'm sure I used to be able to ride a 12 inch unicycle but several barrel rolls across the floor told me otherwise. It was good to see Archie doing the same. This was my first juggling session for 2½ weeks & it really showed, I was very sloppy but still did some pretty good work Alberts, runs of 5 & had a fun passing session with Simon.
I forgot to mention the BJC Bugle in my review, which is a pity as I had a lot of fun filling in the crossword with Tom Derrick while the atrium was supposedly "closed" for the tech run of the international show, because a certain diva didn't want anyone to see him rehearse
We started out trying to get our head around "how cryptic is this? Is it like a proper cryptic?" before noticing it was set by Guy & Susannah - at which point we agreed it was likely to be a proper cryptic crossword and started doing much better at getting clues.
 A routine which was so quitesentially "him" that we've effectively been watching him rehearse it for the last 5 years.
The solo male acts I can think of are the Water on Mars guys and Florent. I would rule out Florent and Tony for doing unique acts. I'd like to know too, although I can kind of understand an artist not wanting to spoil any surprises.
The international stage was for me probably the best show I've ever seen, and that's with not being able to see well past the people sitting in front of me.
Our youngsters are doing well on unicycles. Toby is now learning to ride backwards, Archie is taking first steps towards walking the wheel. Paul showed the elders are not following suit by performing a nice tumbling dismount. Kevin was catching his hat on his handstand everywhere except on the hooks. Dave & I giggled like school children throughout our very silly passing session. We did manage some nice runs with 8 clubs & also just about remembered how to do a lot of stealing tricks including consecutive pirouette steals. Up the pub Dave told us about a truly horrifying act he saw at a circus in Bulgaria involving domestic cats.
I tried to educate Chris on the importance of using the failsafe, "there we went" after pulling off a trick as opposed to the doomed to failure, "here we go" before each attempt. I taught Archie mills mess. We all went ooh at Kevin's new home made top hat which is quite beautiful. & pink just in case anyone was wondering.
Last year I went on a course and learnt how to make proper top hats. As far as a picture I would if I could. I'm crap at computers.
Chris, Simon, Louisa (not Laura) & I were just discussing how Kev would explain all the stuff in his car if he got stopped by the police. I pointed to Kev throwing his hat onto his balanced hatstand & was just in the middle of saying, "Yeah, but then he'll be doing that for half an hour" right at the point where he managed to land the trick. I had a good passing session including a decent stab at 9 club 2 count. Toby is enjoying his new unicycle, is getting on with learning 3 clubs & I started to teach him mills mess. I think he'll probably have got it by next week.
There were only 5 of us at TWJC last night. It's been a few years since we've had a turnout this poor. I blame Chris who has returned from a multiyear absence after starting a new job in Tunbridge Wells the day before. Shame because he brought cakes too! We jumped straight back in to his club passing education. He hasn't gotten any worse since we last saw him but his ability to throw the correct club after announcing, "I'm going to throw the white one" showed cause for concern. Kev brought along a black cane with silver top that he has been working on to improve the weight for various tricks. It works very well for balancing but the silver top needs to be made more secure for spinning tricks. I found using it as a devilstick was very difficult because of the off-centre weight, running a propellor did look pretty cool though. I suggested a subtle black band around the balance point that would be visible to the performer but not so much to the audience would help.
I tried to demonstrate 7 balls at Toby's request, but embarrassingly I couldn't juggle for toffee last night. I managed a few qualifying runs but nothing pretty. Later in the evening I picked up 7 balls again & tried to get something worthwhile going unsuccessfully for about 10 minutes. I was just about to throw in the towel but thought I'd make one last attempt before the end of the night, given past form I wasn't expecting much so I didn't bother counting. Which was a shame because my last run went on, & on, & on... I easily broke my previous personal best of 62 catches, by a long way. I've got a horrible feeling that I might have broken the 100 catch barrier. But I'll never know :(
Good numbers again this week. Partly due to Cat managing to get some time off from fatherhood & Laurence getting some time off work which was really nice. We were also joined by the human dynamo that is Toby & his father Paul who Cat & I know from the roller hockey session we go to. I've been pestering them to come along for ages. Toby is 12 or 13 I think & he generally picks up things instantly, he has taught himself to juggle, diabolo & unicycle & has learnt tricks that I he has seen me do extremely briefly once. Paul has also learnt to juggle & quite enjoyed an introduction to kendama. He managed to get to faster than gravity standard very quickly despite Cat's no knees approach to the prop. Ben has developed a very solid & consistent 5 ball flash in just one week of practice which I was impressed with. It is very low though so Kevin & I both independently encouraged him to try the throwing a bit higher.
Oh yes, & I now know what the numbers mean. I've got to think of something good now...
We had a really good collection of keen youngsters last night. We had the usuals Gustav (is he *still* growing? I felt like a dwarf standing next to him last night!), Ben, Archie & Eddy plus a new one, Byron who is already a skilled diaboloist joined us for the first time. I'm really pleased with the wide range of skills they are picking up. Also all of them brought along at least one new prop (some of them quite a lot of new props!) that they picked up during the recent celebration of the birth of capitalism. I think this is a good sign of their enthusiasm. I need to start banging on about this year's upcoming festivals as soon as possible. Kevin is looking forward to receiving a knob in the post. Crediting tips given to him by Rob late last year Kevin's hat onto a balanced hatstand trick is coming along really well, last year he would spend most of the night throwing his hat at it but last night he did it twice in very few attempts, plus every attempt looks like it is going to work now whereas before they looked a bit scrappy. I did some diaboloing with Byron & Archie. Byron was practicing an infinite suicide & getting on very nicely indeed running the trick for a long time with really good form, but he can't do 2 diabolos yet which struck me as really incongruous.
It was the final TWJC of the year last night. The amount of food amassed for the occasion totalled over 9000 calories per person. It was a really good turnout as we were joined by a couple of the families who seem to think that raising their new children is more important than coming juggling every week. There wasn’t a lot of juggling but there was a lot of frisbee played with a floppy rubber disc that felt like being hit by a big starfish. There were a number of hoops of tinsel hanging from the ceiling so inevitably we had fun juggling while trying to throw props through the centre.
Next meeting is on January the 6th. The twjc website is currently down while I try to wrestle the domain name from my previous ISP & consequently none of my twjc email addresses are working right now but I hope to get them back up & running shortly. In the meantime I can still be reached via email@example.com or the contact form if you need me.
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