I may have approached this the wrong way assuming I would recognize something, the sports mentioned all seem quite obscure, but pretty entertaining to read about for the most part. Good for a few chuckles at least.
This is a lovely book! It's the Wacky Races for Sport, and guaranteed to get a great laugh. I could see these being used in a charity event, or an alternative Olympic
I read 40 Humorous British Traditions in November last year and loved it so I knew the moment I saw this that I had to read it.
Snooker Marbles in Sheffield, Pole Vaulting at Hadrian's Wall, Beagle Chasing in Athestone (one of my particular favourites after the cancellation of the annual Staffie Toy Drive when it became clear that the toys would not survive the 30 minute walk to their final destination, it was absolute carnage with teddy bear heads flying about, stuffing covering everything and a mass game of tug of war as we tried to take the toys away, such a sad day for all involved, especially the staffies), The Dracula Race in Sighisoara, Romania (One I'm hoping to participate in very soon), Handstand Games in Moscow, Russia and Mad Paddling in Hobart, Tasmania are some of the many sports we don't hear much about at all so I'm extremely glad that Mr Worker has finally brought these to everyone's attention.
The next time you go to one of the places in this book, I highly encourage you to take part in one or more of these sports. You never know, you could be a champion at the Pogo Stick Marathon or Hobby Horse Polo.
*Huge thanks to Julian Worker, BooksGoSocial and NetGalley for this copy which I chose to read and all opinions are my own*
This is a lovely book! It's the Wacky Races for Sport, and guaranteed to get a great laugh. I could see these being used in a charity event, or an alternative Olympics.
It ranges from the UK and Europe, to all the other inhabited continents. From gumshield-wearing competitors in the Skipton skipping games, to pole-vaulters over Hadrian's Wall, there is something to amuse everyone. Dockey sounds incredible, and is definitely one of those ideas that sounded great after a bevy of pints! The download I got only gave the UK games, but it gave me a super laugh!! Recommended for these alone :D
Interesting book about local sports around the world. Some of these games would really be a great addition to the Olympics, though I doubt that will ever happen.
I'd watch these! I'd bet others might enjoy Mongol Vegetable Cutting show on a cooking channel! I know lots of people who would enjoy Beagle Chasing and maybe even Hobby Horse Polo! Great job, Julian Worker! Very creative.
I received an abridged copy of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest opinion.
There are some very strange sports featured in this book, most of which I'd certainly never heard of, how the author discovered most of these is impressive. A good read for anyone with any sporting interest and otherwise as it highlights the eccentricities and inventiveness of people.
There are some I'd actually like to see as an Olympic event, such as Dockey.