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Thread #121939   Message #2931931
Posted By: Jack Blandiver
21-Jun-10 - 09:30 AM
Thread Name: The re-Imagined Village
Subject: RE: The re-Imagined Village
In the Re-Imagined Village it has been reported that several ageing folk enthusiasts have been out in the woods all night a-conjuring summer in. However, as for not telling the priest their plight, the Reverend James Clitheroe, 67, was one of their number and quite possibly the ringleader. Indeed, having invited the wrinkly revellers back to the vicarage afterwards (to listen to his newly remastered Incredible String Band CDs over a ceremonial breakfast of organic muesli washed down with steaming mugs of Barleycup) he then led them in sky-clad procession to the church, there to venerate the resident 14th-century Green Man (an archetype of our oneness with the earth) with a circle dance in the transept accompanied by suitably pagan sounds from the Garrigills Tom, 57, on his Pipe and Tabor, and Sheila, 55, on her English Concertina, who were joined on this occasion by their Down's Syndrome son, Taliesin, 13, on his Bowed Psaltery. Ironically, all were safely tucked up in bed before solstice point, which passed without incident at 11.28 GMT, although readers might note that tonight is a special Solstice Singers Night at the village Folk Club which now meets in the church hall having been soundly evicted from all three village pubs by the discerning landlords loyal to the cultural sensitivities of their locals.

Also this morning, Mrs Emelia Bowler, 55, reported evidence of a noctural blood sacrifice in the graveyard which on closer examination proved to a disturbed fox-kill. The presence of condoms, beer cans and roach-ends was deemed by an investigating police officer to be coincidental, although several villagers did report hearing the rhythmic blowing of vuvuzelas coming from the direction of the church yard in the wee hours of morning. As PC Carrington, 27, explained: "An anonymous source informs us that the vuvuzela is being used in place of the traditional hunting-horn by several illegal fox hunters, who naturally ply their trade under the cover of darkness, so as not to arouse suspicion that anything more serious than drunken revelry is afoot. Whether or not they continue to do so after the world cup remains to be seen, or, indeed, verified. Needless to say, we know who the chief culprits are but have yet to catch them red handed as it were. In this case, it seems, Bold Reynard was disturbed at his repast by the hunt, thus leaving the as yet unidentified carcass in the state in which it was discovered by Mrs Bowler."   

At 3.30 this afternoon Mr Ken Moor, 74, will be lecturing the WI on the folkloric provenance of the enduring 1,2 / 1,2,3 / 1,2,3,4 / 5,6 rhythm currently favoured by vuvuzela players in stirring call-and-response rallies the world over. He dates it to a Druidic Chant reported by the Roman historian Spiritus Canus, the nature of which put the heebie-jeebies up the invading Italians and almost halted their fateful assault on Anglesey. It is also found notated in ancient Gnostic scripture, and the notorious Lope de Aguirre (1510-61) reported hearing it played by remote Amazonian tribes during his ill-fated search for El Dorado. Indeed, following Mr Moor's lecture, there will be a special DVD presentation of Werner Herzog's Aguirre: Wrath of God (1972) in which the eponymous conquistador is portrayed by the late Klaus Kinski, and the memorable soundtrack composed and performed by Florian Fricke and his group Popol Vuh. This is the first of the WI's Herzog / Kinski season, culminating with Nosferatu (1979) to be screened on October 31st, after which the WI will featuring the films of Takeshi Kitano, beginning with a special screaning of Hanna-bi (1997) on November 5th.   

Otherwise, please note clog dancers of both sexes are still banned from the willow-licked riversides so as not to disturb the local wildfowl (the swans as especially sensitive) although fans of English folk cuisine will be pleased to note that stottie, chips and mead are available as a special on at least one village pub menu for the duration of the summer.