Delicious Irony – The Festival of the Unusual

27 January, 2020

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While the rest of France was celebrating Bastille Day – their national holiday – with military marches and parades, the little town of Mahalon marked the occasion with an atmosphere of fun and carnival…and a bit of hospital bed racing.It is perhaps not surprising that the people of Mahalon do things a little differently than […]

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Everything is (STR)AWesome – Durrow Scarecrow Festival

27 January, 2020

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The European Bazaar project has now been underway for 4 months. Sadly it has been set against the distressing backdrop of the twin Malaysia disasters, the international apathy toward the massacres in Gaza and the political collateral damage of the war in the Ukraine. And it’s times like these that it is is easy to forget that […]

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Mud, Sweat and Beers – Germany’s Mud Olympics

27 January, 2020

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Driving north we are on the upward span of a long, arching bridge. Up ahead the girders of the bridge, set against the monotone grey-blue sky, make it look as if we are driving towards a door in the firmament, opening into a hazy Great Beyond. It’s not too far from the truth. As we […]

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Tweed and the Face Weasel – Surrealist sports at the Chap Olympiad

27 January, 2020

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And I’m disqualifying that team for an Americanish display of mutual congratulation – the High Five. Sirs, you should know better.’ – Judge, MC, and executioner. The Chap Olympiad is a strange place to discover a revolution. It is also likely the only festival that you’ll hear the exclamation, ‘Syphilis? Marvelous!’ from a man wearing […]

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