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Cheese rolling cancelled!

How much more depressing can England get?
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Re: Cheese rolling cancelled!

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Yet another shining example of the "British Nanny State"
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Re: Cheese rolling cancelled!

Oh,well, surrelly they should hold it at the O2 arena ( a litte tilting may be needed ) to allow for capacity and proper international exposure.


Or is it all a Swiss plot to have it happen here, on the slopes post the ski season ?
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Re: Cheese rolling cancelled!

I will have to add the "This is Gloucestershire" family of papers to my RSS feeds. These are the kind of hard-hitting reports that keep the world turning.
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Re: Cheese rolling cancelled!

It will probably still go ahead in some form or other. There are already well over 2000 members on the 'Bring Back The Cheese Rolling' group on Facebook.

Controlling the numbers attending may well be reasonable. Trying to ban it will attract more publicity and make matters worse. A large, controlled event is probably going to be safer than a small impromptu event without official safety measures.
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Yet another shining example of the "British Nanny State"
Here we go again, this event has been around for ever, and suddenly it unsafe
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Old 14.03.2010, 23:33
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Oh,well, surrelly they should hold it at the O2 arena ( a litte tilting may be needed ) to allow for capacity and proper international exposure.


Or is it all a Swiss plot to have it happen here, on the slopes post the ski season ?
It must be a plot of "GrumpyGrapefruit" to have a supreme venue !
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Here we go again, this event has been around for ever, and suddenly it unsafe
It seems to be the growing size of the audience that concerns the organizers (or their insurance company), rather than the (oft-proven) danger of severe injury to the participants. Regardless, sadly, this does seem to be yet another example of people not being left to be responsible for their own actions; if there wasn't such a propensity for suing because someone stubbed a toe while illegally scaling a fence, these issues wouldn't arise and the cheese would continue to roll.
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Re: Cheese rolling cancelled!

I have just flown back from sunny gloucester and it is a HUGE deal with everyone ..........especially to the regulars whose familys have taken part for years ........ very sad to think it may never take place again :-( and to any of you who have not been it is simply a day of sheer madness with a lot of alcohol involved , you bounce better with a few ciders on board
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It seems to be the growing size of the audience that concerns the organizers (or their insurance company), rather than the (oft-proven) danger of severe injury to the participants. Regardless, sadly, this does seem to be yet another example of people not being left to be responsible for their own actions; if there wasn't such a propensity for suing because someone stubbed a toe while illegally scaling a fence, these issues wouldn't arise and the cheese would continue to roll.
I don't know the details, just what is on this thread. But it looks as if some authorities simply abstained from consulting the organisers. A rather strange behaviour ...
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Re: Cheese rolling cancelled!

It is apparently the organisers who have cancelled the event 'because it is getting to popular'. Basically, I think that they are bowing down to perceived H&S issues.

As Joolie said, it is a big deal there. I have family living alomost within sight of the hill. It seems certain that some form of event will take place, even if unofficial and unsupervised.

The Facebook group is growing really fast. About an extra thousand members this evening! They are also going to petition the Government.
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Here we go again, this event has been around for ever, and suddenly it unsafe
As 22 yards points out, it's not about the safety of the participants but having 15,000 + visitors heading to a small spot in rural Gloucestershire that seems to be the problem. Last year the M5 ground to a halt and some people even got out of their cars to walk to the event.

The committee are all volunteers, most probably signed up to help a few years back when there would probably be no more than a 1000 spectators and I am guessing that this announcement from them is a cry for help to the police and the local council to take over some of the logistics, especially parking.

I'm sure it'll still go ahead in some form, even if just a couple of people walk up the hill early in the morning with a Baby Bell or 2 (for that is all it is good for .

If you don't know what this is all about......

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Old 15.03.2010, 07:39
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Re: Cheese rolling cancelled!

Nope no safety issues there at all.

As you say, when a volunteer-run event grows beyond control, this happens. Similar thing happened to a very popular public event in Vancouver. They cancelled, re-grouped, and returned the next year.
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Old 15.03.2010, 09:05
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Re: Cheese rolling cancelled!

DB, I'm sorry I inadvertently read the thread title as "Chinese rowing..."

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Old 15.03.2010, 09:09
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Re: Cheese rolling cancelled!

I'm afraid this is just like cricket to me. Something to shake your head at in wonder and never understand, even if someone explained it to you.
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Re: Cheese rolling cancelled!

I hope the Easter bottle kicking in our neighbouring village in England won't be affected by this. Spectators get injured every year, but I don't think there's been any deaths yet.

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Re: Cheese rolling cancelled!

At least it hasn't been cancelled in case one of the competitors injures themselves. If I was a local farmer/landowner, I'm not sure if I would be too pleased about 15000-odd people trying to get to the venue across "moi laaaaand".
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Re: Cheese rolling cancelled!

Please, someone, explain how cheese rolling works and put me out of my befuddlement. What I see from Grumpy's vid is that a wheel of cheese is rolled down the slope and the 'racers' follow how the cheese bounces? At the finish line, each contestant is tackled and thrown down?!


P.S. Loved the racer with the horse head.
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Re: Cheese rolling cancelled!

They should try rolling ba ba ba bababybell
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Please, someone, explain how cheese rolling works and put me out of my befuddlement. What I see from Grumpy's vid is that a wheel of cheese is rolled down the slope and the 'racers' follow how the cheese bounces? At the finish line, each contestant is tackled and thrown down?!


P.S. Loved the racer with the horse head.
That's more or less it.
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