29 May, 2006

Gentlemen, Prepare Your Cheese

Today residents and visitors to Gloucestershire celebrate their most famous sporting event, the grueling competition of cheese-rolling.

It may be Memroial Day here, but the real action is on a very steep hill in southwestern England, where dozens of worthy contestants compete to see who can get their cheese wheel to the bottom of the hill the quickest. The prize: pride, of course, and an 8lb circle of Double Gloucester cheese. I may just sign up next year myself. The cheese roll, incidently, is also one of the folk traditions J. R. Daeschner writes about in the recently posted about book True Brits.


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