Unseen Academicals - The Inspiration

Discussion in 'MORE TERRY PRATCHETT NOVELS' started by Joculator, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. Joculator The 'Old' Fool

    For readers who do not live in Briain, here are some photographs from the annual Shrove Tuesday Football Match at the village of Ashbourne in Derbyshire. One of the strangest games in the world. Very possibly the inspiration for the game in Unseen Academicals.

    If you want to see the game in progress there is a video at this link

    The rules and history are explained here



  2. spiky Bar Wench

    Ahhh the English. Inventing crazy games since 1066.
  3. Maljonic Administrator

    Yeah, it's those quiet reserved types that are the worst. One minute they're opening Parliament, the next they're in a bath of baked beans flying down a toboggan run. :)
  4. randywine Member

    Yes, all stark raving lunatics.

  5. Maljonic Administrator

    I prefer to refer to myself as a 'stark raving genius' personally. :)
  6. Joculator The 'Old' Fool

    Lunatic.. Genius... you tread a thin line Mal. But as you're nearer the North than the South I support you on the genius front :D
  7. DEATHOFRATS New Member

    Hehe...my great grandma lives there. In her house, she has one of the old footballs used a long time ago...it's intricately painted and appears to be made of wood...she said all sorts of stories about it...

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