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Strongest in front?

Warm embrace between rivals

Warm embrace between rivals

The tug-of-war at Valtopina’s medieval games was a short, sharp affair.

The centre of the rope had only to move a very short distance in order for victory to be proclaimed.

The event was as good-humoured as ever, and started with a warm embrace between the 2 leaders.

As far as I can make out, the Italian cheer rhythm is ‘pi-pi-oolla’, the ‘oolla’ being a deep, rich, savage roar of a sound.

However absolute silenceย was decreed for theย tug itself because the umpires weren’t using loudspeakers and might need to be heard.

The green team leader, a veritable giant of a man, went in front.

It must have been the right choice because the green team won the contest.

The big man leads

The big man leads

  1. July 8, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Every Sept/ Oct we have the same mid-evil games and feasting here in New England

    Check it out ๐Ÿ™‚


    • July 9, 2013 at 2:13 am

      Those New England games look very varied and great fun. I’d love to go. But they’re obviously commercial and there isn’t the same long tradition behind them.

      • July 9, 2013 at 3:29 am

        ๐Ÿ™‚ yes you are over there in the OLD WORLD but we play here in the NEW WORLD ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t walk 5 feet without a man dressed so dapper professing his love for me lol too much ale maybe ๐Ÿ™‚ OH I liked your page on FB and you can LIKE my 2 pages as well ๐Ÿ™‚

      • July 9, 2013 at 8:02 pm

        I sent you a PM on Facebook. Did you get it?

      • July 10, 2013 at 12:21 am

        Nope I will look again ๐Ÿ™‚

      • July 10, 2013 at 9:11 pm


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