No Business Like Snow Business

SnowboardingAs Yorkshire Pudding rightly points out, idleness has become a way of life for some of us and a very pleasant change it is too compared to the hustle and bustle of our working lives.

I’m two and a half weeks into a two month project that is keeping me busy for much of the week and I admit that I’m starting to miss my hours of idleness – or creative pottering as I prefer to think of it.

The one thing it has got in the way of is my watching the winter Olympics on tv. I’ve never really paid much attention to this quadrennial event before, partly because I didn’t have the time when I was working, partly because I’ve never seen the attraction in crashing down a mountain with a couple of planks tied to your feet, but mostly because we Brits just aren’t very good at snow sports.

Sochi 2014 has changed all that for me. Ice dancing still has all the allure of a wet weekend in Whitby, but the rest is pretty amazing, especially the newer events like slopestyle, halfpipe, snowboard cross and freestyle skiing.

These people have to be just as fit as the summer Olympians, but they mix it with the prospect of imminent death or serious injury just to spice things up a little.

Curling StonesIt has all come a little too late for me of course. My winter sporting career has been limited to building snowmen and the odd snowball fight and my days of slide-making are well behind me.

But there is always curling which is reminiscent of the game I played as a schoolboy called Deck the Prefect. This involved skidding a heavy school bag across the ice, not unlike a curling stone, the object being to take the legs from beneath any prefect on playground duty. Happy days.

The real attraction though is that it is played indoors, out of the wind and sleet, and you are given a mug of cocoa and a chocolate biscuit halfway through.

I will have to get some practice in if I am to make the team for Pyeongchang in 2018, but that sounds like a perfect piece of creative pottering in my book.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

6 comments… Add yours
  • gerald 20th February 2014

    Got the bronze women curling play-off on as I’m writing this – will close the computer down and make a cup of tea and some toast when it gets to the last couple of ends.

  • "Snowballs" Pudding 20th February 2014

    What is this two month project you refer to? I am intrigued. With regard to the Winter Olympics, why don’t they have snowballing events? They could include chucking snowballs at targets, traditional mass snowball fights and snowball rolling down a hill with the winner being the Olympian who rolls the biggest, heaviest snowball. Running naked through the snow (ladies only) would also be a popular new event. The Swedes would start as favourites.

    • Mr Parrot 20th February 2014

      I entirely agree that snowballing should be part of the Olympics – it is a traditional winter sport after all. I think we need a new take on the biathlon in which the competitors have to create a 1km slide by throwing buckets of water on the pavement at the end of which they build a snowman and then knock its hat off with a snowball at 20 paces.

    • Trevor Rowley 20th February 2014

      The Swedes might start as favourites, Mr Pudding, but I would be keen to see if those ladies were always out in front (or in the case of the men, leading by a short head). It’s the way I tell ’em!


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