TODAY'S SPECIAL *** Update on 11 February 2001 ***
Something new and different - a poem which combines (all too literally) a Fool and an Animal. Adrian Waters of Kits Coty Morris pens odes for the delectation of his club at their Feasts. He sent me a copy of his latest opus, and you can read it at A Fool Confession. Naturally, the Cafe would welcome other offerings in this genre (see, I know all the posh words, so if you've got them, let's have them. If necessary, anonymity will be preserved.
Ron Shuttleworth, who many of you will know as the man who keeps the Ring's archive on Folk Plays, etc.,is a man who has seen and done a lot of Morris, so his views at Gooseberry Fool are well worth reading.
Even better, Ron has very kindly allowed the Cafe to publish, for the first time on the Web, his well-known paper on "Constructing a Hobby Animal". As Ron explains, this was originally written for a FU Fools & Animals workshop, where it proved immensely popular, and it has been growing ever since. It is (probably) the best and most complete guide to Beast construction in print. I'm grateful to Ron for writing it, and letting the Cafe publish it.
A few items that have accumulated:-
For animal lovers everywhere, I recommend a visit to Banbury Hobby Horse Festival 2000, the record of July's inaugural event. If you ARE an Animal, and would like to come to Banbury in 2001, click here
I wrote last year: The Illustrious Order of United Fools website is small, but someday someone will provide lots of interesting input, perhaps after the F&A weekend in October (hint, hint)? Well, that one fell on deaf ears, didn't it?
Phill Lister has written about the Green Man in history and about Phill's own activities in the role of the Green Man with The Breinton Morris. Both pieces are well worth a read.
Thelwall Morris Men is another club with a history of Fooling which is long in duration but short in numbers. For the long and short of it, a picture of their fools past and present is at the fools, and this links to an article about the Thelwall Fools at Fools' Story
The Crying Game is a piece I wrote about my job as announcer with St Albans Morris Men.
Simon Pipe published a cri-de-coeur for more Foolery in 'Shave the Donkey'. He has kindly let me republish it here.
The Guizer is a book with a great deal of interest to Fools everywhere. It was written some 25 years ago, so may be hard to find, but this review will probably make you feel it would be worth the effort.
I got a very quick (and very welcome) reponse from John Shewmaker asking for a page for children in the Cafe. His message is here.
While I was working on the Cafe, Jenny Howard suggested posing questions about why people Fool... I intended to put up her ideas at the launch of the site, but missed it in the press of time. To make amends, click here for Jenny's ideas.
Have you got in touch with Jenny Howard yet? She's looking for input about her exciting news for a new 'inclusive' organisation for Fools, etc. CLICK THIS LINK to read her original announcement and GET INVOLVED!
Other things are "bubbling under" as they say, but are not yet ready for readers' palates. They will include, at least:-
Animal Behaviour& Character Development
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