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  • Rod Downey

    Rod Downey July 9, 2011, 2:49 a.m. (Message 61080)

    Re: Tandem Reels (was Re: Reels in Bishop of Columbus)

    Hi Anselm,
    your points are well taken, but I did not advocate using Falcon Reels
    but personally use ``swapover reels'' which is descriptive.
    Naming formations  is something which should 
    be done without animals, birds, nor references to particular dances.
    On Sat, 9 Jul 2011, Anselm Lingnau wrote:
    > Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2011 02:19:19 +0200
    > From: Anselm Lingnau <>
    > Reply-To:
    > To:
    > Subject: Re: Tandem Reels (was Re: Reels in Bishop of Columbus)
    > Rod Downey wrote:
    >> It is unfortunate that because of
    >> the penetration of the RSCDS books compared to privately published ones
    >> formations often become attributed to the first RSCDS source rather than
    >> the original place someone published.
    > »The Flight of the Falcon« is in »Anniversary Tensome«, which was published to
    > commemorate the 10th anniversary, in 1992, of the RSCDS Sutton Coldfield
    > branch. The late Barry Priddey was probably more timely about publishing his
    > anniversary books than yours truly, so it is reasonable to assume that the
    > book actually came out at around that time.
    > »Pelorus Jack«, before the RSCDS picked it up for Book 41 in 2000, appeared in
    > Barry Skelton's »Dolphin Book«, which is dated 1994 (along with a whole bunch
    > of other dances featuring the same style of reel). With private publication of
    > dance books being as Rod describes, and with Barry Priddey being based in the
    > UK and Barry Skelton in New Zealand, it is not at all unlikely that we have a
    > case of »parallel invention« here, especially as it is impossible to say after
    > the fact exactly when the two Barrys came up with the actual dances, as
    > opposed to publishing the books. So, at least from the accessible evidence, I
    > personally would be hesitant about making statements like »These so-called
    > ›dolphin reels‹ must be called ›falcon reels‹ because Priddey had them first«.
    > Which is not to say that maybe it wasn't one of the Society's brightest ideas
    > to call the formation a »tandem reel« in the Manual. It is probably sensible
    > to stay away from cutesy formation names involving animals (much like we're
    > told to stay away from cutesy formation names involving kitchen utensils
    > except for porridge stirrers), but I would defy anyone riding a two-seater
    > bicycle to change places twice while going around a tight figure-of-eight
    > curve.
    > Anselm
    > -- 
    > Anselm Lingnau, Mainz/Mayence, Germany .................
    > Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none.                -- William Shakespeare

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