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  • Bruce Herbold

    Bruce Herbold July 9, 2011, 3:21 a.m. (Message 61082)

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

    If so what do YOU call petronella turns?
    Bruce Herbold
    On Jul 8, 2011, at 5:49 PM, Rod Downey <> wrote:
    > 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.
    > best
    > rod
    > 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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