Morris dancing (was Dancing the Maypole -- Nat & others

Kathleen Jennings s368333 at
Sat Jun 22 07:08:25 EDT 2002

Terry Pratchett's Lancre Morris side, anyone?. There is much mention of a
particularly violent dance called the stick and bucket dance performed at
the all-comers competition (mention = "don't mention that ever again!") The
dance comes into its own in Lords and Ladies (among other things, a dark and
hilarious relook at Midsummer Nights Dream). The elves (who are beautiful,
enchanting, cruel and murderous - and are fascinated by music) are taking
over and the team manages to keep themselves safe by playing dance music
(although the accordion starts to melt in the rain) and dancing the stick
and bucket dance down the mountain, leaving death and chaos in their wake:
"... one, two .... they won't do nothing 'til the music stops! ... back,
two, *spin* ... they loves music! ... forward, hop, *turn* ... one and six,
beetle crushers! ....... wandering angus down the middle .... Remember when
... three, turn ... we won the cup against Ohulan Casuals? ... *spin*..."
"Jason, you don't mean --"
"... one two.. DO IT... ... one, two ... spin ... ready ... one, two ...
back ... one, two ... turn ... KILL ... and back, one, two ...
With a WACK foladiddle-di-do, sing too-rah-li-ay"

Hve blásnautt er hjarta sem einskis saknar.
How destitute is a heart that misses nothing.
       - Ýmir, Einar Benediktsson

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