There are a lot of ‘no’s that maketh a thesis. You have to say ‘no’ to many people often when you want to say ‘yes, count me in.’ The St Ives Medieval Faire is one of those events I’ve had to miss out on for the last couple of years until today.
This year I’ve been bringing back balance and saying ‘yes’ a little more often: ‘yes’ to the sweet sixteen of a clever and kind young lady I know, ‘yes’ to a German feast, and ‘yes’ to Belgian waffles with a scoop of Vanilla Bean ice cream at the Faire today (even though they’re not actually ‘medieval’ food we’ll overlook that point).
Watching the jousting in a medieval themed setting when you are writing about the period yourself is something of a thrill. In fact, it is so physical and realistic (the modern knights wear replica armour weighing over one hundred kilograms, use solid wood lances with steel tipped coronels and are themselves veterans of the sport) that I hazard that anyone watching would find it hard to look away.
The knights competing this year are: Phil Leitch (Country: Australia; Motto: Don’t Panic), Rod Walker (Australia; God will recognise his own), Luke Binks (Australia; Glory is the reward for valour), Simon Tennant (New Zealand; Strength and honour), Jezz Smith (New Zealand; Strength and courage), Ivar Mauritz-Hansen (EU; Experience is the best teacher), Cliff Marisma (Australia) and Arne Koets (EU; –).
I wish them all the best for their final tomorrow and hope that no one is seriously injured. This is not the kind of sport you walk away from without some bruising.