Liverpool Report

Hi all,

Just back from the Liverpool Juggling Convention. My juggling has
improved a bit: there were rather a lot of people in the hall, so little
time was spent on the unicycle inside the building, (although I did spend
some
time in the local area outside of the sports hall). Most people with unis
there
did very little riding inside the hall as far as I could see.
The highlight: Took part in my first ever unicycle gladiators…and for a
very
few seconds I remained seated.
My early demise allowed me to watch the rest of the action: Wow! I soon
saw that people treat it quite seriously!!.
Round two was excellent: In round 1 young Zilan (spelling?) had sneaked up
behind Miark and neatly removed his seat from under him, and so, in what
looked like a retaliatory attack, in the second contest Miark went for Zil
from
the off, and an extended and entertaining wrestling match began. Zil’s low
centre
of gravity seemed a match for Miark’s height and strength, and the tussle
went
back and forth, round and round. Once most of the other contestants had
fallen by
the wayside, Luke Burrage decided to try and make the contest a threesome,
and having refusing an impolite request to clear off from this private
grudge
match, was unceremoniously dumped by one, or maybe by both of the wrestlers.
To the astonishment of all those who had not seen Zil’s gladiatorial
successes at other conventions, Miark was then soon overthrown. This left
Zilan and one adult who had remained idling on the sidelines. The two faced
each other in almost medieval style, lances drawn, and charged. In what I
could only describe as a brutal, full speed attack, the poor bloke was
instantly demolished, remaining no longer than any fly you swatted with that
newspaper.
Pick on someone you own size next time Zilan, leave these poor full grown
adults alone, or at least be gentle with them, they break easily, and they
are
no competition for you. :wink:
Very entertaining, but I feel a distinct cowardly side of me is about to
come to
my self defence just before any future such contests!!

Muniuni

Re: Liverpool Report

Great report. I have not heard about the Gladiators, I did hear it was a
good convention. I went to the Northern Muni ride in Newcastle (which was
also fun).

If you want to do more Gladiators or even see Zillan meet his demise come to
the Unimeet this weekend coming in Kidderminster. The Gladiators are one of
the highlights of the early evenings at these events, this is where he gets
his practice (along with others).

I will have to quiz Miark tomorrow on his riding… for those who do not
know he is now working with us at Unicycle.com in the UK. And if you don’t
believe what he is really like then have a look at his photo on our “About
Us” web page… it was the most sensible one I could get off him.

Roger

----- Original Message -----
From: “muniuni” <muniuni@hotmail.com>
Newsgroups: rec.sport.unicycling
To: <rsu@unicycling.org>
Sent: Monday, February 24, 2003 10:48 AM
Subject: Liverpool Report

> Hi all,
>
> Just back from the Liverpool Juggling Convention. My juggling has
> improved a bit: there were rather a lot of people in the hall, so little
> time was spent on the unicycle inside the building, (although I did spend
> some
> time in the local area outside of the sports hall). Most people with unis
> there
> did very little riding inside the hall as far as I could see.
> The highlight: Took part in my first ever unicycle gladiators…and for
a
> very
> few seconds I remained seated.
> My early demise allowed me to watch the rest of the action: Wow! I soon
> saw that people treat it quite seriously!!.
> Round two was excellent: In round 1 young Zilan (spelling?) had sneaked
up
> behind Miark and neatly removed his seat from under him, and so, in what
> looked like a retaliatory attack, in the second contest Miark went for Zil
> from
> the off, and an extended and entertaining wrestling match began. Zil’s low
> centre
> of gravity seemed a match for Miark’s height and strength, and the tussle
> went
> back and forth, round and round. Once most of the other contestants had
> fallen by
> the wayside, Luke Burrage decided to try and make the contest a
threesome,
> and having refusing an impolite request to clear off from this private
> grudge
> match, was unceremoniously dumped by one, or maybe by both of the
wrestlers.
> To the astonishment of all those who had not seen Zil’s gladiatorial
> successes at other conventions, Miark was then soon overthrown. This
left
> Zilan and one adult who had remained idling on the sidelines. The two
faced
> each other in almost medieval style, lances drawn, and charged. In what I
> could only describe as a brutal, full speed attack, the poor bloke was
> instantly demolished, remaining no longer than any fly you swatted with
that
> newspaper.
> Pick on someone you own size next time Zilan, leave these poor full grown
> adults alone, or at least be gentle with them, they break easily, and
they
> are
> no competition for you. :wink:
> Very entertaining, but I feel a distinct cowardly side of me is about to
> come to
> my self defence just before any future such contests!!
>
> Muniuni
>
>
>
>
>


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Re: Liverpool Report

“Roger Davies” <Roger.Davies@octacon.co.uk> wrote in message
news:mailman.1046125222.19782.rsu@unicycling.org
> Great report. I have not heard about the Gladiators, I did hear it was a
> good convention. I went to the Northern Muni ride in Newcastle (which was
> also fun).
>
> If you want to do more Gladiators or even see Zillan meet his demise come
to
> the Unimeet this weekend coming in Kidderminster. The Gladiators are one
of
> the highlights of the early evenings at these events, this is where he
gets
> his practice (along with others).
>
> I will have to quiz Miark tomorrow on his riding… for those who do not
> know he is now working with us at Unicycle.com in the UK. And if you
don’t
> believe what he is really like then have a look at his photo on our “About
> Us” web page… it was the most sensible one I could get off him.
>
> Roger

Yes Roger, an unusually sensible picture of Miark. I still cannot erase
from my mind
Mostyn Mayhem last year, with Miark dressed as a fairy and talking about
wanting to
work with small children. Your phrase Roger: “if you don’t believe what he
is really like”
says it all, and little can prepare you for the reality (did I say reality
then?) of Miark. A great
guy, excellent unicyclist, and all round fruitcake.
Sadly the opportunity to see Zyllan crushed in gladiators will not be at
this weekend’s unimeet.
Zyllan is in Moscow on the school trip, but he will be at the BUC…
However the unimeets are much to be recommended to anyone.

John (more commonly known just as Zyllan’s dad).

PS: I agree with Muniuni: I thought Zyl was an unleashed brute in the
gladiators too.

Re: Liverpool Report

JayS wrote:
>
> little can prepare you for the reality (did I say reality then?) of Miark.

Miark was of course the person who submitted the dead seagull for the
Mostyn tat competition last year.

At least it had died of natural causes…

  • Richard