All Brit-ish Day
Though few of us are English our fourth attendance at the All British Day proves the AMM are sufficiently Brit-ish for the enjoyment of the ex-pats and many others making the rounds of the Echunga oval. We say Brit-ish in the sense of large-ish or reddish because, while British was the theme of the transport of the day, the 9th of February saw a large showing of cars of the English persuasion in an un-British day of keenly Australian climate and context. Ominously close on the heels of a forty-degree Saturday, fortunes smiled as Sunday temperatures remained just over thirty, warmish for dancing but ideal for the punters.
A day made notable by the entire side being early for an engagement was further distinguished as the gathering of six Morris groups, all collectors of mellowing relics. Only five of those groups involved automobiles and the mellowing relics of the remaining group did some four sets of 5 dances over the course of the day with frequent recourse to the bar for refuelling. A salient point for the day was the inevitable recurrence of the photo-pun of a Morris side draped decorously across an auto of the same name.
In a day of multiple horsepower the horse, in fine form (of Matt) as usual, stood out as a singular anachronism but the total interaction of fool, horse, crowd and dancers, something the side hasn’t seen for quite some time, was a delight to share.
The day concluded with a meating [I think he means barbecue –Ed] at the Mundy residence where, as usual, multiple problems of the brewing, music, morris, western and wider worlds were generally resolved to the satisfaction of participants.
(For the aficionados there was a marked prevalence of electric fans on radiators never intended for such.) [No idea what he means here –Ed]