Thursday, January 12, 2006

The cows take a bow

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Last summer, as I walked along a footpath through the fields near Knott End, Lancashire, I came upon the British Friesian Formation Dance Troupe. They were practising for their latest production, "Moolin Rouge", to be performed later that month on the stage of the Marine Hall, Fleetwood. I managed to catch three of the dancers as they hoofed their way through "The Isosceles Trot", a nifty little number in which the participants pirouette and shuffle whilst maintaining the shape of a triangle which has two sides of equal length! My photograph captures them at the end of the routine which features a symmetrical arrangement with the trio facing forward, stage left, and stage right.

In the background you can see a member of the troupe sulking after being replaced for forgetting to wear her costume of fetching blue ankle bracelet, and modish yellow earring.

I'll bet you didn't know that Lancashire cows were so artistically inclined - or so petulant!
photograph & text (c) T. Boughen