In the first year of www.lucypeel.com, a variety of age old traditions, circus shows, conferences, fairs, farming events, festivals, ghost hunts, theatre productions, music concerts, parades, political events, protests, religious gatherings and sports events have been discussed as illustrated in the following short film –
The full articles to all the different topics featured above can be found by clicking on the following links –
The Boring Conference – An examination of some of the more obscure areas of human endeavour.
Diwali – The winter Hindu festival of lights, a chance to dream of the longer days of summer.
Summer Solstice – The spiritual Pagan midsummer celebration of the incredible strength of the sun and the divine powers that create life.
Ghost Hunting – Attempts are made to directly communicate with spirits.
The Destiny Cube – A theatrical tale of brave warriors and mischievous characters where Death is encountered.
Jorvik Viking Festival – Hundreds of Vikings descend on the city of York (Jorvik) demonstrating battle-drills and training routines. The city is also treated to a range of public events including lectures, arts & crafts, encampments, river events, saga-telling, and full-scale battle re-enactments.
Twelfth Night – A Mummers play, a folk tale developed from a pre-Christian fertility rite or Pagan ritual. An ancient method of spreading messages around the country.
Hobby Horse Festival – The basis for the rhyme ‘Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross,’ honouring 17th century Hoblers. These were men who kept a horse so that they could give instant information of a threatened invasion or to act as spies, or intercept convoys.
Student Protests – Students unite to express their dismay at having to pay for their own education.
General Election – Only 65% of the UK population who were registered voters actually did.
Illuminated Carnival – Linked to the celebration of the failure of the Gunpowder Plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament, giving a little light to those long winter nights.
Straw Bear Festival – Started in the 19th century, when poor people would entertain the community and beg for food in the middle of winter.
Lambing – Illustrating the modern factory line method of breeding and rearing animals for human consumption.
Moscow State Circus – Touring since 1956, the group continue to astound audiences with split second timing and disciplines honed from years of rehearsal and practice.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Started in 1947 to complement the Edinburgh International Festival, the 2010 Fringe Festival hosted over 21,000 performers from 30 countries in 2,453 diverse shows.
World Cup Football – After a qualification round with 204 teams in 2007, the 2010 final took place with 32 teams competing to declare themselves the best footballers in the world.
English Defence League – Founded in 2009, the far-right political group visit Leicester, among a weekend of celebrations of unity.
Memorabilia Fair – A chance to browse for gifts and games among aliens and stars of screen and stage.
Dashera – A celebration of good over evil.
Papal Visit – The Pope visited London, blessing children and waving to the Catholic faithful from his bullet-proof Popemobile.
Gay Pride – The movement has three main premises: that people should be proud of their sexual orientation and gender identity, that diversity is a gift, and that sexual orientation and gender identity are inherent and cannot be intentionally altered
Will Young – The winner of the first Pop Idol competition in 2002 sings and performs at Leicester Tigers’ Welford Road rugby ground.
Leicester Tigers – The team play the Harlequins in a premier rugby ‘A’ league final.
Bottle Kicking – Another Pagan tradition, this time it’s rough, referee-free field rugby between two East-Midlands villages.
Pillow Fighting Flashmob – Strangers meet for a short time to hit each other over the head with pillows.
London Marathon – Since 1981, over £450 million has been raised for charity and 36,549 people completed the 26 mile route in 2010.