12th July 2009
Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ
Bastille Day Garden Party
Crown bowling, according to general consensus, is not a particularly sexy sport. I accept that at competition level the participants are hardly octogenarians (in New Zealand, you even get a Haka) , however it still doesn’t quite get the pulse racing for the energetic Young Turks in 21st century London.
Curiously, Boules, on the other hand, is becoming quite the thing. Or, more specifically, Pétanque (which is even less energetic, as this version – which is only 100 years old – has the participant launching their boule with their feet ‘fixed’ (‘pied-tanqué’). It may even become an Olympic sport soon(ish)…
Anyway, we’re in Battersea Park (where we’ve been a couple of times already), and we’re celebrating France’s National Day with a Bastille Day Garden Party. And despite there being a DJ and live music, this is very much a family bring-a-picnic event, as opposed to the more Bal Populaire style event happening a couple of days later in Borough Market. There is, though plenty of room for Boules. And before you ask, I haven’t managed to fathom out the costume on display here: it looks Tyrolean, which isn’t French the last I heard, and doesn’t seem to have any connection with sponsors Ricard. Nice balls, though.