I was cheered this bank holiday by a small bit of news in the online BBC site where people finally sickened of officialdom spoiling their fun went ahead and did what they wanted anyway.
About 200 people gathered at Coopers Hill in Gloucestershire for an unofficial cheese-rolling contest.
Thrill seekers staged their own event after the official competition was cancelled for the second year in a row.
The event went ahead despite a large police presence at entrances to the hill in Brockworth.
Spectators braved the fog and rain to watch about a dozen competitors pursue a Double Gloucester cheese 200m (656ft) down the 1:2 gradient slope.
The last official event was in 2009. Last year’s competition was called off over concerns about safety because of the number of spectators it attracts.
Plans for an official two-day festival this year were abandoned after a public backlash over ticket prices.
Former winner Helen Thorpe said: “No-one’s going to stop us doing it.
“They say it’s not official but we are all Brockworth people and we’re running the cheese today so it is official. We strongly believe in it.”
This I believe is part of the answer to the H & S jobsworths who seek to slowly strangle any sort of risk taking in today’s society, simply to go ahead and do it anyway and dare them to stop you.
Sure we can talk about trimming back legislation, though much of it these days is imposed by the faceless bureaucrats of the EU in their endless machinations to make us all the same and all under their control. There was no need to attempt to cancel the “official” competition, just get everyone involved to sign a waiver or even just make it known that this was something you did at your own risk and that the organisers were in no way liable for injuries suffered.
We really need to get back to the original rights of freeborn men and women where we take responsibility for our own actions, this was a small start and I wonder what if anything will be done to try and stop it next year. Hopefully again though, those that want to do it will simply stick two fingers in the air at those who want to control them for their own good.