Doing it anyway

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.

10 comments for “Doing it anyway

  1. Paul
    June 2, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I always knew they would. I know a couple from near cider-drinking country – stout people in the best of ways.

    If you don’t like something, say “no”. As these people have done.

    • June 2, 2011 at 5:38 pm

      Quite. When faced with stubborn refusal, authority has no real response. Chasing a cheese downhill isn’t illegal, so there’s nothing they can do. The more we learn to say “no” an mean it, the easier it will become.

  2. Paul
    June 2, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Chasing a cheese downhill isn’t illegal

    It depends what sort of cheese it is. 😉

    (Think about it.)

  3. nisakiman
    June 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    What a breath of fresh air. Could this signal the beginnings of a quiet revolution? It’s a small rebellion, but from tiny acorns etc…

  4. C H Ingoldby
    June 2, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Could anyone tell me the difference between an ‘official’ cheese chase and an ‘unofficial’ cheese chase?

    What a lot of nonsense, the malignant growth of ‘officialdom’ to which all must kowtow. And what exactly were all those police doing there? Did they expect a riot? Were they actually planning on arresting people for gathering to chase a cheese but decided not to after seeing so many people turn up?

    It is a very true lesson, if enough people simply ignore the busybodies and their rules then the busybodies have to give up. Passive resistance and non compliance are powerful weapons.

    • June 3, 2011 at 5:30 am

      “They say it’s not official…”

      Heh! There’s something rather plaintive about that. I like it. More, please, faster! 🙂

  5. June 2, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Governments need to stop interfering with their constituencies. Governments only derive power form the consent of the governed, and clearly, these politicians and bureaucrats think they have the right to control every aspect of the populations behavior. They do not.

  6. June 2, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    “Despite a large police presence at entrances to the hill…..” What laws did this constabulary believe were going to be broken? Or were they working from the Constable Savage manual of modern day policing: “Rolling a cheese without due care and attention”, perhaps, or “loitering with intent to walk on a grassy knoll”?

    • Maaarrghk!
      June 3, 2011 at 6:36 am

      Possession of a cheese “with intent”.

  7. Bollixed
    June 4, 2011 at 3:52 am

    This should be a non-story. The fact that we are congratulating 200 people for defying local Govt to chase a cheese down a hill tells me how far down the rabbit hole we have gone…

    Brie-ch of the peace? The plod probably stood back because they could see the tabloid headlines if they did start arresting folks for having a bit of innocent fun.

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