Monday, 5 October 2009

Bolving or The Dr Dolittle Game

Bolving is a traditional Devonshire sport played out on the tussocked hills and craggy plains of Exmoor throughout October. It's essentially a competition to see who can best imitate the roar of the Red Stag that lets out its unearthly autumnal cry to attract the ladies ready for the amorous rutting season.

The game isn't confined to country folk, we had a go in our local London park over the weekend with suprising success. To play, competitors take it in turns to do their best imitation of an amorous stag, intent on telling the ladies what a catch he is. Each time you get a response you score a point, the player with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

Now we've been playing a similar game for a number of years when out on country walks. It's called the Dr Dolittle game. The same principles apply, but in this format it's open season on whatever animal responds to your imitation cry. I've always been rather good at this one, you should hear my turkey impression.

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