• Short Summary

    GOING INTO THE LOCAL PUBLIC HOUSE MEANS MORE FOR MOST ENGLISHMEN THAN SIMPLY HAVING A DRINK OF BEER.

  • Description

    PUB CUSTOMERS PLAYING DARTS; SHOVE-HALFPENNY; BAR BILLIARDS; RING THE BULL; SKITTLES; MELL.




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    Background: GOING INTO THE LOCAL PUBLIC HOUSE MEANS MORE FOR MOST ENGLISHMEN THAN SIMPLY HAVING A DRINK OF BEER. NEARLY EVERY PUB HAS FACILITIES FOR AT LEAST ONE TRADITIONAL GAME OF SKILL. THE MOST POPULAR IS DARTS A MODERN EQUIVALENT OF ARCHERY. BUT OTHER GAME SUCH AS SKITTLES, SHOVE-HALF PENNY AND BAR BILLIARDS ALSO HELP GIVE AN ENGLISH PUB ITS UNIQUE ATMOSPHERE OF RELAXATION.
    THERE ARE FEW ENGLISH PUBS WHICH DO NOT BOAST A DART BOARD. FOR SOME, THE GAME IS A HIGHLY COMPETITIVE AFFAIR PLAYED BETWEEN TEAMS FROM DIFFERENT PUBS. BUT FOR MOST, A GAME OF DARTS DECIDES WHO IS TO BUY THE BEER.
    SHOVE-HALF PENNY WAS ONCE A ROYAL GAME - HENRY THE EIGHTH LOST FORTUNES AT IT - BUT BAR BILLIARDS IS A MODERN GAME REQUIRING CONSIDERABLE SKILL WITH CUE AND BALL.
    THREE OTHER GAMES REQUIRING A GOOD DEAL MORE ENERGY ARE "RING AND BULL", OLD ENGLISH SKITTLES AND "MELL". THE LATER GAME WAS BROUGHT FROM FIANDERS BY CHARLES THE SECOND AND WAS THEN CALLED PELL MELL. FROM THIS GAME CAME THE NAME OF THE FAMOUS LONDON STREET, PALL MALL.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1V4SOS2XPP6NAJC2OLIEBGNZB
    Media URN:
    VLVA1V4SOS2XPP6NAJC2OLIEBGNZB
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/12/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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