Saturday, 28 August 2010

Best of British - Gurning and Basil Brush...

I don't quite know why gurning came to mind but it did. For oversaeas readers, gurning is the gentle art of competitive face pulling. Gurning is an held annually at the Egremont Crab Fair. The fair dates back to Royal Charter in 1267 but gurning is probably of more recent (if still pretty ancient) origin. Gurning is properly done through a horse collar as can be seen below. Interesting to note that advertising even creeps onto the horse collar. Some sponsors have no shame.

The above is ten time World Gurning Champion Tommy Mattison by the way. The motto of the World Gurning Championship is 'proud to be ugly'. Ermmm.. Quite so.


Urban Dictionary tells me that gurning is 'the muscle tension in the face that usually ends up with the jaw and tongue rolling and teeth grinding as a result of amphetamines' though I have no doubt that the above gentlemen are doing what they are - erm - doing without chemical assistance. And yes women can compete too. Here is the BBC's Michaela Strachan who entered the ladies' gurning competition for fun and somewhat embarrassingly won it...

Only In England... Below is a person named Gary Neville, He plays for a football club known as Man Ure (right in red satan shirt). He is not gurning. He really looks like that...


As a parting shot and following a comment to Tony on the last posting, here is seventies cult glove puppet Basil Brush entertaining the children. Take a look. He was a gem...



Oh and here is Part 2



Oh and with Hat Tip to Jailhouse Lawyer, try this one for weird. Must be a Welsh thing.

6 comments:

JoJo said...

Yow. Those are pretty strange faces!

Catch Her in the Wry said...

Another great word for my vocabulary. I should enter the competition. I even have my own horse collar.

Loved Basil Brush and gang!

sybil law said...

Every time I come here I get an edumacation.

tony said...

The third one down looks like Wayne Rooney & The Late Pope John's love-child!
Your post reminds me of that scene in "FOUR LIONS" where they shake their faces to confuse the CCTV cameras......

white rabbit said...

JoJo - they are indeed. I found one on YouTube that is so hideous I did a bit of self-censorship and didn't put up...

Catchy - Glad to expand the vocabulary. Get that horseshoe ready! :D

Sybil - it's verry edumacational here. Soon White Rabbit will become a university and hand over degrees for modest bribes - sorry fees.

Tony - I think you mean John-Paul...

*confidential tone*

Actually he is. Don't let the word get out.

Petit fleur said...

Oh my.