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Orinoco -

We had a really good collection of keen youngsters last night. We had the usuals Gustav (is he *still* growing? I felt like a dwarf standing next to him last night!), Ben, Archie & Eddy plus a new one, Byron who is already a skilled diaboloist joined us for the first time. I'm really pleased with the wide range of skills they are picking up. Also all of them brought along at least one new prop (some of them quite a lot of new props!) that they picked up during the recent celebration of the birth of capitalism. I think this is a good sign of their enthusiasm. I need to start banging on about this year's upcoming festivals as soon as possible. Kevin is looking forward to receiving a knob in the post. Crediting tips given to him by Rob late last year Kevin's hat onto a balanced hatstand trick is coming along really well, last year he would spend most of the night throwing his hat at it but last night he did it twice in very few attempts, plus every attempt looks like it is going to work now whereas before they looked a bit scrappy. I did some diaboloing with Byron & Archie. Byron was practicing an infinite suicide & getting on very nicely indeed running the trick for a long time with really good form, but he can't do 2 diabolos yet which struck me as really incongruous.

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Orinoco -

It was the final TWJC of the year last night. The amount of food amassed for the occasion totalled over 9000 calories per person. It was a really good turnout as we were joined by a couple of the families who seem to think that raising their new children is more important than coming juggling every week. There wasn’t a lot of juggling but there was a lot of frisbee played with a floppy rubber disc that felt like being hit by a big starfish. There were a number of hoops of tinsel hanging from the ceiling so inevitably we had fun juggling while trying to throw props through the centre.

Next meeting is on January the 6th. The twjc website is currently down while I try to wrestle the domain name from my previous ISP & consequently none of my twjc email addresses are working right now but I hope to get them back up & running shortly. In the meantime I can still be reached via jon.relf@gmail.com or the contact form if you need me.

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Orinoco - - Parent

https://www.twjc.co.uk is now back along with twjc email addresses.

^Tom_ - - Parent

I'm rather disappointed that it wasn't a rubber floppy disk.

Orinoco -

I picked Kev's hatstand with the fatal phrase, "how hard can this be?". Turns out quite a bit. Although easy to lift it is by far the heaviest thing I've ever tried to balance & the frame is pretty thick with lots of legs sticking out so your vision is obscured. My balance was all over the place at the best of times but I just couldn't get a clean throw of the hat without affecting the balance. Rob had a go & managed it perfectly on his second attempt, with a beautifully pitched throw which looked like he knew what he was doing rather than the 'throw & hope' method that I was using. I was throwing mostly from the elbow, Rob was throwing from the shoulder with an almost straight arm which made for a much smoother throw with a slower spin. I encouraged Archie to try a duicide with his diabolo which he managed to pull off before the end of the evening.

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Oh, & a big hello to anyone popping in after receiving an email from the people at Giocoleria!

RegularJugular - - Parent

I am missing the TWJC :_( Hope to see you soon.

Orinoco - - Parent

& so you should. Come back soon!

Topper - - Parent

Good to speak to you yesterday Mr Regular.

Orinoco -

It was nice to be joined by Rob Fiery last night at TWJC. The looks on our youngsters faces while they tried to work out how many rings were in the air made me smile. Kev was getting lots of advice for throwing his hat onto his hat stand, some bits more useful than others. I beat my 5 club personal best on my first & only attempt of the evening which felt good. Can't believe our youngsters were making more middle aged grunts of exertion than I was when attempting handstands.

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Orinoco -

Only 5 of us! Pathetic! Lots of room to juggle though. I managed a new personal best with 4 club scissors & had a sudden urge to try wandering around the hall with 5 clubs which was initially surprisingly successful but got progressively worse. Kevin managed to catch a hat on the top of his hatstand while balancing it on his chin in front of witnesses this week which looked really good. Still not convinced that there is any difference (other than 'half a spin') between throwing the hat with the crown down as opposed to up as he claimed though.

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Little Paul - - Parent

Crown up with the fingers spread inside the brim makes for a much more stable and controlled throw. Or did you mean something else?

Orinoco - - Parent

Nothing to do with the grip. He claimed that it rolled up onto the hook better, but I couldn't see the difference because the hat tumbles the same way (rolling towards you) when thrown either way.

Topper - - Parent

It is easier to take the hat off your head and throw with brim up and it is a slightly slower spin when thrown when I use my proper top hat. If you use a juggling hat it is easier the other way as it is more floppy and heavier.

Little Paul - - Parent

I think I disagree with your throwing position, but I agree that one will land better than the other.

Despite my attempts to clarify that while sat in the office without a hat (getting strange looks from my colleagues as I did so) I can't say for certain which method of hat removal I prefer. I *think* it's probably hand-upside-down-at-the-front-fingers-inside rather than hand-upright-thumb-underneath-at-the-front - but I'd need a hat to check.

The height of the thing you're throwing up to will have some bearing on which throw position works best though. When I was working on catching a hat on a walking stick (I should go back to trying that one, that was fun) I found that matching the number of spins to the height of the stick was the tricky part.

Like juggling clubs, there's a throw height which "feels right" for a given number of spins, so I can see how half a spin could make a difference of perhaps up to a foot in terms of where it would land comfortably.

Sure, compensating for that is possible, but like throwing a double at the height of a single, it'll feel "different"

Topper - - Parent

Unfortunately I cant take a hat off with my hand upside down with fingers under the brim due to smashing my wrist up years ago my wrist doesn't twist round far enough. The hat stand is nearly 7 ft tall so probably a double spin of the hat would be best. Still early stages of trying this.

I received a nice walking cane in the post today so more fun learning tricks with this.

Brook Roberts - - Parent

Nice job on the scissors!

I quite like wandering around while doing patterns - feels like a good way to test how much control you actually have.

Orinoco -

We had our first newbie as a result of our new sign outside the hall. Good to know that it is working. His name is Ben been juggling for 2 years, can diabolo unicycle & has a pretty stable 3 club cascade. I taught him to pass 4 count, he managed to pick up the pass throw & the rhythm very quickly, just need to work on consistency of his passes when passing all 6 clubs. After 10 minutes we were regularly doing runs of 6 or 7 passes & finished on a satisfying 10. Kevin was balancing the hatstand he won on Freecycle on his chin & throwing a hat on top. I also did some 9 ball passing with Richard. Passing balls just feels so unnatural to me but we did manage to find a rhythm eventually. I was then tricked into attempting 8 balls which meant I couldn't stop until I'd flashed it which is always infuriating.

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Orinoco -

I missed the first 20 minutes of TWJC due to some last minute bug fixing (I never used to be late for anything before the Edge!). When I walked in it was nice to see Archie talking to the usually very scary Susannah who was showing him some diabolo string tricks. Kevin was showing Eddy some more ring tricks too. Both kids have come along very well with their new props they had acquired at the weekend. I taught Susannah a 6 club hand feast & we had a number of interesting attempts as we tried to do 2 slightly different types of countdown patterns at the same time before reaching a consensus. We also spotted another 2 mistakes on the Romvention programme.

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^Tom_ - - Parent

any chance of pictures of either the programme or the flyer? I was trying to explain it to someone yesterday.

Orinoco - - Parent

Alas I've not got my copy anymore. Kev?

Little Paul - - Parent

I think I've got a copy of the flyer. I'll have a look later

Orinoco - - Parent

Here's the oRmvention Programme, alas I haven't been able to find a flyer to scan.

Little Paul - - Parent

I'll see if I can scan one tonight

Orinoco -

I was very impressed with Archie's home made cigar boxes last night. Made from layers of plywood, painted green & finished with felt on the ends & black tape around the edges they were a good weight although slightly light for my preference but they gripped well & were very nice to use. Much better than all of the plastic commercially available boxes that I've tried. Jemma finally found the new venue & made lots of noise while doing some stealing. Dave & Louis also joined us for the first time in the new hall & raised the standard of passing noticeably. Dave, John & I had a lot of fun with a lot of running feeds & were surprisingly successful at a dropback line which none of us had done for years. Rico was running backwards & forwards while juggling a lot, I thought it best not to ask why.

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Orinoco -

I really need to do something about the state of club passing at TWJC... It started off well, Richard asked me to help him with 7 clubs which went very well. He'd never even done 6 club 2 count on doubles before but we managed a few runs of 10+ passes which I was very impressed with, he does have a tendency to pass very short though which we'll have to work on. Then Kev joined in for some 3 count feeding, which took longer to explain than to do. It was lovely to be visited by Susannah who then joined in for some box work which we made difficult by all juggling at different rhythms. Then we were joined by Rico & John (who admirably endured ridicule for bringing Radical Fish (spit) to the group) so we had a go at the circle pattern where you pass to everyone in turn including yourself & a W feed, both of which were chaos. Since the Dave's left us to pursue ukeleliage I think Simon & I have been too absorbed in our solo stuff causing passing standards to slip. I think this needs to be rectified because it is a lot of fun! Susannah was also doing lots of technical diabolo tricks (I'd not seen the double grind with one diabolo above the other then quickly swapping sticks which was a nice effect). It amused me that some of our younger members were so in awe of her abilities that they were afraid to approach her, especially seeing as Susannah is of er... a diminutive stature. It's been a long time since I've felt intimidated by someone's juggling skill, not because I've got better it's just that I feel so at home in the juggling community.

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Goose -

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Tuesday the 14th of October was an... interesting session. The new #3balltrickoftheweek was the "T-shirt bounce". A truly magestic and profound trick requiring 10 seconds of practice resulting in hours of enjoyment. Overall, great fun.

~Goose

Orinoco - - Parent

This is no good. No mention of all the ball passing you lot learnt? No mention of Archie solving a Rubik's cube while on a unicycle & causing havoc because he wasn't looking where he was going? Most egregiously though, there is no mention of how worried you all were that I was late or what a mess you were in without me. Please write it again.

Topper - - Parent

I was expecting a mention, but well done for your first TWJC post.

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