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Phew, that was quite a lot of driving for me, but a good day.
Started off with a morning shop jam session with @charlieforsyth
and James (whose idea for a version of Faster Than Gravity seems a bit Sado-masochistic to me!). Got a few customers having a try out too - one lad was already working on his Aeroplanes. Then @Mad0zak
showed up on his amped-up skateboard, and did a few juggle to Lighthouses to warm up. Me & Zak then headed to Pavillion gardens, where people started to trickle along to join us. Fellow Oddballs Jack, Luis, @AlexOdd
, plus Quinn, and a little later, newish players Luke and Louie (sp?). We also had Lula, (another) Alex and another lady as have-a-go curious players.
A fun afternoon of games of KEN and Follow, general learning & trick swaps. Zak & Luis took their first gradings. Some high points were Alex's attempting to create some crazy body-throw tricks, Jack having some sneaky unexpected tricks up his sleeve, Luis getting a Moon Circle he seemed resigned to be missing, Zak's "last set of the day" insta-tap trick, and Luke saying he'd never done Bird yet, me giving him a couple of tips, then him getting it first try!
Despite Brighton being very scenic and crying out for kendama shots, I took precisely zero video, and one photo (attached). I'll leave the filming as a target for the local crew to get on board with.
A great day, thanks to everyone who came out to play. And here's hoping this is the start of a regular kendama scene in Brighton! (If you're a curious local, pop in to Oddballs for a click.)