Monday, April 18, 2011

Flat Stanley, part 1

What's this, Britta?

Hmmm, "Flat Stanley". A stagiaire of some sort, Maurice.

Okay; let's show him around.

Look, Astrid: it's Flat Stanley!

Quiet chap, isn't he?

And why's he all plain? A nudist?

Maybe it's a superhero!

Yeah - the Flat Ghost.

If it's a superhero, let's give it the Super Strength Test. erfff! It's making noise!
But it's not moving the brick. What kind of superhero can't get out from under a brick?

There are many sorts of super powers. Not all of them involve moving bricks. I, for example, can fly.
pfff!
>snerk< yes, Maurice, we've seen you "fly"...
But look, he's completely unscathed. Not a dent.
Ahaaaa.... Total brick resistance! Held down, but not harmed in any way.
Let's give him the setting on fire test!
Yeah!!! No, come on guys, it's just a regular Flat Stanley. With a rugby uniform on, that's a lot better.
Yellow and Blue for the ASM!

Rugby is a team sport appreciated all over Western Europe and in the Commonwealth. It's the precursor of American football, and is classically played 15 players on each side, for two halves of 40 minutes each.

Play is pretty much continuous, stopping only for serious injuries, penalties, and after a score. Touching the ball down across the goal line is called a "try" and is worth 5 points. The team scoring a try gets to kick the ball between the uprights for an additional 2 points. At any time during play, a player can attempt a kick through the uprights: this is called a "drop" and is worth 3 points. Penalty kicks are also worth 3 points.
Rugby is a very fast-moving and physical game. Only the player with the ball may be tackled, and thus when he's about to be tackled, he often makes a lateral pass to a teammate. This passing prowess led our local rugby team, the ASM, to the national championship last year.
There are several international tournaments. Every year the 6-Nations tournament is held between France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Italy. England, Scotland and Wales are all now part of the same country, the United Kingdom, but in rugby they have their own national teams and play their own national anthems and fly their own flags. Ireland is now divided into two countries, the Republic of Ireland, and six counties in Northern Ireland belonging to the United Kingdom. The Ireland team, however, is composed of Irish citizens from all parts of Ireland. This year's tournament was won by England.
Every four years there is a World Cup Rugby tournament. This is a tournament year, and it is being hosted by one of the greatest rugby nations: New Zealand. Alrighthen, let's play a little rugby: you rats Laars, Ingmar, Bjorn and Britta; against me, Stan, Astrid, and the chicken. Scrum!!!
Ingmar is breaking away with the ball!

Get him, Stan!
Oof.
And Stan scores!
Hooray for Flat Stanley!

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3 comments:

steven said...

pink rabbit and flat stanley side-by-side winning a rugby game. there's some sort of cosmic extravaganza taking place right here. something huge!!! i'm selling everything and hitting the road in a vw camper. steven

Titus said...

Hooray for Flat Stanley!

Judith said...

Thank you, Aunt Nancy. We enjoyed watching Stanley play rugby with his new friends! He made it back to our classroom safe and sound and is now on display next to France on our big map!
Love, Grace and her second grade class