Game of the week

OK, here’s your starter for 10 points:

At which recent Israeli event, did the halftime show feature “a Scottish bagpipes [sic] band from Ukraine that had people dancing in the stands”?

You are never going to guess – unless you google it and cheat.

Give in?

Historical Medieval Battles.

Never heard of it? Neither had I till I read a report at the Times of Israel.

It starts like this:

For some people, there’s nothing more entertaining than watching a good fight. There are boxing fans, and also plenty of folks who tune in to pro wrestling on TV. And then there’s the crowd that likes to watch competitors dressed in medieval armor wielding medieval weapons go at one another other without mercy.

That sort of fighting is called Historical Medieval Battles (HMB), and a few hundred Israeli fans of the sport — some dressed as though they stepped right out of Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest — gathered Thursday evening at the Maccabi House Sports Hall in Rishon Lezion to watch the World Medieval Fighting Championship: Israeli Challenge.

Although HMB involves several different categories and styles of combat, this particular event focused on “professional fights.” The one-on-one bouts entail three rounds of three minutes, during which the opponents attack each other with unsharpened steel weapons, such as swords and poleaxes. Everything is allowed except for blows to the neck, back of the knee, groin, eyes, feet, and back of the head. Fighters score points with hits, and the competitor with the most points at the end of the three rounds wins.

Intriguing. Definitely a clash [sic!] of cultures.

You can read the whole report here.