Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanks Giving to you all....................

We all have a lot to be thankful for and Pétanque is one of them, (and some even this Blog?). To celebrate this favorite of American Holidays, what's better than our own Balloon in the Macy's parade in New York City. Soaring high above the awe struck, freezing crowd. Reminding those, that play here and around the chillier parts of the Northern hemisphere, how it's far to cold to play and that spring is a long way off. Yet inspiring us to embrace the game and not let our Boules rust over the frigid months ahead. And as Black Friday approaches it's that time of year to write out your Holiday gift wishes , with of course Pétanque Boules being to of the list...... Do make sure that you stop by "Pétanque America" and order you New Boules for the upcoming season. Until then Brooklyn Boule bid you a fond Happy Holidays and a Joyous New Year.......

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Obama's got his eye on the Boule.....

Congratulations to Barack Obama's FANNY over McCain, good luck picking up the acorns on Americas piste..... Boule on!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Wednesday Nights Whilst they last...

-8:00 Till 11:00-

Although the Brooklyn Boule schedule has been a bit off and random this Summer due to our European Tour. Wednesday Nights are in full swing and as yet not at all chilly. So if you've been thinking of coming out, now is a good time to adorn your Wednesday Pétanque Panties.

Extra Boule sets are always brought, so anyone can join in. There is enough room for all and everyone is welcome. With or without panties..... :)

Sunday, August 31, 2008




Brooklyn Boule lands on foreign soil and goes in search of places to play pétanque. Although not really a pilgrimage nor a extensive cataloging of the best of the best, these are some of the places we visited and enjoyed a game or two.



Whitstble, Kent, is a lovely little sea side fishing town filled with small boutiques and seafood eateries. Famous for it's Oysters and cult celebrities such as Peter Cushing and The Cray Twins, there's a Pub for every ilk. One such Public House is the East Kent, on Oxford Street. A typical English Pub, yet with the French twist of having two Pétanque pistes in the garden. With pints of ale and Extra Boules to play, this was a great spot for an early afternoon game to start off the European adventure.


Brighton, East Sussex, many of you may know as the Coney Island of England and home to the Brighton & Hove Pétanque Club. Although bad planning on my behalf lead me not to meet up with the club, I did see their pistes and threw a few boule abound. An absolutely fantastic site for Pétanque, right on the beach. They have three exclusive areas where they play and the two I saw were pristine and well looked after. I couldn't help but drool over these large areas enclosed by small walls and overlooking the sea and the elegant Brighton piers. Some day I'll have to go back and get in a few games.


London town, Cleaver Square, Kennington. The south London Mecca for pétanque players. Having heard for this spot for years I was looking forward to meeting up with some old friends and Hot club Pétanque's J-C Nowers, who organizes the games there. Cleaver Square is not your typical London square, being a central garden park. Surrounded by Georgian terraces, it's open, tree-lined and graveled. The Prince of Wales pub in one corner allows for outside drinking and the use of it's facilities. A fine time was had until the sun set and we all headed of in search of latenight food. Many thanks to all those that showed up at such little notice and to Ed for being such a gentleman.



So to France and our first stop was the small village of Masseret. Located just south of Limoges atop a high peek with a 360º view of the area around it. Beneath the Rapunzel-like tower built over the sight of an ancient chateau, is Masseret's "Boulodrome". 15 out door pistes and 2 huge indoor areas inside the Boulodrome itself. Although we missed the monthly tournament I did manage to get inside and gasp in awe at the size and location of this fantastic establishment. Of all the places we went in Europe, this was the finest. We played in the early morning before setting off again, enthralled that such a tiny picturesque place could have a perfect, year round space to play Pétanque.


And finally to Conques, the village I grew up in and our family home away from home for over 30 years. This is where I watched and learned how to play pétanque, from the old and young of the village. To play pétanque here as an adult, having honed my playing skill in New York, is an amazing grounding in my past and connection to the locals and the rich culture of the Central Massif. Unfortunately the piste that I once new has long since gone and a school was built on the site, now the local club has a spot and the end of of the tourist car park. But they have a club hut/bar and throughout the summer every Tuesday night they have a doubles tournament. Playing three games and prizes awarded by wins, not points. One win = Pâté, two wins = Pâté and wine. One for each player. And we didn't come off too bad, two bottles of wine and lots of pâté for the two competitions we played in...... On Sundays they have their practice games, where you play for free and engage in a little healthy tourist-free competition. ( Merci beaucoup à William de prendre les photos et tout le monde dans Conques )

An amazing trip, and well worth hauling our boules across the Atlantic, being ready and willing for any playable surface we could find. Being back in Brooklyn we a glad that we have somewhere local to play and realize that a Pétanque continues to catch on in the US, such things as Boulodromes and prizes = Pâté, could be just around the corner.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

I see darkness on Wednesday night.......

A small video I made Last Wednesday night in McCarren Park. My last game with Mark before he moves to Pittsburg. So long old friend, come back soon.......

We are also off to France, so please excuse our absence from the Park until the end of August.... Until then take care and play in the Park as much as you can.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Bastille Day Debauchery......

It taken me a while to get over last weekends Warm Boule, Weak Ricard and Hyperhidrosis. As much fun as the Bar Tabac Tournament is every year, it's pure madness. An orgy of enthusiastic competitiveness as seen in the dog pits around the world...... Game on! Fast, furious and cutthroat. Piratesque chaos, seemingly ruleless mobs of three, swashbuckling their way into the next round, sporting their colors and cunningly scheming their opponents demise. Each of the 80 pistes should come with a keg of rum, as the lines to the bar were far too long and the only way to approach such insanity is in the vane of Hunter.S. Thompson meets Errol Flynn. Start the intoxication early and keep an eye out for large bats flying the Jolly Roger.

All that being said, a big thank you to all involved in making it happen. A lot of time and effort goes into this production, it should be a show on Broadway. Although it started late due to the fact that only one Cement truck full of sand showed up and had to go back for more. Ernesto, of LBNY, did a fine job of making the event go as smoothly as possible.

Since last years national televised upset between Brooklyn Boule and Xavier, Bernard and Gill's team.(LINK) Where there was a disupte about the Cochonnet being out or in. A fundamental rule as been issued concerning the Cochonnet and the Piste barriers. If the Cochonnet hits the barriers at any time in play it's rebound will be left as good and not out. Only if the Cochonnet leaves the Piste does this count as out. This ruling has been, most flatteringly, dubbed "Tristram's Law" by La Boule New Yorkaise and the founders of the Bastille Day Tournament. Such a trouble maker am I. And believe me this rule cause no end of confusion and frustration for all players.

As if the laws of physics and pirate tactics weren't enough to contented with, this year; the "all mighty Pétanque player in the clouds", deemed it nessasary to once again turn on the improbability drive and match us up AGAIN with Xavier, Bernard and Gill! In the same court!!! A surreal occurrence that left us all a bit dumbfounded. But it wasn't until the Cochonnet defied "Tristram's Law" by going underneath the back board and was half in and half out; that left me feeling there was some very odd intervention going on here, "oh crap, not again!!!" Yugve was called to give the call, and it was declared "in". Although they had the chance to knock the back board on the opposite side to make the Cochonnet "out", being gentlemen let it go and played on, beating us 13/1. At leased we didn't get Fannyed. As they went on to win the whole tournament. Good for them, they are the best after all..... and like playing with sand.

So there you are another year, another crazy hot Sunday in Brooklyn. We'll be back next year!!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Bar Tabac Bastille Day Pétanque Tournament 2008

An email Brooklyn Boule Received about Bastille day, and our reply, to the best of my knowledge :-


I was reading your blog and the post about playing on Smith Street on Bastille day.
Where do you sign up? I can't find any info online.



For the Bar Tabac Bastille Day Tournament on the 13 th July 2008.
Your best bet is signing up at Bar Tabac
or at Tout Va Bien in person. These are, as far as I know, the only "open" places for unaffiliated LBNY or Brooklyn Boule club members. Slots are scarce, so put your name and cash down ASAP.It's first come first served.( I believe it's $35.00 per team, but I could be wrong.) Please call these restaurants first, to make appointments, as they are very busy this time of year, and respect their time and patience. Brooklyn Boule has our honored place in the tournament so keep an eye out for us and cheer us on..... If you or anyone else misses out on this year you can join Brooklyn Boule or LBNY, to play in next years Bastille day Tournament and all season long, with membership to either of these local clubs.

All the best and see you there.

Brooklyn Boule

NEW MESSAGE BOARD AND FORUM..... Grand Opening Of Boule Brocante!

Finally, after hours of dedicated, mind numbing computer strain..... The new board is up and running. I've put a lot of time and effort in to this so I hope that you, the Pétanque players, can make to most of it. This new version is in the format of a Message forum. Multiple categories and topics. Set up to provide open discourses as well as Brooklyn Boules' new brain child; BOULE BROCANTE . So please give a warm welcome to the new board and use it......




Thursday, June 26, 2008

Whooo Hooo Wednesday.....

Ah, a wonderful night. Perfectly cool as the sky turned pink, it's still light at 8.00, but the lights are on and the games a foot. Ernesto, Christophe, Hugh, Mark and Tony, exiting stage left, found his way to McCarren park. A merry bunch of men, jousting at triples. Proud Ernesto, having come second in the Hery Cup, made a superb carreau, that left his ball bouncing on the spot, like a ping pong ball. And bought us the news that our place has been secured for the Bar Tabac Bastille Day Tournament. Fun Fun Fun..... Thanks to all that came out and a big warm welcome to Tony, may we see you soon..... Here are some pics from my cell phone that are rather terrible but it's all I had.

More on Bastille Day to come...