Sunday 21 January 2018

Peter Bills: Fireworks in Paris to take some beating

Peter Bills

It wasn't something you see at rugby grounds every week. Entombed within a faux wall, a plaster of Paris- type creation, the half-naked girl lay draped upon the top of a cage in which a huge leopard prowled.

By the time eight enormous men, dressed only in silk loincloth, complete with another 16 dressed as Roman guards, had wheeled the float onto the field and to the centre of the Stade de France in Paris last Saturday night, the girl and the leopard hidden inside must have been rather well acquainted.

So they opened the faux plaster, to appropriate music, and the audience gasped at the sight of this beautiful creature. The animal, I mean, but you could have put a different interpretation on it.

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