Saturday, November 24, 2012

Why does he win?

arrow split
This always bugs me.

In the Errol Flynn The Adventures of Robin Hood (or any movie, for that matter), there's an archery contest, and Robin enters and wins by splitting the arrow of his last remaining competition. But why is that a win? Why isn't it a tie? He just hit the exact spot the other guy did, after all!



At 10:30 AM, November 27, 2012 Anonymous Adrian Morgan had this to say...

Ignoring the fact that arrow-splitting is a fiction to begin with, I don't find it hard to imagine a hypothetical form of archery in which splitting an arrow counts as a win. Partly because what you've done is more difficult than what the other person did, and partly because it wouldn't be the first time logic took a back seat to dramatic potential in governing the rules of a game/sport.

I used to do a bit of archery (and I still have my equipment), but I gave it up because I felt squeezed between the beginners and the experts (didn't feel ready to compete with the experts, but couldn't shoot on the practice range from 30 metres while the beginners were shooting from 10).

Would value your thoughts on my latest blog post, which, happily, includes a photograph of my local archery club (final picture). It also includes several bird pics, which you've taken quite a few of in the past, although mine are less about the birds per se than about the composition of the scenes that contain them.


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