Goodwood Revival 2019 [pics] Sept 15, 2019 19:48:16 GMT
Post by bmcnut on Sept 15, 2019 19:48:16 GMT
For me, the Revival is a bunco booth of lies and tricks. It looks gorgeous... sights and sounds and smells... and it entices you in with the promise of wonders undreamt-of and exotic prizes. Yet you know under the gold leaf and garish colours, behind the wurlitzer, whirlwind sound and vision, it's just sawdust and gesso and illusion. Every year I have an Quatermass "never again" moment and every year I go again and wallow in being lied to, revel in the thin veneer that the world is a beautiful place, immerse myself in the glorious lie
If ever a picture summed up the Revival, for me it's this one
Karussel by Nick Liassides, on Flickr
Beautiful ladies in wonderful old garb riding a genuinely antique fairground ride and smiling in the guttering gold of a late autumn sun for the sheer joie de vivre of it. But they're actors, paid by The Duke of Richmond and Gordon's theatre sponsorship scheme to sit on the carousel, to make it seem glamorous, to entice in even the most flinty-hearted of nay-sayers. They're whirling in ever-decreasing circles, going nowhere.
And if ever there was a metaphor for the whole sorry of it, there you go
From someone whos never been, I think thats the whole point of it, on TV it appears to be a fully immersive event, with all the bells and whistles, all slapped on as thinly or thickly as possible. Its not just about the racing (which is awesome) its about reviving the golden time of Goodwood, all the fashion and glitz and glamour of it. Everything about it, and your post, makes me more determined than ever to go next year.