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 on: Today at 07:53:51 AM 
Started by the Earl of Whirl - Last post by the Earl of Whirl
I have tried my best to pull John Buechele back into the top spinning world.  He did know a bit about Jack.  He did not know anything about Jeremy or Iacopo or some of the other new guys.  He did not know about my trip to Rochester and Don Olney slowly divesting himself of wonderful items and he did not know about China next year.  Personally, I am stunned at how well he does considering he has not thrown much (any) in such a long time.  Maybe he can get back with us if he gets settled and gets a teaching job in some local high school.

Today we will be leading an enrichment time and showing everyone how to wind and spin a peg top.  We do not get much time but we do get everyone in camp (100 or so people) to try spinning for at least a bit.  We often get a number of new throwers out of this.  I am also dreaming of how we can get that giant whip top out!!!

 on: Today at 07:44:54 AM 
Started by jim in paris - Last post by the Earl of Whirl
People around these parts are really talking about Iceland.  Sadly, it is not about the top fest.  It is about Eric Clapton catching a giant fish in Iceland.  Actually, it was a salmon and it is the largest catch of the year at 28 pounds.  Can you believe it was 42.5 inches long?  So now people are suggesting that I add another verse to my Iceland song.....with Mr. Clapton and his fish, of course.  I will begin working on it tonight!!!

 on: Today at 02:35:09 AM 
Started by ChinaTop - Last post by jim in paris
thank you again for all the information about chinese tops and culture:
in our reference books (Gould ,Lourens Bas, etc ..)
link here for the list of books
 there is not much about China
whipping tops used as physical exercise are present in western culture as well
there is a chapter called "gymnastic tops" in Lourens' book (p45-48)


 on: June 28, 2017, 09:55:27 PM 
Started by Hrosik - Last post by jmadrigal
I'm glad you're working on those tricks! Post your progress here even with some video if you want :)

Here is my go at Spiral Race Track. Thumbs can get in the way on this one.

 on: June 28, 2017, 09:32:04 PM 
Started by jim in paris - Last post by ta0
Just to clarify, US players can also request assistance from ITSA to compete at worlds.

This Saturday registration goes up.

 on: June 28, 2017, 02:30:13 PM 
Started by JOMASER - Last post by ta0
Aquí está el nuevo video de promoción hecho por Jomaser:

¡Fantástico! ¡Muchas gracias, Joaquín!

 on: June 28, 2017, 02:24:50 PM 
Started by jim in paris - Last post by ta0
A new promo video of the spintop contest prepared by Jomaser of Colombia:

He asked for it to be hosted on an official ITSA youtube account, so I started one.

Thanks Joaquín for all the work you put into this! It looks great!

 on: June 28, 2017, 12:10:06 AM 
Started by ChinaTop - Last post by ChinaTop
4 pronunciation and dead pronunciation is very close, "Ssu"(WG), but the tone is different. So many hotels do not have the fourth floor.There are numbers 4 phone numbers, always no candidates. For example, 174 homophonic is the Chinese meaning (you to dead/Go to hell), although everyone knows that this is absurd. But always encountered as far as possible to avoid.

Chinese people's favorite digital is 6&8,   6 on behalf of smooth. 8 is the meaning of making a fortune. People want to live a smooth road, making money easy, not difficult.. and also 9, it is usually used with 5 together. In ancient China, the highest rights were called "95 Extreme". From the ancient China's most mysterious book “IChing”, the explanation is very complex. Even a lot of Chinese people do not understand . My English level is not enough to explain it.

Lawyers like the number 4, will not be because 4 pronunciation like fall, on behalf of the harvest? Offence

 on: June 27, 2017, 11:30:05 PM 
Started by the Earl of Whirl - Last post by the Earl of Whirl
John has certainly not lost his touch with top regeneration tricks, although he swears he has not been throwing.  He sadly says the truth is that he has not thrown much for several years!

 on: June 27, 2017, 10:25:14 PM 
Started by Hrosik - Last post by jmadrigal
It's a fun trick.

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