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Giraffes (not the animal)

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474892.  Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:01 am Reply with quote

Stealing mercilessly from the BBC news I find that the Giraffe is a form of serve used in real tennis (it's essentially a lobbed serve as far as I can figure it), which leads me to ask the question

When was Henry VIII often served a Giraffe and what did he do with it?

There are numerous and widely differing styles of service, many with exotic names to distinguish them, such as "railroad", "bobble", "poop", "pique", "boomerang" and "giraffe".

"There are 30 different kinds of serve." They range from the basic bobble serve (which bobbles along the roof and plops into the court) to the giraffe (high), the boomerang ("which hopefully does not come back"), railroad (so called since Tudor times) and python.

Sadurian Mike
475390.  Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:33 pm Reply with quote

The "poop" serve?

"Lord Effingham, may I say that your last serve was complete poop?"

475413.  Sat Jan 10, 2009 4:05 pm Reply with quote

"The finest poop I've ever received."

"I couldn't help but admire the general's poop as it flew past me."

Sadurian Mike
475424.  Sat Jan 10, 2009 4:24 pm Reply with quote

"I only lost because of the poop he kept flinging at me."

"He appears to be straining for a poop on the baseline."

475945.  Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:24 am Reply with quote

Henry VIII was a great exponent of the pique, I expect.

476088.  Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:48 am Reply with quote

Well, everybody else had to bobble when he was on court.

479032.  Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:55 am Reply with quote

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Last edited by markvent on Fri Jan 29, 2010 12:52 pm; edited 1 time in total

Sadurian Mike
479420.  Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:15 pm Reply with quote

Only temporarily.

504320.  Sun Feb 15, 2009 12:08 am Reply with quote

To paraphrase Peanuts: He who lives by the Giraffe, dies by the Giraffe.

Maybe he had it lightly grilled with some 'erbs and a drizzle of olive oil. Or perhaps he gave it a neat return with a superior backhand drive?


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