Here we go again with the 2011 round of the Rollapaluza Donkey Derby roller showdown at the home of courier roller-racing, The Horseshoe, Clerkenwell.

Cash prizes generously provided by Rollapaluza.

Spectators/flag wavers/screamers welcome.

A note on the flyer, ‘Duonkia’

Interpretations of Duonkia vary widely and contradict one another. This extends, for example, to the flyers’ two dominant elements: the duck and the donkey. LCEF historian Philip Anthropi said, “The duck and the donkey are important characters in the culture of roller racing. HOP themselves have certainly used these characters to play many different roles over time. This has made the task of interpreting the specific meaning of the duck and the donkey very tough. Their relationship is a kind of ballet that was conceived in a variety of ways throughout HOP’s many visions.”

When pressed to explain these motifs in Duonkia, HOP may or may not have said,

“…this duck is a duck and this donkey is a donkey… If you give a meaning to certain things in my flyers it may be very true, but it is not my idea to give this meaning. What ideas and conclusions you have got I obtained too, but instinctively, unconsciously. I make the flyer for the flyer. I portray the objects for what they are…”

Disclaimer: No members of HOUSE OF PISTARD may or may not have been interviewed for this piece.