2018 Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling Carnage

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The annual Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling in Gloucestershire, England, was this past weekend. People who have lost their minds chase a rolling wheel of cheese down a hill. The hill is a lot steeper than you'd think from the camera angle, but when people start running, you'll get an idea. They really aren't so much running as falling, and there were quite a few injuries: cuts, bruises, and at least one dislocated shoulder. There's also a video featuring closeups of certain participants set to a musical soundtrack here. The competition is so dangerous that the event no longer has an official governing body or sponsors. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Habanera (aria) from Carmen:

One verse from the lyrics:

The bird you hoped to catch
Beat its wings and flew away.
Love is far, you can wait for it;
You no longer await it, there it is.
All around you, swift, swift,
It comes, goes, then it returns.
You think to hold it fast, it flees you,
You think to flee it, it holds you!
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Can some reader identify the operatic source and tell us whether the selection is in some way related to falling/tragedy/injury etc? It works well as a soundtrack here - I'm just wondering whether there is a broader context that escapes me.
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