Yes I know, George Foreman and Mohammed Ali got there before me with that headline a few years ago, but it just seemed appropriate.
What this ‘Thrilla’ fact turned out to be was a whole circuit of dog shows staged on the fifth floor of a swish Manila shopping mall, held over four days and organised by the Philippines Canine Club. Four of the shows were their own, 73rd show right through to the 76th on Sunday. The other shows gave people in the Far East the chance to win at the shows of the Kennel Clubs from …wait for it…. Montenegro, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Cyprus, El Salvador and Costa Rica! Yes the world of dogs is truly international nowadays.
The Helsinki Double Show was a spectacular end to the chain of Scandinavian main shows. It started in Denmark in November, at Herning, then there was Oslo, or actually Lilleström in Norway where there was also the Nordic Winner show, then Swedish Winner Show at Stockholm and the last and the biggest one of them all, the Helsinki weekend.