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birling

(bûr`lĭng), sport in which two competitors try to maintain balance on a floating log, each seeking to rotate the log and spill the other into the water. With origins in the spring log drives in New England, it became popular with American lumberjacks after the middle of the 19th cent. The first public sponsored match was in 1888.
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SHEILA BIRLING CHLOE PIRRIE Sybil's pampered but plain daughter, who is jealous of Eva's beauty and gets her sacked from a posh shop.
Kevin Thomas, as Mr Birling evolves into a marvellously pompous industrialist as his relations with his children begin to break down.
Anne Koheji was superb as Sybil Birling, the family's matriarch, and she really captured the role of a woman who obviously relished the thought of her daughter marrying into the class she felt she belonged in.
With a very impressive English accent, Irish Siubhan Nielsen fits right in with the prosperous middle-class Birling family.
Arthur Birling (Geoff Leesley) , his wife Sybil (Karen Archer), their daughter Sheila (Kelly Hotten) and son Eric (Henry Gilbert) are in the drawing room just after dinner.
As the rain falls into the lives of the Birling family, real rain falls on-stage.
He calls unexpectedly at the wealthy Birling family's home to investigate the case of local girl Eva (Sophie Rundle), who has taken her own life.
The story begins when the mysterious Inspector Goole calls unexpectedly on the prosperous Birling family home.
Antonio Rimola as Eric Birling, the industrialist's hard-drinking son, brings the stage alive with a commanding, physical performance but Naomi Underwood as his sister Sheila grappled for a convincing voice until the second act.
Birling Gap, part of the Seven Sisters chalk clis in East Sussex, experienced seven years of erosion this winter - leaving its cafe and shop teetering metres from the edge.
The route will please the television executives - coverage has been expanded so live footage will be broadcast three hours a day - with picturesque sections around Beachy Head and Birling Gap.
It opened with pompous self-made businessman Arthur Birling finishing a meal with his family, all very pleased with their success and the engagement of his daughter to a very eligible young man.