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by colonelboris
Tue Mar 14, 2006 7:47 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Just how big was the medieval county of Nottingham?
Replies: 21
Views: 3641

Apparently, there are only four types of conifer native to Britain, Scots pine, juniper and I've forgotten the other two.
by colonelboris
Mon Jan 30, 2006 12:04 am
Forum: General History
Topic: what's wrong with the movie "das boot" ?
Replies: 21
Views: 5658

Apparently, after one of the infamous 'friendly fire' debacles in Afghanistan where the USAF bombed Candian positions, one lot of US airman visited the base of the offending bomber pilots and under their squadron sign where their bombing campaigns were listed, they paintied a Candian flag for each o...
by colonelboris
Fri Jan 20, 2006 12:55 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: piccy for WW2 chaps
Replies: 0
Views: 1341

piccy for WW2 chaps

Not into it myself, but thought it might amuse you...
by colonelboris
Thu Jan 19, 2006 11:21 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 49245

I like pyrotechnics! Had to do some for the big Boudicca battle at Stoneleigh when we had to torch the carts. All was well with the home-made smoke bombs (can give recipe if you want it) until they were lit and spewing smoke and burning sugar and someone dressed as a woodlouse in a red dress pretend...
by colonelboris
Fri Jan 13, 2006 11:20 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 49245

dammit, forgot to log in! That last one was me.
by colonelboris
Fri Jan 13, 2006 1:07 am
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 49245

mine has a seven inch blade and I haven't made myself a shield yet. It's only taken me six years...
by colonelboris
Thu Jan 12, 2006 11:57 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 49245

I thought that fighting archers were a good idea until I found myself with a tiny seax and a rather large chap bearing down on me, knowing full well that I couldn't just pop an arrow into his chops at close range. I'm going to buy a sword sometime, methinks... We have about half of our archers as sc...
by colonelboris
Mon Jan 09, 2006 2:36 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: A poser
Replies: 7
Views: 3082

A girl is wandering around at a party and notices a US Air Force General standing on his own. As she approaches him, he gives her a stern glance and carries on drinking his beer while standing stiffly to attention. 'Hey, c'mon, lighten up. It is a party, you know' says the girl 'Ah'm well aware of t...
by colonelboris
Sat Dec 10, 2005 9:55 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie U97?
Replies: 15
Views: 5460

It was orginally invented for the German Railway network, who used it for a while before anyone realised how bloody clever it really was. And in case anyone was wondering (several people who know me have asked), colonelboris is not some pretension to an army rank, but a character from James Bond. He...
by colonelboris
Fri Dec 09, 2005 2:48 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie U97?
Replies: 15
Views: 5460

sorry, read 'colonelboris' for guest on that last one.
d'oh
by colonelboris
Wed Dec 07, 2005 6:29 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie King Arthur?
Replies: 29
Views: 7387

I just remeber that documentary about woad and some of the 'agents' used to apply it. This woman kept on and on about the use of 'gentleman's gel' (there may be kids reading this) and they were showing people covered in woad. Correct me if I'm wrong, but that would take an awful lot of 'agent' to co...
by colonelboris
Tue Dec 06, 2005 1:07 am
Forum: General History
Topic: a sobering thought
Replies: 12
Views: 4184

You do have to have the token lower classes:
'It's quite alright, sir. It's funny, sir, it doesn't seem to hurt anymore, sir.'
Followed by a faint look of puzzlement on the poor b****er's face and a swift tip over the side of the dinghy.
by colonelboris
Mon Dec 05, 2005 1:18 am
Forum: General History
Topic: a sobering thought
Replies: 12
Views: 4184

a sobering thought

Just found out that Guy Gibson (who leaad the Dam Busters raid) was only one year older than me when he led the raid. And here's me, just thinking about finishing off a thesis, still in the mindset of a teenager. It's not just the fact that he was in the raid, but that he'd been in the RAF long enou...
by colonelboris
Sun Dec 04, 2005 12:29 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What is it about WWII clothing?
Replies: 24
Views: 4963

On the subject of greatcoats, can anyone point me towards an old-style (not necessarily WWII) RAF greatcoat, preferably officers?
It's not for reenactment, just general use (thereby dodging that argument...)
by colonelboris
Fri Dec 02, 2005 6:40 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with Shakespeare?
Replies: 20
Views: 7222

Just for all the conspiracists out there.
by colonelboris
Mon Nov 14, 2005 11:53 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: The Kingdom of America?
Replies: 2
Views: 2038

Oh, Canada, our home and native land....

I'll sign that petetion. You'll have to start a UN resolution to the effect that Canada claims the US as an annexe as well.
by colonelboris
Mon Nov 14, 2005 11:50 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 49245

Chavs. Plenty of them, and no-one would miss a few. A few really grisly chav deaths and that'd liven up most battles. If you want, I can do a collection from round here and post them to you. Second class, that is.
Just think: 'Mummy, did you see that man's head with the sword in it?'
Marvellous.
by colonelboris
Fri Nov 11, 2005 11:52 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Recruitment advert for Vietnam living history re-enactors
Replies: 7
Views: 3051

Here's your newest member...

Amazing what some people put on the internet
by colonelboris
Fri Nov 11, 2005 11:49 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie King Arthur?
Replies: 29
Views: 7387

Ha ha! We saw that one too. If you don't mind, how much was cheap? From the others we've seen, it's cheaper to fly to Prague and buy one in the market there...
by colonelboris
Thu Nov 10, 2005 7:52 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie Braveheart?
Replies: 84
Views: 17323

Any one else seen that bloke near Edinburgh castle dressed up like a poor extra from that film telling the Yanks 'that's how it really was'. Oh how I laughed... That and the line of descent of the Scottish crown, ending in ERII, but they still whine on about then not being the real Royal family up t...
by colonelboris
Thu Nov 10, 2005 7:32 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Use of Horses in Re-enactment
Replies: 91
Views: 22098

Horses: dangerous in at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle.

That and they ruin a hell of a lot of your arrows.
by colonelboris
Wed Nov 09, 2005 2:41 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Whats wrong in Dark Age re-enactment
Replies: 61
Views: 10573

Do you reckon if they met, they would cancel each other out in a burst of radiation? :shock:
by colonelboris
Mon Nov 07, 2005 6:22 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie King Arthur?
Replies: 29
Views: 7387

I had a look at the original artwork the costume designers used for the film, as well as some of the armour, at the Corinium museum. It was obvious that they had no real idea of what the dress was at the time. They had all sorts of oriental, medieval and greek bits mixed in with earlier roman armour...
by colonelboris
Mon Nov 07, 2005 1:14 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Whats wrong in Dark Age re-enactment
Replies: 61
Views: 10573

I think the best one was when we managed to spray the fake blood into the crowd. We got a 14 page letter of complaint about the violence after our first gladitorial. Marverllous. :oops: