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by Steve Stocker
Thu Aug 10, 2006 11:22 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: What do we get for our pitch fee ?
Replies: 17
Views: 2460

That's right Tuppence, I do the same sort of calculation - but I put a wages element in as well. I also have an average profit margin calculated so I can do a quick mental calculation of break-even point. Much more useful than all of this is my record of past events - it's surprising how little they...
by Steve Stocker
Thu Aug 10, 2006 11:12 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Please get your e(n)tymology right OOPS
Replies: 42
Views: 5862

If you are into etymology of words, here is a site that deals with phrases..
http://www.phrases.org.uk/index.html
I like to dip into this one and it rarely lets me down.
by Steve Stocker
Thu Aug 10, 2006 8:31 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: C17th?
Replies: 19
Views: 3969

Before I can answer that I need to know which society you belong to :twisted: :twisted:
by Steve Stocker
Thu Jul 13, 2006 7:38 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Payment by Credit Card
Replies: 10
Views: 2469

Another method if you have PROTX or a similar online provider is to use the VSP terminal page by browsing online with a PDA/telephone. You need a mobile device that will handle secure web pages and it's best if you are in a 3G area (fast). An 18 month contract with O2 for an XDA phone is £260.00ish ...
by Steve Stocker
Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:57 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Kenilworth
Replies: 3
Views: 1098

Presumably the satisfaction of not attending again and warning others of the problem. As pitch fees creep up to and above the £100 mark it is essential to check that organisers 'are doing their bit'. I have decided not to attend two of my normal large events this year due to increasing cost and lack...
by Steve Stocker
Tue Jun 20, 2006 2:33 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Red Leather
Replies: 4
Views: 1358

It doesn't sound like you need a large piece, so unless somebody has an offcut you may struggle to get some.
If you don't have any success let me know and I might be able to dye some for you - it won't be a natural dye though.
I presume you are looking for a suede split?
by Steve Stocker
Tue Jun 13, 2006 8:47 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wanted - A piece of Red Velvet.
Replies: 1
Views: 698

Sorted already - what nice people you are.
Thanks Sal.

Steve :D
by Steve Stocker
Tue Jun 13, 2006 8:43 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: SK Inspector of Markets
Replies: 2
Views: 1444

Thanks Henry, I eventually found details on the SK website when I had relocated it at the new URL.
by Steve Stocker
Tue Jun 13, 2006 8:42 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: One for single income traders (how do you manage?)
Replies: 34
Views: 5438

Keep your spirits up Martin. If your business is not profitable you have to consider what the reasons are. Is it because you are doing something wrong or are you in a business that has too small a market and will never give you the volume you need? Is the business just too small at the moment - does...
by Steve Stocker
Tue Jun 13, 2006 8:17 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wanted - A piece of Red Velvet.
Replies: 1
Views: 698

Wanted - A piece of Red Velvet.

Does anyone here have a piece of red velvet or similar plush red material suitable for lining a leather case? I am making a replica telescope case for a reenactor but cannot find the material for the lining anywhere locally. I need a piece at least 14" x 12". Please PM me if you can help. Thanks in ...
by Steve Stocker
Sat Jun 10, 2006 1:14 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: SK Inspector of Markets
Replies: 2
Views: 1444

SK Inspector of Markets

Does anybody know the contact details for SK trading please?
Cheers,
Steve
:?:
by Steve Stocker
Thu Jun 01, 2006 7:58 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Looking for supliers
Replies: 1
Views: 1300

Try Tim, he has loads of stuff like that. His site is here;
http://www.re-enactmentshop.com/index.htm
by Steve Stocker
Wed May 31, 2006 8:14 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Shopping Cart Software?
Replies: 15
Views: 3289

Sally, You have my sympathy, but the time has come for you to make a decision. Setting up the store will take some technical knowledge, but that knowledge will also have to be on tap when the store is running because you will hit day-to-day problems as well and they will be urgent if you are losing ...
by Steve Stocker
Tue May 30, 2006 8:06 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Keeping stuff cold
Replies: 23
Views: 5626

Mrs B, Thanks for that, you reminded me that there are some very well preserved remains of ice ponds on Northern Dartmoor. These had a series of sluices so that thin layers of ice could be formed before letting in a bit more water. This speeded up the freezing process. The ice was carted to Plymouth...
by Steve Stocker
Thu May 25, 2006 12:56 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 21
Views: 3515

I can heartily recommend the NMTF. All problems of insurance and liability solved with one very reasonable payment per year and they are recognised by most event organisers. :)
by Steve Stocker
Thu May 25, 2006 12:54 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Keeping stuff cold
Replies: 23
Views: 5626

The modern low-tech solution is to use a terracota holder or cover and soak it in water, the evaporation causes cooling inside. Similarly, placing a wet cloth over a beer barrel renders the contents pleasantly cool and quaffable. This works well, but I don't know if the process was known or understo...
by Steve Stocker
Thu May 25, 2006 8:07 am
Forum: General History
Topic: protecting armour from rust
Replies: 18
Views: 3397

Remember, if your armour has leather attached then don't use a mineral based oil as it will perish the leather.
Authentically I understand that animal fats - mutton etc - and vegetable - ie Olive - oils would have been available.
by Steve Stocker
Thu May 04, 2006 1:21 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Why do pike pushes?
Replies: 30
Views: 7385

As an SK musketeer I got heartily sick of hearing the rubbish trawled up to justify wig-wam pike pushes - logic defeats all the arguments put up to defend them. 1) Pikes were at least 12ft and up to 18ft long, why hold them vertically in combat? 2) Pikes had a nasty metal point at the business end, ...
by Steve Stocker
Thu Apr 20, 2006 3:45 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Traders and risk assesments ??
Replies: 8
Views: 2463

Dave,
PM'd you.
Steve
by Steve Stocker
Thu Apr 20, 2006 1:29 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Traders and risk assesments ??
Replies: 8
Views: 2463

Martin,
At first it seems like a waste of time, but if you approach it with an open mind a good risk assessment actually makes you think about what you are doing.
It's not all bull's do-do's.

:lol:
by Steve Stocker
Tue Apr 04, 2006 11:35 am
Forum: General History
Topic: St George
Replies: 13
Views: 1871

St George

I note from a recent post that certain people think St George is an English character - discuss.
by Steve Stocker
Tue Apr 04, 2006 9:25 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Trader's Websites
Replies: 22
Views: 4490

I use Actinic ( http://www.actinic.com/ ) for my shopping cart software and Protx for my payment provider. Not cheap but I feel you get what you pay for. Both integrated seamlessly with each other and my existing site. I won't pretend it was simple but I got there by following the technical manuals ...
by Steve Stocker
Tue Apr 04, 2006 9:15 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Can anyone recommend a delivery service?
Replies: 20
Views: 3226

Hi Kate, how are you doing?
Parcel2go look interesting, I want to give them a try as i too am getting tired of Royal Mail restrictions.
Any chance of jumping on the discount band wagon?
All the best,
Steve
by Steve Stocker
Wed Mar 29, 2006 12:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sadly admitting defeat
Replies: 23
Views: 2571

If you are still interested you can view Automatic awls, stitching clams and sailmakers palms here ;
http://www.bowstock.co.uk/acatalog/Stitching_tools_&_Supplies.html
Hope this helps.
by Steve Stocker
Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:40 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Dealing with a Schedule
Replies: 15
Views: 3120

For me, the two things that help most are and understanding and supportive spouse and making do with less sleep than I used to.
Mountaineering skills in my office and workshop are a bomus as well :oops:
by Steve Stocker
Tue Mar 21, 2006 1:18 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 20065

I hate deadlines cos I have to meet them and I hate not meeting them with a passion.


Deb,
The late great Douglas Adams was notorious for missing deadlines but said he loved the wooshing noise they made as they went past.

:)
by Steve Stocker
Tue Jan 31, 2006 11:38 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: a question history buffs should be able to answer
Replies: 9
Views: 2966

And they have preserved the room where - I think - Colonel Moscardo told the attackers to F off by telephone. Very shredded wallpaper, furniture and fixings etc. There's a liitle shop nearby selling relics from the civil war and he has some photos of the Alcazar after the seige. It was a mess.
by Steve Stocker
Thu Jan 26, 2006 10:46 am
Forum: General History
Topic: The History of Re-enactment
Replies: 63
Views: 17525

Help me out here, but I remember reading a 17th Century pamphlet about two parliamentarian regiments re-enacting an episode from the Civil War for the benefit of the public. The soldiers playing the part of the Royalists were too enthusiastic in their carousing and got quite drunk. This is re-enactm...
by Steve Stocker
Thu Jan 26, 2006 10:28 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Jack straps
Replies: 2
Views: 1218

Craig,
If you don't get sorted before, come and see me at the NLHF and I will try to sort some out. Are you looking to sew them on yourself?
Steve
by Steve Stocker
Tue Jan 24, 2006 2:45 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Deer Skin
Replies: 9
Views: 2469

Dathi - I've PM'd you

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