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by Medicus Matt
Mon Mar 20, 2006 3:24 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Whats wrong in Dark Age re-enactment
Replies: 61
Views: 9011

We'd love to be able to make some of our activities more interactive and let the public have a go at some stuff, jav and axe throwing, bit of archery, try some of the food etc but our insurers won't allow it (or, to be more precise, it'd cost us a fortune in increased premiums). Not sure how I could...
by Medicus Matt
Wed Mar 15, 2006 11:07 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Just how hot would Mercia have had to be to grow coconuts?
Replies: 22
Views: 3420

craig1459 wrote:
I've had Essex Chardonnay - .


So have I, nasty blonde girl, hangs around the museum in Chelmsford?
by Medicus Matt
Tue Mar 14, 2006 5:55 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Just how hot would Mercia have had to be to grow coconuts?
Replies: 22
Views: 3420

Oooh, we're being serious? In that case, according to Michael Jones in 'The End of Roman Britain' :- About AD 400, there was a shift to wetter, colder weather in Britain, a deterioration that intensified after AD 450. By the late Roman period, there may have been as much as a 10% increase in rainfal...
by Medicus Matt
Tue Mar 14, 2006 2:12 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Just how hot would Mercia have had to be to grow coconuts?
Replies: 22
Views: 3420

Re: Just how hot would Mercia have had to be to grow coconut

Steven wrote:It was warmer and damper in the 5th Century, you know.


And as a result, the swallows were larger (European that is, not African).
by Medicus Matt
Thu Mar 09, 2006 5:01 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 41985

Whenever I try to do a prolonged, elaborate death whoever hit me runs back and says "Oh my god are you ok!" Maybe you should tip them the wink in some way - I usually go back, if a victim is stringing it out a bit, and finish them off for a bit of piece and quiet!! Haha, I remember I did a very pro...
by Medicus Matt
Mon Mar 06, 2006 2:38 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Whats wrong in Dark Age re-enactment
Replies: 61
Views: 9011

What is the dark ages? Actually this is a serious question, i know of the bronze, iron, roman periods but what does everyone classify as the dark ages? Skev It's an outdated Victorian term for the post-Roman, pre-Christian period. IT was coined to indicate that it was a period about which very litt...
by Medicus Matt
Mon Mar 06, 2006 2:27 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Derby Viking Festival
Replies: 6
Views: 2262

Yup, Regia. Look at the photo at the bottom of the home page. That's Steve Wibbley isn't it?
by Medicus Matt
Wed Mar 01, 2006 11:42 am
Forum: General History
Topic: What is wrong with the film, The Patriot?
Replies: 42
Views: 6346

Can you imagine what would have happened if he had made the King Arthur film, and we thought it couldnt have been any worse. Oooh, he'd have gotten horribly confused...who would have had the British accents...Germanus and his roman troops, the fat fool in his Scottish villa north of the Wall, the G...
by Medicus Matt
Wed Mar 01, 2006 12:19 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Gladiators
Replies: 10
Views: 2270

Steven wrote:
Fillionous wrote:Far too cold for near naked fighting this weekend... I hope all 'bits' survived the chill...




Of course, when I've done the same thing in Italy, wearing subligaria is a pleasure!


More of a pleasure then when I had to do it in the freezing cold at Kirby? Phah! I don't believe you!
by Medicus Matt
Tue Feb 28, 2006 7:53 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What is wrong with the film, The Patriot?
Replies: 42
Views: 6346

Good carnage though. One of the few films to show that cannon fire could do more than just make people fall over.

Other than that, pants. Can't wait for Gibson's take on Boudicca - that'll be even handed eh? :evil:
by Medicus Matt
Fri Feb 24, 2006 7:42 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: The joys of a mis-spent weekend in the cold and wet.
Replies: 21
Views: 4584

It was, I emailed Dave Dolls right away telling them I was most unimpressed with the "durability" of their products. Dont buy from them Matt, use the other supplier I told you about. Nah, I went with the 'Lovely Nadia' Russian range in the end. Tough, durable and it comes with a 6000 mile warrenty,...
by Medicus Matt
Thu Feb 23, 2006 11:20 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: The joys of a mis-spent weekend in the cold and wet.
Replies: 21
Views: 4584

WorkMonkey wrote:pfft, women.


Was that the sound of your doll deflating? :twisted:
by Medicus Matt
Tue Feb 14, 2006 1:25 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: The joys of a mis-spent weekend in the cold and wet.
Replies: 21
Views: 4584

Heheh, looks like fun (is that at Druids? It's looking a bit tatty since I last saw it).
However, if I ever see you stick a sword into the mud I will KICK YOUR *rse, whether you own it or not.

:wink:
by Medicus Matt
Thu Feb 09, 2006 5:34 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Who do you think you are?
Replies: 33
Views: 6290

In my immediate family(up to great-grandparents) I have- a lawlord,a High court Judge, UN head bods, international industrialists, one university faculty dean, a jetfighter test pilot in the 1950s,military officers, a professional classical violinist, actors, musicians, senior clergy, ship's captai...
by Medicus Matt
Fri Jan 20, 2006 5:15 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Dice games
Replies: 13
Views: 4067

gregory23b wrote:As it so happens, Matt is right, .


You seem surprised.

Hehehe :wink:
by Medicus Matt
Thu Jan 19, 2006 4:23 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Dice games
Replies: 13
Views: 4067

Kentwell is a Tudor re-enactment and I'm sure Mire is a medieval game, but I don't have the documentation, only that it is OK to play authentically in front of the public - very good for playing after a big lunch before you go & do something energetic! I wouldn't bet on it. I suspect Kentwell g...
by Medicus Matt
Tue Jan 17, 2006 3:47 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: New 5th Century Show for 2006
Replies: 25
Views: 6515

Re: Show

The date might be a problem as that clashes with Cressing Temple - which is about halfway there to us Nor-Suf Folk*rs. The date I had for Cressing was wrong - according to their website it is the weekend of 6-7th May, the week before Matt's prposed event. Apologies for confusing things. Right, the ...
by Medicus Matt
Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:19 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the film a Knight's Tale
Replies: 49
Views: 8318

Gyrthofhwicce wrote:
Ok, so you dont like pagans, you dont like germans,


He's in a world of poo with his new society then, what with us being mostly pagan germanic types and all :twisted:
by Medicus Matt
Mon Jan 09, 2006 6:15 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: GM Historical Weapons
Replies: 11
Views: 2691

Just tried Geoff's mobile and that seems to work okay

07881478901
by Medicus Matt
Mon Jan 09, 2006 2:31 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the series Rome?
Replies: 19
Views: 4431

Ok, time to take my hat off and admit to knowing bog all about Roman history. How accurate was the series in terms of storyline and how much is just dramatisation? What were those ceremonial things that Ceasar's guard were carrying around- did they really look like a kiddies version of an M16? Over...
by Medicus Matt
Fri Jan 06, 2006 2:46 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking scabbard sliders
Replies: 4
Views: 3232

Took a look through the York Leather and Leatherworking book today as it's gots some interesting stuff about Anglo-Scandinavian scabbards (as well as a piece on a 14th c leather archers bracer that I'd not seen before). Anyway, it confirmed what I'd thought. Where there is evidence for a seperate sl...
by Medicus Matt
Fri Jan 06, 2006 9:28 am
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the series Rome?
Replies: 19
Views: 4431

Caesar's didn't die without saying something His last words were `Kai su, teknon?' (You too, child?) to Brutus (according to Suetonius, but don't believe him, because he's biased). He did pull his toga over his face to stop anyone seeing him die however. I really liked that. I can just imagine the ...
by Medicus Matt
Fri Jan 06, 2006 12:15 am
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the series Rome?
Replies: 19
Views: 4431

Actually, overall it was pretty damned good historically and certainly the best attempt ever to portray the city itself as a real, living, breathing place of contrasts; from marbled halls to crappy backstreet taverns. Fantastic, especially all of the colours. All we tend to see today is the blank, w...
by Medicus Matt
Wed Jan 04, 2006 5:38 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking scabbard sliders
Replies: 4
Views: 3232

Certainly looks Viking-ish but I've never seen a decorated one. There are a few surviving examples of the leather sheathing from Viking Age wooden scabbards and these all seem to have a slit in the leather which would allow the belt to pass through a slider mounted under the leather, which would rat...
by Medicus Matt
Wed Jan 04, 2006 7:46 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: An incredible harness by Peter Fuller
Replies: 11
Views: 2715

Agreed, it's a fantastic achievment technically....but by god that's tasteless and ugly!
by Medicus Matt
Tue Jan 03, 2006 7:46 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: New 5th Century Show for 2006
Replies: 25
Views: 6515

Katy, Papa Lazarou has already been consulted :wink:
by Medicus Matt
Mon Jan 02, 2006 10:54 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: FAO Matt from Era
Replies: 4
Views: 2039

By the way who is the guy whose to the back left of the pictures? I remember him carrying me off at Richborough but never got his name. Typical of Britannia eh? Floozys the lot of us! Got 'em. Nice pics too, ta very much. That's Jason, our Kiwi. He's a Pict and is therefore prone to taking stuff th...
by Medicus Matt
Mon Jan 02, 2006 1:29 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: FAO Matt from Era
Replies: 4
Views: 2039

Yes please!

Best address is matt@erauk.org

Ignore any error message that it sends you. It's a cunning anti-spam device.

Ta v. much
by Medicus Matt
Sun Jan 01, 2006 3:14 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: My semi-relevant to this forum Haiku poem
Replies: 14
Views: 3177

WorkMonkey wrote:
Medicus Matt wrote:Slim, beardless...easily upset :twisted:


No I wont be your beardless youth.


In that case, I shall have you dipped in garum and thrown to the Romans.
by Medicus Matt
Sun Jan 01, 2006 2:44 pm
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: can't find my friends
Replies: 1
Views: 3487

Bonners belong to my group (ERA).

PM me and I'll send you their contact details.

Matt Bunker
ERA