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by Jim Smith
Sun Apr 26, 2009 7:34 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: A crushingly good birthday present....
Replies: 19
Views: 4582

Yep, I'm sitting here basking in the afterglow... :D
by Jim Smith
Sun Apr 26, 2009 7:25 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: A crushingly good birthday present....
Replies: 19
Views: 4582

...and finally.
by Jim Smith
Sun Apr 26, 2009 7:22 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: A crushingly good birthday present....
Replies: 19
Views: 4582

Just to show it was me driving...
by Jim Smith
Sun Apr 26, 2009 7:17 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: A crushingly good birthday present....
Replies: 19
Views: 4582

And another...
by Jim Smith
Sun Apr 26, 2009 7:14 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: A crushingly good birthday present....
Replies: 19
Views: 4582

Another image of vehicle destruction...
by Jim Smith
Sun Apr 26, 2009 7:11 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: A crushingly good birthday present....
Replies: 19
Views: 4582

A crushingly good birthday present....

Just got back from one of the more unusual types of birthday treat - tracked vehicle driving. Thanks to my wife, I've been driving a British APC and a Russian self-propelled howitzer before crushing a car with a Chieftan tank. Absolutely outstanding. Some pictures of the finale..
by Jim Smith
Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:38 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Towton 2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1934

Thanks Frances - some good ones of us there.
by Jim Smith
Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Are these shoes ok?
Replies: 59
Views: 10621

I'm afraid I have to agree with X - I have seen quite a few miserable and fed-up looking women at some events. Whether they just don't enjoy re-enactment or they are being blocked from the areas of re-enactment they would enjoy, I couldn't say. Also, it is a common myth that before the twentieth cen...
by Jim Smith
Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:36 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Are these shoes ok?
Replies: 59
Views: 10621

Wow...that's...really disappointing. I don't think I could pass as a boy. Provided you make the effort, you may not always have to. Some groups, for reasons best known to themselves, refuse to allow any form of cross dressing. Fortunately, there aren't many such around. Most groups (as G23B says) h...
by Jim Smith
Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:49 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: What do you eat off
Replies: 24
Views: 4521

Thanks guys - that gives us a lot to think about. We appreciate that a sit-down meal would not generally occur in the context of a military camp. However, our group set-up is not strictly military. In order to make it look military, we'd have to ditch... well, pretty much most of the group really. S...
by Jim Smith
Tue Mar 24, 2009 11:56 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: What do you eat off
Replies: 24
Views: 4521

What do you eat off

...if you're members of a late fifteenth century retinue? Since we're now including a sit down meal as part of our LH display, we've started to give some thought to what we're eating off. We were considering replacing our somewhat mismatched collection of wooden bowels with trenchers - the sort with...
by Jim Smith
Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:06 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: 13thC Harness for a recreated 13thC Joust.
Replies: 50
Views: 16003

Precisely. It's for exactly this reason that I wouldn't go see a historical film with re-enactors.
by Jim Smith
Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:40 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Somme Films
Replies: 10
Views: 7569

So the other three frames of the programme were OK then? :wink: It's scary in that this was almost what TS-FDTV was! :shock: The filming was all set to be filmed in Poland, Polish extras, etc, and Taff was able to convince the BBC that Khaki Devil Ltd could do a much better job in the UK (although ...
by Jim Smith
Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:08 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: BBC History Magazine
Replies: 14
Views: 2680

Marcus Woodhouse wrote:I didn't say that anyone did-there is no connection except the one you created in your mind.
OK, but it could be said that you'd inferred/implied such.
by Jim Smith
Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:57 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: BBC History Magazine
Replies: 14
Views: 2680

Ah yes, The Sunne in Splendour, aka history as the Richard III Society would like it to have been. Richard was probably no better and no worse than many other senior magnates of the time. As for the Woodvilles, if one's sister had married the King, most of us would probably have our noses well into ...
by Jim Smith
Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:49 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Somme Films
Replies: 10
Views: 7569

So the other three frames of the programme were OK then? :wink: Seriously though, thank you for such an er.. enthusiastically comprehensive list. As someone with a bit of military experience I did wonder about the 22nd Manchesters rather idiosyncratic marching style, but my spotter radar is poorly t...
by Jim Smith
Tue Mar 10, 2009 3:57 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: BBC History Magazine
Replies: 14
Views: 2680

Woodville=money-grubbing parvenu.

The rest= ruthless 'it's my land/title and i'm damn well keeping it" old money.

Massively simplistic of course, but then in late C15 England nice people really did finish last (and possibly dead).
by Jim Smith
Tue Mar 10, 2009 3:50 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Somme Films
Replies: 10
Views: 7569

Couldn't agree more with your assessment of TS-FDTV. Fits in nicely with the conclusions of one of the better Great War revisionists - Robin Neilands. (I'm thinking of his book 'The Great War Generals on the Western Front'). Despite its deficincies, the Channel 4 job still has its uses - especially ...
by Jim Smith
Mon Mar 09, 2009 6:44 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: False, fleeting, perjur'd Clarence.
Replies: 4
Views: 1626

Yeah, that's a good brief synopsis Marcus. Did Geoffrey Richardson do something on Clarence?
by Jim Smith
Mon Mar 09, 2009 6:37 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Somme Films
Replies: 10
Views: 7569

Somme Films

Hi all As a teacher of history, I'm presently doing the Somme with both Y9 (13-14) and Y13 (17-18). I have two documentaries, each of which is good in its own way: the BBC 'Somme, Defeat to Victory' and Channel Four's 'Somme' of 2005. I think each has its pluses and minuses, hence both get shown. Se...
by Jim Smith
Mon Mar 09, 2009 6:23 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Grossdeutschland (www.gdrecon.co.uk)
Replies: 42
Views: 15045

Excellent pics - as always... The first and last are particularly strong on period feel.
by Jim Smith
Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:20 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Kenilworth Medieval Village 2007
Replies: 16
Views: 2933

Sadly this event was pulled by EH - partly due to lower than projected visitor numbers. Apparently Dave Brown also has some issues regarding construction and labour costs. At the time of the 2007 event there were also complaints from locals of insufficient advertsing - although the foul weather cert...
by Jim Smith
Sun Aug 31, 2008 4:38 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: New films in production
Replies: 4
Views: 1164

Oh b**ger. Another childhood fave given the Hollywood treatment. Just getting over what they've done to 'The Dark is Rising'. I suspect that the studio execs think that if they don't use American actors, the home audience won't see the movie.
by Jim Smith
Tue Aug 05, 2008 9:24 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Faintheart
Replies: 5
Views: 1506

Faintheart

Faintheart...

Just come across this. Is there any liklihood that it will portray re-enactors sympathetically or pander to every stereotype it can lay its hands on?
by Jim Smith
Tue Aug 05, 2008 3:37 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Modern necessities
Replies: 41
Views: 9765

For our cooking display, I've a small bowl which I keep topped up with either bleach or anti-bacterial cleaner. After raw fish or meat has been prepared, both table and chopping board get a thorough wipe down with a linen rag soaked in contents of bowl. From a Food Hygiene point of view that should...
by Jim Smith
Tue Aug 05, 2008 3:32 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Modern necessities
Replies: 41
Views: 9765

Dave B wrote:Have you done a COSHH assement for that and included it with your risk assesments?
I'm going to assume that's a joke...
by Jim Smith
Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:20 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Modern necessities
Replies: 41
Views: 9765

For our cooking display, I've a small bowl which I keep topped up with either bleach or anti-bacterial cleaner. After raw fish or meat has been prepared, both table and chopping board get a thorough wipe down with a linen rag soaked in contents of bowl.
by Jim Smith
Thu Jul 24, 2008 2:21 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Re-enactorisms
Replies: 222
Views: 26330

Not that long ago, even site labourers wore jackets, being dressed for work is a common and well founded principle, regardless of class. They did on the odd occasion they were photographed. but did they really wear it labouring in the hot sun, when it was uncomfortable and hot and an expensive garm...
by Jim Smith
Thu Jul 24, 2008 8:18 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Re-enactorisms
Replies: 222
Views: 26330

None of the above are "re-enactorisms" in my opinion. To me a re-enactorism is something that is being fed to the public as truth when it is not. I've never been asked about dyes, or the cut of my hose. What bugs me are things being communicated, normally by the commentator, such as "Only foreignor...
by Jim Smith
Thu Jul 24, 2008 8:00 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Re-enactorisms
Replies: 222
Views: 26330

we prefer mischievious misinformation in response to stupid MOPs questions. only rich people had children as there is no pictorial evidence of poor people's children poor people had children because they couldn't afford duck at christmas everyone was vegetarian, because they hadn't invented meat un...