How do you indicate you are ill with an infectious disease?

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How do you indicate you are ill with an infectious disease?

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I can't find my book on english medieval medicine, so i thought I would ask you all how I can indicate I am ill with some communicable disease, so everyone stays away from me?

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Coming out in zits or pustules would do it.
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if you are really ill, I'd settle for a yellow quarantine flag, a thirty foot roped off perimeter round you draped with "Biohazard tape" and to be really sure, you could ring a bell - and B**ger the authenticity!:wink:

Alternatively, carry a door with a red cross marked on it!

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Lepers apparently used bells or clappers.

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Maybe they're just busking though. ;)

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I'm sure I've heard the "ring a bell" thing somewhere before. Hmm.

Google doesn't give up anything on it easily though. It would make sense to warn people audibly as you approach them so they can get out of the way. Wasn't this enshrined in law?
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guthrie wrote:I can't find my book on english medieval medicine, so i thought I would ask you all how I can indicate I am ill with some communicable disease, so everyone stays away from me?
Is there something the rest of us should know before Saturday?! :shock:
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Colin MacDonald wrote:Maybe they're just busking though. ;)
Nah, they're pretty typical for lepers.

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G- I can get you a pair of clappers/bones from a fella in edinburgh easily enough.
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and you must shout, "unclean! unclean!" at every opportunity.

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Why? That's what the clappers are for.
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the clappers and ring a bell, rings a bell to me! :P

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I took along a little bell to Gloucester so my son could ring it when we were on "pilgrimage" (It wasn't a real one-we only walked about 200 ft) and got asked if I was a leper. I thought bells were used by pilgrims- I even thought that there were a number of sources that hinted at how pilgrims p*ssed the locals off by ringing bells and singing loudly and otherwise enjoying themselves. Didn't both strict up their own backside priests and thrice damned heretics alike complain about it as well?
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the most i know about bells and clappers is that they weren't just for warning people, they were meant to attract alms too.

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Marcus Woodhouse wrote:. I thought bells were used by pilgrims-
Indeed so did I.
I know for sure clappers where used in the holy land (up to 13thC)by christians before bells became common.

Could the term "a dose of the clap" as in a STD have it origins in the clapper/bell thing?

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Take some ordinary "Rice Crispies" and rll them around in PVA glue. Attach the glued-up crispies to your exposed extremities ( :shock: ) and apply just a hint of make up. The result........

http://www.ki4u.com/smallpox.jpg

can render even the strongest stomachs a little queasy and can scare small children at 50 yards (Hoorah!).
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Neil of Ormsheim wrote:Take some ordinary "Rice Crispies" and rll them around in PVA glue. Attach the glued-up crispies to your exposed extremities ( :shock: ) and apply just a hint of make up. The result........

http://www.ki4u.com/smallpox.jpg

can render even the strongest stomachs a little queasy and can scare small children at 50 yards (Hoorah!).
Oh man, you should give us tips like that regularly. Make it a cereal.
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Did a gig at St. Fagans some years ago. Painted plague crosses on linen hung over doorways.
Management complained as they & public thought they were symbols of England / St. George :roll:
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Now that could be fun at Cossie this weekend... :D
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Malvoisin wrote:Could the term "a dose of the clap" as in a STD have it origins in the clapper/bell thing?
computer says no...


[well, wikipedia does anyways. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_clap#Slang_terms]

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Ok, thank you all, it seems my vague memory was incorrect.
Phil- a clapper might come in handy in the future. I keep coming up with wonderful ideas of bit parts that can be done throughout an event, and Lanark might be a perfect place to try some of them out.

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Irish Tony is your man- he plays a mean pair of bones in the pub and is amenable to making a pair if you ask him nicely, in fact I think he still owes me a set :)
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