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Veronica FordVeronica Ford 14 Apr 2011 15:24
in discussion General Discussion / Anything else » Jam

Does anyone have any idea what happened with this?

Re: Jam by Veronica FordVeronica Ford, 14 Apr 2011 15:24

Looks good!

We haven't had a proper full-kit pub invasion for a while? Possibly near the start of term, to get maximum turn-out?

Re: Trinity 2011 termcard by bunnibunni, 16 Mar 2011 22:03

So, we now have the bare bones of a termcard up but obviously there will be changes and additions to be made.

I am keen to host a craft day / weekend to do some outdoorsy things but when would be best for this? I assume beginning of term so its not too close to exams but it would be warmer if we waited.

Do we want to have separate feast and fire one almighty fireast?

What else do we want to do?

Trinity 2011 termcard by GuthrunGuthrun, 16 Mar 2011 19:16
Re: Michaelmas 2010 events by bunnibunni, 12 Oct 2010 08:37

As yet, we don't have any special events in 7th or 8th week. We could possibly do something Yule related in 8th week although I am unsure what this might involve other than mulled wine / cider.

Another possibility is a film night. I am not sure if Wychwood has seen these before but my suggestions would be the Sword of Xanten (although it is quite long), Viking Women and the Sea Serpent or The Vikings.

Michaelmas 2010 events by GuthrunGuthrun, 11 Oct 2010 22:07
Re: Kaftan
bunnibunni 24 Mar 2010 13:53
in discussion General Discussion / Kit and costume » Kaftan

Some notes on making a symetrical Birka-style kaftan, inspired by questions Joss asked:

The Birka style of kaftan is basically just a tunic with a cut all the way up the front, plus an optional back split.
The back is one piece, like a normal tunic. I guess you could make it in two pieces if you really fancied, but there's no evidence so why would you?
You could make it without side gores (much like you could make a Norman style front & rear split tunic without side gores) but personal experience says they're not as nice to wear, don't move as well, are too tight.
Shoulders, arms and underarms are just like standard tunics.
In conclusion, use the standard tunic pattern.

The standing collar is based entirely on one surviving find (pictured here). That one is 51 cm long. Which is a good 20 inch diameter neck hole. It's hard to tell, but it doesn't seem to have been made to overlap like a modern shirt and doesn't seem to have had any sort of clasp? Most people reconstruct it to be standing and not overlapping, but possibly butting. Like a Chinese shirt, basically- look up Mandarin collars or Nehru collars.

Buttons. Kaftans are buttoned from the neck to the waist, no lower.
You could just attach the buttons to one edge of the kaftan, and the loops to the other? But that wouldn't show them off as well, so most people instead go for frogging. Frogging is, again, like you see on Chinese shirts. But keep the fancy big swirls to a minimum, you just want straight horizontal lines.
Basically get two bits of cord the same length. Thread a button onto the middle of one. Then double them over, and sew the two cords onto the surface of your Kaftan. One has the button attached, the other has a loop at the end you use as the buttonhole. Success!
If you don't have authenti-buttons, here are instructions on making pretty knots to use as buttons on the second half of this page (ignore the big swirl loops on the first half!)

Re: Kaftan by bunnibunni, 24 Mar 2010 13:53

Wool and linen are also good (and cheap!) in Walthamstow. I used to have a bead catalogue, but I can't remember if it was in London or not.

Re: Shops in London by AlwinAlwin, 13 Nov 2009 16:09

Jemma and I are thinking about going up to Hauksby a day or two early this year in order to do some work on the brothel. We still have to communicate with Dave about the logistics, but assuming that he has no objection, we'll probably aim to go up there for Tuesday night, so we have all of Wednesday and the greater part of Thursday (before the rest of WW gets there) to patch our roof, close holes in the walls and do other repairs that might be necessary.

Is anyone else interested in doing the same? In particular, this might be of interest to couples/others who've had some particular house in the past which they think needs some fixing. (And of course be inspired by what the Poles did to theirs (the one slightly outside the village)!)

Just to remind you, I think the dates are 1st - 6th of April (Thursday - Tuesday over Easter), and so Jemma and I are planning to go up on the 30th of March.


Hauksby + house fixing by PhilippppPhilipppp, 06 Nov 2009 15:50

Leather comes by mail order from Le Prevo, who are excellent.
Bowls come from markets/Tintagel.

What you can get in London is:

Wool and linen - shops on Goldsworth Road. Take the tube to Goldsworth Road. Walk out of the exit. Look across the road. Just to the right of the Shepherds Bush Market entrance (as you look at it) there is Classic Textiles. Upstairs for wool, down for linen. There are other good shops up and down that bit of road also.

Handweavers Studio in North London. The only place to get weaving yarns. An amazing selection of wool, silk, linen etc etc etc. They have recently moved so check their new location and opening times on their website (search for Handweavers Studio).

Beads - you could try the obvious shop in Camden.

Re: Shops in London by ShelaghShelagh, 06 Nov 2009 12:20

Fraid not. Well, charity shops for authenti-bowls obviously, but apart from that no. I'd be very interested if you find anything!

Re: Shops in London by bunnibunni, 05 Nov 2009 22:29

Does anyone know shops in London that sell any or all of the following
- beads, pendants
- authentic pots and other tableware
- leather suitable for shoes


Shops in London by PhilippppPhilipppp, 05 Nov 2009 21:08

I repeatedly wonder how well a modern police shield wall would do against a real round-shield type shield wall with interlocking shields and spears and all. I'm also surprised protesters don't ever form one. Maybe we could invite the Oxford police force to BP sometime, or visit them near the animal lab and challenge them (while making perfectly clear that this is for training only and they should damn well pull their blows or our safety officer (whoever that is) will have to have a word with them).

Re: Police Shieldwalls! by PhilippppPhilipppp, 28 Oct 2009 14:49

Check out 2:45 on this video - US riot police showing how intimidating the shield bash. It's the first time I've seen footage of police doing this:

I've never seen them form interlocking shieldwalls either, I think generally their shields are too small and they don't need to because they're generally not actually under attack. Anyone know if this occurs in modern day shieldwalls at all?

Different force, but I know the MET don't pull their blows :(. Maybe I could train them to be pacifist combatants? Dunno how long they'd have held Senlac hill with <s>hippies</s> domestic extremists like us holding it:

1:37 -

I thought I wouldn't vent on the maillist full of freshers :)

Police Shieldwalls! by FernyFerny, 27 Oct 2009 23:42

I'd love to read Wulfhild's story. And yes, I will have to learn some prayers etc. in Latin. Do you have any suggestions? In particular stuff that would be useful in a social situation.

This is kind of a long-term project for me but I'm enjoying beginning to read up on the subject.

I expect my character will be a wealthy widow, with connections dating from her time as a successful merchant's wife.

Re: Nuns in Alfred's Time by ShelaghShelagh, 13 Oct 2009 21:48
Steampunk by FernyFerny, 13 Oct 2009 20:54

There's a page on religious clothing here:
Also, I enjoyed reading through this PDF, by a modern Benedictine nun:

Somewhere I have notes for my abbess character, which I can dig out at a later date. I think the main thing I'd say at this point is: don't forget that the class system permeated into the monasteries. A nun who brought her own money and land when she took the veil would enjoy a much easier life, and have more power, than her sisters who brought little or nothing. A noble nun would not expect to be assigned menial chores or housework.

I plan on bringing Abbess Wulfhild back from time to time - hopefully she will be swinging a censer and blessing the troops next Hastings! I started writing her story a while ago, so I'll see how far I got and post it here if it's any use. For me the interest lies in portraying a literate, educated person. The important thing for this, however, is that it will require learning a bit of Latin… enough to say a few prayers and blessings, anyway. (Interesting fact: Latin remains the legal language of Great Britain. If you cannot read and write Latin, you are technically illiterate).

þas ofereode, þisses swa mæg

Re: Nuns in Alfred's Time by axebreakeraxebreaker, 12 Oct 2009 12:13

I'm starting to research a character who is a nun in the time of Alfred the Great (late 9th Century). Initially she will be a widow who has become a novice, because I don't know enough to portray a full nun. But the idea is to explore women's scholarship and attitudes within the church of the day, and gradually develop a "geeky", educated woman who is truly called to monastic life. I would very much welcome any ideas, comments, information etc. from anybody else, and if anybody else fancies doing a nun (if you see what I mean) that would be fantastic.

I know almost nothing about the subject, as I have studied Viking women and history much more. The idea is that the new nun will be a contemporary of my Viking woman, Ingibjorg, originating from the area where Ingibjorg now lives, but with very different attitudes.

I've created a page on the wiki for notes/research/reading list.

Nuns in Alfred's Time by ShelaghShelagh, 11 Oct 2009 11:10

Actually, would it be possible to borrow 2 floorspaces? Charlie would like to come as well.

Re: Borrowing floorspace! by BerekBerek, 07 Oct 2009 20:31

Ahoy hoy folks! It's your friendly neighbourhood ex-pres here. (Ross, for those who still aren't sure!)

I've had a sneaky peek and see that the fire is on the 30th October. Don't suppose I could be a-borrowing some floorspace that night to allow me to come along, get happily merry and shout "BEAR!" at various moments throughout the singing?

Borrowing floorspace! by BerekBerek, 07 Oct 2009 00:00

Yes, I was being somewhat negligent. It is 3/3. Freshers' BP on Sun 1st week is settled, I hope!


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