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by Merlon.
Thu Aug 27, 2015 2:25 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Black Powder storage advice and regulations.
Replies: 36
Views: 26911

Re: Black Powder storage advice and regulations.

If Ordcon 2015 geos ahead, I believe it will be late October this year.
There is a change of venue as the previous free site would now charge a large fee due to budget cutbacks.
by Merlon.
Thu Aug 06, 2015 8:08 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Reenactment group and tax
Replies: 6
Views: 3030

Re: Reenactment group and tax

Most re-enactment groups are similar to local drama groups etc, and they don't have to pay tax.

That will only because they are below the de minimis limit. Reenactment groups fall within the definition of Unincorporated Associations

(Looooong time working in HMRC)
by Merlon.
Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Reenactment group and tax
Replies: 6
Views: 3030

Re: Reenactment group and tax

Technically all reenactment groups (as Unincorporated Associations ) are liable to Corporation Tax on any profits they make. However HMRC will ignore you provided:- •your organisation’s annual Corporation Tax liability must not be expected to exceed £100 •you run your club or organisation exclusivel...
by Merlon.
Tue Jul 28, 2015 12:20 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman
Replies: 24
Views: 6481

Re: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman

In case anyone is interested, the French documentary that was made at the same time has now been released on YouTube. The English presenters have been reduced to occasional silent walk-on parts. Actually found it quite interesting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbiVEY2l9cw&feature=share
by Merlon.
Tue Jun 16, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Stuart Era group sought.
Replies: 8
Views: 3659

Re: Stuart Era group sought.

Incorrect.
Begins 1603 with James I / VI
Last Stuart Monarch is Queen Anne 1702 -1714
by Merlon.
Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:31 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: What is Sweet Oil?
Replies: 4
Views: 4745

Re: What is Sweet Oil?

The OED states
"sweet oil n. any oil of pleasant or mild taste, spec. olive oil."
by Merlon.
Tue Jan 13, 2015 7:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: A couple of questions about black armour
Replies: 1
Views: 1128

Re: A couple of questions about black armour

Black armour has been discussed before.
I would imagine that the majority of gambesons are in unbleached linen and will acquire their own particular hue over time. I doubt if a black gambeson would hide the muck and may very enhance the grim.
by Merlon.
Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:57 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman
Replies: 24
Views: 6481

Re: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman

I know that Swedish, German and Italian mining pumps although using the same technology and principles, were not implemented exactly the same manner in each country.
There could be a variance in milling technology between England and France.
by Merlon.
Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:49 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman
Replies: 24
Views: 6481

Re: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman

Brother Ranulf, you get a brief glimpse of the masonry axes in this video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7bE--NVBGY
by Merlon.
Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: braiding for a WW1 dutch officers' jacket
Replies: 7
Views: 2573

Re: braiding for a WW1 dutch officers' jacket

You could try
Wydean Weaving
by Merlon.
Mon Aug 25, 2014 3:35 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Books without breaking the bank
Replies: 10
Views: 3217

Re: Books without breaking the bank

Amazon, Abebooks and Oxbow books are all potential sources of books.
There are specialist dealers but that is hard to advise without an indication of the topic being researched.
Have you access to JSTOR, either directly or via a friend, to locate academic papers?
by Merlon.
Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:26 pm
Forum: Forum Technical Support and News
Topic: New Posts link?
Replies: 2
Views: 5662

Re: New Posts link?

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by Merlon.
Sat Aug 09, 2014 2:16 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Looking to get some viking gear
Replies: 37
Views: 9320

Re: Looking to get some viking gear

I think both the tunic and winingas are wool. If you read both the product descriptions, they are both 100% cotton (linen look) Seriously join a group first, take their advice on what to purchase. Otherwise you could buy kit only to have it rejected at events and your money wasted. Buy decent soft ...
by Merlon.
Sat May 03, 2014 6:41 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How were cattle slaughtered?
Replies: 21
Views: 14193

Re: How were cattle slaughtered?

"In 1343, however, before there had been any outbreak of plague whatsoever, the city authorities 'for the decency and cleanliness of the city' granted to the butchers of St Nicholas Shambles a segregated spot in the suburbs at Seacoal-lane near Fleet Prison, where they might clean and dispose o...
by Merlon.
Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:59 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: British Army Headdress, Help Needed
Replies: 5
Views: 5332

Re: British Army Headdress, Help Needed

Which castle in which country?
by Merlon.
Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:37 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 13th C. Farm
Replies: 59
Views: 14796

Re: 13th C. Farm

Sorry, struggling to follow, are you suggesting that oxen are a distinct species to cattle? In an sense Brother Ranulf is right. Whilst Ox are bovine and therefore cattle, not all cattle are bovine... Historically the word cattle was used to describe all livestock, not just cows. "The applicat...
by Merlon.
Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Rivets / Brass for a splinted tasses/greaves/arms
Replies: 3
Views: 2242

Re: Rivets / Brass for a splinted tasses/greaves/arms

Try http://www.sapphireproducts.co.uk/solid.htm I don't do armour - not my period - but your sizes seem completely wrong. 1/4" rivets are not long enough they would barely go through the leather and steel. Look at the diagrams on the website to make sure you understand the sizing. Make sure you...
by Merlon.
Tue Dec 31, 2013 2:43 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: domestic woollen cloth manufacture
Replies: 7
Views: 3645

Re: domestic woollen cloth manufacture

Sheep are often described as a beast looking for a new way to kill itself. Would a family own a family sheep. I am aware that cows could be hired for the summer but I do not know if that practice extended to other animals. As Brother Ranulf has indicated on other threads, most people lived in grindi...
by Merlon.
Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:02 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: WW1 Knitting patterns
Replies: 12
Views: 6138

Re: WW1 Knitting patterns

Typing "ww1 knitting patterns" into Google brings up plenty of examples
by Merlon.
Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:03 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tarot
Replies: 7
Views: 4217

Re: Tarot

by Merlon.
Sun Dec 01, 2013 9:24 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 13th C. Farm
Replies: 59
Views: 14796

Re: 13th C. Farm

As Brother Ranulf says you are before the time of agricultural reforms and the emergence of distinct breeds. Another point to bear in mind is that the agricultural reforms significantly increased the size of animals, below are a number of examples from the Stockholm Medieval Museum which demonstrate...
by Merlon.
Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:27 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Methods of Torture in the 17th century
Replies: 9
Views: 7492

Re: Methods of Torture in the 17th century

The only accurate point about Carry on Henry would be that the king was called Henry VIII.
The original question was a proposed novel involving the torture of Porthos. The French legal system is completely different from the English legal system, so I doubt anyone here would be qualified to comment.
by Merlon.
Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:05 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 57922

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Mark Griffin wrote:but yo ho ho and all that...

Ah but the pirates at Chatelherault went:-
"Oggy Oggy Oggy!Oi Oi Oi"
by Merlon.
Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tudor bonnets
Replies: 8
Views: 3210

Re: Tudor bonnets

The 'Statute Cap' was declared de rigeur in 1597, so it was most likely still around by the mid-1600's. So, not just a 'knotism'! :angel: Err No, The Statute Cap legislation was repealed in 1597 because it was unenforceable and had not been obeyed for some years. Definitely not “de rigeur” Bearing ...
by Merlon.
Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:48 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: whats best under chainmail ?
Replies: 26
Views: 5850

Re: whats best under chainmail ?

As a complete outsider to the period in question.
Surely the wearing of mail in its self is an indicator of status in this time frame? A significant amount of time energy and resource would have gone into its production.
by Merlon.
Fri Jul 26, 2013 6:14 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Fabri Armorum?
Replies: 6
Views: 2556

Re: Fabri Armorum?

Of course if you had checked his calendar, you would have seen he has been at a week long event at Spøttrup Castle in Denmark 22. – 27 July . probably has no access to email.

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