Archive - Dec 2003

December 30th

Pennsic War Returns to NPR

Karen Given's report on the Pennsic War was rerun recently on National Public Radio's "Only a Game."

A New Dane in AEthelmearc

The Kingdom of AEthelmearc has welcomed a new subject: Dane Christopher Murray.

Old-Fashioned Viking Christmas

The Scandinavian celebration of Jul harkens back to Norse mythology. An article from "The Scotsman" looks at Christmas celebrations in Sweden and Norway and their roots in Viking tradition.

December 29th

SCAdians Included in Geek Trendsetting

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Christian Boone offers his opinion on geeks as trendsetters, and includes SCAdians in the group.

"Chronicles of Narnia" Being Shot in New Zealand

CBS: "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," the first book of C.S. Lewis' Narnia series, will soon begin production on location in New Zealand.

One Kingdom, One Book

Readers in the East Kingdom will get the opportunity to participate in One Kingdom, One Book.

Young SCAdian Struck and Killed by Car in Outlands

Last Saturday, the Barony of Caerthe in the Kingdom of Outlands bid a final farewell to Brendon Swatko, a twelve-year-old who died after being struck by a car outside an SCA event.

December 28th

Cooks & Performers Needed for Estrella Queen's Tea

Lady Catelin Munro of Ailsa, Autocrat of Estrella XX Queen's Tea, has requested help from cooks and performers who plan to attend the Estrella War.

Mystery of Chinese Gunpowder Solved?

China View: Chinese archaeologists may have discovered the secret of China's invention of gunpowder.

December 27th

Scientists Study Colosseum's "Special Effects"

A team of German archaeologists has been excavating the basement of Rome's great Colosseum, including the intricate mechanical wonders which produced the effects for the gladiatorial games.

17th Century Javanese Coins Discovered in Thames

90 copper coins, washed up from London's Thames River, have stumped archaeologists.

Medici Secrets to be Exposed by DNA Testing?

News Telegraph: Researchers are planning to exhume and test the bodies of 50 members of the Medici Family with hopes of some "sensational surprises."

December 26th

Exhumation of King Harold Denied

A church court has denied researchers the right to examine the remains of what might have been King Harold.

St. Columcille's Monastery Purchased by the State

Limerick Post: Durrow Abbey and the St. Columcille Monastery in County Offaly, Ireland, have been purchased by the government for an initial sum of 270 thousand Euro.

December 25th

Art Exhibit Celebrates Duccio di Buoninsegna

Herald Tribune: 13th century painter Duccio di Buoninsegna is the star of an exhibit celebrating the city of Sienna's golden age, "Duccio: At the Origins of Sienese Painting."

Voynich Manuscript: Mystery or Fraud?

Nature: A mystious, 16th-century coded manuscript is still stumping scholars. Or is it a hoax?

December 24th

Fabled "Sword of Spam" Auctioned This Week

eBay: Third Age Armory claims to have uncovered the legendary Sword of Spam, and they are auctioning this rare item on eBay.

Geography of Oertha

Curious about the geography of Oertha? A new online map lists baronies and shires.

Ravenslake to Host Midrealm College of Youth

Roaring Wastes: The Shire of Ravenslake (northeastern Illinois) will host the Middle Kingdom College of Youth February 7, 2004.

December 23rd

Schragger Released from Prison After Posting Bail

Morning Call: Ben Schragger, known in the SCA as Ben the Steward, was released from prison, subject to "house arrest" restrictions, after posting a reduced bail bond.

German "Stonehenge" Highlights Rising Sun of Winter Solstice

Scientific American: Germany's 7,000-year-old stone circle proves that Europe's neolithic people were more tuned in to the heavens than previously thought.

Schragger Arraigned in Lehigh County Court

Morning Call: Ben Schragger, the former East Kingdom Dean of Pages accused of sexual misconduct with minors, was formally charged on December 17.

Photogenic Viking Needed: Long Hours, Great Exposure

The History Channel is looking for one good Viking-to-be for a television series to be filmed in Anacortes, Washington.

Tasty Medieval Morsels for the Holidays

Dame Aoife gets in the holiday spirit this week with links for medieval baked goods.

The Barbarians are Coming!!!

History Channel: The History Channel announces a photo/essay contest to promote a new series called "The Barbarians are Coming," premiering January 2004.

December 22nd

Northshield's First Coronation to Take Place in Silfren Mere

Aubrey and Anne, Their Stellar Highnesses of Northshield, have announced the dates and sites for Northshield's first Coronation and second Crown Tourney.

Thousand-Year-Old Church Saved

A campaign to save the 1,000-year-old St. Lawrence's Church from demolition for a new airport runaway has been successful.

Palace Ghost Caught On Camera

No it's not Great Ceaser's Ghost! There's some speculation over exactly who's image was caught on film at Hampton Court Palace outside of London, but insider's say it is not a Christmas joke.

Victorian Weapons Act - Swords and Crossbows Not to be Prohibited Weapons

After review, the Victorian Department of Justice has elected not to include proposed amendments to the Weapons Act which would have made swords and crossbows Prohibited weapons.

December 21st

Innilgard Winter A&S Collegium Photos & Class Notes on CD

Lady Katerina da Brescia has announced that a CD containing photos and class notes from the second Innilgard Winter A&S Collegium in the Kingdom of Lochac is now available on CD.