Archive - 2008

February 5th

CalonSound Project at Calontir Coronation

Mathurin Kerbusso reports that the CalonSound Project will be recording performances at the upcoming Calontir Coronation.

Columbus may have spread "social disease"

A new study claims that explorer Christopher Columbus may have been responsible for bringing syphilis to Europe. The controversial theory has been debated for years, but the new study of molecular genetics may show whether the theory is true.

February 4th

Arizona speed enforcement technology may affect Estrella travelers

Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano reports that new photo radar has been deployed on Arizona highways with the hope that speeding fines will help the state's budget shortfall.

Dance Moot 2008 in Edinburgh Photos online

Margaret de May reports that her photos of the recent Dance Moot 2008 event held in Edinburgh, Scotland in the Kingdom of Drachenwald are online now.

"Send me socks and underpants!"

According to archaeologist Robin Birley, the researcher's life can be pretty bleak until he finds the really big discovery, in this case, letters from Roman soldiers. Harry Mount of the Daily Mail has the story.

February 3rd

An Tir knight's benefit stair climb on YouTube

Sir Brand of reports that the sports editor of the University of Washington Daily has produced a 2-minute video chronicling the An Tir knight's challenge to climb 5,000 stairs in 2 hours to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Modern siege engine throws bowling ball 80 feet

The modern meets the medieval when some bored engineers from Harcos, Inc. decided to turn an industrial robot into a catapult capable of bashing a car with a bowling ball 80 feet away.

9th century Buddhist temple discovered in India

Workers on a construction site in Bhubaneswar, India have discovered the remains of a 9th century Buddhist monastery. Villagers have requested the preservation of the site.

February 2nd

Canadian/US border crossing regulations changed January 31, 2008

United States Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has announced the Department's intention to change requirements for crossing the border between the U.S. and Canada. American and Canadian citizens will no longer be allowed to just declare their citizenship.

[ATL] Defending the Gate VII

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Once again, as the weather warms, the snows thaw, and the world begins to stir anew from its winter slumber, the Canton of Sudentorre looks to its gates with anticipation...of celebration! In previous years we have eagerly awaited our allies to aid in the defense of our lands.

This year, we will be opening our gates and welcoming all our allies and any others from far and wide to a proper spring festival and tournament in honor of the new Baron and Baroness of Stierbach. Join us as we gather to welcome and greet Their Excellencies, hoping to curry their favor through competition and merry making! Location:
Canton of Sudentorre (Spotsylvania, Virginia)

[OUT] Shake the MidWinter Blues

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Greetings! Please join me in Dragonsspine on Saturday, February 23rd to rid yourself of the winter doldrums. Bask in the warmth of good friends, stuff your mouth and belly with delicious food, share your best "No ****, there I was . . . " Estrella War stories, and dance and drum to your hearts content.

Shake the MidWinter Blues: Middle Eastern Potluck and Dance Party

There is no site fee but please bring food to share for the potluck feast Location:
Barony of Dragonsspine (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Atlantia 12th Night photos online

Lady Brigh has posted an album of photos from the recent 12th Night event in the Kingdom of Atlantia on the Flickr website.

[AET] Blackstone Raid XVII

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Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! The rumors of Midrealm aggression are true! For the 17th year, the Midrealm army intends to invade the southern lands of glorious Aethelmearc. Their soldiers intend to take your coal and test your steel. We are putting out the call to our fellow countrymen to come defend the land.

We beg the attendance of all heavy weapons fighters and fencers to repel the foreign hordes. Weapons Location:
Barony of Blackstone Mountain (Ripley, West Virginia)

[EAS] Black Griffin Inn

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The Canton of Gryphonwald (in the Barony of Settmour Swamp) is hosting a wonderful event April 19, 2008: Black Griffin Inn

The Log Cabin at Rutgers Gardens
112 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8519

http://www.settmourswamp.eastkingdom.org/gryph-meetings.html

I have heard rumor that there is going to be (weather permiting) Heavy Fighting, Fencing, Hurley, Brewing contest, A&S Display, Games, Great Food, and lots of FUN!! Location:
Canton of Gryphonwald (New Brunswick, New Jersey)

New citizen for Ealdormere

Aunty Jo-Jo reports that Kaylah Dawn Blumetti was born January 23, 2008 to Lord Drake Daberneen and THL Joanna of Northumberland in the Kingdom of Ealdormere.

Known World Choir to perform at Estrella XXIV

Lazarus Artifex reports that the Known World Choir will be performing at the upcoming Estrella War XXIV. He has posted music files online for those interested in participating.

February 1st

Cracked medieval jug may sell for US$10 million

An 11th century Egyptian rock crystal jug, one of only six known examples of its kind, may sell for as high as US$10 million at auction.

Survivor Valhalla pictures online

Stefan MacMorrow ap Rhovannon shares photos from the recent Survivor Valhalla event in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann.

[DRA] Double Wars XXI

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Starring: Master Ranthulfr Asparlundr

April 25 - May 4, 2008

  • Knäckebröd War
  • Lots of Tournaments,
  • Competitions, workshops and classes!
  • King Sven’s Fivemen Melee
  • Fabulous Marketplace
  • Grand Feast
  • SCA New Years Eve

Don’t miss the chance to attend the most diverse Double Wars ever! More information at: Location:
Shire of Attemark

Medieval-style weapon allegedly used during a party

Following a brawl at a party, a South Lake Tahoe teenager was arrested for allegedly attacking another person with a mace.

January 31st

Cyrus and Gwyneth new Heirs in Oertha Coronet

Baron Khevron reports that Viscount Sir Cyrus Aurelius, fighting for Lady Gwyneth Rhiannon of the Sea, was the victor of the recent Coronet Tourney in the Principality of Oertha.

To punt or not to punt...

Only on NPR could the Bard, in the guise of Morning Edition's Frank Deford, comment on the upcoming Super Bowl football game.

SCA Board Nominees

Gabrielle Underwood, Ombudsman for Recruiting for the Society for Creative Anachronism, has requested the posting of the current nominees for the SCA Board of Directors.

January 30th

Da Vinci Code meets the Koran

The Internet is alive recently with reports that a secret cache of Islamic texts disputing the origins of the Koran has resurfaced after 60 years of suppression.

"As time goes by" Roman style

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Professor Judith Hallett of the University of Maryland, looks at how love was expressed in ancient Rome.

[ANT] Shittimwoode Ithra

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The catalog is nearing completion and we should be ready to start registration next week! Are you excited? There are lots of core classes available on this one, so if you're working towards your Lectors, you will be able to take a few, including Intro to the SCA, Graphic Heraldry, Castles & Fortifications, Survey of Medieval Arts, Survey of Medieval Sciences, Chivalry & Etiquette, Field & Court Heraldry, and Survey of Medieval Games! Location:
Shire of Shittimwoode (Bellingham, Washington)

[AET] Regional Dance Practice

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Come one and all to Regional Dance practice on Feb 10th form 1 to 4pm. All levels of experience are welcome!!

Elk's Endicott Lodge 619 N. Nanticoke Ave Endicott, NY 13760.

From Rt17:
Take exit 67n Endicott, on to 26N go under the overpass and take the ramp up onto Main St.heading west. Go past Wendy's, McDonalds and Pizza Hut (all of these are on Main St. heading west) at the LIGHT Location:
Shire of Sterlynge Vayle (Endicott, New York)

[DRA] Northern Frankmark Fighter Practice

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Once again it's time for the Northern Frankmark Fighter Practice in the wonderful lands of Baerenau. This time the Shire of Baerenau invites all interested Fighters and Non-Fighters to the beautiful mountains of the Harz in the heart of Germany!!!

It will take place as a part of a mundane event called the parade of history (die Parade der Geschichte http://www.parade-der-geschichte.de see some pictures from last year). There we Location:
Shire of Baerenau (Rottleberode, Germany)

[AET] Carnivale

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Come help the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands celebrate the festival of Carnivale in the high Venetian style. The day will feature quests, games, music, merriment and dance culminating in a grand masked ball in the evening.

All this for our guest of honor Signora Tomasia da Collivento as she sits vigil to contemplate elevation to the most noble Order of the Laurel. This revelry will be held at the Lodge at North Park of Allegheny County, (no street #) North Ridge Rd, Allison Park, PA 15101. The site will open at 9 am and close at 10 pm. Location:
Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands (Allison Park, Pennsylvania)

[LOC] Italian Renaissance Ball

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As part of the National Multicultural Festival in February, we have had the opportunity to organise an Italian Renaissance Ball with live music from the band Earthly Delights. Yeah!

We would like to invite you to join us, and are offering people who read this message discount entry of $12, $5 under 15yrs. Simply send us an email with your contact details and pay at the door. Tickets are normally $16, $8 under 15yrs. No partners are necessary and all the Location:
Earthly Delights (Reid, ACT)