Archive - Feb 2012 - Story

February 29th

The one-hour yurt

In a short, time-lapse film posted on the 109.com website, videographer Dan Grossman shows how one Mongolian family can construct a yurt (or ger) in slightly more than one hour.

Knight of the Spreadsheet

Come tax season, many of us feel like we are going into armored combat. This is easy for Duke Maynard von dem Steine, featured in an advertising campaign for accounting firm Freed Maxick.

February 28th

Period embroidery resources online

On her embroidery website, Kathryn Goodwyn (C. Kathryn Newell) shares articles and period resources for embroidery done in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Baroness Uta Boucht Drachenwald's newest Laurel

Meisterinne Katheryn Hebenstreitz reports that Their Majesties Sven and Siobhan of the Kingdom of Drachenwald recently offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to Baroness Uta Boucht.

Touring Hampton Court Palace

Historic Royal Palaces has a YouTube site which includes a video for school children who will be visiting Hampton Court Palace.

Photos from Atlantia’s Kingdom Arts and Science Festival

Lord William “Cookie” Barfoot shares his photo album from Atlantia’s Kingdom Arts and Science Festival.

February 27th

Hampshire dig produces evidence of 12th century settlement

The Reverend James Bruce of St Michael and All Angels in Lyndhurst, England wanted a new driveway for the church, and allowed archaeologists to excavate the mound on which the church stands. Under the church, they discovered nearly 100 bits of medieval pottery.

Canadian Richard III Society to host 3-day conference

Victoria Moorshead, Vice Chair of the Richard III Society of Canada, reports that the Society will host the American Branch of the Society in Oakville for its Annual General Meeting. Speakers are needed.

"Like boxing with crowbars"

A major discussion popped up recently on Reddit about a photo of two SCA fighters in a lonely parking garage. Most fun are the comments of readers who don't quite know what to make of the duo.

February 25th

Anteorra Winter 2012 Crown Tourney videos

Lord Owen Longstrider and Lady Gwen have posted several videos from the January 14, 2012 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The videos are available on YouTube.

Irish schoolgirl creates method to date ancient manuscripts

Sixteen-year-old Aoife Gregg of Loreto College, St Stephen’s Green, Ireland recently competed in a science competition. Her project: a computer letter frequency analysis of ancient Irish texts to demonstrate how the language has changed.

Does gun prove Portuguese discovery of Australia?

In 2010, a family discovered an antique gun buried in the sand on Dundee Beach in Australia's Northern Territory. The artifact, which resembles a 16th century swivel gun, has revived the theory that the continent was discovered by Portuguese seafarer Cristovao de Mendonca in 1521. (photo)

February 24th

Child's burial slab missing from Herefordshire church

Police in the village of Foy, near Ross-on-Wye, England, are looking for a medieval burial stone stolen from St Mary's Church on January 5, 2012. (photo)

Photos from Bryn Gwlad's 2012 Candlemas online

THL Alina Mitchell shares photos taken at Bryn Gwlad's 2012 Candlemas event which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on her public Facebook page.

Society Exchequer resigns

Maistresse Alysia Gabrielle de Fougeres (mka Mazelle Attiya), the Society for Creative Anachronism's Corporate Treasurer, has announced that the Exchequer has resigned from office and will be replaced temporarily by his Emergency Deputy.

February 23rd

Western Twelfth Night photos online

Martin of Rivenstar reports that he has created an album of photos from Twelfth Night in the Kingdom of the West. The photos are available on SnugMug.

600 years of "30 days hath September"

All school American children learn the day-counting rhyme "Thirty days hath September...," and some adults still use it to track the number of days in the month. Now a Welsh journalist offers proof that the doggerel dates to the early 15th century. (photo)

February 22nd

"Y-shaped" Roman structure stumps archaeologists

Archaeologists are puzzled about the discovery of a winged-shaped building which appears to be unique in the Roman Empire in Norfolk, England. The 3rd century structure can be seen in aerial photographs. (photo)

Wakehurst yew saw reign of Richard II

An ancient yew tree, dating to the 14th century, has been identified at Wakehurst Place in West Sussex. The tree is believed to have been part of a large landscaped garden, and was planted just after the Black Death.

Death leaves Prague... for two months

The skeletal figure of Death, along with his companions Vanity, Greed and Pleasure, has been removed from the famous medieval astronomical clock in the city of Prague for a period of two months. The animated figures will be painted to protect them from humidity. (photos)

February 21st

Mirabel Wynne elevated to Laurel in Calontir

Eleanor Deyeson reports that Mirabel Wynne was placed on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel by Their Majesties Ostwald and Kaye at Their recent Clothiers' event.

Wikipedia to cover life in Monmouth

Roger Bamkin, of Wikimedia UK, has invited the public to take part in an experiment: chronicle life in Monmouth. The online encyclopaedia will create Monmouthpedia, a site where citizens and visitors can "contribute articles and photographs on interesting and notable places, people, artefacts and other aspects of Monmouth life."

Q&A with Francesca de Onorati

The North Canton Patch, a local newspaper, interviewed Francesca de Onorati, the Event Steward for this year's Masque of Courtly Love event at the Marche of Alderford in the Middle Kingdom.

Dancing Fox photos online

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has posted an album of photos from Dancing Fox which took place recently in the Shire of Nordenhal, Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on Picasaweb.

February 20th

Iranian luxury at the Freer and Sackler Galleries

The Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. are hosting the exhibit "Feast Your Eyes" on Ancient Iranian Luxury Metalwork beginning February 4, 2012. The exhibit "explores the beauty, role and function of luxury metalwork in ancient Iran."

Artisan Showcase at Estrella War

An annual Artisan Showcase is held at Estrella War, to provide a setting where artisans can sit with medieval style works they have completed or have in progress, and discuss those pieces with SCA Peers and populace from many SCA Kingdoms.

February 19th

St. Swithin's Bog 12th Night Celebration 2012 photos online

Augusto G. reports that he has created an album of photos from Barony of St. Swithin's Bog 12th Night Celebration which took place recently in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. The photos are available on Photobucket.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for February 2012

THLord Stefan li Rous has published an update to Stefan's Florilegium for February 2012.

February 18th

Youth activities at Estrella War

Ladies Aiedel O'hEachthigheirn and Edeline de Diekirche, Kingdom Youth Officer for the Kingdom of Atenveldt and Estrella War, provide information on youth activities at the upcoming War.

Gulf Wars XXI BBQ Contest

Do you cook a mean shoulder? Got the best wings around? Love your lovely smoked salmon? Are you a Rib Master? Burger-meister? Prove it!!