Summer time, days are long and well filled. Work has been pressing, stocktakes and un-cooperative suppliers. Domestic responsibilities and engagements have seriously cut into my blog writing time. Now I have to admit I've got a great life but I have not sat down to write a post in a while. Instead this week I … Continue reading Summer Activities
This weekend was the 2019 Bladeworks run by the Medieval Combat Group. I was there and had a thoroughly good time, let me tell you about it... The event was held in an old garden centre that had been converted into an indoor archery range, boxing club and tabletop wargaming venue (the latter two available … Continue reading Bladeworks 2019: A Review
The chances of sitting down to write my blog seem to be getting pushed later and later into the week. Mostly I do them at the weekends and schedule them for the week, this weekend was just so busy I'm only sitting down to pen this article on Wednesday night! We all have more on, … Continue reading Busy days of early summer!
There was no post last week as all the things seemed to be happening all at once, work, home and everything else as well. I'm really pleased that there has been a lot of discussion around the subject of my last post. The Irish HEMA scene does seem serious about making tournaments safer, reducing injuries … Continue reading SportyHEMA vs The Art – My take on a divisive issue.
One of my plans for 2019 was to attend at least on of the four IHFL events. I didn't want to wait until later in the year so I dived into the second leg The Clash of The Towers, run by Dublin HEMA this weekend. This is my review of the event. The weather was … Continue reading Clash of the Towers 2019: A Review
Starting to learn a new style, Sidesword.
It's not often that I get to combine my twin passions of Historical Fencing and anti-authoritarian politics; but when I can I do!
Spring is the start of the year. Up here, on the margins of Europe, afloat on the choppy North Atlantic January 1st has little meaning in terms of planning and achieving things. I spent the last couple of months this winter wondering if the tin roof of the cabin I live in would get ripped … Continue reading Plans for 2019
What do we want from HEMA and how do we get it?
I start by talking about gear and then spiral off into a pseudo-academic analysis of 'culture'.