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Have a Steamy Independence Day States Side !!!

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  1. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk July 4, 2012

    And go see Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. It’s so very American!

  2. Breezy Carver Breezy Carver July 4, 2012

    Gasp did you go see it ?  :) ……  soo want to catch that one !!!

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk July 4, 2012

      the story is silly, of course, but visually it is a real treat.  but the sets and costumes are incredibly detailed as in what you expect from UK/euro based costume epics, but not at all in their style.  you should go. it’s weirdly patriotic. unless you  are from the south, maybe… sorry jed.

      • Breezy Carver Breezy Carver July 4, 2012

        Kudos for the out of box creative (even if silly) idea :)  I shall make a point to grab it !

        ya !it gave me the impression its the kind of film one sees ,and then dreams about :) Love that !!

        **I adore the details i have seen in costumes and set design .. they do indeed nail it**


  3. Avariel Falcon Avariel Falcon July 4, 2012

    I never knew that Abraham Lincoln was a vampire hunter until this film came out! Most impressive! Yay!

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk July 4, 2012

      i’m curious to know how it is received in the UK, in a “how do them’ns see us’ns” sort of way, as the characters and situations are coming out deeply entrenched US classroom lore that i figure are very obscure elsewhere.

      It wasn’t the gun that tamed the west, it was the axe!

      • Tepic Harlequin Tepic Harlequin July 4, 2012

        Not seen it yet, but would like to. Problem with cultural references is that i might not know i don’t know what i should know about parts of the film….  errrr….. i think……

  4. Breezy Carver Breezy Carver July 5, 2012

    whispers everyone must really know *by now* it was *always* the axe :) .. nods nods …

  5. Orpheus Angkarn Orpheus Angkarn July 5, 2012

    Haven’t seen the movie yet, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book…. definitely recommend it

  6. Brother Lapis Brother Lapis July 5, 2012

    I don’t think we had a choice about having a steamy one. It’s hot as an oven in here. 

  7. Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska July 5, 2012

    ((O dear. Civil War re-enactor for twenty-five years, I have really mixed emotions about that movie. I belong to the faction derisively known as the Thread Counters, so in the trailer when I see a battle that includes cavalry charging with infantry, I cringe somthing awful. And then there’s the reverence some of us have for Father Abraham (despite being a Southerner myself). O dear o dear, what to do…))

    • Edward Pearse Edward Pearse July 7, 2012

      Please don’t tell me you’re one of those who doesn’t eat for 2 days before an event so as to get the proper “half starved” feel?

      As a Civil War re-enactor myself (English, not American) I know that “farb” is all relative from a perspective. I don’t hand sew my button holes (not with the number of buttons coats have!) but I make sure fabrics are as appropriate as I can get them.


      • Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska July 7, 2012

        Weeeeeeell. Actually no. I do hand whip stitch machine sewn button holes. Age and stress all my carefully researched gear, doan wash it except in cold water to dissolve the really nasty stuff. I let my hair and beard grow for the previous several months. At the event we eat what they ate. Interesting, one of the best times of health and condition I have been in my life was a week long campaign event. We ran out of meat early and for most of the week only ate stewed vegetables and drank only water, marched over a hundred miles with our stuff on our backs (that damn musket is a real awkward piece of equipment). Felt fantastic!

        But I have met the Coffee Boilers Mess, the guys that vaccinate themselves so they can be flea infested, don’t bathe for a week before, that sort of dreck. I can understand suffering for your art, but not going insane.

        What do you reenact? I envy you and Jed, you get to do some cool stuff! Stuck in the middle of Texas, we’re pretty limited to a small historical window.


        • Edward Pearse Edward Pearse July 7, 2012

          Sadly I’ve been rather slack in my re-enacting, I haven’t attended an event for the last few years mainly for budgetary reasons. Most of the group is now centred in Sydney and I’m in Melbourne (about 900 km away). My era of choice has been English Civil War, which is a rather small niche compared to all the Napoleonic and American Civil War groups here. But while we’re on camp we use period tents and kit. There’s a knack to getting a straw mattress comfortable. :-) But it also gives me an excuse to indulge in a variety of cheeses, beer, breakfasts of mushroom and bacon, and to happily eat my pork pies without guilt. Veggies can be a bit of a stumbling block for us. Tomatoes were still believed to be poisonous, carrots were not yet of the orange variety, and oranges were an imported luxury :-) Thankfully I enjoy my peas and beans.

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