Saturday, 30 June 2018

Mythodea - Vollsanger - Here all week

(Submission for information of Fabian Geuss and Katll - Live Adventure)

How can I best introduce myself?  
My name is Vollsanger and I am "Here all Week".

The name Vollsanger, which did not exist anywhere other than in my imagination, is based upon a very bad made-up Viking language - "Voll" or Full, and "Sanger" for Song - or "Filled with Song". There are others who think that the character is full of something else - but we can leave that alone !!

After role-playing in the UK since 1999, in one of the largest game systems here - Curious Pastimes, in 2004 my wife and I formed the first dedicated LARP/Re-enactment Tavern in Britain - the Crimson Moon Tavern. With this mobile Tavern we covered most of the Game systems here in the UK as well as more established Reenactment events. Serving Meads, British Country Fruit Wines, real ales and ciders - and Vollsanger would come out from the bar to entertain..

Asking only a copper piece I would sing your favourite song. For a silver piece I would move onto another table and leave you in peace (I made a lot of silver that way!)  - or for a Gold piece I would write a song for you - extemporized there and then - and in many cases refined it and added to the creation of original and "filked" songs.

"Here all Week"  - Vollsanger - his song! 
(Herstmonceaux Medieval Fest)

Who are you and for how long have you been a musician?

I have played guitar since a child, the Autoharp more recently, and have sung in major Choirs as well as perfomances and local "open Mic" sessions, but mostly I play in the Crimson Moon - which still has over 40 bookings per annum - though under new ownership now.

I specialise now in "re-discovering" lost viking songs - "stolen" by others - "The Sounds of Violence", taken by Simon and Garfunkel, "Welcome to the Coast of Caledonia" taken by the Eagles. "Laars Trekking", and of course the now Notorious "And a Green One" which has now been performed in over 24 languages including Klingon and Dothraki!

2018 and I have been very proud to have been voted LARP Bard of the Year in the UK LARP Awards.

Where are you known from, where have you played on Mythodea/ConQuest, how could our reader know you?

I came to Mythodea first in 2013 as a player with the Grand Expedition. I played Vollsanger, arriving as Der Vollsanger - the head of a Bardic Order second only to Der Meistersinger. I played to camps and for friends and illegally in the town - refusing to join the Guild of Bards until they proved worthwhile - being chased around town with my Son in Law acting as a Lookout and Body-guard - great fun and lovely role play!! 

On my last day I decided to give the Guild the courtesy of a roleplay visit - I was invited to play at one of the Taverns which I did, and they offered me a beer token for my trouble. That fitted with my Bardic Heritage and sense of fun ....  The next thing I knew I was invited to attend the next year as Bard...  I have been in the Stadt/Tross ever since...

And so nowadays, if you are in the Town or the Tross you will find "Der Alte Bard" - the guy with the long Blond Hair (Platinum Blond - not White!!) pushing his Volls Wagen full of instruments, beer and meads. Playing the main Taverns in the evening - but you will find me at the Wein Stube, the Abtei, a street corner, a trader or anywhere someone wants  to hear a song..... or needs a Gin and Tonic...

The Volls Wagen
Do you have a specific / special Mythodea- or ConQuest-song? Is that song online available? 

I have many songs for Mythodea - but over the last years I have tried to celebrate the the great Taverns of Mythodea, and the beautiful people I have met. My Project "Love Chronicles of Mythodea" was almost ready last year and I hope to have the full CD available by next Conquest. 

It is a sad tale of the beautiful women that Vollsanger has met and fallen in love with in Mythodea, (and totally failed to make an impression) and the Taverns that he met them in.....

Taverns include the Heilige Krabbe, Black Pearl, Jollie Rouge, Scorpions, Rote Stern, Klabautermann, and his forsaken loves include Windlillie, Harma, Mona Mour, Finja, Sinistaire, Valeria,

an unknown lady stolen by the Viinshar,

and Tanja - "I said I would write you a song!"

These songs are currently all available on Soundcloud and individually on video - Find them on "Vollsanger Sings" on my Youtube Channel - or on the "Mythodea" Channel on the same place.

What’s your favorite LARP-song by a DIFFERENT bard/musician?

My favourite LARP song is also from Mythodea, by the amazing Klanggespinst : Des Lebens Kreis.

Written by Sarah Krause of Saitenweise - she and Michael Höfer made me welcome as a stranger in a strange land from my first visit into the Bard Guild. It also seems to sum up the whole concept of LARP and Life and Live Action. 

What’s your plans for next year (on ConQuest and elsewhere)? Where can we see/hear you?

This year I hope to once more join the people of Mythodea. To act as Bard and sing and enjoy the great camaraderie of the Bards, the players and the staff. Hopefully the Volls Wagen will be there ..

together with the many friends I have made over the last few years. Seems I have been adopted by a few more groups this year - most particularly "The Flaming Eagles" who are anxiously waiting to hear their new anthem ... "Fear in the Cities" - and a time to visit old and new Taverns.

Oh - did I mention that I also take my camera and video ???  See my galleries and video tracks for a personal view of Mythodea ...  Vollsanger's View - here all week

And Finally - from Conquest 2017 - and the official Website - The "Tavern" Song .... Bad Norderby

Link here : Bad Norderby
Hope to see you there ...

Mr V.

Monday, 18 June 2018

18th June 2018 - On lessons in being Green

Thought for the day:"Devon & Cornwall joint Music Festival has been cancelled. Organisers could not decide if the Jam or Cream went on first"

A grey day .....

Read this - chuckled a little..

At the checkout in the supermarket, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.
The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."
The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."
The older lady said that she was right -- our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day. 
She went on to explain:
Back then, we returned milk bottles, pop bottles and beer bottles to the shop. The shop sent them back to the factory to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.
Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household rubbish bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.
We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.
Back then we washed the baby's nappies because we didn't have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 240 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.
But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day. 
Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of Cornwall. In the kitchen we mixed and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the post, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn petrol just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.
We drank from a water fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.
But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.
Back then, people took the tram or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's Chelsea Tractor or van, which cost more than a whole house did before the"green thing." We had one electrical plug in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest MacDonalds.
But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?
Maybe I am another another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart ass young person.
We don't like being old in the first place, but I don't think we need lessons ... Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced imbecile who can't make change without the till telling them how much.

But then it is a Green One
Cheers !

Sunday, 17 June 2018

17th June 2018 - Happy Father's Day - Commercialism ?

Thought for the day :"Don’t you just hate it when you go to check your facebook and are rudely disturbed by a jogger bouncing off the windscreen"
I have always been a little sceptical about Father's Day, considering, for no real reason, that is t was simply an american campaign to sell more celebration cards and a few bottles of whisky (the latter of course has little objection in my particular case)....

However, I had no real reason for this until the wonders of the internet start throwing up all sorts of information that otherwise would not be circulating.

And so it seems that the tradition did indeed start in the united states.

Well, other than the fact that March 19th has been used since the middle ages by the catholic church and some of the more catholic countries. March 19th is St Joseph's day named after fatherly Nutritor Domini ("Nourisher of the Lord") in Catholicism and "the putative father of Jesus" in southern European tradition. This celebration was brought to the Americas by the Spanish and Portuguese, and in Latin America, Father's Day is still celebrated on 19 March. The Catholic church actively supported the custom of a celebration of fatherhood on St. Joseph's day from either the last years of the 14th century or from the early 15th century, apparently on the initiative of the Franciscans.

In the Coptic Church, the celebration of fatherhood is also observed on St Joseph's Day, but the Copts observe this celebration on July 20. This Coptic celebration may date back to the fifth century.

But it is in the 20th Century that we start to get a celebration which reflects male parenting and is introduced to compliment Mother's Day ....

After Anna Jarvis' successful promotion of Mother's Day in Grafton, West Virginia, the first observance of a "Father's Day" was held on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia, in the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church.

Grace Golden Clayton was mourning the loss of her father, when in December 1907, the Monongah Mining Disaster in nearby Monongah killed 361 men, 250 of them fathers, leaving around a thousand fatherless children. Clayton suggested that her pastor Robert Thomas Webb honour all those fathers.
Clayton's event did not have repercussions outside Fairmont for several reasons, among them: the city was overwhelmed by other events, the celebration was never promoted outside the town itself and no proclamation of it was made by the city council. Also, two events overshadowed this event: the celebration of Independence Day July 4,

1908, with 12,000 attendants and several shows including a hot air balloon event, which took over the headlines in the following days, and the death of a 16-year-old girl on July 4. The local church and council were overwhelmed and they did not even think of promoting the event, and it was not celebrated again for many years.

The original sermon was not reproduced by the press and it was lost. Finally, Clayton was a quiet person, who never promoted the event and never talked to other persons about it.

On June 19, 1910, a Father's Day celebration was held at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington by Sonora Smart Dodd. Her father, the civil war veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. She was also a member of Old Centenary Presbyterian Church (now Knox Presbyterian Church), where she first proposed the idea. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis' Mother's Day in 1909 at Central Methodist Episcopal Church, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday to honour them. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father's birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday in June. Several local clergymen accepted the idea, and on June 19, 1910, the first Father's Day, "sermons honouring fathers were presented throughout the city".

In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a Father's Day proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honouring mothers, thus "[singling] out just one of our two parents". In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honouring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

So, america is to blame - just saying !

Meanwhile, I think we have come full circle. In the old days it was necessary to go out and buy a card and a bottle of whisky to celebrate. Now it is sufficient to post onto social media with an old photograph and best wishes..   I approve of this move away from commercialisation.

It is a pity about the whisky though....


Saturday, 16 June 2018

16th June 2018 - Royal Order New PGM - Southern Counties

Thought for the day:"I told a bloke his jacket was on fire but he wasn't bothered. Said "it's not a jacket it's a blazer".

Long day today - up to Winnersh near Reading for the Royal Order of Scotland. A new PGM and Deputy and a good ceremonial advancement and promotion ...

Too long a day to write much
Glass of wine and an early night I think


Friday, 15 June 2018

15th June 2018 - Missing CP and Reversing Shirts

Thought for the day :"I used to work for a Can Crushing Company – it was Soda Pressing!!!"

So,for the first time in many moons (no pun intended) I am not with the Crimson Moon this weekend for the Curious Pastimes event "The way lies before you".
Instead I have Royal and select Masters tonight and Royal Order of Scotland up in the South East tomorrow. In fact I was double booked initially - with the Provincial Scarlet Cord meeting in Bridgend as well. In both cases I am sort of attending in an official capacity - Scarlet Cord - I am Deputy Director of Ceremonies for the Province and with the sad demise of Dr John Benjamin Lloyd I presume that I will be acting as Director of Ceremonies, but that is for another Province and so my role does not apply across the border and as I am not a member of South Wales Province my position as Deputy Provincial Grand Master in Athelstan is also not valid...

In the South East - I shall be attending the Provincial Meeting of the Royal Order of Scotland, and attending as the Provincial Junior Warden for South Wales,but as important, the new Provincial Grand Master for Southern Counties happens to be the Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies for the Order of Athelstan and his deputy is the Assistant Grand Master in that Order.... So I think it is worth the trip...

But though I cannot go tot he event - I know that they are already set up  and so I have changed the facebook pages accordingly...

I am sure that they will have fun...

Meanwhile - I bought some summer clothing in Tescos yesterday. I needed to as I have left my main summer wardrobe across in Crete so that I can carry more hand luggage on our next trip out in September. And so I duly bought some nice summer shirts - sadly at 2XL but that is another story !

Having brought four nice shirts home (and some shorts and a pair of Chinos which were in my size and going for £7) I proceeded to take the labels off and when I got to the last one - I examined it closely, as the pattern seemed sort of faded!  A Closer examination showed that the interior of the shirt was bright and clear - just like the other shirts - but the outside was very pale....
I looked at it for a while and then it dawned on me - the shirt had been manufactured inside out!!  Or rather someone must have put the material down the wrong way when going to the cutting table, and it was meticulously made - but with the colour on the inside not the outside....

Luckily - this was one occasion when I had remembered to keep the receipt - though Tesco have proved good in the past and it was duly returned today - to find that it was not a "one off" - all the same colour shirts were constructed the same way - the whole batch of all sizes....

So Tesco have removed them from stock - though they say that no-one else seems to have noticed - but now it is pointed out to them - it is clearly wrong!!!

So - I have a fairly normal blue and white shirt - as all the fancy ones were too small for my bulk...

The garden list up nicely last night with some specials from B & M stores - 240 coloured lights for £6.99. I thought that was good value - may go and get some more :)

Right - better think about these DWP documents

Cheers !

Thursday, 14 June 2018

14th June 2018 - On desktop machines and Garden Lighting

Thought for the day :"Want some sound advice? Listening to loud music is bad for the ears"

So my desktop machine is back in one piece and working. It seems that I have mismatched memory - or at least the computer does and that can occasionally cause some problems - I thought I had checked that before adding it but must be wrong...

Also a glitch with windows but that self corrected apparently.

And now I have a decision - having used office 365 for a week do I stick with it?
Word and Powerpoint all work much faster in 2003 - but I can at least access files and calendars from the phone with 365. The rules and sorting does not seem to work in the same way in 365 - but that is probably because I have not found the right way to do stuff yet ....

I think all in all I shall stick with the new system - though if I can keep my 2003 word and powerpoint and exel I would be happy ....

Also bought a garden umbrella for the garden seat by the pond and have some new solar lights. Also found some replacement batteries for the first time ever in B & M Stores so I may be able to get some of the old lights working again. We shall see.

First day for a while without having to learn something - so a bit of a hiatus for me today - though I seem to have another task ahead of me with the DWP and my father in law. The good news this week was that the overpayment that we mistakenly received since last May - some £2,400 will be repaid at the rate of £3.57 a week from his wife's pension. That was a relief as I was having problems seeing where I could find the money from.

Maybe tomorrow !!!

So - let's have a look at this software then ....

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

13th June 2018 - Secret Monitor and Swords and Scabbards

Thought for the day:"Jokes about sugar are rare. Jokes about brown sugar - demerara!"
So, almost there with the learning of the Prince's Ritual for the Order of the Secret Monitor.

Which reminds me that the Provincial Sword has a beautiful scabbard by a good LARP friend and leather worker Kerys Lee Knight  (and what do you know - her chosen Facebook link name is "Semper Fidelis" - Ever Faithful - the motto of the Order)

Working as Totally Leathered she works wonders - and then when I asked her to make it a bit more colourful ...

Wonderful work

Better get back to the book