Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Let the games begin!

During my period of self imposed exile from our cosy corner of the blogosphere, the 'Saintly Mrs. Awdry' and myself took advantage of a particularly pleasant end to summer by indulging in some days out and about.  One such venture saw us travel into the Sunshine Coast's mighty metropolis to take in some gladiatorial games.  Yes, as strange at it might sound, Eastbourne played host to a re-enactment group, known as Britannia and on a lovely sunny, Sunday morning we were treated to a series of gruesome bouts at the Redoubt Fortress.  This really was an unexpected delight, with many of the group veterans of Ridley Scott's triumphant,  'Gladiator' and more recently the wonderfully entertaining, 'Horrible Histories'.










Although carefully choreographed there was a real sense of drama and excitement to the bouts, not to mention a fair bit of gore!  Throughout the morning each style of gladiator was introduced with potted histories to further educate the masses.  After the 'show' we were encouraged to ask questions and get hands on with some of the equipment, in fact I was quite alarmed at just how quickly the 'Saintly Mrs. Awdry' leapt up try on one of the helmets! 


All in all a fabulous morning and a great opportunity to blow away some cobwebs from the night before.  There was something rather magical about the setting in the Redoubt, but the only shame was that is wasn't better attended, but we were most definitely entertained!




The next generation hones their skills for the future.

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  1. You didn't fancy stripping down to the waist and jumping in then ;)

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    1. I thought we'd spare the little children any nightmares on that front - great fun though.

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  2. I've seen this group perform at the local reconstructed Roman fort, the Lunt. Very entertaining, down to earth chaps, if you get the chance at one of their future shows, ask they about their filming experiences, fascinating stuff. They have a number of props used in various films that they will quite happily explain are worth a fair amount of money but they would rather play with their toys.

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    1. I certainly will Matt and couldn't agree more about been down to earth - a really professional group.

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  3. Most excellent! Would have loved to pick their brains for my Blood on the Sands game.

    Frank
    http://adventuresinlead.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. That would be a conversation to eavesdrop on.

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  4. very cool! Rare to see such public disputes these days :-)

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    1. It would certainly result in the issuing of an ASBO or two!

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  5. That looked like a great day out.
    I'm almost certain they run something similar at our local ampitheatre (Caerleon), after seeing these pictures I think I'll attend the next show.
    As long as it was just a helmet and not the weapons Mrs A grabbed, you should be able to rest easy.

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    1. The Saintly Mrs A doesn't need sharp, edged weapons - I've seen her hockey stick!!

      Pip pip

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    2. Thank you gentlemen, she is certainly not a lady to upset when armed!

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  6. Looks ace, thanks for sharing, will try and check them out next summer!

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    1. They were great fun and wonderfully entertaining.

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  7. I'm Spartacus! What a grand day out. I hope you had lovely dinner to cap the outing off!

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    1. As it was still early we ended up have a full English instead!

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  8. Excellent! And no hexes. Gotta love the ominous look of the secutor

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  9. Now that looks like a fun event. I'm impressed with the Sainted Mrs. Awdry for putting that helmet on. You better hope she didn't sneak a sword home with her to keep you in line.

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    1. She does't need a sword to keep me in line, she just threatens to hide my brushes!

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  10. Italeri and Pegasus, produce two wonderful sets of Gladiators Michael, and by your post, I'm tempted to buying them...as if I needed an excuse to indulge myself further. :)

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    1. Excellent, I hope you don't spend too much on my account though.

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  11. Excellent! looks entertaining :)

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  12. Haha, this looks like great fun!

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  13. Fabulous looking re-enactment. Got to love a bit of the glory and the majesty of Rome.

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    1. They certainly did it proud - two shows a day.

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  14. Every once in a while stuff like this makes me miss my reenactment days. Then I have a quiet sit down and a cuppa and realise I don't miss the expense, bruises or car trips to the middle of nowhere after all :-)

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    1. Excellent Millsy, I didn't know you were a re-enactor - any particular era?

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  15. Spectacular! What a well spent day.

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    1. It certainly brightened my Sunday morning.

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  16. Very entertaining and not such a bad way to spend some time!

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    1. It was a fabulous way to kill (no own intended) a couple of hours.

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  17. very interesting and funny!
    well done.
    bye

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  18. How awesome! What a great display to go and experience.
    cheers

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    1. We only came across the event by accident, but delighted to have caught it.

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