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    Default I've been busy...

    ...with Christmas but also arranging my 50th birthday party.

    Here we are showing how to dance Duke of Kent's waltz.

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    Looks like a fine Ball and a beautiful Ballroom Jonas.
    Wish we could have joined you.
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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Except the two visible smartphones - 100 % authentic!

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    Well observed my dear Comte, I only observed one until you mentioned it.
    Shows why I would never have made a Policeman.
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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    It was a masquerade, not a reenactment, so I say I was very much impressed by the people that had never dressed up in regency clothing to make such a good effort.

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    By the way, I can only see one smartphone and a camera, but I on the other hand see the quite large loudspeakers...

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    Aaaah - with a closer look I see the speakers. The lady in the left corner at the door has a smartphone.

    The camera is in the right corner, isn't it.

    Can't see the wood because of all those trees...

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    No, Paula in the left didn't. She's holding something round and golden. The thing that makes it look square is the gray head of my father. But you were right. There are two smartphones in the picture. When zooming in on the hi-resolution original I see a second smartphone on the table connected to the speakers. The camera is in the hands of my brother who took the photo.

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    I even got my old man to dress up as an Admiral.

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    Very fine he looks too Jonas. From one Admiral to another I take off my hat to him.
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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Here you go Jonas, a few shots from our Playford Ball on Saturday.

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    Yours truly.

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    Lady Bligh. aka Speedwell lass on the Left.

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    The musicians.


    Some of the dancers etc.

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    Two of our friends from our Square Dance Club.

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    Fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

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    Well done, Jonas and Rob!

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    Looks like you had a great time!

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    Yes thanks Jonas it was a superb evening. Great fun and great dances. We have not visited our old club for 25 years, it being quite a journey from where we now live. and there were still two members there who we knew from then as well as our friends from our Square Dance club.
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    Extraordinary photos, is like travelling back in a time machine. Congratulations Jonas and Robe.

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    You all look very smart, I'm much impressed.

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    Thank you for your kind words.

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    Great pictures & event, rob.

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    I echo Jonas. Thank you for your kindly comments shipmates.
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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    After last weeks ball a bit more serious business war enacted this weekend at Swalkstone Bridge which was the furthest south that the main Jacobite army reached in late 1744.

    Hanoverian troops start to arrive in the vicinity.
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    Government highlanders.
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    The General takes tea whilst,
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    The Derby militia are inspected
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    And the Government Highlanders
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    Meanwhile the Highland regiments start to form up near the bridge reviewed by the Prince himself..

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    The Prince deploys the French contingent of the Irish Brigades pickets onto the road from Derby.
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    Therir officer sights an enemy scout.
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    The rest of the Regiment is summoned by a drummer as they make ready their firelocks.

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    Government troops arrive and are given a welcoming volley.
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    the prince arrives to see what the situation isand retires the |rish back onto the main army.

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    A fighting retreat now takes place.

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    The picket withdraw to the main body.

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    The Government troops advance and fire from the cover of a wall as each regiment advances.

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    The Highland line stands firm.
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    The Government troops debouch onto the main battlefield

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    The militia give covering fire from what is now the flank.
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    The battle rages on.

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    It finally takes a highland charge to win the day and secure the bridge and open the road to London.
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    After that we all adjourned to the local Tavern for our anual regimental evening meal and music well into the evening.

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    Great photographs!

    Were you the officer in the black coat with gold trimmings, Rob, or were you just the official photographer on that occasion?

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    Fraid not Dave. As no other Manchester Regiment members were there, your intrepid reporter had the chance to get between the lines and get a few pictures painted which does not often occur.
    Here are a couple more from earlier years which show a few more choice bits of action.

    Apart from drinking and sleeping here is what I do most of:-

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    Getting shot.
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    Standing behind horses hind parts.
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    Watching Officers make a pigs ear of the battle.
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    Just for good measure here are the Hanoverian Grenadiers in one of our night actions.
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    A good reason hot to stand in front of a musket even if it is only firing wads unless you want to get your wig singed.
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    Very nice to see the photos of the scirmish. I think you managed to get a few pictures of a naval officer there. It looked like a captain from the mid 18th century with a very large version of the mariners cuff.

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    Right on Jonas. He seemed to be expecting his small naval cannon and crew, but they did not turn up this year so we let him walk along with the Hanoverian Militia.
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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Some nice photos Rob, is your musket an original or repro, it looks great.

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    Wow nice pics here.
    Nice to see you in battle . I love that events

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vagabond View Post
    Some nice photos Rob, is your musket an original or repro, it looks great.
    Hi John.

    It is a repro of a French Charleville of about 1750. I got it from a firm in the States when we were doing French and Indian Wars.
    Here is something similar being fired but is a bit later and made by Pedesoli who are the Rolls Royce of replica gunsmiths.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYu03XUbAyY

    I would hesitate to fire a 200 year old firearm. You never know how well they have been looked after.

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    As it’s my birthday I will show how I spent the celebration of my last one, even though the part was held after Christmas due to everything being so tight before.

    Most of the dancers hadn’t danced this dance before and several had never even done any regency dancing at all.

    https://youtu.be/l4h4ZXYKGmA

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    Looks like a very enjoyable time was had by one and all Jonas, and a happy birthday to you sir.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vagabond View Post
    Some nice photos Rob, is your musket an original or repro, it looks great.
    If you like the musket John, here for your sole delectation is my sidearm.

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    Jonas - Happy birthday for yesterday, the caller was calling in English not Swedish?

    Rob the musket and pistol are very impressive, I followed the Pedesoli link to Henry Krank of Pudsey, I always meant to visit them and must get on and do that.
    Interesting watching the chap cleaning the musket after 12 shots, it sounded as if he would have had to do it soon or not be able to load the ball, not something thats taken account of in wargames rules.
    Cheers

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    In real warfare, it was common practice to pee down the barrel when it got fouled. The mix of uric acid and a hot barrel used to do the trick. NPC on a re-enactment site though. If you had a rifled weapon such as a Baker it was even harder to get the ball down even with the greased patch. All riflemen in the 95th were issued with a small mallet to aid in loading by striking the ramrod when the ball stuck.
    I never saw one of these employed in the Sharpe series, probably because all their so called Bakers were smooth bores. You don't need an F1 license for those, just a Shotgun certificate.
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