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Waltz on the Wye - Ed's journal
Waltz on the Wye
This weekend's excursion, was to sunny Chepstow, for Waltz on the Wye. Staying a little outside town, in a B&B, which I can honestly say was absolutely wonderful. The Friday evening saw a meal, followed by heading into town for the evening - mostly centered around the drill hall.
The highlight of the evening I think would have to be Morgan and West, the time travelling magicians. But a 'bloody mary' crumpet in the park by the river was rather fun.

Saturday, we had an early start for an epic breakfast, followed by a retreat to tactically snooze, before heading into the town for lunchtime. A wander around the mechanized market, a visit to the castle (and the contraptions exhibition). Not forgetting, of course, the 'chap hop work-shop' with the illustrious Professor Elemental. Who was a bit overwhelmed - expecting a turnout of 'about 10 people'. I'm sure it comes as no surprise that there was considerably more interest than that.

A takeout pizza, and a 'quick-ish' change, before the evening's entertainment. A cabaret show - including the can can, some juggling, hula hoops, and of course, a spot of waltzing. The highlight of the evening would have to be the aformentioned Professor Elemental though - he's got a highly entertaining stage presence.

Sunday was a little more sedate - the kind people at the B&B did us a later breakfast, allowing for a bit more of a lie in. Again, into town after packing up. Catching 'the curious case' theatre production - which was somewhat hard to describe, but was quite funny.

There was a little more of the market, another crumpet or two, and a talk about hidden messages in jewellry.

Am now home. Fairly tired, and now convinced I look good in a top hat.

I would, however, like to make some observations.
Firstly: Goggles-on-hat are now cliche. Some outfits they make sense. Mostly, they're just a bit silly really. I have nothing wrong with the idea of wearing the goggles, and putting them on top of your hat to get them out the way. Having them as permanent hat ornaments though, is just a bit ridiculous. It's the metaphorical equivalent of wandering around in the countryside, wearing riding gear, but having never been near a horse in your life.

Also: I now have several ideas that are amusing me. Hedgehog skirts - crinoline with spikes that 'pop up' (Maybe also doing a 'colour unfurling thing').
Maybe kickstool crinolines (e.g. one with a mobile chair to sit on, as you go).
Cog skirts, so multiple of them can mesh together - turn every dance into an excess of twirling (and battling for gearing ratios).
How to make a portable 'smoke machine' to have a chimney stack on a stovepipe hat.
'book' style phone and kindle cases.
And I'm also trying to figure out if you can subvert the 'goggles on hat' by making them lenses for a projector.

So yes. All good fun. Think that'll be one of the ones we aim to do next year.

Oh, and whilst I remember: Air Kraken. Do they live on air biscuits?
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forest_rose From: forest_rose Date: May 20th, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe kickstool crinolines (e.g. one with a mobile chair to sit on, as you go).

I cannot begin to tell you how often I have considered this when LARPing/re-enacting.
jorune From: jorune Date: May 21st, 2012 07:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Good to see that you are out and about and enjoying life. Your description makes sound it like a social event for the wider steampunk community, were there many people in costume?
sobrique From: sobrique Date: May 22nd, 2012 07:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, quite a few. Think Whitby, but steampunk. Not too far from it.
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