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General Discussion / Re: lost-recipe-for-medieval-blue-ink-found?
« Last post by Eanflaed on May 05, 2020, 06:34:00 PM »
Did they have “Vanish” in AS times I wonder??? Good research though!
Old English Language / Re: I want to restart the Old English Course
« Last post by Phyllis on April 23, 2020, 08:19:15 PM »
If Peter doesn't have a spare of the Grammar Drill (is that the booklet you mean?) I can send you a typed up copy

I have just restarted doing it too - I did finish it some years ago but I'm glad I am redoing it now One day I might even be adequate at it!

Let us all know how you get on, and if you want to practise here
Old English Language / Re: I want to restart the Old English Course
« Last post by David on April 23, 2020, 05:14:00 PM »
Charlie, post your answers for lesson 1 to Peter with a stamped addressed envelope. He should then return it with comments and lesson 2. If you tell him that you have lost the booklet for lesson 1 he might replace it.
Old English Language / I want to restart the Old English Course
« Last post by ChasGunter on April 23, 2020, 04:44:46 PM »
I started the course about two years ago but then got sidetracked. I have plenty of time now and would like to restart. I have lesson one and the CD with pronunciation example but have mislaid the small booklet that came with it and I don't know how to progress to lesson 2. If anyone can advise, that would I would be very grateful.

Old English Language / Re: Better late than never
« Last post by Phyllis on April 21, 2020, 09:38:51 AM »
yes, it is, and it was only because I was muttering the words under my breath as reading that it hit me! I've been seeing it on the page all this time.... ::)
General Discussion / Re: What's Everyone Reading?
« Last post by Phyllis on April 21, 2020, 09:36:05 AM »
I think they are also available to listen to via a podcast / BBC Sounds if you want to binge :)


The one on the Sutton Hoo Helmet is wonderful, with Seamus Heaney talking about Beowulf as well!
General Discussion / Re: What's Everyone Reading?
« Last post by Bowerthane on April 20, 2020, 07:42:43 PM »

This is more a case of what I'm listening to than reading, but I couldn't think of a simple enough alternative.

This is to make sure everybody knows that BBC Radio Four is repeating its series "A History of the World in 100 Objects" narrated by the director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor.

I loved it the first time, ten years ago now, so I say it is really worth catching ( www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00nrtd2 ) if you missed it or, like me, you missed the occasional episode.


REGISTRATION on GEGADERUNG / Updates to Gegaderung
« Last post by Phyllis on April 19, 2020, 03:55:30 PM »
Dear all

I am in the process of updating our Gegaderung and wanted to let you know you might see some small changes. If you are reading this, then I have not broken it (yet!).

If you are having any issues with accessing the forums, and can't message me here, please get in touch with me directly via contact details in Withowinde.

Wesaþ hale

News & Events / Symbel
« Last post by David on April 10, 2020, 08:48:54 PM »
I have just booked a place at the symbel.

I was thinking that I should wait until the present situation had settled down. Unfortunately if we decide too late that members would not come we would  lose a sizeable amount of the booking fee.
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