Duncannon on Payl Merton

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Duncannon on Payl Merton

Postby museumtom on Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:07 pm

Congrats to Emmet and everyone concerned at the Duncannon show on Paul Merton's Europe on Channel 5 this evening. The whole thing looked great. Its on again on Channel 5 on Friday evening at 10.
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Re: Duncannon on Payl Merton

Postby PanzerMeyer on Tue Jan 26, 2010 12:11 am

Many thanks Tom for your kind words , yes the show looked great and all credit goes to those who made both the TV and Duncannon shows possible . Look at what can be achieved when clubs pull together and stop stabbing one and other in the back . There has been much talk already tonight on some of the english forums and it is all positive and good for Irish reenactment , :)
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Re: Duncannon on Payl Merton

Postby Cpl Flood on Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:42 pm

I missed that and was actually looking up programme schedules to see where it had been on.

I'll definitely have to look at it on Fri.
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Re: Duncannon on Payl Merton

Postby Heartofoak on Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:14 pm

museumtom wrote:Congrats to Emmet and everyone concerned at the Duncannon show on Paul Merton's Europe on Channel 5 this evening. The whole thing looked great. Its on again on Channel 5 on Friday evening at 10.
Regards.
Tom.

Thanks Tom, if you have noticed generally WW2 events and Axis re-enactors have had a reasonably fair press in Ireland, ‘Nationwide’ have visited Duncannon on a number of occasion and the results were always a balanced view of the events. Last night's programme continues in that same vein and whatever else we may say about Paul Merton he is not a John Sweeney.

Sweeney, for those who may not be familiar with his programmes, deliberately sets out to provoke – he is reputed to have said that “There are three rules in journalism. First, find a crocodile. Two, poke it in the eye with a stick. Three, stand back and report what happens next." Some years ago Sweeney presented a programme titled “Weekend Nazis” about the British Axis re-enactment group ‘Second Battle Group’ in existence since 1978 and did a proverbial ‘hatchet job’ on them. He set out to find ‘crocodiles’ and where they did not exist, he invented them. I think the particular programme is still available on the web.

In a complete contrast in styles both Paul Merton and ‘Nationwide’ reported what they saw, a group of military and period history enthusiasts re-enacting events in their own particular way, enjoying their hobby and providing Bank Holiday entertainment for the population of the area. I agree that Paul Merton obviously enjoyed the day he spent with the group, with not a ‘crocodile’, political or otherwise, in sight. That’s how it should be.

The problem is that this is not always how it is, the media, like any publicity or marketing tool must be managed properly. It takes experience and a particular style of leadership to judge the right circumstances under which to allow the cameras in and ensure, in so far as you can with the media, a dignified portrayal of our hobby.

BGS has that ability, with a cadre that is experienced in both organising and controlling events and with a leadership that is both tactically and technically proficient in the military sense. The ‘double-act’ of Joe and Emmett on camera, shows just how closely the various component parts of military re-enactment in MMVRA work. Long may that last.

On a less positive note, this level of professionalism, if I might use the term, is not everyone’s cup of tea. Some are more comfortable in groups where the tail wags the dog, sometimes they move on, which is fine. But sometimes they don't, preferring to do a 'John Sweeney', stir up the proverbial and watch it hit the fan.

BGS has had its own experiences with this type of person, within the WW2 re-enactment community over the past few years. Other than their innate ability to engineer ‘splits’ between and within groups, they are devoid of any real organisational ability or indeed, military experience. Their lack of any understanding of battle tactics and unwillingness to listen to advice, is often reflected in their attempts to recreate an impression of “the most professional military organisation the world has ever know”, usually with disastrous results.

Begrudgery, they say is a national trait and you can expect every successful business, group, committee, association to have its detractors. Individuals with their own agenda driving wedges, engineering ‘hissy-fits’ and deliberately presenting ‘off-the-cuffs’ remarks after a few drinks as ‘you insulted our group’, with the deliberate intention of creating ‘splits’. It takes strong leadership to maintain a military re-enactment group’s cohesion in these circumstances and not allow the “little Napoleons” take over.

Finally, our thanks Paul, you are always welcome in the Rebel County. With your help the Duncannon event is now established as the 'jewel-in-the-crown' of Irish re-enactment for all historical periods. If by chance you hear that 'Duncannon' is called-off or that the organisers have been arrested by the Gardai or the tax people have closed us down or that groups of ‘concerned citizens’ are after us about something or other – forget it, its all lies!.
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Re: Duncannon on Payl Merton

Postby speirs on Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:25 pm

For those of ye who might have mised it its on again sun night 9:00pm 31 Jan 2010 on the fiver channel.

for those with sky box go to the other channel section and search other channels, put in these parts

channel name.
fiver .
frequency 12.422.
polarisation H.
symbol rate 27500
and f.e.c 2/3

Dont worry if that looks like strange it will make sense on the other channel section of your sky.
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Re: Duncannon on Payl Merton

Postby rommel on Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:23 pm

Done all that and it works perfectly , well done Colm
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Re: Duncannon on Payl Merton

Postby Heartofoak on Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:14 pm

Duplicate.
Last edited by Heartofoak on Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:50 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Duncannon on Payl Merton

Postby rommel on Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:47 pm

Here is the show segment on Paul at Duncannon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzo2qj8e2YE

Enjoy

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Re: Duncannon on Payl Merton

Postby PanzerMeyer on Fri Feb 05, 2010 10:59 pm

Who was that cool driver on the BMW motorbike combo ? Eat your heart out Steve McQueen .
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