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Re: Court is Good(tm)

Poster: edh@ascc01.ascc.lucent.com (Ed Hopkins)

Gordian Knot wrote, in part:
> Excuses I have heard:
> 3.  Court is boring.
> 3.  If it is boring, let us know what we can do to make it more
>      exciting.  I'm open to suggestions (except car
>      chases and big explosions).

Well, since you ask...

* Door prizes for people who attend court
  As the gentles file into the courtroom, hand each a
  card with a unique word written upon it (such as
  "seneschal" or "wlonk").  At various times in the
  court, an award recipient will draw one of the words
  from a hat, and the holder of the corresponding card
  will be called into court and given some gewgaw.

* Since so many people have mentioned the special joy
  of seeing the faces of the award-recipients, arrange
  for them to be facing the populace.

The individual who finds court boring can also take
steps to make it personally more interesting.

* Take a small toy or game with you.

* Bring a six-foot-span folding fan, and use it to
  keep the air from getting stuffy.

* If you're among a group of people so far back that
  none of you can hear any of the court business, assign
  yourselves roles for dubbing in your best guesses of
  what's being said.

* Plan to interrupt court by doing something like
  sneaking behind the arras to pinch Her Majesty's
  posterior.  Mind you, you shouldn't carry out your
  plans, but simply contemplating the resulting
  actions will get your blood moving.

-- Alfredo
Alfredo el Bufon
Elvegast, Windmaster's Hill, Atlantia

And of thir fair wlonkes, tua weddit war with lordis,
Ane wes ane wedow, I wis, wantoun of laitis.
    "The tretis of the twa mariit women and the wedo"
    William Dunbar (1460?-1520?) 

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