Sponsor/s wanted! – Friday Night Free For All

Do you have an urge to throw wads of cash at someone else’s pet project for the priceless return of getting your name on an event program, and some unsubtle product placement when the TV cameras are running?

Well, then throw your money this direction.

I am currently completing the organisation for a re-enactment event for siege engines to be held in May. Exhibitors and competitors have been sorted, along with the event logistics and program.

What we need at this stage is advertising, and a wad of cash to build this:


A fairly hefty trebuchet, which stands just under 2 meters tall, and has a 3 meter throwing arm, with a release height of just over 6 meters.

This would be why we’re using a rifle range. Interested wealthy people can email me here.

And yes, I’m too lazy to do two posts, so this is the Friday Night Free For All as well.


47 Responses to Sponsor/s wanted! – Friday Night Free For All

  1. Adolf Fiinkensein says:

    Knock knock knock! Anyone home?

  2. pegasus says:

    how much do you expect the range to be?
    what is the expected cost?

  3. Murray says:

    It’s about $500 ($350 USD) in materials and should throw 300 meters. Without actually testing it and tuning it’s always hard to calculate.

  4. Lucyna says:


    I’m just onto my 3rd cake of the week tonight. All this baking is hard work…. well, not really. I’m just not used to it. My youngest is having a birthday party tomorrow, so it’s chocolate beer cake time!

  5. Murray says:

    Well there’s a whole new can of worms.

  6. Lucyna says:

    All the beer gets cooked out.

  7. “All the beer gets cooked out.”

    Ah, that’s what they all say. 🙂

  8. Murray says:

    Well I’m pretty much thinking whats the point.

  9. exocet says:


    This party is kinda slow.

    What’s the minimum donation you’d take Murray?. I’ve just bought a house so money is a little tight-ish.

  10. MrTips says:

    Evening all.
    Its funny how bad American Idol can get.
    Does your trebuchet fling all the way to Hollywood Murray?

  11. Murray says:

    I’m willing to see how far we can fling a TV.

    And there is no minimum. Every little bit helps and everyone who helps will get a mention.

    Just trying to work out how to phrase a request for funding foot combat re-enactors that doesn’t make it sound like I’m hiring mercenaries.

  12. exocet says:

    What’s wrong with hiring mercenaries?

  13. Murray says:

    Nothing, they’re great for things like taking the castle next door, storming strong holds, other throwing despots… stuff like that.

    They just aint all that PC and its not the “right sort” of culture to get funding.

  14. Lucyna says:

    The point of the beer is that it’s makes the cake light and fluffy and then disappears. Best chocolate cake recipe I have – no other one even comes close.

  15. dave says:

    … except our one – its dairy free – and i repeat – no dairy products.

  16. ZenTiger says:

    Where does the cream go then?

  17. Can somebody remind me exactly why it is considered ‘wrong’ to slay people!

    I think I met the entire collection from Barry Crump’s ‘Bastards I have met’ today…

  18. Alisa says:

    Lucyna: please post…:-)

  19. Murray says:

    It can’t be kosher.

  20. Whaleoil says:

    Yah!!! Highlanders lost…Blues play 80 minutes again whilst the opposition struggles through 60

  21. Graham Miller says:

    Evening all. What do people think of Sue Bradford’s scurrilous attack on a QC over her section 59 amending legislation? Talk about attacking the person and not the issue… http://www.stuff.co.nz/3979668a11.html

  22. Lucyna says:

    For Alisa:

    100g butter
    1 cup brown sugar
    2 eggs
    1.5 cups flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    4 tablespoons baking cocoa
    1 cup beer

    Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Gradually beat in eggs, beating well after each addition. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and cocoa. Gently fold small amounts of sifted dry ingredients and the beer into the creamed mixture. Place the mixture into two greased and lined 20cm diameter sponge tins. Bake at 180 degrees C 25 minutes or until cakes feel springy. Alternatively (this is my preferred method) put all mixture into one tin and bake for 45 minutes – much moister this way.

    If you use the two cake method, just make a chocolate butter icing and sandwich together, and ice on top. Single cake method – just ice on top.

  23. Murray says:

    Well Bradford is a religious fanatic.

    Her religion is shes right and everyone else is too stupid to be allowed to think for themselves.

    Playing the man not the ball is the default setting of the socialist.

  24. Graham Miller says:

    Her press release (available on Scoop) is doubly offensive: “Gordon Copeland’s legal adviser Peter McKenzie QC, is no stranger to conservative moral crusades, having represented the Society for the Promotion of Community Standards in its campaign against the film Baise-Moi and in its attempts to get anti-gay videos into schools, and other groups like the anti-abortion campaigners Right to Life.” Yes, Sue, Mr McKenzie should NOT have represented SPCS because you disagree with their cause. Taking this one step further, no lawyer should represent any client whose cause Sue Bradford disagrees with, because that apparently puts the lawyer on a moral crusade against “the public interest”. Sad and pathetic.

  25. I saw her on TV this evening. Her wide-open staring eyes were indeed like those of a religious fanatic.

    Anyone know if any centre-right politician has ever used the phrase ‘trickle down economics’?

  26. Lucyna says:

    It doesn’t seem to matter what we think – the politicians will decide how to change things and we’ll just have to live with it. Democracy – government of the people? Nope.

  27. Graham Miller says:

    AL – interesting post. The expression I’m more familiar with is “trickle-down” effect but I think the principle is the same. I/S says: “The idea was that they would get richer, but that some of their gains would “trickle down” to the rest of us, thus making everyone better off”. This confuses untaxed income with investment. The capitalist theory, of course, is that tax cuts promote investment, which grows the economy, and improves everyone’s lot. Untaxed income is anathemic to socialists because greedy capitalists pocket the tax saving and sprinkle crumbs for the peasants to feast on.

  28. exocet says:

    See, this is why we need the hire mercenaries. To protect us from the likes of Sue Bradford who will let nothing get in the way of her Socialist utopia.

  29. Graham Miller says:

    Now we have assigned meanings for “Fisk” and “Bradford” (as in verbal meanings). How hard would it be to cover the whole alphabet, I wonder?

  30. Murray says:

    It does open up the possibility of fisking bradford and bradfording fisk

    Both worthwhile and indeed a vaulable public service.

  31. rick Giles says:

    DarrenG wont be annoying anyone tonight
    On his way north.

  32. ZenTiger says:

    What do you do with the left over beer?

  33. mojo says:

    It was the ‘trickle down theory.’ It was associated, ‘pandered’ by both Douglas & Richardson and was ‘coined’ as illustrating the beneficial effect of deregulation … i.e. it (deregulation) would create a ‘fertile field’ for overseas investment in nz. & these investment benefits would ‘trickle down’ in respect to both spending and the creation of new jobs … it was necessary that this occur quickly, because so many businesses were no longer viable & unemployment quite rabid, but it didn’t. So literally we had businesses such as morrison mowers getting an export award one month (export incentives) and being history the next. The ‘trickledown’ did not occur & now we are living with the legacy … high & protracted (generational) unemployment & other beneficiay claimants, high crime rate, high rate of dishonesty offences, etc., etc.
    A reframing of the ‘trickle down’ theory, tax & benefit based … bloody pig farmers.

  34. But you’re proving my point, mojo. The very link you provide has only one unattributed mention of ‘trickle down’ on Page 3, no reference provided. I think the author made it up!

  35. Skyman says:

    Murray, I was about to send you a large check but then remembered how bad it would look for you to be receiving funding for your WMD from the US and thought better of it.

    Wouldn’t want you to look suspicious or anything. It could cause an official investigation.

    I only have your best interests in mind. 🙂

  36. Hey, got a paypal link set up? I can toss a few bucks your way for such a worthy goal.

  37. Murray says:

    Yeah thanks for that Skyman you an adjective.

    Because I’m such a hero to the socialist already.

    MWF this wordpress thing is fitted with some magical code that assassinates all code buttons like paypal. apparent;y you can turn it off by following the simple 4,578 step instructions that may randomly melt your computer.

    If you have a paypal account though you can send a donation direct to the email address oceania@distance-simulations.com

  38. Alisa says:

    Thanks, Lucyna, I’ll try it.

  39. DarrenG says:

    Hi all

    Just a day late.
    Just arrived in Exmouth.
    Yes, I was in transit till late last nigth and had a quiet one at a roadhouse when i finally got there at 9-30pm.

  40. Murray says:

    Yep the party’s over, no one here but the clean up crew…. and some women swapping recipes.

    This it how it started at that last site.

  41. Keith says:

    What’s wrong with swapping recipes?

    take half a kilo of plastique, mix well……..”

    Evenin from sunny Dunedin.

  42. ZenTiger says:

    So, you’ve made a bomb Keith. Now, what on earth could we use to deliver the payload? I’m stumped. Any ideas Murray?

  43. Murray says:

    I’ll rummage round and see what I can find.

    Barbie at parliament anyone?

    This’ll make the dogie go woof.

  44. Heh. I think I know why I got a call this weekend. Fund raising goes international…

  45. Bill Compton says:

    Hi Jim. Photos i received. Thanks

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: