[Ansteorra] Talking in court

Judie Willey littledragon0861 at gmail.com
Tue May 1 05:23:55 PDT 2007

Personally I feel that there is only 1 reason for talking during
court...well 2...you are speaking QUIETLY  during any lulls in the
action...maybe congratulating someone sitting by you who just received an
award for example...or you are explaining QUIETLY  to a newcomer what is
happening.  One of my best court experiences was last year at our first
Warlord. We had only been here in Ansteorra just over a year, it was our
first major event here where awards were actually being given, and Master
Robin was explaining to us, very quietly what the various awards were, and
what the equivalent award was in Caid.

While I appreciate the idea of a short 1 hour court to keep things
moving...I also have issues with keeping court that short because things get
overlooked. I do understand that there are some issues which the sitting
nobles and crown must discuss quietly, but for the most part, people really
need to make the effort to be heard by everyone sitting at court. When court
is held outside...maybe we should try to set a perimeter of how far back
people sit, so those in the rear can be heard...while inside...people need
to make a conscious effort to not sit and chat. If you are that bored, then
don't attend court...sit outside...away from what is going on  and have your
conversation so you dont distract the people around you. All of this falls
under the simplest and first rule of why we are here in the first place.
Chivalric behavior.

My 2 shekels

On 5/1/07, James Crouchet <james at crouchet.com> wrote:
> Wile I understand your frustration, I can also tell you this just is not
> going to happen. People were talking in court long before I joined over
> 2 and a half decades ago and they are still talking in court. Various
> people have ranted and railed about this and at most got some temporary
> attention. And the fact is there are plenty of sites and situations
> where there is little place else to go.
> Rather than pointing the dread finger and flogging people with guilt I
> think we would do better to set up some reasonable guidelines. For
> example:
> - If you wish to chat while court is in session then move to the back.
> - Keep your voices low.
> - More interested parties should move to the front of court and keep
> quiet.
> I think if we find a way to live with what we cannot change then life is
> more comfortable for everyone.
> Christian Doré
> Isobel de Kirkbryde wrote:
> > Frankly people talking is one of my pet peeves.  I understand the gift
> of gab -- have a touch myself.  However, I am hearing impaired and it is
> hard enough to hear what is going on in court without the competition from
> the back row talkers.  I'd like to see the talkers leave court, go find a
> nice corner somewhere and talk.  But, if you are going to be in court,
> exercise enough chivalry and manners to let others hear even if you aren't
> interested.
> >
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