New compositions of Kent

I've said before that one of the benefits of online ringing with the Five O'Clock Club has been picking up some new compositions, especially using non-standard calls. Today I learnt new compositions of Kent Royal and Maximus.

The original plan was to ring a quarter of Kent Maximus. We've rung a few before, several of which I've called, with the composition M W H repeated. This time Peter suggested a different calling: M B 2H repeated, where the Before is an 8th place bob. It gives a bit more coursing for 3-4 and 5-6. Unfortunately we fell apart in the lead before the Before, triggered I think by some internet lag which led to some too-fast leading and then most of us lost track of where the change was starting.

Simon Rudd didn't have time to start again - he seems to ring two or three online quarters on a typical Thursday. So the rest of us rang a quarter of Kent Royal, which Peter called with the composition H B M W M H. The Before is a 6th place bob. This is very nice because it gives 1280, instead of my go-to calling of W 2H three times for 1440. There is also a good amount of coursing for 3-4 and 5-6. We rang well with a good pace, although afterwards Jeff said that it sounded choppy from where he was. The 1280 might also be worth considering for Littleport, if and when we ring it again.

Sgurr a'Chaorachain

Sgurr aChaorachain

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Littleport Little Surprise


Sometimes described as "poor man's Bristol Royal", Littleport extends Bristol Major to Royal by turning the treble around in 8th place, maintaining the pattern of points and fishtails at the back, and filling in with triples dodge above the treble across the half lead. The same idea works for maximus...

A band of Simons

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What is the minimum hardware for online ringing?

A while ago, during discussions with the eBells consortium, the following question came up: what are the minimum hardware requirements for online ringing? We know that Ringing Room doesn't really work with tablets or smartphones, so we assume that everyone has a laptop or desktop PC to use, but what if...