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Holly Golightly
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By my calculations, as I wasn't at the last one, isn't it about time we started to organise another British meet up?

What with Christmas coming up and people's busy schedules we should probably look towards the new year, maybe sometime in January/February?

Now for the location, last time was London so perhaps we should head slightly more north. I think Sheffield has been mentioned before, does that suit or does anyone have any other ideas (know any good pubs)? Of course I would prefer a midlands type place, but apparently it's rude to make demands (in some situations anyway [Wink] ) .

Think that covers the initial stages of planning a meet. The rest of you lot can sort the finer details out.

ETA: Unless you buggers have already planned a secret meet that I wasn't privvy to the details of?

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What about Manchester? I'm hoping to spend a nostalgia weekend there (I used to go there with a friend so we could eat unwise amounts of dangerously spicy curry washed down with equally unwise amounts of real ale each evening and spend all day in museums and galleries).

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Well, in my snopes dream where Richard W made us all get off the bus so he could enter a wrestling contest and Andrew of Ware turned out to be Jesus, Mosh had a flat in Sheffield. So we could meet there!

Or we could do Glasgow for Burns Night.

That's all I've got. One useless suggestion and one purely selfish one, based on a brief stopover. I think you guys are on your own.

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Holly Golightly
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quote:
Originally posted by Flowy Chloe:
I think you guys are on your own.

Well, I would have expected a little extra effort from you if you knew I was coming. [Razz]
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Tarquin Farquart
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Any Northern city is fine by me as long as it is easy enough to get to from London.

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Llewtrah
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Anything north of Hadrian's Wall might require a flight from London. Most northern cities would require a hotel overnight so I don't have to leave the party early! York is nice, but I don't know much about the pubs there. Manchester has the added attraction of the curry mile and has some nice hostelries. I've been to Birmingham and Coventry and wasn't enthused. Nottingham's nice. The trouble is, apart from Manc, I only know those places in the summertime (i.e. picnic and barbecue weather).

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Richard W
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Sheffield or Manchester would both be fine by me.

I was going to say that I could stay overnight in either place too, but I just realised that my Manchester friends are emigrating to Australia in January, so I have a slight preference for Sheffield because I can stay with my sister and so won't have to leave early... Plus, it's a chance for me to make Chloe's dreams come true.

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Tarquin Farquart
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quote:
Originally posted by Richard W:
Plus, it's a chance for me to make Chloe's dreams come true.

Does this mean you'll be entering a wrestling competition?

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quote:
Originally posted by Llewtrah:
(I used to go there with a friend so we could eat unwise amounts of dangerously spicy curry washed down with equally unwise amounts of real ale each evening and spend all day in museums and galleries).

I hope Manchester's galleries were not as confined and airless as some [lol]

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Richard W
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quote:
Originally posted by Tarquin Farquart:
quote:
Originally posted by Richard W:
Plus, it's a chance for me to make Chloe's dreams come true.

Does this mean you'll be entering a wrestling competition?
Damn, I thought that was a euphemism.
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The Pikey Snow Queen
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quote:
Originally posted by Llewtrah:
Anything north of Hadrian's Wall might require a flight from London. Most northern cities would require a hotel overnight so I don't have to leave the party early! York is nice, but I don't know much about the pubs there.

There's a pub for every day of the year in York. I have an almost encyclopedic knowledge of York's pubs. What's the criteria? [Big Grin]

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Cinnamon
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I want to try and make this one, since the reports of the last sound like it was interesting. January/February should be fine for me, although I do have a conference at the end of January with work.

ETA I have an aunt living in York, so I could possibly claim a bed/floor there.

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Richard W
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We had a gathering in York once before, a few years ago, and it was do-able from Ipswich.
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Tarquin Farquart
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quote:
Originally posted by Pikey Queen:
quote:
Originally posted by Llewtrah:
Anything north of Hadrian's Wall might require a flight from London. Most northern cities would require a hotel overnight so I don't have to leave the party early! York is nice, but I don't know much about the pubs there.

There's a pub for every day of the year in York. I have an almost encyclopedic knowledge of York's pubs. What's the criteria? [Big Grin]
Last time I went to York, I ended up in a Chinese resturant that turned into a late-night disco when the pubs shut. Is that place still open?

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The Pikey Snow Queen
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quote:
Originally posted by Tarquin Farquart:
quote:
Originally posted by Pikey Queen:
quote:
Originally posted by Llewtrah:
Anything north of Hadrian's Wall might require a flight from London. Most northern cities would require a hotel overnight so I don't have to leave the party early! York is nice, but I don't know much about the pubs there.

There's a pub for every day of the year in York. I have an almost encyclopedic knowledge of York's pubs. What's the criteria? [Big Grin]
Last time I went to York, I ended up in a Chinese resturant that turned into a late-night disco when the pubs shut. Is that place still open?
The Willow? I believe it is still open. It's one of those places that is perpetually closing down!

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Llewtrah
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York is do-able. At that time of year the weekend breaks should be quite reasonable and trains are okay. And it has a railway museum ... and the Jorvik centre ... yippee!

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James G.
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North is definately better for me, and York is doable; Manchester slightly less so, but still doable. Meanwhile January/February is good, as I haven't yet booked myself up after Christmas.

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Andrew of Ware, England
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quote:
Originally posted by Pikey Queen:
There's a pub for every day of the year in York.

When I lived in York I was told that it used to have 52 churches (allegedly) so you could spend each day getting drunk in a different pub and each Sunday repenting in a different church.

Oh, and when I was in York a couple of weeks ago, the 'Roman Bath' pub now charges you to go and have a look at the Roman baths in its cellar. A group of us were going to have lunch there and see the baths, but we paid to look at them and had lunch elsewhere.

quote:
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Bless you, my child! (Actually we had a talk at my church recently on 'becoming more like Jesus', but I didn't realise I was so close!)

Anyway, depending on week chosen I could make Manchester or York as I can stay with my dad. (He lives near Runcorn, so that would be even better!)

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The Pikey Snow Queen
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quote:
Originally posted by Andrew of Ware, England:
When I lived in York I was told that it used to have 52 churches (allegedly) so you could spend each day getting drunk in a different pub and each Sunday repenting in a different church.

Yep, sounds feasible! I'll lay off the repenting though.

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Andrew of Ware, England
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quote:
Originally posted by Andrew of Ware, England:
When I lived in York I was told that it used to have 52 churches (allegedly) so you could spend each day getting drunk in a different pub and each Sunday repenting in a different church.

Yep, sounds feasible! I'll lay off the repenting though.
In which case I'll stick to shandies.

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York is good for me given I'm, er, from there and all...

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Aw, shame. Bit too far for me down in the South West corner. Although, I have friends to visit in Nottingham and Sheffield so I could make a long weekend of it... hmmm... *puts thinking cap on*
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Count me in.

Anywhere that's not ridiculously far away is doable (ie. not Inverness).

York or Manchester are fine by me.

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quote:
Originally posted by Llewtrah:
Nottingham's nice.

Cite please. [Wink]

York and Manchester will do for me too, with a slight leaning towards Manc as I have a yearning for a new piercing and that's where my piercer is.

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I like York. Manchester would also be good. Mind you I do like the Burns Night idea...

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Llewtrah
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quote:
Originally posted by Mosherette:
quote:
Originally posted by Llewtrah:
Nottingham's nice.

Cite please. [Wink]

No cite, just personal experience - I used to go there a lot with former hubby [Razz]

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Andrew of Ware, England
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quote:
Originally posted by Llewtrah:
quote:
Originally posted by Mosherette:
quote:
Originally posted by Llewtrah:
Nottingham's nice.

Cite please. [Wink]

No cite, just personal experience - I used to go there a lot with former hubby [Razz]
I was born there, so of course it's nice. Or at least it was on 19th November 1955.

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Happy Birthday, Andrew!

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Happy Birthday, Andrew!!

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Andrew of Ware, England
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Thanks Chloe and kitoboo.

51 yesterday. [Frown] One of these days I must grow up.

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If it's any comfort, Andrew, you're very well preserved for your advanced years. You look much younger than Richard W, for example.

ETA: Oh, and many happy returns.

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Hmph.

Happy Birthday for yesterday, Andrew. I must admit I thought you were at least ten years younger than you actually are, too...

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Llewtrah
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Belated many happies and please don't grow up [Smile]

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Andrew of Ware, England
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Thanks Zachery, Richard and Llewtrah. Oh, and there's no chancve of me ever growing up. People have been telling me to grow up for 51 years and I haven't succeeded yet.

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