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Posted by: Mata Jul 16 2004, 01:42 PM

(except perhaps sitting around chatting/getting slowly drunk if you like that kind of thing).

I think I've mentioned this elsewhere on the forum, but I've lost where that was.

Crawley Circus Convention is a reet good laugh, essentially it is a weekend dedicated to getting rather drunk and throwing things in the air, in that order. It's happening on the 13th-15th August 2004. For more info, check out here:

http://circuswurx.co.uk/conv.html

It all happens in the grounds of the Hawth Theatre in Crawley http://circuswurx.co.uk/conv_where.html

You camp for two days, but there are proper indoor showers and toilets available, and the theatre does typical pub-food in its bar. There is also a vegetarian catering wagon thing. All in all, it's not really roughing it too much.

You really don't have to be able to juggle, just to be able to chat and chill with new friends. Being willing to give juggling a try helps though! People turn up at all times on the Friday night, wander around the site, get drunk.

The Saturday is occupied with workshops for people who actually want to learn how to do things (bizarrely I'm teaching two this year) and in the evening there is a professional show in the main theatre, followed by a fire show, and then an informal renegade show (for anyone who can do a good trick) which generally has things that are great and lots of stuff that's rubbish but entertaining, including a brilliant impersonation of Uncle from The Adventure Game (if you remember that). The last bit eventually deteriorates as the evening winds on until everyone is too tired/drunk to continue, then it all goes a bit hazy.

The Sunday is occupied with nursing of hangovers. There are workshops for the public (because the festival is part funded by the council so needs to give something back to non-hungover society). There is another informal show in the afternoon and then people wander off around 5pm.

It's actually quite a cheap weekend, 11.50 before 1 August (14 from 2 August). If you bring along a bar-be-que then it gets even cheaper because you're not so reliant on the catering food.

I'm going to be there, as is Sues, Mr and Mrs Jonman will be there, as will Jonman's brother, some of Jonman's brother's friends, a friend of Sues' and mine, and also Funked)out Frog from these forums will be there (I first met her many years ago at the festival).

There's going to be a good crowd, many of whom can't juggle, so does anyone else fancy joining our band of waifs and strays?

Posted by: the lil' pie fairy Jul 17 2004, 06:33 PM

i'm so thinking about that now laugh.gif
and sounded just like an american tweenager blink.gif *shudders*

i'll update here in about a week when i know smile.gif

Posted by: Mata Jul 19 2004, 12:37 AM

Cool, the more the merrier. After being at a wedding last night it's now possible that another of my two oldest friends will be coming along.

I'm really looking forward to it!

Posted by: funked)out_frog Jul 19 2004, 08:09 PM

I so urg y'all to come: I though I was the best thing since sliced bread when I rode a unicycle (with stabalisers tongue.gif ) there a few years ago.

Like Mata says, you dont need to be a juggler, or the like, just willing to chill and chat. biggrin.gif

Posted by: Jonman Jul 20 2004, 05:34 PM

QUOTE (funked)out_frog @ Jul 19 2004, 02:09 PM)
I so urg y'all to come: I though I was the best thing since sliced bread when I rode a unicycle (with stabalisers tongue.gif ) there a few years ago.

Like Mata says, you dont need to be a juggler, or the like, just willing to chill and chat. biggrin.gif

It's all a ploy - they'll suck your brains out through your knees.

Oh.

No, hold on, I'm getting confused. Yup, right you are - an entire contingent of the extended Man family will be going along. Tickets are booked and everything. Even managed to blag a tent off me brother too.

Who are you FunkedOutFrog - have I met you?

Posted by: funked)out_frog Jul 20 2004, 07:27 PM

I think I may know you dry.gif

I went Summer 2002, with my family. <lots of my family. all of whom will hopefuly be coming again this year biggrin.gif they all went last year, but I didnt. sad.gif hmmm, *rubs imaginary goatee*

Posted by: Jonman Jul 20 2004, 08:10 PM

QUOTE (funked)out_frog @ Jul 20 2004, 01:27 PM)
I think I may know you dry.gif

I went Summer 2002, with my family. <lots of my family. all of whom will hopefuly be coming again this year biggrin.gif they all went last year, but I didnt. sad.gif hmmm, *rubs imaginary goatee*

Err, I'm pretty sure I was there that year. I would have spent most of the weekend hanging out with Mata, and my brother, who's a taller, skinnier, balder version of me.

I feel like I should remember you, but I don't yet.

I'm normally top banana with faces anyway.

See you there then!

Posted by: funked)out_frog Jul 20 2004, 08:16 PM

hmm, now I'm thinkning about it, in the 'who can juggle clubs with their partner at the furthest distance' knock out competition, did u team up with Mata?

I have kinda big curly hair. I dont remember your bro, but hey dry.gif

see you there biggrin.gif

Posted by: Mata Jul 21 2004, 12:04 AM

Mhari camps in the huge bright orange uber tent thingy which seems to fit about a dozen people in it (although it's probably about seven). I'm not sure if Jon was there in 2002, that might have been one of the ones he missed... It all gets a bit fuzzy when I try to discern the events of one convention from another.

Lil'Pie, any further thoughts?

Posted by: Jonman Jul 21 2004, 10:13 AM

QUOTE (Mata @ Jul 20 2004, 06:04 PM)
Mhari camps in the huge bright orange uber tent thingy which seems to fit about a dozen people in it (although it's probably about seven). I'm not sure if Jon was there in 2002, that might have been one of the ones he missed... It all gets a bit fuzzy when I try to discern the events of one convention from another.

Lil'Pie, any further thoughts?

Aha! I remember now!

Tall girl, black hair, mixed-race with glasses and a squillion young siblings/cousins/hangers-on.

Goddit!

(apologies if I got any of that wrong Mhari, that's how you look in my head...)

Posted by: funked)out_frog Jul 21 2004, 04:28 PM

QUOTE
Tall girl, black hair, mixed-race with glasses and a squillion young siblings/cousins/hangers-on.


thats me alright biggrin.gif

/edit: ty for clearing it up Mata wink.gif

(btw, am I using /edit the right way?)

Posted by: Mata Jul 21 2004, 11:06 PM

If you are typing in correct English and people are understanding you correctly then you must be doing it right. Usually I don't bother with putting 'edit:' on the start of new bits in my posts because I usually change things seconds after I first post it and I figure no-one's read it by then.

Funk, you do realise that you really should learn to juggle this year? Although, that said, I doubt my gf will...

Posted by: funked)out_frog Jul 21 2004, 11:42 PM

Mata, my aunt has tried teaching me since I was knee hight to a grass hopper. I get so easily frustrated when I cannae get the hang of summit. 15 years of trying. sad.gif

I'll tell you what, if Suz is up for a an attempt at learning, I'll give it a go too. wink.gif

I just have a really bad time co-ordinating balls, or clubs for that matter. I get along better with poi (balls on string) and staff's, simply because there is a conection between my hand and the object tongue.gif

Posted by: funked)out_frog Aug 11 2004, 11:12 PM

less than 48 hours to go. Funked is quite excied. << hasnt been camping in a while. yay. biggrin.gif

Posted by: Mata Aug 11 2004, 11:53 PM

I'm really excited too, although from dicsussions with Sues tonight it seems extremely unlikely that she is at all bothered about learnign to juggle this year.

Posted by: Jonman Aug 12 2004, 07:55 AM

QUOTE (Mata @ Aug 11 2004, 04:53 PM)
I'm really excited too, although from dicsussions with Sues tonight it seems extremely unlikely that she is at all bothered about learnign to juggle this year.
*


Not to worry - we'll be bringing all sorts of non-juggling entertainment. Well, a pair of ferrets and a pair of gameboys anyway. That ought to do.

I think Kat's keen on learning to diablo a bit more - I'll get her one from the juggling selling folk, and we'll ship her off to the beginners workshop. She's got little to no change of actually learning to juggle per se, as she's got monocular vision, hence no depth perception. Which incidentally, is also the reason you never see pirates juggling, what with the eyepatch and everything.

Posted by: Mata Aug 12 2004, 10:15 AM

I can imagine that passing routines also tend to end up with splash noises when attempted on-board too, which is a shame really because otherwise it would be the perfect way to pass those long hours at sea.

Posted by: Jonman Aug 12 2004, 11:25 AM

QUOTE (Mata @ Aug 12 2004, 03:15 AM)
I can imagine that passing routines also tend to end up with splash noises when attempted on-board too, which is a shame really because otherwise it would be the perfect way to pass those long hours at sea.
*

Not to mention the rolling of the deck being somewhat offputting. Like trying to juggle on a trampoline. Which is bloody difficult, let me tell you. And yes, I have tried.

Posted by: Mata Aug 12 2004, 11:32 AM

That becomes a lot easier if you stop bouncing.

Posted by: Jonman Aug 12 2004, 12:43 PM

QUOTE (Mata @ Aug 12 2004, 04:32 AM)
That becomes a lot easier if you stop bouncing.
*


then what's the point of being on a trampoline, then, eh? EH?

Posted by: snoo Aug 12 2004, 07:27 PM

Awwwh! It sounds like fun! I wish I could go but I'll be in Nottingham decorating my house (yay!) rolleyes.gif

Hope the weather is good, I imagine trying to juggle while trying not to sink in mud could be quite umm...difficult.

smile.gif have fun!

Posted by: funked)out_frog Aug 12 2004, 07:33 PM

Jonman

QUOTE
she's got monocular vision, hence no depth perception. Which incidentally, is also the reason you never see pirates juggling, what with the eyepatch and everything


Oh. That explains soo much. I don't have depth perception. I knew it ment I'd never be a fighter pilot, but never put two and two together. now I know why years of being (attemptet to be) taught to juggle have resulted in nowt. oh-er. summit new ever day. well, I'll just have to put my efforts in to the unicyle with stabalisers again. oh yay. wink.gif

*wonders off thinking about a carreer as a pirate*

Posted by: Mata Aug 12 2004, 10:43 PM

Mahri, one thing: please make sure that I'm pronouncing your name correctly this time! It's the kind of thing that I like to get right!

Posted by: ravein Aug 12 2004, 11:23 PM

I bet I missed you guys.. but.. I hope you have a fagulous time!!!! Please dont get drunk and juggle fire... or poi for that matter biggrin.gif

Posted by: Jonman Aug 13 2004, 08:12 AM

QUOTE (ravein @ Aug 12 2004, 04:23 PM)
I bet I missed you guys.. but.. I hope you have a fagulous time!!!! Please dont get drunk and juggle fire... or poi for that matter biggrin.gif
*

Hmm, yes.

During past conventions, I've managed to singe my eyebrows (don't firebreath into the wind, kids), set fire to my head (fire poi - nuff said), and incurred numerous RBIs (random beer injuries). I also narrowly avoided a run in with the fabled Crawley Badger as well, which was lucky.

I've given up firebreathing of late, not for safety reasons per se, more for the fact that burps that taste of paraffin aren't very nice.

However, not to say that I'm all grown up and boring - I've packed my fire devilstick! Woo-hoo!

Posted by: funked)out_frog Aug 13 2004, 09:38 AM

Mata

QUOTE
Mahri, one thing: please make sure that I'm pronouncing your name correctly this time! It's the kind of thing that I like to get right!


okay.

hint: not prouncounced Maureen. you wouldnt beleive how many times I've been called Maurren. blink.gif

Johnman
QUOTE
set fire to my head (fire poi - nuff said)


I found that hair bands were a must when I started practicing fire staff. > luckily no major singes todate. biggrin.gif

see you guys soon. smile.gif

Posted by: Jonman Aug 13 2004, 09:46 AM

QUOTE (funked)out_frog @ Aug 13 2004, 02:38 AM)
Johnman
QUOTE
set fire to my head (fire poi - nuff said)


I found that hair bands were a must when I started practicing fire staff. > luckily no major singes todate. biggrin.gif

see you guys soon. smile.gif
*



Hmm, yeah. A hairband isn't going to do much good on my grade 2 buzzcut. I had the smell of burnt hair in my nostrils for the rest of the weekend that year...

Posted by: Mata Aug 13 2004, 10:20 AM

I did actually firebreathe a few month's ago in the garden with Barry. Paraffin burps and bad hangovers just go together in my mind.

Unlike Jon, I've never set myself on fire, but the number of people I've seen set their head on fire with fire poi... Well, it's got to be a couple of dozen by now. I guess that's what happens when you combine hippies with dreadlocks and whirling fire.

Posted by: Jonman Aug 13 2004, 11:05 AM

QUOTE (Mata @ Aug 13 2004, 03:20 AM)
Unlike Jon, I've never set myself on fire,
*


Pfft. You haven't lived until you've set yourself on fire.

Posted by: Mr Fuzzy Aug 13 2004, 11:06 AM

/me grabs lighters and gets on a bus

Does it count if I set him on fire? evil.gif

Posted by: Jonman Aug 13 2004, 11:17 AM

QUOTE (Mr Fuzzy @ Aug 13 2004, 04:06 AM)
/me grabs lighters and gets on a bus

Does it count if I set him on fire? evil.gif
*

*thinks*

err, yeah, that'll do.

Posted by: ravein Aug 13 2004, 08:40 PM

flaming devil sticks rawk.. I spent a summer with no hair on my hands or arms.. but it was so worth it.. you get much better at catching when your stick is on fire..

*hands Mata and Jon flame retardant parkas*
you may need these..
keep a eye on the one they call fuzzy.. he has a lighter and hair spray.. biggrin.gif

Posted by: Mr Fuzzy Aug 13 2004, 10:35 PM

QUOTE (ravein @ Aug 13 2004, 09:40 PM)
keep a eye on the one they call fuzzy.. he has a lighter and hair spray.. biggrin.gif
*


Not only that, I know where Mata lives.

/me tries very hard not to set up an exploding garden.

Posted by: Mata Aug 15 2004, 10:39 PM

No exploding garden awaited my return, so that was good. I've got a little sunburnt after teaching two hours of juggling workshops though, so currently I have a slight glow to me...

Posted by: funked)out_frog Aug 17 2004, 02:10 AM

ravein:

QUOTE
it was so worth it.. you get much better at catching when your stick is on fire..


that is very very true. bought a fire stick and Christened it. yay.

sopke to a few festiaval heads at the con, and am feeling to start doing the festival/ convention/ camping thing now. yay.

Posted by: Mata Aug 17 2004, 11:35 AM

Crawley is the only one I go to these days. I've been to others around the country, but I just didn't find so many people at them that I clicked with.

The first Snowdonia one was fantastic though, it was really really harsh weather in a valley with the wind ripping through it. It certainly made you feel dedicated to just be there! These days I think they've got it somewhere a bit more friendly...

Posted by: funked)out_frog Aug 17 2004, 06:57 PM

Snowdonia, is it still going. I can't imagine flags being easy to use in that kinda windy weather. dry.gif

Mata, have you been to any of the others, like the Bristol one happening in September?

re: friendly location. You have to admit that having an inside shower, that has constant hot water is nice biggrin.gif I know I prefer it to having to wake up at seven in the morning. after a bit of drinkage the previous night, treaking across a campsite, to a queue around the block, waiting in the rain, just to use use luke warm water.


If any one else is going to the Bristol Juggling Convention, or thinking of going please let me know.

you can click http://www.unicycle.uk.com/calendar.asp for basic details, and whwn I find out the prices I'll re-do the link.

Posted by: Cath Aug 18 2004, 05:53 PM

QUOTE (Mata @ Aug 17 2004, 12:35 PM)
The first Snowdonia one was fantastic though, it was really really harsh weather in a valley with the wind ripping through it. It certainly made you feel dedicated to just be there! These days I think they've got it somewhere a bit more friendly...
*


That sounds suspiciously like Gwyns Valley just out side Betws-y-Coed. Was it right next to a lake?

Posted by: Mata Aug 18 2004, 10:53 PM

It was right next to a lake, yes, but I've no idea what it was called. It was incredibly beautiful, but the weather was about as miserable as it could be.

Posted by: Cath Aug 19 2004, 06:22 PM

OOo! You poor curse boy you don't want to be camping in them there parts they be haughted by the the horn one his self! That there Gwyn sits in the the bottom of that there lake and holds court over all his devils and demons!

Any way if it's the same place I've camped round there but on the other side of the lake at the bottom of Snowdon. Minor lack of campsite but what the hell we were bored so as usual we ended up in Wales!

Posted by: Mr Fuzzy Aug 19 2004, 07:13 PM

How odd. Aside from a few occasions I've never found myself headed to Wales when bored. Perhaps I'm just too damn lazy.

Posted by: Cath Aug 19 2004, 07:37 PM

It's a bit on the close side if you have a car round here. And there's lot of thing you can do that you shouldn't be doing whilst only causing your self harm.and plus there's Porthmarrion (where they filmed the prisoner)

Posted by: funked)out_frog Jul 26 2005, 05:16 PM

BUMP

Weeeeeeee

This year's theme is Pirates!
Erm... bumpity bump bump!


So, who's comming?

Posted by: candice Jul 26 2005, 05:18 PM

*waves hand manically and grabs moop's hand and waves that too*

Wheee! Piratical

Posted by: Mata Jul 26 2005, 11:13 PM

13th-14th August

http://www.circuswurx.co.uk/conv.html

Yay!

Posted by: kisah Jul 27 2005, 02:01 PM

Mr and Mrs Jonman will be in attendance with two friends from leicester, Jonman's brother, Harvey the dog, and other random folks.

Sadly, no ferrets will be attending with the Man family this year.

See you all there! rolleyes.gif

Posted by: EvilSpoon Jul 27 2005, 07:45 PM

I'd go if I weren't in the US and got to hop on unicycles for no reason other than to look circusy and piratey at the same time! smile.gif

Posted by: Jonman Aug 1 2005, 11:11 AM

Just as an aside, Kat and I found ourselves in Stratford-Upon-Avon this weekend, where we found a party-supplies shop, and went mad on pirate-related paraphenalia. Costumes will be distributed upon arrival, and wearing of said costumes is mandatory for all official convention business (workshops and shows).

Arrrrrrgh!

P.S. eyepatches may be removed during actual juggling and juggling related activities (see above posts about monocular vision)

Posted by: Mata Aug 7 2005, 10:16 PM

Blimey. You mean that we'll actually be doing something to do with the theme? Cor.

I hope you've thought of something for the renegade stage because I've got no ideas.

Posted by: Jonman Aug 8 2005, 09:15 AM

QUOTE (Mata @ Aug 7 2005, 11:16 PM)
Blimey. You mean that we'll actually be doing something to do with the theme? Cor.

I hope you've thought of something for the renegade stage because I've got no ideas.
*


About time I did, really. It was more by luck than judgement - I'd just noticed the theme on the Circuswurx page, and the very next day, we walk past a fancy dress shop. And we do like to splurge money on completely irrelevant and non-essential stupid things.

As for a renegade act, I'm going to break the world record for the smallest object ever devilstuck. Beat that.

Posted by: Mata Aug 8 2005, 10:10 AM

Hm. I've just thought of something for an act which could be quite fun, but it'll take a bit of planning and about five volunteers...

Posted by: funked)out_frog Aug 8 2005, 12:21 PM

Jonman, "devilstuck"?

Mata, What exactly would a voulenteer have to do? *quirks eyebrow* -Are you at liberty to divulge that information at this point in time?

Posted by: Mata Aug 8 2005, 12:36 PM

Nope, no divulging going on here. Even the participants won't know what's going on. Blindfolds will be involved. And possibly whips. *ponders*

Posted by: funked)out_frog Aug 8 2005, 12:41 PM

Hmm... for the sake of last year's Renegade show being a bit pants, count me in. But know that I have the numbers of day time TV advertised injury lawyers.

Posted by: Mata Aug 8 2005, 12:55 PM

There shouldn't be any injuries... In theory. It's going to take a bit of planning though. *puts on thinking cap*

Posted by: Greeneyes Aug 8 2005, 01:48 PM

QUOTE (Jonman @ Aug 8 2005, 09:15 AM)
As for a renegade act, I'm going to break the world record for the smallest object ever devilstuck. Beat that.
*


And how small is that? After a point it would become less devilsticking and more just hitting an object with two sticks, would it not? huh.gif

Posted by: Jonman Aug 8 2005, 02:46 PM

QUOTE (funked)out_frog @ Aug 8 2005, 01:21 PM)
Jonman, "devilstuck"?
*


yeah - past tense of devilstick.

You know, you stick something to a wall with glue, and then it's stuck.

Posted by: Jonman Aug 8 2005, 02:48 PM

QUOTE (Mata @ Aug 8 2005, 01:36 PM)
Nope, no divulging going on here. Even the participants won't know what's going on. Blindfolds will be involved. And possibly whips. *ponders*
*


You ought to be able to get that number of volunteers from our little campfire circle alone.

What kind of whips? While we don't actually have any whips per se, we have any number of beating implements of various sizes and materials that may do in a pinch.

Posted by: Jonman Aug 8 2005, 02:50 PM

QUOTE (Greeneyes @ Aug 8 2005, 02:48 PM)
And how small is that? After a point it would become less devilsticking and more just hitting an object with two sticks, would it not?  huh.gif
*


My aim is to devilstick a knife. The trick comes from having Mrs Jonman sitting in the audience with a 3 foot decorative wooden knife. It's a gag. I'm not too proud to go for the cheap laugh.

All the stuff about the world record is just stageblag.

Posted by: kisah Aug 8 2005, 04:22 PM

QUOTE (Mata @ Aug 8 2005, 12:36 PM)
Nope, no divulging going on here. Even the participants won't know what's going on. Blindfolds will be involved. And possibly whips. *ponders*
*


*raises hand, waving wildly, hopping up and down* PICK ME! PICK MEEEEE!

Posted by: Mata Aug 8 2005, 11:35 PM

The whips are purely a possibility and only would be used because of their long rope-like properties. They wouldn't actually be for cracking (or any other purposes)... Although, now I think about it, I could possibly involve that... But it might not be considered suitable for children.

Posted by: Feyliya Aug 9 2005, 05:42 AM

I'm sure Mata would happily make and exception for you, so long as Jon promises not to throttle or defenestrate him. wink.gif

Posted by: Jonman Aug 9 2005, 05:57 AM

QUOTE (Feyliya @ Aug 9 2005, 06:42 AM)
I'm sure Mata would happily make and exception for you, so long as Jon promises not to throttle or defenestrate him.  wink.gif
*


Well, it'll be in a big marquee, so there aren't any fenetres to defenestrate Mata from. And if I tried to throttle him, he'd no doubt use his mystical tibetan llama-taught kung-fu skills on me.

Posted by: Mata Aug 9 2005, 01:00 PM

At wing chun class a fw weeks ago one of the instructors was teaching us various approaches to getting out of a neck lock. He said 'improvise' so I chucked him over my shoulder. Oops!

Posted by: funked)out_frog Aug 9 2005, 03:22 PM

QUOTE (Jonman @ Aug 8 2005, 03:46 PM)
QUOTE (funked)out_frog @ Aug 8 2005, 01:21 PM)
Jonman, "devilstuck"?
*


yeah - past tense of devilstick.

You know, you stick something to a wall with glue, and then it's stuck.
*




Oh, see I thought the 'stick' in devilstick, was the " A wand, staff, baton, or rod" type. Silly me.

Wooo, I found my skull and cross bones vest... Yease. Dressy biggrin.gif

Posted by: candice Aug 14 2005, 07:09 PM

moop and I are home from Crawley, and had a lot of fun although we were both unexpectedly hit by shyness just a bit unsure.gif

Still, we're glad we went! Yarrrrr!

Posted by: Jonman Aug 15 2005, 10:27 AM

YARRR!

We got home without incident last night, and we (well, at least me - haven't really debriefed the missus yet) had a stunningly wonderful weekend. Didn't think about the 'outside-world' hardly at all during the whole weekend. Which was lovely - very very relaxing.

And, I learnt a whole bunch of new tricks:
4 ball launch
a few 4 ball multiplex tricks that I taught myself
A whole host of new club throws (catch behind the back, lazy catches, alberts, reverse alberts (can't remember the name)), and a whole host of club stealing tricks that I'd never really considered.

Considering that it's a rarity for me to learn even one new trick, I think I did quite well this year.

Yay Crawley!


[EDIT - I took some ninja wicked pictures of the fire show - I'll post them online sooner rather than later....]

Posted by: funked)out_frog Aug 15 2005, 11:09 AM

My family and I are home.

Good to know you had fun, Cand & Moop. Can I just say, go Moop with the diablo!

I learnt to twirl my staff backwards in the figure of 8 with both my right and left hand. Which was difficult because some how I kept reverting back to forward figure of 8s biggrin.gif I also half learnt a poi move, which cnsists of spining them at my sides, then turning my body a quater with the poi spining in the same place, then turning another quater in the same direction. But I haven't quit got the last part down.

Weeee. biggrin.gif, I mean YARRRRRRR

Posted by: CommieBastard Aug 15 2005, 11:27 AM

I didn't go, but I have been learning to devilstick. So, um, yay, I guess.

Posted by: crazymat Jul 28 2006, 04:48 PM

*bump*
Will you guys be going this year?

I am and I've never been before and I'm really excited yay! biggrin.gif

Posted by: {Gothic Angel} Jul 28 2006, 09:54 PM

QUOTE
hint: not prouncounced Maureen. you wouldnt beleive how many times I've been called Maurren.


Or "Marie". Isn't that right, Guy? tongue.gif

Posted by: Faerieryn Jul 31 2006, 01:58 PM

When's the convention this year? I have little money and a bit of time

Posted by: Greeneyes Jul 31 2006, 02:17 PM

http://circuswurx.co.uk/conv.html. It's on the 12th and the 13th of August. Two weeks today. I am also looking at going this year.

Posted by: Mata Aug 7 2006, 12:03 PM

Yay! It's this coming weekend smile.gif

Posted by: moop Aug 7 2006, 04:07 PM

Wheee!

I have my tickets booked.

I just had to bodge a job interview into my train journey on the way there :/. Does anyone know when the site opens on the Friday?

Posted by: Mata Aug 7 2006, 06:05 PM

Pretty much whenever people get there! First arrivals are usually in the afternoon.

Posted by: funked)out_frog Aug 7 2006, 10:09 PM

Wee, I think I'll be arriving on Saturday morning (in time for the toast fairy biggrin.gif).

Posted by: funked)out_frog Aug 10 2006, 09:20 PM

I'll be getting there on Friday evening after all.

Be totally prepared to gape at the awesome costumes my siblings and I shall fashion. Bwah ha!

Posted by: Mata Aug 14 2006, 12:42 PM

Sorry you couldn't be there Froggie. Your family passed on that you were ill. I'm not sure which one told me, but she was small, cute, and very polite, bless her little cotton socks.

Posted by: Smiler Aug 14 2006, 01:01 PM

Awww froggie, you couldn't go, no fair, hope you feel better soon mate.

How was it, still gutted I had a clash and no cash, everyone have a good time?

Posted by: crazymat Aug 14 2006, 02:11 PM

I had a great time. smile.gif I wasn't sure what to expect since I'd never been there or gone to any other convention before, but it was really fun.

I went to 4 of the workshops I think, including beginners unicycling! I don't understand how everyone does it - I kept falling off even when there was a wall to hold on to..

I loved the renegade show! I take it that was Jonman with the ferret-poi? tongue.gif

Posted by: Mata Aug 14 2006, 02:53 PM

He-of-the-ferret-poi was indeed Jonman, and his lovely wife Kat (Kisah on these forums, when she's around).

Yes, I had a lovely time, and I even got a bunch of agressive, theiving, violent bastards arrested for attacking one of the jugglers while managing to prevent the other jugglers from making the situation even worse. They weren't part of the convention, just a group of traveller kids between around 16-18 (and one young one around 11/12) who were spending their summer stealing from people at festivals and intimidating anyone nearby. 'Twas a very strange thing to encounter, surrounded by so many friendly people in the middle of the night, but satisfying to see them driven off in the back of several police cars.

I taught/helped teach three workshops, did my traditional beer-swinging renegade act (at the request of the organisers - personally I think it's time that one was retired) as well as a few other bits that went down well. I fell off stuff. I drank beer and mostly only consumed hot-plate fried meat-in-bread for the whole weekend. Hanging around with people that were often 50% - 66% my age sometimes made me feel old, but for a nice change this was sometimes a good thing as well as the more usual 'I might as well buy a zimmer frame' feeling.

All in all, I had a great time.

Posted by: funked)out_frog Aug 14 2006, 07:50 PM

Sorry I didn't come. I've been on and off with a virul thing for a few weeks now. I woke up on Friday and it was gloomy and wet and before the notion of camping in wet and cold weather could settle into my head I though, I feel poo, the weather is poo, I will return even pooeyer. I want to wake up in a nice, warm cosy bed with >_> my Popple dry.gif

I'm glad to hear you guys had fun, aside from the shin hurty and stuff. I shall have to see you there next year. Would of liked to meet you, crazymat.

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QUOTE (crazymat @ Aug 14 2006, 03:11 PM) *
... Jonman with the ferret-poi? tongue.gif


Please, please explain? What the fegezzers is-. Wait, I know what poi is, and I know how people poi. I also know what ferrets are. But I sure would like it explained, pictoraly or with photographs if you have them, what ferret poi is.In point of fact I am going to go post in Jonman's thread.

Posted by: crazymat Aug 15 2006, 03:28 AM

heh - well I was referring to the audience's expectations after seeing what looked like cute fluffy animals on strings smile.gif

I'll probably be going next year so see you then. I met a few people there this time which was cool. Really strange though, after reading peoples posts and stuff..

It's a shame about those meddling kids the kids that were attacking people/stealing/causing trouble (I didn't actually see them) mad.gif

Posted by: Mata Aug 15 2006, 06:40 AM

QUOTE (crazymat @ Aug 15 2006, 04:28 AM) *
It's a shame about those meddling kids the kids that were attacking people/stealing/causing trouble (I didn't actually see them) mad.gif

Meh. No lasting harm done. They were just bullies without any teachers. It could have turned out a lot worse and I made sure that five of them were arrested.

Posted by: Smiler Aug 15 2006, 08:18 AM

Mata the civil minded juggler heehee

I cant help but have a vision of jugglers, knife throwers and lots of string bringing the unruly to heel before the police turned up smile.gif or maybe thats just my overimagination wink.gif

Posted by: Mata Aug 15 2006, 08:36 AM

Basically it was a gang of traveller kids, mostly around the age of 18, who'd been camping there for a few weeks. They'd been spending the summer travelling around festivals stealing and intimidating people. They were drunk, fully prepared to have a fight, and approached every situation with the expectation of everyone backing down when faced with a pack of near-feral yobs.

They also had some quite cunning tactics that would prevent people from calling the police, which they had no doubt picked up subconsciously, but were applying with a decent amount of skill... Which mainly brings out the stubbornness in me!

They really were one of those groups that niggles at the edge of society, annoying, scaring, and exploiting individuals on an industrial scale. They never really pick on anyone enough to get in trouble, but overall causing a disproportionate amount of misery for so few. The next day I heard from loads of people that they'd had things stolen, or that the exact same tactics had been used on them.

It was good that the only bit of trouble there's been in the history of the convention was from people who were nothing to do with it. These people weren't attendees, they were just scavengers.

It's a fun idea to think of a band of heavily armed jugglers storming the camp, but it's far more sensible to call the police. There was a guy who performed with two flaming whips; we would really have loved to have got him involved! biggrin.gif

Posted by: Mata Aug 16 2007, 10:41 PM

2007 was a good year! http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=44830&l=1d86f&id=649810540

Lots of sun and lots of fun! Next year might be the third weekend in August to avoid clashing with the European convention, but there will be updates closer to the time. 'Shame we couldn't get more people to come, but there were a few forumy people there. We need more next year!

Posted by: candice Aug 17 2007, 09:28 AM

We do need more forumy people next year! I think snoo is probably tagging along with us, at least.

I also tried Daria. She said maybe, but also said something about Iceland and Scotland. Pft. As if those can compare to the Toast Fairy!

It was nice and dry for most of the weekend, but it absolutely POURED during the games at the end (though I didn't see you there, Mata). Our tent ended up getting SOAKED right before we took it down, and it leaked on the feet of the people across from us on the train ride home. Whooooops.

Oh, oh, I actually learned something there this year! I went to the contact juggling workshop..woo! Though I'm finding it a lot harder now, because I think the contact ball that moop has is too big for my hands. But still! I learned something...woo!

Posted by: Mata Aug 17 2007, 10:07 AM

I've been in Brussels for the last few days, and I needed to leave on Sunday night, so I headed off before the games on Sunday. Also, I had a very swollen finger after it was whacked by a very fast travelling diablo stick that was mid-suicide, so I wouldn't have been able to join in with the games anyway.

Congrats on learning something! I formalised something that I'd been playing with for a while in pole-spinning. I also made some progress on my six balls, and my four ball Mill's Mess was pretty good too. Mostly I spent the weekend teaching people stuff, which was really fun. The club swinging workshop that I ran went down really well.

Posted by: Daria Aug 17 2007, 02:04 PM

*Read Mata's post as

QUOTE (Mata @ Aug 17 2007, 11:07 AM) *
The swinging workshop that I ran went down really well.

>_<
Cand, I would love to come (apart from my complete lack of rythm and hand-eye coordination) but if everything goes too plan, I will be somewere between Orkney and Iceland. Perhaps on a boat.

I have only just recently come up with this idea, so it's pretty likely that it won't be happening tongue.gif In which case, I would love to come.

Posted by: candice Aug 17 2007, 02:28 PM

tongue.gif I was just teasing, Becky. Go and have fun in Iceland!

Toast fairies will be there in future years as well. biggrin.gif

Posted by: Faerieryn Aug 17 2007, 09:57 PM

Date for next year??? I want to put it in my diary NOW so I can't wimp out. I so badly want to show everyone how it is in fact impossible toteach me to juggle!!! And I want to meet the toast faerie!!!!

Posted by: Mata Aug 17 2007, 10:58 PM

Well, it's been the second weekend of August for the last fourteen years or-so, but they're contemplating the third weekend instead due to a convention clash, so pencil in both weekends and you'll definitely be safe!

Posted by: moop Aug 18 2007, 10:46 AM

I learnt to do a three beat weave with poi, finally. I also did a scientific experiment to prove conclusively that the way to learn to unicycle is to get drunk. biggrin.gif

I had no luck diabolo wise this year!

The games were pretty fun, I broke my best diabolo in the high toss though. D: I've now combined the spindle from that one with the cups from another to create an awesome frankendiabolo which is just as good if not better.

I also learnt a few more diabolo tricks but not at Crawley. In the first diabolo tutorial the guy running it managed to yank the knot all the way through my stick leaving me with the string jammed in an impossible place that took me an hour to fix.

The guys running the second diabolo tutorials annoyed me a bit with their 'using a small diabolo will just hold you back' talk and their refusal to teach me anything. I learnt the Genocide trick (suicide where the diabolo comes off the string and is caught on the string one handed as the string spins around again) the day after with it just to prove a point. Using a smaller diabolo is awesome and has never prevented me from learning anything, it's just a bit different and looks more impressive when you catch it on insanely small loops of string and the like.

Posted by: crazymat Aug 19 2007, 08:27 AM

I haven't learnt anything new on diabolo for 2 years! I need to practice that more..

I didn't learn much at Crawley either this year (I only bothered with one and a half workshops) but I had a great time. Last year I only knew a couple of people who were going, but there was a whole group of us this time, which made the whole weekend much more fun. biggrin.gif

But somehow I have managed to miss the toast fairy both years I've gone! ohmy.gif

Posted by: Mata Aug 19 2007, 03:11 PM

This was the first time in ages where I've turned up by myself, so it was great to meet with Matt and all his friends on the site. I always I loved it (except perhaps the painful finger!).

Ockham's Razor in the main show blew me away. That was an astonishing act. There's a photo of their new routine in rehearsal here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2007/01/03/btrazor03.xml . I really hope they come back to show us next year!

Posted by: Mata Jul 8 2008, 12:25 PM

It's coming up to that time of year again...

http://www.circuswurx.co.uk/conv.html

16th - 17th August 2008, although most people will turn up on the Friday. It's camping, but there are proper showers and toilets. There are food vans which sell very edible things, and there's even a bar.

It's a damn good weekend, so who's up for it?

Posted by: Pixiegoth Jul 8 2008, 12:31 PM

QUOTE (Mata @ Jul 8 2008, 01:25 PM) *
It's coming up to that time of year again...

http://www.circuswurx.co.uk/conv.html

16th - 17th August 2008, although most people will turn up on the Friday. It's camping, but there are proper showers and toilets. There are food vans which sell very edible things, and there's even a bar.

It's a damn good weekend, so who's up for it?


No can do. I'm at V. Have fun smile.gif

Posted by: snoo Jul 8 2008, 12:40 PM

QUOTE (Mata @ Jul 8 2008, 01:25 PM) *
It's a damn good weekend, so who's up for it?


Me!! Paul should've ordered our tickets already smile.gif

Posted by: Mata Jul 8 2008, 12:58 PM

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=55113885623

Posted by: Raven-Mad Jul 8 2008, 01:32 PM

Looks like a lot of fun!! May be going to this... Plans will need to be re done... but i can manage it....

Posted by: funked)out_frog Jul 8 2008, 03:22 PM

I'll be there! With my family, and some friends, but mostly family XD

Posted by: Daria Jul 8 2008, 05:01 PM

I'll be moving around about then- or I will already be living in Scotland sad.gif

Posted by: CheeseMoose Jul 8 2008, 05:47 PM

I might come! If I'm free. And someone promises to teach me to juggle.

Posted by: Mata Jul 8 2008, 06:44 PM

Teaching can be arranged, yes indeedy.

Posted by: moop Jul 9 2008, 09:47 PM

Cand and I have tickets booked. biggrin.gif

Posted by: elphaba2 Jul 9 2008, 10:20 PM

I wish we had one of these stateside (northamericaside? Moving to Canada is strange!) It sounds really fun, so all of you need to take a lot of pictures. Lotslotslots.

Posted by: crazymat Jul 10 2008, 03:55 PM

just booked my ticket smile.gif

I can teach juggling maybe!

Posted by: candice Jul 10 2008, 07:16 PM

This will be my third time going, and I still cannot juggle. I can throw the balls at the right time, but catching them is an issue.

(Why am I tempted to say "That's what SHE said" after typing that?)

Last year I DID actually learn some contact juggling stuff...kind of! So I can't assist in the teaching, but can promise that even if you can't juggle it's fun anyway.

Posted by: moop Jul 13 2008, 10:21 PM

I can possibly assist in teaching. A friend at work picked up a 3 ball cascade in about 30 seconds just from a brief description having never juggled before, but that was probably just natural talent and coordination.

I should get him to try Mills Mess at some point. >_>

Posted by: Mata Aug 2 2009, 10:37 PM

It's that time of year again!

This year's convention is Friday 14th - 16th of August (two week's time). Who's coming along?

Posted by: moop Aug 2 2009, 10:46 PM

Have had tickets for a week or two now. smile.gif Candice and I will be there.

Posted by: snoo Aug 3 2009, 06:59 AM

Unless it's a very last minute decision Paul and I won't be there because we're moving house next weekend so can't really afford to do anything sad.gif

Posted by: crazymat Aug 3 2009, 07:25 AM

I'm going smile.gif

Posted by: funked)out_frog Aug 3 2009, 09:01 AM

I'll be there with the family smile.gif

Posted by: crazymat Aug 3 2009, 10:18 AM

will you be teaching stuff again Mata? I'll have to attend some more workshops this time.

Posted by: Cath Aug 3 2009, 01:15 PM

Damn it's that time of year again! Have fun guy's. biggrin.gif

Posted by: Mata Aug 4 2009, 01:01 PM

I'll be teaching a club swinging workshop as usual smile.gif

Posted by: snoo Aug 5 2009, 07:11 PM

Things have changed! Paul is going to a wedding in Suffolk that weekend so rather than sit at home on my billy with no internet and no friends I'm going to go to camping in a car park in Crawley!!

I decided this 5 mins ago so now I'm rather hyper!

Posted by: Mata Aug 6 2009, 12:27 PM

Hooray! There's no better way to spend the weekend than camping by a car park! biggrin.gif

Posted by: Lurker in the Dark Aug 6 2009, 05:53 PM

ph34r.gif Yup. Will be there from about 3 or 4, so if anyone needs a space saving let me know. ph34r.gif

Posted by: funked)out_frog Aug 7 2009, 10:57 AM

QUOTE (Lurker in the Dark @ Aug 6 2009, 06:53 PM) *
ph34r.gif Yup. Will be there from about 3 or 4, so if anyone needs a space saving let me know. ph34r.gif



Oh hai, who are you? I'm all like... I think I met Mat... but I don't know who you are >_> Come say hai to me at the con happy.gif

Posted by: Mata Aug 7 2009, 12:23 PM

Hi Rob smile.gif

I plan on getting there around then, although possibly a little while later. Could you save me my normal one-tent space by the corner of the carpark, just on the left as you go in, please?

Posted by: snoo Aug 7 2009, 03:59 PM

Yeah, and try to make sure you judge it a bit better this year so we don't all have to shift our tents along a few feet every time somebody turns up! tongue.gif

Posted by: funked)out_frog Aug 13 2009, 10:45 AM

I won't be coming this year. Hope y'all have a good time and it doesn't piss down wink.gif

Posted by: Mata Aug 13 2009, 12:10 PM

WHAAAT? Nooooo! Why not?

Posted by: crazymat Aug 13 2009, 01:12 PM

Boooo!

and yes I think we did meet last year.

Not sure who else on here I've met, I definitely know Mata and Greeneyes, but don't think I've said anything other than "hello" to anyone else. ph34r.gif

Posted by: funked)out_frog Aug 17 2009, 10:36 AM

Eh? "Stuff". aka I am feeling emo.



Anyways, how was it?

Posted by: Mata Aug 17 2009, 12:49 PM

Photos! Live! Uncut!

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=logo#/album.php?aid=298075&id=649810540&ref=mf

(Which is another way of saying I couldn't be bothered to trim them or decide which to not bother with so I just put the whole lot online.)

It was jolly good fun. I ache, I'm slightly sunburnt, and I'm sad that I won't see most of those lovely people for another year.

Posted by: crazymat Aug 17 2009, 04:57 PM

I learnt how to spell things in sign language!

Posted by: Hobbes Aug 17 2009, 10:09 PM

I should take a risk and just turn up to these things, even just as a spectator!

Posted by: Mata Aug 17 2009, 10:13 PM

Yes, you really should. We've known each other for about seven or eight years. There's no excuse for not coming along at least once! smile.gif

Posted by: Hobbes Aug 17 2009, 10:58 PM

Procrastination? biggrin.gif

Posted by: funked)out_frog Aug 18 2009, 03:12 AM

Procrastinate tomorrow, act today!- or next year. >_>

Posted by: snoo Aug 27 2009, 08:51 PM

I had fun!

My eye still hasn't quite healed from sleeping on the toggle of my sleeping bag though D:

I'll stick my pics on facebook now we have internet!

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