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Cath Sparrow
post Nov 7 2009, 07:02 PM
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So the plan run along about the same as usual meeting about 1ish, Lunch, Steam Punk Exhibition, pub, other stuff. biggrin.gif

Offline I'm usually called: Cath
Number of people coming so far: 1
I'll be arriving: Probably at Mata's sometime before 1 as I'm driving down
I'll be leaving: Sunday after lunch (worked fine last time)
I'm up for meeting during the afternoon: Yes
18 or over?: Unfortunatly
I'm up for going for an evening meal somewhere: Yep
I'm up for going to a pub in the evening: Pubs are good
I'm up for going to a club in the evening: Sure thing
Staying the night?: Yus
Accommodation has been arranged?: Yup I have a nice floor board with my name on it at Mata's
Can offer accommodation to others?: I really dont think it would be apreciated if I did.


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post Nov 7 2009, 07:34 PM
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Offline I'm usually called: Rob
Number of people coming so far: 2
I'll be arriving: 1 ish
I'll be leaving: Whenever (24hr bus to London, 24hr bus to my flat)
I'm up for meeting during the afternoon: Yes
18 or over?: Not as much as the one above
I'm up for going for an evening meal somewhere: Yep
I'm up for going to a pub in the evening: Pubs are good
I'm up for going to a club in the evening: Poss, rather have a cheap one.
Staying the night?: Not in terms of sleeping somewhere
Accommodation has been arranged?: Yup
Can offer accommodation to others?: No, soz
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post Nov 7 2009, 08:00 PM
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*Makes rude gestures at lurker (I r mature I r)* Not that far behind dear tongue.gif


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post Nov 7 2009, 09:19 PM
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Offline I'm usually called: Mata
Number of people coming so far: 3
I'll be arriving: 18 months-ish ago.
I'll be leaving: A couple of years?
I'm up for meeting during the afternoon: Yes
18 or over?: Physically, yes.
I'm up for going for an evening meal somewhere: Yep
I'm up for going to a pub in the evening: Pubs are good
I'm up for going to a club in the evening: In Oxford? You'd be lucky. A pub's your best bet.
Staying the night?: Yes.
Accommodation has been arranged?: I live here.
Can offer accommodation to others?: Only if they don't mind the cold in the kitchen, or camping in November in a very small garden, the rest of the space has been taken.


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post Nov 8 2009, 12:18 AM
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QUOTE (Mata @ Nov 7 2009, 09:19 PM) *
I'm up for going to a club in the evening: In Oxford? You'd be lucky. A pub's your best bet.


Does the Park End Club still exist? Not that I ever went there, it is just that I have childhood memories of hearing adverts on Fox FM (now part of Heart) proclaiming, "Ladies Night!!! At the Park End Club!!"
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post Nov 8 2009, 12:24 AM
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And... *cough*... I'm thinking about attending as, all being well, I should be visiting an old friend in Benson on the 22nd. So a weekend back in my old 'Shire would be nice. And Mata HAS been telling me for several years to attend one of these meets, so I probably should, being a meet-virgin an' all.
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post Nov 8 2009, 10:06 AM
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YES! COME! We've been friends for something like nine years, it's about time you came along!


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post Nov 8 2009, 11:47 AM
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Offline I'm usually called: Sam (but Pixie also works!)
Number of people coming so far: 5
I'll be arriving: Probably at Mata's sometime before 1 as I'm driving down
I'll be leaving: Sunday after lunch (worked fine last time)
I'm up for meeting during the afternoon: Yes
18 or over?: Over...WAAAAAY over biggrin.gif
I'm up for going for an evening meal somewhere: Of course...with pudding too wink.gif
I'm up for going to a pub in the evening: Pubs rather than clubbing I think...I AM getting rather old now biggrin.gif
I'm up for going to a club in the evening: Clubs in Oxford???
Staying the night?: Yep
Accommodation has been arranged?: Yup I have space for my inflatable bed I assume smile.gif
Can offer accommodation to others?: Not my home, not my place smile.gif


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post Nov 8 2009, 03:44 PM
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Oooo! Yeh Hobbes comecome! More definatly the merrier!


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post Nov 8 2009, 04:00 PM
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Well... I better fill in one of these in the hope I'll attend :]

Offline I'm usually called: Hobbes, or Christopher
Number of people coming so far: 5 (as Sam took me as #4)
I'll be arriving: At some point that morning, as I might well have to wander nostalgically around Oxford town centre.
I'll be leaving: At some point that evening?
I'm up for meeting during the afternoon: Yes
18 or over?: I can just about remember being 18.
I'm up for going for an evening meal somewhere: Certainly!
I'm up for going to a pub in the evening: Sure thing!
I'm up for going to a club in the evening: Not reeeeally my kinda scene, but I try to be easy-going (which might be somewhat oxymoronic)
Staying the night?: Yes.
Accommodation has been arranged?: Yes... I'm hopefully visiting others elsewhere in the 'Shire.
Can offer accommodation to others?: Nopes, sorry.

Mata, any parking tips? My only experience putting a car somewhere in Oxford was many, many years ago when shopping with my parents, so it would have been one of the town centre multi-storeys.
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post Nov 8 2009, 05:49 PM
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QUOTE (Hobbes @ Nov 8 2009, 12:24 AM) *
I probably should [attend], being a meet-virgin an' all.



QUOTE (Mata @ Nov 8 2009, 10:06 AM) *
YES! COME!



QUOTE (Cath @ Nov 8 2009, 03:44 PM) *
Oooo! Yeh Hobbes comecome! More definatly the merrier!


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post Nov 8 2009, 06:12 PM
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*rolls eyes*

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post Nov 8 2009, 06:34 PM
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Yay! biggrin.gif

Parking - Probably one of the park & ride places outside of town is going to be the best bet.


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post Nov 13 2009, 01:23 PM
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Here's a map from the train station (A), to the easiest meeting location (B - The Carfax Tower) , then on to the pub where we'll probably try for lunch (C - The Three Goats Heads, one of those cheapy pubs that brews its own beer, the name of the chain escapes me right now):

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&sour...e=UTF8&z=17

If you're driving from the east, then Thornhill park & ride is going to be your best bet for parking. The 400 bus is very frequent and reliable. The park & ride is right by the big clump of letters on this map:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=thornhill%...l=en&tab=wl

After 4pm on saturdays the parking around my house becomes unrestricted, but it's double yellow lines before then.

If you're coming by coach from London then you can pick up either the Oxford Tube or the Oxford Express from Victoria station. Both get you to central Oxford in about 90 minutes and cost around 16 for an overnight return (adult, no discounts, it's less for students I think).


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post Nov 13 2009, 01:24 PM
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Also, two people from work and likely at least one gothy friend from my Winchester days (possibly two) will be along.


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post Nov 13 2009, 05:45 PM
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QUOTE (Mata @ Nov 13 2009, 01:23 PM) *
Here's a map from the train station (A), to the easiest meeting location (B - The Carfax Tower) , then on to the pub where we'll probably try for lunch (C - The Three Goats Heads, one of those cheapy pubs that brews its own beer, the name of the chain escapes me right now):

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&sour...e=UTF8&z=17


I feel very ashamed... having once lived in Oxfordshire, and being a regular visitor to Oxford town centre, I just discovered (via Google StreetView), that I know very little of Oxford apart from the the main shopping centres and retail street. Turn off down a side street and suddenly I know nothing.

I also had a bit of a turn when I thought that Borders was no longer in Oxford, but fortunately my memory had placed it ever so slightly closer to Waterstones that it actually is. I feel better now.
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post Nov 14 2009, 12:11 PM
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One additional bit of info - both the Oxford Tube and Oxford Express coaches from London Victoria run 24 hours a day, so you can get back to London at any point. It picks up centrally in Oxford and from just around the corner from my house.


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post Nov 15 2009, 12:48 PM
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So this is definitely all-clear next weekend. The numbers are reasonably low-ish so it might end up with a small party back at mine.

Drivers bringing bedding and suchlike, probably your best bet would be to drop things off at my house first then head to the park and ride. PM me for my address.

Once you're at the park and ride, get the 400 bus into town. Ask to be told when you're at the Carfax tower (otherwise known as 'the main stop for central Oxford')- it'll look a lot like this when you get off http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=carfax+tow...,248.17,,0,3.56 The tower is the building with the clock on it... That's a tower. With a sign on the side saying 'Carfax Tower'.

I know buses are unfamiliar things to you drivers, but they are handy when you want to be able to drink!

As I said before, parking around my house is double-yellow lines until 4pm on Saturdays, for some unknown reason, and they are pretty hot on it. After that it's all-clear for the rest of the weekend, so if you want to go and pick up your car during the afternoon and take it to my house then you can do that. There is a centre of town car park near to the Carfax Tower, but I suspect that they charge approximately 50% the cost of the earth for a couple of hours parking, but if a few of you want to share a car to get to and from the park and ride then that would be a way to do it.

Now that my house is -1, I can probably offer floor space to more people as long as they don't mind the rather chilly kitchen. If it's too bad then there would also be floor space in my room probably... But that might be a bit odd.

I do have a single-person inflatable mattress that someone is welcome to use.

... And that's about as much information I can think of.

In summary - drivers with overnight things - drop your stuff off at my house then head out to the park and ride.


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post Nov 15 2009, 06:50 PM
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ph34r.gif I'm going to be getting the Oxford Tube back at some ungodly hour of the night if anyone fancies doing an en masse bus trip. ph34r.gif
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post Nov 15 2009, 09:07 PM
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I am not sure whether i am going to be coming to the Shire on the Friday night or the Saturday morning as yet. But depending what happens, I might well get the train into Oxford from Didcot, and thus head back on the train from Oxford depending what time it is. I'm considering coming down the evening before just so I have more time the following day (i.e. morning) to wander around going, "That never used to be there!" and "Where's THAT gone?"
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post Nov 16 2009, 01:23 PM
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Offline I'm usually called: Dave, Bigdave etc. I am also bringing someone named Bo.
Number of people coming so far: 7
I'll be arriving: Around 1
I'll be leaving: At some point in the late evening 24 hour bus to london, hurrah.
I'm up for meeting during the afternoon: Yes
18 or over?: Yes, indeed.
I'm up for going for an evening meal somewhere: Hurrah! Food! (That's a yes)
I'm up for going to a pub in the evening: Hurrah! Alcohol! (yes again)
I'm up for going to a club in the evening: Not so much, need to get home.
Staying the night?: Nope
Accommodation has been arranged?: Yes, back in London in my very own bed.
Can offer accommodation to others?: Not really, sorry!


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post Nov 16 2009, 01:59 PM
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So, with the four-ish people I've got coming along from work and old friends, this makes 11. Hurrah!

Anyone who needs my number should drop me a PM. It'll make things easier with the co-ordination.

If you're running late, The Three Goats Heads (the lunchtime destination) is along the road past the main shops, such as Boots and HMV, and down a left-hand turn into St Michael's Street. It's very easy to get to and only takes a couple of minutes to walk.

Dave - you'll be getting off the coach at around the same stop as the people who use the park & ride: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=carfax+tow...,248.17,,0,3.56


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post Nov 16 2009, 05:17 PM
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Being that this is the wrong side of pay day by seven days, and that I'm having to pay 7.20 everyday to get to Maidstone for jury service, funds are against me. Things could be looking up on the money front though, I'll keep you posted.


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post Nov 16 2009, 09:45 PM
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Eeeek... I am SO not the kind of person to throw himself into a group of people he's never met before! blush.gif
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post Nov 16 2009, 11:22 PM
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Technically I think we met about eight years ago, it's just that this will be the first physical meeting, if that makes you feel any better smile.gif

And come on SPS, check down the back of the sofa!


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