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Smiler
Right, what with Snugs and Poppa Moo returning to these hallowed web based shores I think it's high time to organise the first meet of '09 as sugested by Pixie... plus meets are fun and I've got five minutes before work starts.

Now, Pixie is away until the back end of Feb and as it'll take a month or two to organise judging by past records I shall open the bidding by proposing the following dates:

March 7th
March 21st
April 4th

Other dates for Ryn and I are awkward but feel free to suggest better ones for you and we can all squabble like kids wink.gif

Location: Discuss. Fave meet sites have been Nottingham, Liverpool and London but should we perhaps spread the love?
Requirements: Good pubs, acceptable all round eateries (veggie etc), easy accesability (mainline trains/busses). Any more?
froggle-rock
Liverpool or Mancs or Notts? Not London would be good. Or rather Not Camden in London. There's like Spitafield's Market and Brick Lane that side, plus the city can be a nice walk around for the buildings and that. Or somewhere with a Lazer Quest? Because though it was a small meet it was FUNZ

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Daria
I would like to see you all! And I also propose that we drag InKy and Leo to come too. I want to see the world implode happy.gif

I am a poor student, but if I book in advance then I can get cheapy cheap cheap train tickets from Aberdeen to the end of the earth. However, it takes me about 8 hours to get anywhere (7.5 to London, 7.5 to Crewe- it all depends on how much I have to wait at one station for a change) so it would be nice if we did something a little more than stomping to Camden to find that there is nothing interesting there any more, and all the pubs are full wink.gif

How about something like Go Ape! or some other kind of climbing thingy? Being March, it might actually be a nice enough time to do something like that. OR if we fancied going somewhere weird, like Milton Keynes, then there would be lots of things- like wind tunnel, cinema, ice skating, skiing, climbing- all in one place (NB- not actually suggesting MK, but just somewhere like that).

Alternatively, you can all come to my house for tea. Aberdeen has a pretty selection of ferries and dockyard buildings, granite as far as the eye can see, and a beach.

Ahem.

Also, somewhere central, if you include where I live, would end up being somewhere like Manchester- so I propose that we either have an oop norf meet, or ignore where I live and play down south biggrin.gif As previously mentioned, it would take me the same time to get to either (it might actually take longer to get to Manchester).
Phyllis
Not London would definitely be good. Maybe Birmingham? I think it'd be fairly easy for most people to get to for a daytime meet (except maybe Daria, but she is difficult! tongue.gif ). We could house people coming from further away as long as they were willing to leave by about 11PM (as that's when the last train is). The Chester mini-meets were fun, but that's a little more out of the way. Again, we could house people. Cath mustn't tempt me with the squeezy cheese this time, though. It causes me great gastric distress! Manchester could be good -- I've never been there. And we haven't had a Nottingham meet in aaaaages. My preference for Nottingham has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that it's 20 minutes from me. wink.gif

I say no to climbing, but will sit and watch if that's what everyone else wants to do. March 7th or April 4th would probably be the best for us out of those dates. Around the 21st I will most likely be flailing my arms and assembling my indefinite leave to remain application.
Daria
Anyone fancy a Late Jan meet? Nothing spectacular, just that I'll be around London from the 28th of January to the 1st of Feb and I like to see your faces.

Cand: If I was coming to Brum, I would probably go to Monty's overnight, then get a train up from there. As crazy at it might sound, it probably takes less time biggrin.gif

Manchester has really good vibes. I can't say anything more, because I was only there for a few hours last year when I went to an LCD Soundsystem gig. It was worth the trip biggrin.gif
froggle-rock
BIRMINGHAM! YUS! YUS! Because we can go for curry and I could offer a sofa space to a few peoples and I could see my aunt too because I missed her coming to Londonia over Christmas.

So yes. Brum XD
{Gothic Angel}
I could hypothetically do any of those dates, though I work weekends and only get told which day 2 weeks in advance, so is provisional on shift arrangements. Birmingham works for me also, but I'm happy to travel biggrin.gif And I luff Go Ape but I can totally see why other people might not happy.gif

I'd come see you end of Jan, Beccles, but I'm'a be at the Brighton Tatt convention.

(Hello! I am still alive biggrin.gif)
Pixelgoth
I can't do either March date but the other date is fine....so far smile.gif It's my friend's birthday in Nottingham so I may be up that way so perhaps a meet in Nottingham that weekend would be good???? Nothing's been decided yet so I can't say for certain.

I don't mind where we meet up. I have friends in Birmingham, Manchester and London way so all's good biggrin.gif

I'll be popping on Matazone while I'm away to keep a track of things.

Huzzah for the next meet smile.gif
Phyllis
*high fives Frog* BIRMINGHAM!

We need a hypnotizing smiley. @_@

Becky - we'd love to go down to London around that time to meet up with you, but can't really do so this month. sad.gif
Mata
Birmingham sounds fine to me - it's been a while since we did one in that area.

I suspect that the very start of March is going to be better for me - I think that work is planning to devour my life for two months from around that time onwards and I can't promise I would have my weekends free.
Moosh
Either March date is good, April probably not, but you never know.

Birmingham is easy for me, Manchester is even easier (though just 'cos I live here don't expect me to know where things are or have suggestions of where to go or anything).

Becky: London end of Jan might be okay. I'm at a gig on the 30th but the weekend is free.
Daria
Well, I can't offer accommodation in London and I probably won't be staying the night- BUT funstuff yay!
Moosh
Okay, I'll mark it down as possible.

Also, frogg mentioned laser quest. I second this. Not that I just really want to get you all in a darkened room and shoot at you ph34r.gif
EvilSpork
Theoretically if I could save up the money for a flight I could make the March 7th date wink.gif

Don't put bets on that one though.
snooodlysnoosnoosnoodle
I can do any of the dates and I'd prefer a B'ham meet. I could provide some accommodation if people don't mind getting the train out to Kiddie (I think a single is about 2.50ish) and depending on how cosy you mind getting any more than one or two people it would be floor based sleeping arrangements but it would give me a good reason to tidy my spare room!!
froggle-rock
Okay, so anyone have any objections to Birmingham?
Industrial Kybosh
Birmingham on the 7th of March? Yeah, count me in. It's been a while.
Daria
I'm cool for Birmingham on the 7th!
Industrial Kybosh
I am, right now, in the process of booking holiday for the very event, so you'd better not go changing it, else I'll be having a very lonely afternoon in Brum.
Smiler
Blimey, we almost have consensus... erm ish. Will check with the missus.
Early March aslo seems to be fin e(apart from Pixie sad.gif)
Faerieryn
The first weekend in April is my HEN NIGHT YOU GIT!!!!!!!!! SO hopefully a fair few female matazonians might be gracing london anyway
leopold
QUOTE (Daria @ Jan 15 2009, 09:39 AM) *
And I also propose that we drag InKy and Leo to come too. I want to see the world implode happy.gif

Sorry to disappoint, Daria, but the chances of me attending a meet are one in zero. There's more chance of a woman Pope.
Daria
QUOTE (leopold @ Jan 19 2009, 10:12 AM) *
QUOTE (Daria @ Jan 15 2009, 09:39 AM) *
And I also propose that we drag InKy and Leo to come too. I want to see the world implode happy.gif

Sorry to disappoint, Daria, but the chances of me attending a meet are one in zero. There's more chance of a woman Pope.


But... there has already been a female pope. Hence the chair. *bottom lip starts to quiver*
Industrial Kybosh
It's OK, Daria. If you like, I can pretend to be leo for a while.

"Blah blah blah, grumpy Northerner, I hate Rihanna, blah blah blah"

Uncanny, I'm sure you'll agree.
leopold
Wow, it's like looking in a mirror. Only hairier. tongue.gif
Pixelgoth
Dag nam it I CAN'T do 7th March sad.gif

Any other weekend is fine....except 21st March as I can a concert that weekend.

Bumhats sad.gif
DarkInferno
I'll hopefully be there tongue.gif

Can't promise anything... have to see how work is... but ya.
froggle-rock
I won't be coming. Have a good time in Brum- eating curry happy.gif
Daria
Ok: Seeing as Froggie and Pixie can't make it, should we reschedule? I haven't yet bought my train tickets and I don't think I will be able to afford to now (I have to pay my taxes >_>) so that would be me out.

What does everyone think?
Moosh
Well I haven't made any arrangements yet, (apart from writing it in my diary. Don't make me cross that out) so I'm happy to change. However, someone might not be too pleased:

QUOTE (Industrial Kybosh @ Jan 16 2009, 11:52 AM) *
I am, right now, in the process of booking holiday for the very event, so you'd better not go changing it, else I'll be having a very lonely afternoon in Brum.
Daria
I think he would appreciate the holiday either way smile.gif
Mata
How much would InKy scream if we suggested moving it to April 4th? I'll be under some pressure at work around then, but I should be able to make sure I get the weekend off.
Daria
Ooo! I would be on Easter Holiday then! I'm suuuuure we could persuade InKy to take time off his new job and meet up? Maybe?
Moosh
I would also be on Easter break then, which may not be so good as I may well be hiking somewhere along the Pennine Way. Would have to check dates and now isn't a great time to do that really. I'll get back to you.
Industrial Kybosh
Meh @ the date. That was when I was still working for Phones4u. Hard to book holiday with a company that you've left, and which is determined to make you redundant anyway. Feel free to move the date, as it will make very little difference to me now. New job, new rota! Yay!
Smiler
May be fine for us too but is in the ramp up to wedding so not sure what's going on in April yet...watch this space.
Phyllis
QUOTE (Faerieryn @ Jan 16 2009, 06:26 PM) *
The first weekend in April is my HEN NIGHT YOU GIT!!!!!!!!!

Unless that's changed, I'm guessing it's not okay with Ryn. wink.gif

April 4th will probably be okay with us. I'm going to submit my visa right when I become eligible around the last weekend of March (apparently April 1st is when they like to change the rules/make it more expensive each year). I will be needing a drink after all that nonsense!
Mata
Okay... Everyone put down the weekends that they can do through March up to the end of April and we'll pick whatever inconveniences the least people. Me? I can do all of them.

Feb 28th/ March 1st
March 7 - 8th
March 14 - 15th
March 21 - 22nd
March 28 -29th
April 4 - 5th
April 11 - 12th
April 18 - 19th
April 25 - 26th
Moosh
March 7 - 8th
March 14 - 15th
March 21 - 22nd
March 28 - 29th
April 4 - 5th - These are unknown
April 11 - 12th
April 18 - 19th

April 25 - 26th
Phyllis
We can most likely do:
March 7-8
March 14-18
April 4-5
April 18-19
April 25-26

Our anniversary, my birthday, and my visa application will mean we're busy for at least 3 of the other proposed weekends.
Daria
Feb 28th/ March 1st

March 14 - 15th
March 21 - 22nd
March 28 -29th
April 4 - 5th

April 11 - 12th
April 18 - 19th
April 25 - 26th

I'm rubbish >_>
And of course, those in March/ April depend on monies.
snooodlysnoosnoosnoodle
I can do any of them seeing as how I have no social life to speak of - yay!
Moosh
New selection of weekends that I can actually do:

March 21 - 22nd
March 28 - 29th
April 4 -5th
April 25 - 26th

Is there any sort of consensus on a date chaps?
Phyllis
Argh, duckflaps. Sorry guys, we probably aren't going to be able to make a meet held in the spring anymore. sad.gif
Mata
Sorry to hear that Cand.

Of the messages posted so far, March 28th-29th seems the safest bet. If anyone else wants to be taken into consideration then they'd better put their available dates on here quick sharp.
DarkInferno
I think I may be in the peak district for the start of April, March 28th/29th are good for me though.
Smiler
Flaps of a duck! Not sure now. Basically any weekend is tight for me 'cos of the radio on Sundays but I'd originally thought I could get out for a week, trouble is with wedding being an all consuming beast weekends seem to be becoming tight. Erm the 4/5th April date I've got earmarked for the meet anyway but of the MArch dates the 21st/22nd would be better I think. Will double check and let know.
Pixelgoth
March 14 - 15th X
March 21 - 22nd X
March 28 -29th
April 4 - 5th X
April 11 - 12th X
April 18 - 19th (potential Bday meet for me wink.gif)
April 25 - 26th

I CAN'T do those marked with an X

So March 28 -29th and April 25 - 26th only peeps smile.gif
Pixelgoth
QUOTE (Pixiegoth @ Mar 5 2009, 01:10 PM) *
March 14 - 15th X
March 21 - 22nd X
March 28 -29th
April 4 - 5th X
April 11 - 12th X
April 18 - 19th (potential Bday meet for me wink.gif)
April 25 - 26th

I CAN'T do those marked with an X

So March 28 -29th and April 25 - 26th only peeps smile.gif


Can't do 28th March now either. Sorry people. I get booked up quickly wink.gif
Moosh
28th of March is also no longer free for me.
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