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Mata
(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?
the lil' pie fairy
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
Mata
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!
froggle-rock
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
Jonman
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?
froggle-rock
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*
Jonman
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!
froggle-rock
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
Mata
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?
Jonman
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...)
froggle-rock
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?)
Mata
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...
froggle-rock
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
froggle-rock
less than 48 hours to go. Funked is quite excied. << hasnt been camping in a while. yay. biggrin.gif
Mata
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.
Jonman
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.
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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.
Mata
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.
Jonman
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.
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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.
Mata
That becomes a lot easier if you stop bouncing.
Jonman
QUOTE (Mata @ Aug 12 2004, 04:32 AM)
That becomes a lot easier if you stop bouncing.
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then what's the point of being on a trampoline, then, eh? EH?
snooodlysnoosnoosnoodle
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!
froggle-rock
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*
Mata
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!
ravein
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
Jonman
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!
froggle-rock
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
Jonman
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...
Mata
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.
Jonman
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.
Mr Fuzzy
/me grabs lighters and gets on a bus

Does it count if I set him on fire? evil.gif
Jonman
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.
ravein
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
Mr Fuzzy
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.
Mata
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...
froggle-rock
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.
Mata
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...
froggle-rock
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 here for basic details, and whwn I find out the prices I'll re-do the link.
Cath Sparrow
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...
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That sounds suspiciously like Gwyns Valley just out side Betws-y-Coed. Was it right next to a lake?
Mata
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.
Cath Sparrow
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!
Mr Fuzzy
How odd. Aside from a few occasions I've never found myself headed to Wales when bored. Perhaps I'm just too damn lazy.
Cath Sparrow
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)
froggle-rock
BUMP

Weeeeeeee

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


So, who's comming?
Phyllis
*waves hand manically and grabs moop's hand and waves that too*

Wheee! Piratical
Mata
13th-14th August

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

Yay!
kisah
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
EvilSpork
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
Jonman
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)
Mata
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.
Jonman
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.
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