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Mini Halfcon London, Feb 2007

Just a quick call to arms...
  [vote for,

I'm going to be in London over the evening of Tuesday, 6th Feb.

If any HBers fancy joining me for a quiet sup of tasty beverage in an establishment, yet to be decided (possibly Covent Garden), then that would be tip-top.


Jinbish, Jan 29 2007

Marquis of Granby http://fancyapint.com/pubs/pub75.html
Looks like the pub we went to last time... [Jinbish, Feb 02 2007]

Marquess of Anglesey http://fancyapint.com/pubs/pub537.html
NO! This is the one we went to last time [Jinbish, Feb 02 2007]

Map showing Marquess of Anglesey http://maps.google....7,0.007167&t=h&om=1
[Jinbish, Feb 02 2007]

Photos http://dubatmultipl....com/photos/album/6
[Dub, Feb 08 2007]

1927 Brussels Halfcon http://ocw.tufts.edu/Course/36
(Picture taken shortly after Genk rules were ratified) [Dub, Feb 10 2007]


       I'd love to, but Tuesdays are not good for me to come out and play.
hippo, Jan 29 2007

       I'd be delighted.
zen_tom, Jan 29 2007

       Yep, anything for a cheap massage and a pint.
skinflaps, Jan 29 2007

Dub, Jan 29 2007

       As per previous, I am looking at getting there if the service from Billinghurst Station is OK - it is a short taxi from the training course location.
gnomethang, Jan 29 2007

Jinbish, Jan 30 2007


       What was the name of the place we went to last time? The Earl of Something-or-other - it was kind of Covent Gardenish.
zen_tom, Feb 02 2007

       The Marquis of Granby or sumptin.
skinflaps, Feb 02 2007

       I thought it was the Smiths of Suede, no?   

       Gutted again that my career doesn't take me Down South.
calum, Feb 02 2007

       Get a job as a trolly dolly on a train that leaves from up there to down here.
skinflaps, Feb 02 2007

       I can say with certainty that either I will be there or I won't. I have a heinous event on that day with an unspecified finish time. If I do not appear, you can take it that a) I'm still working, or b) I like neither you lot, beer or Covent Garden.
wagster, Feb 02 2007

       To use Glaswegian parlance, I haven't a Scooby, byraway.   

       I *think* it was the Marquis of Granby... (linky)
Jinbish, Feb 02 2007

       Nope. I'm telling porky pies - I now think that the pub was the Marquess of Anglesey (linky 2).   

       Which is here: (linky 3)
Jinbish, Feb 02 2007

       Ahh yes, M. de Anglesey looks right. Perhaps we should at some point consider a Glaswegian pilgrimage - we can pick people up on the way, eventually arriving en-mass at [JinBish] and [calum]'s front doors, tired, hungry and in need of refreshments.
zen_tom, Feb 02 2007

       That be it, I'll see you within the Marquis of Grimsby.
skinflaps, Feb 02 2007

       Marquis of Bostick - what you get on your good carpet after sticking new soles on your shoes and forgetting what can happen when you put your weight on them before the glue has fully dried.
xenzag, Feb 02 2007

       //and in need of refreshments//
Tennent's lager all round!

       Actually, we should organise some sort of Scottish Halfcon that isn't just me and El Bish (that's his spanish name) sitting out at Cottiers. We can surely muster at least four...
calum, Feb 02 2007

       That would be sweet. Especially if it was in the Summer - giving us a fighting chance of some sunshine.
Jinbish, Feb 02 2007

       Now accepting offers for free air fare...
blissmiss, Feb 02 2007

       I'll pay for your free air fare
Dub, Feb 03 2007

       I may be drinking a Long Island ice tea, but I'll be no closer.
reensure, Feb 03 2007

       Would there be enough space for a Leopard who's lost his stripes...?
theleopard, Feb 03 2007

       Hey Dub, free for me, I mean...Costly for you of course. Come on now, I'm single, recently shed 42 lbs of unwanted pudge, and another 200 lbs of pudgy grump, and would love to meet the Brits.   

       I dream for the day I may be honored to meet her po-niss.   

       And all the other hellians that have kept me laughing through good, bad and very devastating years, with wit and intelliegent banter.   

       I don't smoke, I don't swear, and am rarely in a pissy mood. I never treat anyone but with the utmost respect, and kissing people's asses is my favorite artistic outlet.   

       I'm known for my extreme loyality to my work, and my bosses, and absolutely hate sitting in a cubicle for 8 hours/day, playing on funny internet sites, for better than 6 of those hours.   

       I have one small kitty, and a hole in my heart for the big guy I left behind. No, not him, my darling dustin.   

       Quick someone needs to get me across the ocean. The former Mr. Bliss and I, have begun to hedge our way towards a reconcilliation. We have been married for 19 years, but only lived in the same state for 3 of them. The secret to a successful marriage, I spose.   

       Anyway, send tickets, (1person, 1 kitten), to CT. It'll get to me, I assure you.
blissmiss, Feb 03 2007

       blissy - book your ticket, just come here for a big hug... I'll pay half I promise.   

       and U can stay here 4 free...   

       I think you need advice with ex's
po, Feb 03 2007

       Hang on...blissmiss and waugsqueke broke up??? I should pop in more often.
lintkeeper2, Feb 04 2007

       It's a free fare, isn't it? What's half of free? Hang on, what have I agreed to?   

       (Actually, with the exchange rates at the moment - it'd probably be cheaper if we all went over the pond)   


       {Attempts to study opening times (which aren't visible where they say they are) - Doesn't want to be caught out again!}
Dub, Feb 04 2007

       So... waugs quits the 'bakery and a while later loses a very cool woman. There's a lesson here for all of us. Don't get out of the boat.   

       Hope you're ok, blissy. Actually, I hope you're FABULOUS!
wagster, Feb 04 2007

       Uh, don't tell anyone but after his grand exit, I once caught him browsing. It's just the stubborn streak that has kept him away, I guess. He scrambled his password so all he can do is either get a new user name, or browse only. (So at this very minute this converstaion could be monitored by the devil himself.)   

       I find that rather neat in a deceptive sort of way.   

       So when is this piss-up? I could do the phone thing. The last time I was, hmmm, how shall I say, pretty much discouraged from answering the phone.   

       Thanks wags, I've never been better. Or atleast not in the last 4 or so years!!! (Lintkeeper, Ithought you had left us for good! Glad you have kept your baking brain fresh).
blissmiss, Feb 04 2007

       Hello. Only me.   

       The 'piss-up' is on Tuesday night - circa 7pm. All welcome - I suggets that I'll be at the bar of the Marquess of Anglesey between 7 & 7.30pm GMT. From then on, I'll be sitting down, enjoying a beverage. I'll work out a way of indicating the right table...   

       I've got a presentation to make the next day - so I'll looking for Halfbaked suggestions to overcome/hide a hangover.   

       [blissy]: If you can't hop on a plane in time, and we can't fund your mission of mercy-flight. Then I guess we'll just *have* to do it properly when you can!   

       There's no way I'm brave enough to stop a Leopard that's lost his stripes: for that would make him a Panther. With big pointy teeth...
Jinbish, Feb 04 2007

       //I'll work out a way of indicating the right table...//
I would've thought that was obvious - half a croissant on a plate in the middle of the table.
neutrinos_shadow, Feb 05 2007

       Didn't Lewisgirl once wear her croissant knickers to a pisser?
blissmiss, Feb 05 2007

       Jin, Hello it's me, it's been a long long time, sometimes I think...   

       Oh yeah, back on topic. What time will it be here at 7p there? About 1pm? I will be able to talk to you all.   

       I will post my number to someones email. Then please, please call me.
blissmiss, Feb 05 2007

       I'll bring a bucket of pennies and call you from a phone box.
skinflaps, Feb 05 2007

       [blissmiss] I did look about for cheap flights from CT to UK... But all I could find landed in Liverpool (I think)
Dub, Feb 05 2007

       OK peeps, this is my last post (unless I get Interweb access during my Tuesday meeting).   

       I'll hopefully be in the pub (Mqs. Anglesey) circa 7-7.30 with a tasty bit of pastry.   

       Hopefully see you cats there.   

       (Blissy - does any of the team have your phone no? If not, email it to me and we'll see what we can do...)
Jinbish, Feb 05 2007

       Too late, I fear. I was not near a computer till just now, and I'm sure po still has old info.   

       Well I hope you all had a roaring good time, and heads ache tomorrow like number 70 on the Richter Scale. Not really, I love you all dearly, and hope that someday jinflapsitinscalzenwags hipsdupjutta xenreen lintytheangle who is a doctor named Bob, and all the others who reside on the other side, can come to CT and join me in an American celebration, sponsored by lostdog, and startep.   

       Curry can come if there are no leash laws...(wulf wulf).   

       For real, hope everyone had fun.
blissmiss, Feb 06 2007

       Zen, are you going to bring your own massagage oil, just in case You-Know-Who's there again?
Dub, Feb 06 2007

       I thought that we had agreed that it was your turn [Dub]to bring the oil that is.
skinflaps, Feb 06 2007

       I will be there soon. Wearing a secret hat.
wagster, Feb 06 2007

       I am likely to be flown to London for work - about a week too late for this.   


       With you in spirit, anyway.
pertinax, Feb 07 2007

       Darn, I missed it. Hope you guys had fun.   

       Blissy - sorry to hear about you and Waugs. I think you should come visit me in Australia instead.
madradish, Feb 07 2007

       A fine evening of BLTs and beer (consumed orthogonally) - A pleasure as always.
zen_tom, Feb 07 2007

       I think I'll vote for this idea - it was a good one. Nice to finally meet The Mighty Jinbish.
wagster, Feb 07 2007

skinflaps, Feb 07 2007

       <makes the sign of the orthagonal [jinbish] (an 'X' with hands)>
zen_tom, Feb 07 2007

skinflaps, Feb 07 2007

       We had a quorum - I'll post the few piccies up - I don't recall. Was anyone wearing Invisibling earrings?   

       [Blissmiss] we tried to get a message to you, sorry. Instead we sent a beery serenade to Po's mobile   

       [ZenTom]Did your Chakras suffer from the lack of attention?
Dub, Feb 07 2007

       Oooh me chakras! Next time...next time.
zen_tom, Feb 07 2007

       Glad y'all had a ball. I'd love to make it to a halfcon sometime but somehow, just somehow I think I'd sit in the corner listening to everyone else using very long words and discussing terribly complex chemical reactions and engineering 'n' stuff and probably wouldn't dare open my dumb mouth :(
squeak, Feb 07 2007

       [squeak] It's not like that at all... Well, a few were in their white lab coats, but it wasn't formal dress code.   

       We must organize a Halfcon North of the Border, or perhaps somewhere midway
Dub, Feb 07 2007

       //somehow, just somehow// [squeak] I remember thinking the very same thing prior to my first meeting - but really, it was just a bunch of guys talking about stuff - I think orthogonal was the longest word used all night - and was notable for just this reason. Ne'er a chemical reaction was discussed, nor formulae jotted down on any napkin. We ate plain (but very nice) bacon sandwiches (with lettuce and tomato) and drank a variety of beverages. It really was a meeting of normal human beings. Honestly.   

       [Dub] - complete agreement.
zen_tom, Feb 07 2007

       It was you know.   

       What's a napkin?
skinflaps, Feb 07 2007

       //What's a napkin?// Precisely - we didn't even have napkins!
zen_tom, Feb 07 2007

       //What's a napkin?// - skinflaps' shirt
po, Feb 07 2007

       Pardon me.
skinflaps, Feb 07 2007

       Bugger. Thought it was tonight and had intended to call Jinbish and abuse our Soft Southern Bastard Bakers over the phone. Bugger. Ah well, I will do it retrospectively. You soft cockney ponces etc.
calum, Feb 07 2007

       ... and there I was thinking what a nice dulcet scottish accent you have.
po, Feb 07 2007

       "You soft cockney ponces etc."   

       Sp: Horses
skinflaps, Feb 07 2007

       Horses soft cockney ponces?
wagster, Feb 07 2007

       Damn, and here I thought I was invisable!
blissmiss, Feb 07 2007

       [blissmiss] Photo linky for you
Dub, Feb 08 2007

       Sorry, [calum], I should have had the presence and malice a forethought to phone you up.   

       Despite being a mobile communications specialist, I appear to be quite crap at that whole malarky.   

       However, as a result of the Mini-Halfcon I was inspired to use the phrase "Orthogonal Context Space" and "Coincident Decision Making". I failed miserably to fit in the phrases "Goat-a-vend" and "100 Monkeys".   

       Don't worry [squeak] most of the big words were just for posturing as we described our chosen moves while playing 'Genk'.
Jinbish, Feb 08 2007

       You actually said "Orthogonal Context Space" in a presentation?
calum, Feb 08 2007

       With some aplomb, I might add.
Jinbish, Feb 08 2007

       That is brilliant. Did people laugh?
calum, Feb 08 2007

       Nope. They swallowed it whole.   

       But someone's cough sounded a lot like "Bullsh*t"...
Jinbish, Feb 08 2007

       I'm sure [Zen_tom] was playing pub rules, but no one announced that they'd use quangies (even though they obviously were)
Dub, Feb 08 2007

       I take my secret hat off to you, Jinbish. I managed to slip "orthogonal" into a sketch plan for a recording studio in Ireland. I'm waiting for an email back asking "What's this space labelled 'Orthogonal room'?". Also "Why the Bonobo habitat?", "Do we really need missile defences?", "Can you actually use herds of Llamas as soundproofing?" and "Are you sending us something serious soon?".
wagster, Feb 08 2007

       Ah, nuts, not only was I not in the UK for said event, I didn't even see it till today.   

       If you fancy setting a mid UK meet sometime, my mum has a B&B (bed & bakery, half-board of course)in the West Midlands.   

       Anyway, I'm procrastinating whilst writing a business plan and I'm pretty sure I can get Orthogonality and Orthogonalization into it without anyone suspecting it's pastry origins. It's for a software company so there's loads of crap in there that nobody understands. I can probably slip in a head-nod inducing, cross armed hand gesture as way of an explanation aswell during the presentation. I might have to get drunk first though.
marklar, Feb 08 2007

       I want to know why no one is wearing name tags or something so we can know who is who! (Dub's photos) Thank you.
xandram, Feb 09 2007

       A quick who's who:
[skinflaps] - cctv security consultant
[Jinbish] - undercover in sleeveless cardigan
[wagster] - blue hoodied candle balancer
[Dub] - hirsute beer guardian
[zen_tom] - grinning shirt occupant
zen_tom, Feb 09 2007

       Come,Come, Tom. I thought your shirt looked quite sober!.
gnomethang, Feb 09 2007

       I want two of you. Any two.
blissmiss, Feb 10 2007

       That's me out then. There's only one of me.
wagster, Feb 10 2007

       thank you [zen_tom]!
wish I could have been there, too.
xandram, Feb 10 2007

       Apologies for not labelling - I was trying to maintain an air of mystery, and anyway we didn't need labels - We use HB divining rods (A green Hazel-wood stick seems to work best, BTW). Already looking forward to the next meeting of minds (Linky for previous 1927 Brussels Halfcon)
Dub, Feb 10 2007

       Sign me up for 2034. I'll be in the Sussex Arms.
wagster, Feb 10 2007

       25 to 9? That's a bit late, isn't it?
Dub, Feb 11 2007

       Yeah - but as long as he plays 'catch-up' we won't mind.
Jinbish, Feb 11 2007


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