Threadwatch Meet?

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So now new owners and new Editors have taken seat are we going to see a little soiree?

I seem to remember somebody having a large influence last time :-)

http://www.threadwatch.org/node/1150

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Gets My Vote

I nagged Jason a couple of times about this, but that was a few months back and have not got round to nagging again. Aaron seemed up for it as well, in fact I think he said Spring. It's Spring.

If I am attending, I need to

If I am attending, I need to do a few things first.

A short list of things on my agenda

  • huge client right now
  • taxes due before April 15
  • WMW like April 18ish
  • Coachella April 29ish

mid Mayish would be the earliest possible for me

Word on the street is that

Word on the street is that some vikings are getting a roadshow together, Denmark later this year. A combo with the Threadwatch members may work well?

The Pies will be on me :D

The Pies will be on me :D

Halfway between...

...Denmark and the UK would be perfect hehe.

Halfway between Denmark and

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Halfway between Denmark and the UK would be perfect hehe.

Belgium ? :)

Personally I reckon we had

Personally I reckon we had such a great gig last time, let's go for the same place again

great idea

>>half way between Denmark and the UK

what on an oil rig in the north sea :)

Nod

Personally I reckon we had such a great gig last time, let's go for the same place again

Yes.

(Not either/or is it NFFC?)

Kerala

we dont talk enough about India on this community. The place doesnt even appear on google maps! £200 flights in November includes accommodation - great broadband, coconut toddy, yummy food, local technical support.

That would give those pubcon wannabes something to bite on!

Not at all, the more gigs

Not at all, the more gigs the merrier. Besides they may not let Jason back in the country if he goes to Denmark ;)

Are you kidding? I just got

Are you kidding? I just got back from Denmark and it's f*kin FREEZING there.

Somewhere warm s'il vous plait.

(Although if you wanna go to Copenhagen me and Dave know a great little pub... ;))

How about someplace warm...

like Phuket?

Loren, NOW we're talkin :-)

Loren,

NOW we're talkin :-)

Not On My Wedding Day

Not on the same weekend as last year. I get married May 28th, Sunday.

I assume it must be on the weekend?

C'mon Barry, how about

C'mon Barry, how about hosting the TW Meet at your wedding reception?

Come to think of it, that probably would not go over too well.

If anyone can make it, I could also suggest some nice places to meet up in Tokyo or Osaka (yes, patiently waiting for some SE peeps to visit Japan).

I always wanted to go to

I always wanted to go to Amsterdam :)

Short List

Here's some help for Aaron to clear his schedule

  • fire the client, more free time, less stress
  • file an extension (gives you till Aug 15) and hire an accountant, nobody does their own taxes, thst's so low-income to do your own
  • WMW - wait until Vegas, Boston is boring
  • Coachella, just buy some CDs or something

However, since Coachella is in California, just lay over a day or two and meet up in sunny California.

Just a quick commuter hop on SouthWest and a short drive from here ;)

Same place, same time...

>>half way between Denmark and the UK

what on an oil rig in the north sea :)

Sealand!
(Takes me back to my days as an Essex journo...)

Errr, yes, same place and mid (early-mid, so I don't have to kick some clients?) May sounds good to me too...

do I hear a vote for

do I hear a vote for Canada?

didn't think so - hehe

June!

pleeeeeeeease. May is really hectic for me now.

and I still vote Krakow.

uhm... Denmark?

Don't know what to think about having all you guys raving around our streets... Guess I better find you and join you then *lol*

Got to add: We may be a small country and Copenhagen a small city, but there's definitely more than one pub. Quite a few with a good selection of beer too.

>with a good selection of

>with a good selection of beer too.<

But it's not just about the drunkenness.

Debauchery has it's place as well. And that can be enjoyed just about anywhere.

Debauche...

Oh you mean pr0n? We were first to legalize that - in 1972 I think. It's no big deal here... Plenty of it and adult nightclubs too (only strip, nothing else's allowed), but those are more into champagne than beer, plus it'll cost you a fortune...

I can think of some better

I can think of some better locations than Belgium or Stansted. How about Barcelona, Prague, Dubrovnik, Nice and Budapest?

At least some place with some after dinner activities please. I hope we can manage something better than a game of pool with John the poacher in the local dive after a chinese meal in the village this year...

Amsterdam, Barcelona,

Amsterdam, Barcelona, Prague, Dubrovnik, Nice and Budapest would all be cool.

Had forgotten about John the

Had forgotten about John the poacher :) class pub

Wherever it is I’ll be there, somewhere hot sounds good :)

As I live in Prague that is

As I live in Prague that is cool for me :) All the low cost airlines go to most of the above from the UK anyway.

Prague is a beautiful city.

Prague is a beautiful city. I'd love to see it.

I have this discussion with

I have this discussion with mates, they say "we want to go somewhere good". The thing they dont see though, is it is the people that make the difference. You can be in your dream location, but if it is you and the local fucko and a few muppets it wont mean shit. As a counterpoint, go to a shit hole pub with some of the best people and mates in the world and ask yourself how can it be crap?

That said prague and many of the locations touted are beautiful.

>>go to a shit hole pub with

>>go to a shit hole pub with some of the best people and mates

the old Thistle Islington springs to mind :)

What? No mention of

What? No mention of ThreadCon Texas yet? :) My other office is in San Francisco so my other totally self-serving recommendation would be to do it around San Jose SES.

That said, at this point, I'd go anywhere where Powerpoint slides and suits were frowned on in order to put some new faces to names.

this reminds me

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As a counterpoint, go to a shit hole pub with some of the best people and mates in the world and ask yourself how can it be crap?

Reminds me of that scene in trainspotting where the guy stops into a local pub to use the restroom....yeah, it's the people and not the location (!)

Phuket?

You'd like Phuket. I could even give a few recommendations.

OK, the thistle was a toilet

OK, the thistle was a toilet with bar staff who liked to ramdomise prices.

John, it is a difficult bunch to deal with, have you seen the way some of the webmasters we know look? They would get refused entry to a zoo! :-)

I am not advocating going on a bender in Beirut, but the location is not the be all and end all. Better to get the poeple you like there cos it is acceisbile than have two people staying at http://www.burj-al-arab.com/

t shirt

>bender in Beirut

Well I think that is a t shirt slogan of some sort.

A friend of mine got out of the military a few years back. Since he was not re enlisting they pulled the submarine up in Beirut and dropped him off for him to fly out from there.

There was either a bombing or beheading there a day or two before he had to stay the night there at a hotel. Said he was so scared, but some of the chiefs on the sub were complaining that he got the good deal and they wanted rooms too.

>They would get refused entry to a zoo!

Think I could just about get in...so long as I sport my doooo!

IMO amsterdam would be cool.

IMO amsterdam would be cool.

+1 for Krakow - Gertie's

+1 for Krakow - Gertie's always right... :) Anna and I went there to get her wedding dress made and we were very impressed with how friendly the people were. Not expensive either.

Or else Amsterdam would be good. I'm out there in a few weeks for the Casino Affiliates Convention (anyone else from TW going?). Certainly no shortage of after hours activities in that town.

I'd offer Russia, but it would have to be in the summer. We do a mean BBQ here and beer is still under 30c a bottle!

Krakow.........

Its very cheap, budget flights and easy to get to and lots of other things to see and do.

It would be great to run

It would be great to run into Ol' John the Poacher again. What a guy ;)

I'm for Amsterdam though, if anyone's taking votes.

Who is taking the decisions

Who is taking the decisions here then? I guess that's you Aaron?

One thing I learned about organising a bash is that you can never make everyone happy, and there is always one person shouting louder that it's no good for them.

It needs to be:

- Cheap to get to from as many places as possible
- No problem with accommodation (forget Amsterdam) - and 6 weeks advance warning.
- Decent venue, open late.
- Good Après Ski. Clubs, pubs bars and brothels :-)

No problem with

No problem with accommodation (forget Amsterdam)

Yes I found that trying to book a place there recently. We had heard the low/mid end hotels there are a bit rough - an afternoon on tripadvisor.com seemed to back that up. We went with a 4 star in the end but it's not that cheap.

*sigh*

brothels are so Web 1.0

You might not be saying that

You might not be saying that if there were some local man-brothel's Gurtie :-p

I can fix you up...

...in Amsterdam - probably. No biggie (!)

The hotel thing would have to be sorted out in advance though. But ...um... people in Amsterdam know how to cope with reservations and groups and stuff. They don't even need to be bribed LOL

Any news? Dave? Aaron? I’d

Any news? Dave? Aaron?
I’d be up for a no thrills UK meet if organising anything bigger is too much hassle :)

dunno

what about something near ses london ?? or do we want something in the middle of the uk sooner ...

what do you guys want .. just a meeting in a PUB .. or some sort of mini conference ?? - the first TW webcam party.. where we have 3 or 4 locations where we all meet up with big screens of the other parties lol ..

DaveN

Well, I'll say again

... same place as last time suits me just fine. Handy for the airport. Had a good time, place was OK, but largely irrelevant, as others say above. Early to mid May gets my vote.

Ditto

Airport's good, hotel was reasonable and early to mid-May suits me down to the ground.

OK if I get the greebn light

OK if I get the greebn light fron Dave / Aaron I will put the gig together at the same place as last time (to enable easy access for UK and mainland Europe) about a week after SES London?

>> the same place as last

>> the same place as last time

Whilst the location was quite good, I seem to remember the place being a bit child-unfriendly for those of us with rugrats, and the staff (bar staff especially) being a bit overwhelmed...

Anywhere with a large bunch

Anywhere with a large bunch of beer guzzling international search operators is gonna be kid unfriendly.

That depends...

Rumour has it that Irish dancing kids can cope with all that... The other way around is more of a problem - actually.

LOL, I guess... but most

LOL, I guess... but most places will make an effort, and I got the sense that it really WAS an effort for them, one they couldn't be bothered to make

so what are you trying to

so what are you trying to say, that you dont want to have another meeting at the same place ?

>> you dont want to have

>> you dont want to have another meeting at the same place ?

Basically. I'm not dead set against it, but I don't think it's the best venue for one of these do's, babies or not. Lovely for a quiet weekend though, I'd love to try it for that.

There must be more than 1 hotel in the Stansted area... but if it's the same place, so be it. There's no guarantee that any alternative would be any better, and it's not like I have any suggestions to make

My vote would go for either

My vote would go for either the same place (IMHO it was excellent) or Krakow in Poland!

I'd like Krakow but

how many are coming from outside the UK and can you get direct Krakow flights? Most major airports have them but if no one can get there I guess we're stuck in the UK....

Whichever, if we want most of a hotel again we'll need to make a decision soon :)

For halfway decent flights too....

Whichever, if we want most of a hotel again we'll need to make a decision soon

And, for those of us flying (to wherever), it would be preferable to have as much lead-in as possible, especially if we are talking weekends.

the first TW webcam party..

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the first TW webcam party.. where we have 3 or 4 locations where we all meet up with big screens of the other parties lol ..

Now - there's an idea - Woz & I could party in Sydney.....

Poland?

Of course I could get there, but a PITA. Probably end up flying to UK and then out again. I'd suggest Pisa or Florence, but bar staff would faint, let alone become overwhelmed.

Stansted gets my vote, and, Brendan, I'll bounce your child for half an hour.

>> I'll bounce your child

>> I'll bounce your child for half an hour.

Hah! It's holding on to the little bugger that's the problem now...

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