Thursday 17th December - The Christmas Offline

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Re: Thursday 17th December - The Christmas Offline

Post by DRT » 22:33 Mon 07 Sep 2015

flash_uk wrote:What time do the Christmas bashes tend to finish? I was pondering getting a cab back home, as it might not be much different cost than a hotel stay plus train fare in the morning.
Tom and Ray know a very nice lady named Jan who is very experienced at taking tired and emotional people home in her cab after port tastings. Perhaps they can assist with the booking?
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Re: Thursday 17th December - The Christmas Offline

Post by AHB » 08:24 Wed 09 Sep 2015

When at the Bell and in accordance with the landlord's wishes, we wound up pretty close to midnight. At the White Horse it is likely to be later, perhaps much later. However I cannot be much later since I have to be in London for a meeting the following morning at 11am so I will likely retire no later than 00.30.

To where were you thinking of returning?
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Re: Thursday 17th December - The Christmas Offline

Post by flash_uk » 14:55 Wed 09 Sep 2015

AHB wrote:To where were you thinking of returning?
Muswell Hill, N10.

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Re: Thursday 17th December - The Christmas Offline

Post by AHB » 08:16 Wed 30 Sep 2015

idj123 wrote:Is this move to The White Horse now being taken as read ie as second reserve and thus benefiting from the relocation should I be looking to book accommodation now?
Tom - are you able to confirm that we will be able to use the White Horse for the TPF Xmas bash this year?
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Re: Thursday 17th December - The Christmas Offline

Post by uncle tom » 18:06 Wed 30 Sep 2015

Tom - are you able to confirm that we will be able to use the White Horse for the TPF Xmas bash this year?
Yes - I will try juggling the tables to see how many places we can comfortably accommodate and report back..
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Re: Thursday 17th December - The Christmas Offline

Post by flash_uk » 12:03 Tue 10 Nov 2015

Sigh. Sadly I am now unable to make the TPF Christmas Bash. Bitterly disappointed, as I have yet to manage to attend one. Hopefully this is sufficient notice for a stand-by to be able to attend.

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Re: Thursday 17th December - The Christmas Offline

Post by djewesbury » 14:42 Sun 15 Nov 2015

I realise I haven't booked any accommodation. After last year I need a new recommendation - please?
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Re: Thursday 17th December - The Christmas Offline

Post by AHB » 18:41 Sun 15 Nov 2015

djewesbury wrote:I realise I haven't booked any accommodation. After last year I need a new recommendation - please?
I forgot to pay my deposit at the Toll House and so got bumped and they are now full. Irritating, but nobody's fault except my own.

I'm currently trying to decide whether to stay at the Cricketer's Arms in Rickling Green (stayed there before - it's a pub with rooms and worked out well for me), a short taxi ride from Newport, or whether to catch an Uber back into London while the roads are quiet around midnight and stay in London. I have to be at a meeting in the City by 10.30 so can't be too late.

If either of those options appeals to you then I'd be happy to share the cost of the cab if that would work.
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Re: Thursday 17th December - The Christmas Offline

Post by AHB » 15:34 Tue 17 Nov 2015

First post has been updated to show Flash can no longer make it. That makes JDAW the occupant of seat number 10 and IDJ the occupant of first reserve.

(DJ - I am now booked into the Cricketer's Arms in Rickling Green @ £79 per night.)
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Re: Thursday 17th December - The Christmas Offline

Post by jdaw1 » 16:22 Tue 17 Nov 2015

AHB wrote:First post has been updated to show Flash can no longer make it. That makes JDAW the occupant of seat number 10 and IDJ the occupant of first reserve.
No: IDJ is in; please keep me at first reserve for the moment.

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Re: Thursday 17th December - The Christmas Offline

Post by AHB » 16:35 Tue 17 Nov 2015

jdaw1 wrote:
AHB wrote:First post has been updated to show Flash can no longer make it. That makes JDAW the occupant of seat number 10 and IDJ the occupant of first reserve.
No: IDJ is in; please keep me at first reserve for the moment.
Done.

CMAG added to the reserves.
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Re: Thursday 17th December - The Christmas Offline

Post by djewesbury » 22:02 Tue 17 Nov 2015

AHB wrote:First post has been updated to show Flash can no longer make it. That makes JDAW the occupant of seat number 10 and IDJ the occupant of first reserve.

(DJ - I am now booked into the Cricketer's Arms in Rickling Green @ £79 per night.)
I am also now booked in (though my room was only £69!) - I'll possibly be driving to/from London so could offer a few people a lift either or both ways. Will confirm if this is the case very soon.
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Re: Thursday 17th December - The Christmas Offline

Post by PhilW » 16:59 Mon 23 Nov 2015

I will unfortunately no longer be able to join you for the Xmas offline, but hopefully one of the reserves will now be able to attend.

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Re: Thursday 17th December - The Christmas Offline

Post by AHB » 19:30 Mon 23 Nov 2015

PhilW wrote:I will unfortunately no longer be able to join you for the Xmas offline, but hopefully one of the reserves will now be able to attend.
That's a shame and hopefully we'll see you again soon at an offline.

CMAG is bumped up to the status of an attendee.
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Re: Thursday 17th December - The Christmas Offline

Post by CPR 1 » 16:47 Fri 27 Nov 2015

Tom has suggested he will be able to squeeze and extra one in, and Julian has kindly allowed me to jump in, thus it would be great to join you all for this

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Post by SCP-DFF » 17:17 Wed 02 Dec 2015

Since Julian usually spills his plans to me to attend a port tasting only a couple days prior to an event, I'm being proactive and doing some organisation. Can I confirm that Julian is attending? Or not?

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Post by jdaw1 » 18:07 Wed 02 Dec 2015

I'll handle this.

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Re: Thursday 17th December - The Christmas Offline

Post by DRT » 18:55 Wed 02 Dec 2015

All is as it should be and order is restored.
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Re: Thursday 17th December - The Christmas Offline

Post by AHB » 21:55 Thu 03 Dec 2015

Just in case it helps anyone decide what to bring or when / how to open their bottles, I plan to bring along a pair of port tongs and Tom has promised a blazing coal fire. If anyone wants to open their bottle(s) with port tongs you would be welcome to borrow the tongs (I'll make sure I also have funnels and filter paper to catch all those little shards of glass).
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Re: Thursday 17th December - The Christmas Offline

Post by WS1 » 18:03 Thu 10 Dec 2015

when will we start? I may need to get back to London that evening; are there any attendees pooling for a cab?

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Re: Thursday 17th December - The Christmas Offline

Post by djewesbury » 19:08 Thu 10 Dec 2015

Anyone seen Tom anywhere? Wondering what the situation is with adoptions.
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Re: Thursday 17th December - The Christmas Offline

Post by AHB » 00:00 Fri 11 Dec 2015

WS1 wrote:when will we start? I may need to get back to London that evening; are there any attendees pooling for a cab?

regards

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I'm presuming we start when everyone arrives. I'm aiming to be there around 6.30.

Sorry. My cab is only going as far as Rickling Green.
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Re: Thursday 17th December - The Christmas Offline

Post by djewesbury » 15:12 Sun 13 Dec 2015

I've made a pork (and game) pie. Sorry, forgot to photograph it and now I've packed it. And a slice needs to be saved for a visit to Derbyshire the following day.
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Re: Thursday 17th December - The Christmas Offline

Post by idj123 » 15:09 Mon 14 Dec 2015

AHB wrote:Just in case it helps anyone decide what to bring or when / how to open their bottles, I plan to bring along a pair of port tongs and Tom has promised a blazing coal fire. If anyone wants to open their bottle(s) with port tongs you would be welcome to borrow the tongs (I'll make sure I also have funnels and filter paper to catch all those little shards of glass).
Alex, I may take you up on this offer although I will need to ensure that the undecanted bottle doesn't get too shaken up in the car on the way up.

Incidentally, am also staying at the pub at Rickling Green and so what time are we intending cabbing it up to Tom's pub?

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Re: Thursday 17th December - The Christmas Offline

Post by AHB » 18:18 Mon 14 Dec 2015

idj123 wrote:
AHB wrote:Just in case it helps anyone decide what to bring or when / how to open their bottles, I plan to bring along a pair of port tongs and Tom has promised a blazing coal fire. If anyone wants to open their bottle(s) with port tongs you would be welcome to borrow the tongs (I'll make sure I also have funnels and filter paper to catch all those little shards of glass).
Alex, I may take you up on this offer although I will need to ensure that the undecanted bottle doesn't get too shaken up in the car on the way up.

Incidentally, am also staying at the pub at Rickling Green and so what time are we intending cabbing it up to Tom's pub?
Anyone staying in the pub is welcome to share my taxi for any of the journeys it is booked for. Current booking is:
• Pick up at Newport Railway Station to meet the train from Liverpool Street due in to Newport at 16.57
• Drop off at Cricketer's Arms approx. 17.10

• Pick up from Cricketer's Arms at 17.20
• Drop off at White Horse, Newport approx. 17.30

• Pick up from White Horse at 00.20
• Drop off at Cricketer's Arms approx. 00.30

• Pick up from Cricketer's Arms at 08.30
• Drop off at Stansted Airport approx. 08.45

If anyone wants to share the cab (and cost) for any of these journeys then please let me know.
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