May 5, 6 or 7

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May 5, 6 or 7

Post by AHB » 19:52 Thu 29 Apr 2010

Anyone in London on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday night next week and fancy getting together for a drink?
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Re: May 5, 6 or 7

Post by Chris Doty » 20:01 Thu 29 Apr 2010

5th or 6th would work for me.

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Re: May 5, 6 or 7

Post by angeleyes » 20:02 Thu 29 Apr 2010

Thursday 6th is a possibility for me.
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Re: May 5, 6 or 7

Post by DRT » 21:00 Thu 29 Apr 2010

I have no plans to be in London next week :crying:
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Re: May 5, 6 or 7

Post by WS1 » 23:03 Thu 29 Apr 2010

potentially; need to check my schedule.

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Re: May 5, 6 or 7

Post by benread » 05:55 Fri 30 Apr 2010

I already have a date to drink Graham 1966, Graham 1970 and Sandeman 1970 in Hove on election night! Sorry.
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Re: May 5, 6 or 7

Post by angeleyes » 10:24 Fri 30 Apr 2010

Perhaps, then, a possible General Election theme (ie a Port from an election year) :?:
Overwhelming (97), Unlikely (92), Not for turning (83), Decimal (70) etc
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Re: May 5, 6 or 7

Post by WS1 » 18:53 Fri 30 Apr 2010

Hi there,

have also already booked something I cannot get out. Sorry I have to miss this :cry:

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Re: May 5, 6 or 7

Post by AHB » 08:49 Mon 03 May 2010

I declare that 3 of us (Mark, Chris and me) to be a sufficient number to make an offline.

Any preference as to venue? Crusting Pipe at 6:30pm? Blind bottles or declared bottles with bottles to be of vintage port from the year when there was a general election in the UK?
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Re: May 5, 6 or 7

Post by angeleyes » 20:56 Mon 03 May 2010

AHB wrote:I declare that 3 of us (Mark, Chris and me) to be a sufficient number to make an offline.

Any preference as to venue? Crusting Pipe at 6:30pm? Blind bottles or declared bottles with bottles to be of vintage port from the year when there was a general election in the UK?
If Crusting Pipe is most convenient then I will second that. UKGE theme sounds good to me; I'm told there are some good ports vintaged in General Election years that weren't General Declarations; and if it's blind as then I might have half a chance of guessing the year!
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Re: May 5, 6 or 7

Post by jdaw1 » 22:26 Mon 03 May 2010

If placemats are needed, do request with the usual details.

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Re: May 5, 6 or 7

Post by g-man » 22:52 Mon 03 May 2010

how bout a quick flight over to dublin ;-)
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Re: May 5, 6 or 7

Post by AHB » 22:58 Mon 03 May 2010

Placemats would be most welcome. Thank you.

Attendees will be Mark, Chris Doty and me. Venue will be The Crusting Pipe at 6:30pm on Thursday May 6. Each person attending will bring a bottle of vintage port (which also permits single quinta and second label vintage ports) which will be presented blind (should we colour code them red, blue and gold?) and not identified until the following day.

Is there any further information needed for the tasting mats?

For convenience and courtesy of Wikipedia, I include a list of recent General Election years.

1801 co-option · 1802 · 1806 · 1807 · 1812 · 1818 · 1820 · 1826 · 1830 · 1831 · 1832 · 1835 · 1837 · 1841 · 1847 · 1852 · 1857 · 1859 · 1865 · 1868 · 1874 · 1880 · 1885 · 1886 · 1892 · 1895 · 1900 · 1906 · 1910 (Jan) · 1910 (Dec) · 1918 · 1922 · 1923 · 1924 · 1929 · 1931 · 1935 · 1945 · 1950 · 1951 · 1955 · 1959 · 1964 · 1966 · 1970 · 1974 (Feb) · 1974 (Oct) · 1979 · 1983 · 1987 · 1992 · 1997 · 2001 · 2005 · 2010
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Re: May 5, 6 or 7

Post by AHB » 23:00 Mon 03 May 2010

g-man wrote:how bout a quick flight over to dublin ;-)
If you can make a quick flight to London, I'll spring you a bottle! It's only an hour's flight and I used to be in the office before 9am when I was doing the trip.
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Re: May 5, 6 or 7

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Re: May 5, 6 or 7

Post by Glenn E. » 01:29 Tue 04 May 2010

AHB wrote:
g-man wrote:how bout a quick flight over to dublin ;-)
If you can make a quick flight to London, I'll spring you a bottle! It's only an hour's flight and I used to be in the office before 9am when I was doing the trip.
Ryan Air, Jeff. Don't bring anything with you - no carry on, no briefcase, no ipod. Nothing. Round trip should cost about $50.

You'll probably spend more getting into London by train and then to the Crusting Pipe by taxi than you will getting from Dublin to Heathrow and back.
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Re: May 5, 6 or 7

Post by DRT » 02:17 Tue 04 May 2010

Glenn E. wrote:
AHB wrote:
g-man wrote:how bout a quick flight over to dublin ;-)
If you can make a quick flight to London, I'll spring you a bottle! It's only an hour's flight and I used to be in the office before 9am when I was doing the trip.
Ryan Air, Jeff. Don't bring anything with you - no carry on, no briefcase, no ipod. Nothing. Round trip should cost about $50.

You'll probably spend more getting into London by train and then to the Crusting Pipe by taxi than you will getting from Dublin to Heathrow and back.
The Picadilly Line goes straight from Heathrow to Covent Garden in less than an hour for about the cost of a glass of port!

Unfortunately, Ryanair doesn't fly to Heathrow so you would have to take a train from Gatwick, Stansted or Luton and then the Tube to Covent Garden. Or you could fly with http://www.aerlingus.com to Heathrow but the flights would be two to three times as expensive as Ryanair. The cheapest return flight from Dublin to London on 6th and 7th May is currently 137 Euro including tax. With two passangers and the cost of a hotel in London this would be a very expensive "bring-a-bottle" off-line. Close to $800 rather than the $50 mentioned by Glenn :?
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Re: May 5, 6 or 7

Post by AHB » 07:04 Tue 04 May 2010

Of course, this all assumes that Irish airspace is open...

Seriously, if you do decide to take the $50 Ryanair flight there are very good train services from Gatwick, Stansted and Luton airports costing in the order of $30 each way. Once in London the tube will cost about $6 each way.

If you need to stay overnight in London then PM or email me.
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Re: May 5, 6 or 7

Post by DRT » 09:43 Tue 04 May 2010

AHB wrote:Seriously, if you do decide to take the $50 Ryanair flight there are very good train services from Gatwick, Stansted and Luton airports costing in the order of $30 each way.
DRT wrote: The cheapest return flight from Dublin to London on 6th and 7th May is currently 137 Euro including tax.
I'm not sure which Ryanair AHB is looking at but the one that goes from Dublin to London currently costs between 137 and 150 Euro depending on which airport you fly to on tose dates. The Aer Lingus alternative is currently 300-400 Euro!
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Re: May 5, 6 or 7

Post by uncle tom » 10:00 Tue 04 May 2010

1801 co-option · 1802 · 1806 · 1807 · 1812 · 1818 · 1820 · 1826 · 1830 · 1831 · 1832 · 1835 · 1837 · 1841 · 1847 · 1852 · 1857 · 1859 · 1865 · 1868 · 1874 · 1880 · 1885 · 1886 · 1892 · 1895 · 1900 · 1906 · 1910 (Jan) · 1910 (Dec) · 1918 · 1922 · 1923 · 1924 · 1929 · 1931 · 1935 · 1945 · 1950 · 1951 · 1955 · 1959 · 1964 · 1966 · 1970 · 1974 (Feb) · 1974 (Oct) · 1979 · 1983 · 1987 · 1992 · 1997 · 2001 · 2005 · 2010
A surprising correlation between election years and good vintages in the last hundred years - I'm not sure about attending this bash, but if I do, I have 20 of these years to choose from..

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Re: May 5, 6 or 7

Post by DRT » 10:12 Tue 04 May 2010

Oh dear, that means I can't bring along my Quinta do Roriz 1815 :roll:
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Re: May 5, 6 or 7

Post by jdaw1 » 10:18 Tue 04 May 2010

DRT wrote:I have no plans to be in London next week :crying:
DRT wrote:Oh dear, that means I can't bring along my Quinta do Roriz 1815 :roll:
Bottled 1818? But you aren’t in London.

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Re: May 5, 6 or 7

Post by Chris Doty » 13:48 Tue 04 May 2010

Sounds good. Would it be possible to kick the start time back to 7pm? My boss suffers from separation anxiety.

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Re: May 5, 6 or 7

Post by jdaw1 » 14:12 Tue 04 May 2010

Updated: most recent draft of the placemats.
  • +Tom (so now Alex, Chris, Mark, Tom, spare).

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Re: May 5, 6 or 7

Post by AHB » 14:22 Tue 04 May 2010

Chris Doty wrote:Sounds good. Would it be possible to kick the start time back to 7pm? My boss suffers from separation anxiety.
7pm is fine. Tell me what you want to eat and it can be waiting for you when you arrive.
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