15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

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15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell

Post by AHB » 11:50 Thu 28 Apr 2011

Christmas comes but once a year - but it brings our traditional Port Forum Christmas get-together themed along the lines of "The Unknown Shipper and His Peculiar Friends".

I spoke to Tom briefly on Saturday and Tom has indicated that he is happy once more to organise our Christmas bash at the Bell, in Wenden's Ambo.

I suggest Thursday 15th December would be a suitable date.

Obviously I'd like to attend and I'd like to bring a non-industry guest along - someone who has a decent port cellar but who has never been to one of our events before despite living near Stansted.

Attending
1) THRA
2) JGH
3) Alex Duffus (guest of AHB)
4) AHB
5) AP
6) DRT
7) BMHR - he has managed to get a pass!
8) WS1
9) RAYC
10) Vacant

11) Carl (Griff)
12) Phil W

The Bell is rather small. 10 people last year was much more comfortable than the 12 we had the previous year.
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Re: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell?

Post by Axel P » 14:36 Thu 28 Apr 2011

I wont miss this for the world

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Re: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell?

Post by DRT » 15:01 Thu 28 Apr 2011

I'm in :smile:
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Re: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell?

Post by AHB » 19:35 Thu 28 Apr 2011

And I've even chosen the bottle that I'll bring along!
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Re: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell?

Post by benread » 20:48 Thu 28 Apr 2011

I would love to come and have a bottle in mind! (Subject to negotiating a pass which i will work hard to do!)
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Re: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell?

Post by AHB » 21:42 Fri 29 Apr 2011

Ben's hope to attend is noted on the first post.
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Re: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell?

Post by jdaw1 » 23:40 Fri 29 Apr 2011

Stickers again? (In which case I have some tasks outstanding.)

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Re: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell?

Post by AHB » 00:40 Sat 30 Apr 2011

jdaw1 wrote:Stickers again? (In which case I have some tasks outstanding.)
I would suggest that stickers would be best at the Bell
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Re: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell?

Post by WS1 » 12:31 Sun 01 May 2011

Hi there,

if still possible i would like to attend as well. I am sure i find something which follows the familar theme :wink: :)

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Re: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell?

Post by Axel P » 20:15 Sun 01 May 2011

AHB wrote:And I've even chosen the bottle that I'll bring along!
Mee too.

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Re: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell?

Post by RAYC » 16:55 Mon 02 May 2011

Yes please - I'd love to attend
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Re: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell?

Post by Cookie » 21:52 Mon 02 May 2011

Me too please...
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Re: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell?

Post by jdaw1 » 22:16 Mon 02 May 2011

Stop! I think this event is already over-full. Stop, unless AHB permits to the contrary.

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Re: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell?

Post by AHB » 22:57 Mon 02 May 2011

Attendee list updated to include Rob and Cookie.

The decision on numbers should be Tom's rather than mine since Tom makes the arrangements. However, I suggest that further volunteers wishing to drink fine port from the unknown shipper should continue to put their names forward and be placed on the waitlist.
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Re: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell?

Post by jdaw1 » 23:15 Mon 02 May 2011

AHB wrote:Attendee list updated to include Rob and Cookie.
Axel? He posted before Rob and Cookie.

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Re: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell?

Post by AHB » 08:31 Tue 03 May 2011

jdaw1 wrote:
AHB wrote:Attendee list updated to include Rob and Cookie.
Axel? He posted before Rob and Cookie.
Currently number 5 on the list - although I may have his initials wrong.
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Re: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell?

Post by JacobH » 01:05 Fri 06 May 2011

I’d love to attend, again, this year, but I am afraid I probably won’t know my availability for December until mid-October. If it wouldn’t cause any trouble if I cancelled at that time, could I please go on the waiting-list?

PS.

I note the organising threads for the Christmas tasting were posted on:
2011: 28th April
2010: 10th May
2009: 14th May
2008: 10th July
2007: 24th August

At this rate, the organising thread for the 2015 one will be posted in 2014... ;-)
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Re: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell?

Post by griff » 16:54 Mon 06 Jun 2011

I would be interested in attending this one so could I please be placed on the reserves? I have something that should suit.

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Re: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell?

Post by PhilW » 08:46 Tue 07 Jun 2011

I'd like to be added to the waitlist too please, just in case.
Thanks,

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Re: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell?

Post by AHB » 09:15 Tue 07 Jun 2011

You are both included on the waitlist now.
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Re: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell?

Post by benread » 20:08 Tue 07 Jun 2011

AHB wrote:You are both included on the waitlist now.
Please could you also note my status update of confirmed pass and booked hotel! (I thought I had sent you a PM to that effect but perhaps not in my current state of child induced disorganisation!)
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Re: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell?

Post by AHB » 20:23 Tue 07 Jun 2011

benread wrote:
AHB wrote:You are both included on the waitlist now.
Please could you also note my status update of confirmed pass and booked hotel! (I thought I had sent you a PM to that effect but perhaps not in my current state of child induced disorganisation!)
Update done. Congratulations on your negotiating skills.
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Re: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell?

Post by Axel P » 14:38 Fri 17 Jun 2011

Booked a flight. Cookie or Tom: could I ask for a ride to the Bell. I will be arriving at Stansted at 4pm.

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Re: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell?

Post by RAYC » 15:32 Fri 17 Jun 2011

Are people booking the same hotel as last year?
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Re: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell?

Post by benread » 18:37 Fri 17 Jun 2011

RAYC wrote:Are people booking the same hotel as last year?
I don't know about the same as last year but I have booked into Tom's recommended venue - Saffron Hotel.
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