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Post 1

Elektragheorgheni -Please read 'The Post'

I enjoyed your account of it and admired your bin photo. I liked your breezy tone and funny footnotes.


Thanks for an enjoyable Meet Report.

Post 2

Bluebottle

I'm glad you enjoyed reading it - it was a breezy day that went really quick, but definitely a really enjoyable one.smiley - smiley

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Post 3

SashaQ - happysad

I certify that it is a true and accurate Report of the Meet up to the point I left smiley - oksmiley - snork

"As it was nammet time Sasha bought a pizza< FOOTNOTE >The Imperial War Museum, apparently unable to decide whether or not they should dispense disposable plastic or real metal cutlery, had compromised and provided a plastic fork, which promptly snapped, and a metal bread knife, which was incapable of cutting through anything more solid than a remark.< /FOOTNOTE > and I had a drink. Soon after MMF told me that he hadn't heard anything from Bluebottle, but then to be fair neither had I."

How very well put smiley - laughsmiley - roflsmiley - snork

Good description of the Top Secret exhibition, too! Quite something to have to haul myself up by the rigging to see an exhibit...

Just for the record, I told Sol I was going to use the facilities, and when I got back I was all alone in the nuclear war zone, too, so I went to the First Floor for a bit, not knowing about the shoe-event horizon incident!

It was a great plan to reconvene at 4pm, though, so that worked out well smiley - ok Good to read about the rest of the day, too smiley - biggrin It's a shame I didn't get to meet Pink Paisley and Tufty, but it was an excellent group at the IWM smiley - biggrin


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Post 4

Bluebottle

I'm not sure what the point of the sloping Top Secret exhibition was - it's not as if it added anything to the displays and I don't think there was a structural reason for itsmiley - weird

I think I'm beginning to understand what happened at 3:15pm. Floridasmiley - dolphinSailor's shoe disintegrated and he, possibly with others, left to get new footwear. Soon after, you left and told Sol, but soon after Sol left (possibly chasing after Toddler towards the stairs). After thinking 'Was that Sol going down the stairs?' and not being able to find anyone, I then assumed everyone else had gone elsewhere in the museum and tried looking around the other floors for people around about the time you returned unable to find people.

I definitely enjoyed the day and look forward to the next meet - you never know, I might even be able to go to 2 in a rowsmiley - winkeye

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Post 5

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor

This was a highly enjoyable account. smiley - biggrin It's nice to know that h2g2ers make for excitement wherever they go. smiley - whistle

Years ago, I visited the Imperial War Museum - cool place. I remember seeing a lot of citizen-generated prototypes for spy equipment - such as a pipe that you could use to smoke, but also to shoot invading enemies...that impressed me with the general looniness of the UK...smiley - run


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Post 6

Bluebottle

It had lots of impressive things like that in the 'Top Secret' gallery, and it never ceases to amaze me what the ingenious Prisoners of War in POW camps were able to get up to and make - maps made out of jelly, gliders etc.

I'd love to go back to the Imperial War Museum on a weekday when (hopefully) it is quieter, so I can look at things more at my own pace and see the Great War exhibition. I enjoyed having the h2g2 meet there, but would want to concentrate on looking around - especially as I now know how easy it is to walk to from Waterloo.

I'm just hoping that some of the other attendees have written meet-up reports too so I can see things from their perspective. Especially Florida Sailor's view of the UK - in the pub he said the biggest difference between the US and UK that had stood out the most was that in the UK, once you plug an electric plug into the socket, you then have to switch the switch on.

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Post 7

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor

Let's get those reports in, then. smiley - biggrin The Post is waiting...


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Post 8

Sol

Oh GOD! Sorry, Sasha! Herself started to have a meltdown so we had to exit stage left and go and hang out in the playground round the corner while I stuffed sandwiches into her mouth every time she got close enough. I am afraid everything else just leaves my brain when Herself kicks off. She is horribly loud. I am an idiot, though, clearly.

That report was almost as much fun to read as it was to take part in. Almost, but not quite.

Great to see you all!


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Post 9

SashaQ - happysad

No problem, Sol! I was very relieved and amused to learn that 3.15pm was when everyone inadvertently dispersed, so it wasn't just me that lost the group smiley - laugh

It was excellent to meet you and Herself smiley - biggrin Definitely a fun day out smiley - ok and great to meet everyone


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Post 10

Florida Sailor All is well with the world

I am currently working on my report, please remember that I only got back last Saturday night, Sunday morning London time, and have been working all week. I have a few good pics as well, but I want to get the right flavour. Please bear with, I hope to have something ready by the start of the week. I do have to include my special tour of the city with Herself (and Momma). Not to mention Pompey and the Isle.
Fantastic time, but I want to give it justicesmiley - biggrin

F smiley - dolphin S


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Post 11

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor

Great! I'll alert the Post Staff. Looking forward to it. smiley - biggrin


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Post 12

Bluebottle

Ah - that explains it, Sol - I've been in public places with tantruming toddlers, so understand how that feels. I'd assumed that everyone else had moved on to a different floor leaving me inadvertently behind, but as we'd arranged to meet at 4pm, it worked out well in the end. Agreeing to meet up again after is definitely a good plan!

I look forward to reading your report, Fsmiley - dolphinS - especially your views on the Isle of Wight and indeed even Pompey. I'll be visiting Pompey in a fortnight but won't be stopping as part of the Great South Run.

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Post 13

You can call me TC

Thanks for this (after asking in the original thread, I found my way here to read up about what went on)

A lot of inadvertent losing of each other. Didn't you exchange mobile numbers?

Anyway, sounds like everything went pretty well, and that FS's visit was worth while!

I hope to be coming to London for a weekend sometime this winter, so thanks for the tip about the pre-booking at the IWM.


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Post 14

Bluebottle

I didn't exchange mobile numbers, on the grounds that I don't like mobiles. Fortunately I don't own a working one at the moment...

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Post 15

Pierre de la Mer ~ sometimes slightly worried but never panicking ~

smiley - ta for a good read. Wish I could have joined you smiley - cry But at least I got to meet Sasha Q and Bald Bloke in Manchester earlier this year smiley - smiley

smiley - pirate


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Post 16

SashaQ - happysad

"But at least I got to meet Sasha Q and Bald Bloke in Manchester earlier this year smiley - smiley"

Yes! Shame we didn't have more chance to chat, but it was good to meet you and put faces to names smiley - pirate


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Post 17

SashaQ - happysad

"I'd assumed that everyone else had moved on to a different floor leaving me inadvertently behind,"

That's exactly what I thought, too!

"A lot of inadvertent losing of each other. Didn't you exchange mobile numbers?"

Ah! Didn't think of that... I brought a phone number for Bluebottle with me, but didn't realise he didn't have the phone to which it pertained with him smiley - laugh I also had brought MMF's number, but never thought to try ringing him then. Anyway, I didn't mind a bit of alone time, so I just went with the plan of reconvening at 4pm. smiley - biggrin


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Post 18

Bald Bloke

I tend to wander semi-randomly and it was packed, so I wasn't surprised when I looked round and didn't see anyone else from hootoo.
The meet back up time and place is a neccessity when I am involved smiley - smiley


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Post 19

You can call me TC

Yes - that's what I would have done. It's great having a bit of time totally on your own in London. I once spent a large chunk of a meet day waiting for a bus smiley - bus in the rain. Didn't regret one minute of it!


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Post 20

Baron Grim

This was a wonderful accounting BlueBottle. It really made me wish I'd been there. It also made me remember what a wonderful time I had at the Manc Meet. My biggest regret there was that I didn't make time to chat with everyone at that meet, notably Sasha Q and 2legs.

Damnit, I'm so upset with myself I may just half to punish myself with another transatlantic trip for another meet up.





Oh. And I love that bin photo. Your London bins are so much more refined than our ugly Texas bins.


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