Meetup in Sydney October 8, 2007 3:26 PM   Subscribe

Sydney meetup, November 9th or 10th?

I'm going to be in Sydney for most of the second week of November. Anyone for a meetup on, say, Friday 9th or Saturday 10th?

I'm hoping some local could pick a venue etc. I'm pretty flexible with timings (not having really scheduled anything that week as yet). First time down there, so I don't know what'd be good to do.
posted by edd to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:26 PM (52 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I'm keen. Either day should be fine. Of course, unless something dramatic happened at the last meetup which seems to have reduced the rest of the sydneysiders to silence.
posted by dhruva at 7:16 PM on October 8, 2007

dhruva, why do you think there were no pictures? And I don't think we can go back to the Alfred after that thing with the barmaid and her squeegee. ;-)
That aside, count me in for meeting up with a Pompeyan astrophysicist.
posted by tellurian at 7:53 PM on October 8, 2007

Not a bad idea. Abandoning the Alfred. I mean. I recommend the Lord Nelson near the Rocks, but Newtown should be more fun.
posted by dhruva at 7:58 PM on October 8, 2007

You guys ever been to Redoak in the city? They've got good beer too.

But yeah, I should be able to do that. However, you may all have to shout me since the Snook and I just put down a deposit on our first home and therefore HAVE ZERO MONEY. (Stupid Sydney property market...)
posted by web-goddess at 8:06 PM on October 8, 2007

congratulations, w-g!

we could always do a picnic at the observatory....?
posted by UbuRoivas at 8:47 PM on October 8, 2007

(and tellurian - i thought we'd sworn ourselves to silence about the squeegee episode! lucky for us - and the barmaid - that there was a hospital directly across the road, hey?)
posted by UbuRoivas at 8:49 PM on October 8, 2007

Because you don't know what I look like - I may stalk you from a close distance.
posted by strawberryviagra at 9:41 PM on October 8, 2007

Because I am paranoid - I like to carry an air rifle & take potshots at strangers who stray within 100m of me in public places.
posted by UbuRoivas at 9:50 PM on October 8, 2007

Let's have the meetup at Kirribilli. I actually look a lot like John Howard.
posted by strawberryviagra at 10:04 PM on October 8, 2007

I feel for you. No wonder you've never been game to attend a meetup.
posted by UbuRoivas at 10:31 PM on October 8, 2007

It's a heavy burden being the leader of the opposition.
posted by strawberryviagra at 10:36 PM on October 8, 2007

It will be a heavier burden yet, for an incumbent PM to lose not only the election, but his own seat in the process.
posted by UbuRoivas at 10:45 PM on October 8, 2007

The second sweetest victory.
posted by strawberryviagra at 11:06 PM on October 8, 2007

Before this becomes a Don's party - we should get back to the meat of the filter.


Carry on.
posted by strawberryviagra at 12:40 AM on October 9, 2007

It will be a heavier burden yet, for an incumbent PM to lose not only the election, but his own seat in the process.

*wishes devoutly*
posted by Wolof at 12:50 AM on October 9, 2007

"our saviour, who art in bennelong, maxine be thy name..."
posted by UbuRoivas at 1:23 AM on October 9, 2007 [1 favorite]

Okay, if you guys are gonna talk election THE WHOLE TIME, then I definitely think we should have it outside in the sunshine so I can escape! (Although, there's less alcohol in the great outdoors... Decisions, decisions.)
posted by web-goddess at 1:52 AM on October 9, 2007

You could talk about the rugby!
/Pommie wanker
posted by Abiezer at 3:59 AM on October 9, 2007 [1 favorite]

I was going to say, make it a Saturday. But heck - I'm unemployed now - what do I care?

Somewhere within easy foot distance of a major rail-line would be great for those of us that need to combine travel with (I hope) quantities of alcohol.
posted by ninazer0 at 4:20 AM on October 9, 2007

I like the way ninazer0 is going - 'make it a Saturday' [I'll bring some house pâté]. I also like the way UbuRoivas is swinging - 'picnic at the observatory'. Are we congealing? Do you know where you're staying edd, is it Sydney central? (all bets are off if it's Nova Scotia).
posted by tellurian at 6:24 AM on October 9, 2007

Yup, central Sydney. I'll be ok with anything that's doable on public transport though.
posted by edd at 6:38 AM on October 9, 2007

Dang you all. I won't be in Sydney 'till November 17th. *sulks*
posted by po at 7:21 AM on October 9, 2007

You said 'dang' and your name is po. I'd be proud to meet and shake your hand. Can we handle two meet up organisations in one thread? I say yes, yes we can.
posted by tellurian at 7:31 AM on October 9, 2007

edd, you say you're here for 'most of the second week of November'. I know it's stretching it to say it, what with November 1, being on a Thursday and then there's Guy Fawkes Day and before you know it the holiday season is over but does that include the 17th November or do you leave before then?
posted by tellurian at 8:11 AM on October 9, 2007

Nope, leaving on the 12th. Sorry!
posted by edd at 9:42 AM on October 9, 2007

Newtown Festival is on Sun 11th Nov, so Sat would be the go.

Observatory Hill has a nice view & Moreton Bay figs, and is quite close to Circular Quay & Wynyard stations. It also has the advantage of being relatively non-frequented, so we could have a picnic with bevvies hopefully without attracting the attention from narcy security people that might happen in places like the Botanical Gardens.

It's also close to historical Rocks pubs, if we choose to relocate, and we should be able to use the toilets in the observatory.

There should be some wedding photography too, for interest.
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:39 PM on October 9, 2007

Sounds good. Lock it in, Ubu. You wanna put it on the sidebar?

PS - What the hell's happened to peacay? Doesn't he like us anymore?
posted by web-goddess at 5:57 PM on October 9, 2007

Might wait a while to sidebar it, just so we can get a bit more consensus.

Sunset from Observatory Hill is quite spectacular...I'd be suggesting a mid-late afternoon start, for example.
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:32 PM on October 9, 2007

It sounds good to me. Hey! nice trees dhruva.
posted by tellurian at 6:53 PM on October 9, 2007

Thenk you :).
posted by dhruva at 7:15 PM on October 9, 2007

awesome spiders, too.

Sydney Observatory building and gardens are open daily (closed Christmas day) from 10.00am to 5.00pm. During the day admission is free for you to explore the beautiful garden and wander through the old observatory building to investigate the exhibitions...or take a leak.

(from the Observatory's website - includes directions. the gardens that they refer to are probably not the entire hill, but only the walled area directly around the observatory)

this looks good, too - heh, there's even a photo of Comet McNaughty!
posted by UbuRoivas at 7:24 PM on October 9, 2007

Observatory's website.
posted by UbuRoivas at 7:27 PM on October 9, 2007

web-goddess (you tv news star you), it's more along the lines that these threads just go on and on and, as here, move off the front page with only tentative plans thrashed out. I was just biding my time to see how the final blancmange turned out.

I may be in Canberra then, in any event.

(oh....congrats on the house!! Where? Penrith? Bathurst? Perth??)
posted by peacay at 2:09 AM on October 10, 2007

Well, do we have consensus? The only thing I see missing is a time. Mid-late afternoon start, sounds like 2 in the afternoon. Sidebar ready? I'll send the group email sans 'he who does not want to receive' and maybe drum up a couple of others.
posted by tellurian at 6:16 AM on October 10, 2007

I know what you mean about planning-by-committee, peacay. I was just sorry that we missed you at the last meetup, and I was hoping you hadn't forsaken us! :)

(House is in Chippendale, actually... RIGHT NEXT DOOR to our current flat. How nuts is that? Hmm, now I'm thinking I should've pushed for the meetup to be in our neighborhood so I could con you all into moving my furniture...)
posted by web-goddess at 7:02 AM on October 10, 2007

Meetup details:

Sat Nov 10th, from 2pm until sunset (6:30).

Picnic on Observatory Hill, The Rocks, in the park surrounding Sydney Observatory.

Instructions on how to get to Observatory Hill can be found here.

The fallback option, in case of bad weather, can be the Lord Nelson in the Rocks, as nominated by dhruva. That's just at the foot of the hill on the north (Harbour) side, more or less.
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:03 PM on October 11, 2007

Lord Nelson details.
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:05 PM on October 11, 2007

better link
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:08 PM on October 11, 2007

Ok, I'm in. Thanks for the heads up Tellurian!
posted by arha at 10:30 PM on October 11, 2007

See you all there!
posted by edd at 11:39 PM on October 11, 2007

edd: a heads-up - you might be interested in a night tour of the observatory. if so, you need to book ahead. check out their website (already linked a couple of times, above) for details :)
posted by UbuRoivas at 1:39 AM on October 12, 2007

The reason I'm coming to Australia is to spend some time working at an observatory actually!
posted by edd at 6:26 AM on October 12, 2007

ooooh! which one? tidbinbilla burned down in the bushfires a coupla years ago, and that was the main one that i know of...
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:43 AM on October 12, 2007

The AAO.
posted by edd at 7:00 AM on October 12, 2007

oh, the australo-anglo observatory, hey? where the hell is that? the po box is in sydney, but the photo suggests the blue mountains, perhaps...?
posted by UbuRoivas at 7:12 AM on October 12, 2007

(hm, wrong again. it seems that tidbinbilla is still operational)
posted by UbuRoivas at 7:20 AM on October 12, 2007

longitude = [210,56,2.09]
latitude = [-31,16,37.34]

Someone can probably turn that into a useful link but I should be going out and not posting to metatalk right now!
posted by edd at 11:20 AM on October 12, 2007

qwip and amusebuche are definite mostly probably yes. Timings and such are foggy at the moment, so I it's tough to be more definite.
posted by qwip at 5:13 PM on October 12, 2007

oooh edd, are you a chum of the cheeky geraint? or the gorgie fred watson?

i'm unlikely to make it.... family duties at that time...

tell geraint he's a shite astrophysicist. he'll know why. ;-)
posted by taff at 4:34 PM on October 14, 2007

Afraid I'm not.
posted by edd at 9:30 AM on October 15, 2007

is amusebuche = mrs quip?

i thought she was resisting joining the mefi massive...?
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:04 PM on October 15, 2007

is amusebuche = mrs quip?

i thought she was resisting joining the mefi massive...?

Yep. It's really amazing what peer pressure will do.

besides, I paid the $5 for her...
posted by qwip at 4:08 AM on October 16, 2007

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