London Meetup February 17, 2005 8:33 PM   Subscribe

Let's have a London, England meetup. Let's make it Vaguely Competent this time.
posted by Pretty_Generic to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:33 PM (27 comments total)

it should be good--you have a juicy story to tell, no?

and shout out to me! : >
posted by amberglow at 8:56 PM on February 17, 2005

For tips on "Vaguely Competent," see our own caitlinb. In addition to attending meetups all over the US on her travels, she's got the Bay Area MeFites whipped up practically into a social club at this point.

Keys would seem to be:
1) firm time/date from the get-go.
2) Reminder 1 week ahead of time.
3) Reminder night-before.
4) Be there & be totally cool, so that, in the future, people will jump at the chance to come to a meetup with you.
5) Have a cell phone and sleep in front of your email inbox with one eye open.
posted by scarabic at 10:09 PM on February 17, 2005

do it for next weekend .......i'm coming down to london then ...
posted by sgt.serenity at 10:23 PM on February 17, 2005

My vote is for 5 March. Before then is too early IMHO.
posted by grouse at 1:25 AM on February 18, 2005

I'm certainly up for a meet up. I think I'm free the next couple of weekends.
posted by dodgygeezer at 1:28 AM on February 18, 2005

Bah, only the weekend of 19-20th March for me, although I'm sure you guys wouldn't mind spending more than 1 night in the pub per month.
posted by NinjaPirate at 1:33 AM on February 18, 2005

vote for the Sir Richard Steele, Haverstock Hill. Next weekend.
posted by johnny novak at 2:03 AM on February 18, 2005

I wouldn't mind popping my head in the door - any time around March would be cool along with a couple of weeks notice so I can get time off work/sort out a babysitter. You can do it around about March the 7th and buy me a birthday cake (or several pints). Does it have to be London though?
posted by longbaugh at 2:23 AM on February 18, 2005

I could be persuaded..
posted by salmacis at 2:43 AM on February 18, 2005

London is so very far away now. Cornwall anyone?

And to echo longbaugh, why does it have to be London? The Oxford meet-up proved more successful than any of the London attempts (to my knowledge). Why not consider somewhere else? (Obviously Cornwall is pretty unlikely, and so is my attendance, which at least gives me the luxury of being able to suggest this from a less biased perspective.)
posted by biffa at 8:36 AM on February 18, 2005

I'll go halves and say "Devon".
Meet you in Exeter, my house, say around 7:30, 8-ish.
posted by NinjaPirate at 8:40 AM on February 18, 2005

I am, unsurprisingly, up for it - wanna catch up with the dodgygeezer, sarge, P_G, et al. I'd prefer early March, if poss, but will try to acommodate any date. West London preferred, if London it be.

Dodgy - wanna make it a viewropa/mefi combo?
posted by dash_slot- at 8:42 AM on February 18, 2005

Dodgy - wanna make it a viewropa/mefi combo?

Why, of course! And maybe we can get a few new recruits too.
posted by dodgygeezer at 10:07 AM on February 18, 2005

posted by taz at 10:12 AM on February 18, 2005

Why not consider somewhere else?

Good idea. I suggest Cambridge. ;)
posted by grouse at 10:15 AM on February 18, 2005

Can't do weekends, I only work down there during the week. I *can* recommend the best pubs in London though (most of them rather hard to find).
posted by hardcode at 11:04 AM on February 18, 2005

We're so f'ing English about this.
"Oh you decide."
"No, you decide."
"Oh I couldn't possibly."

So you decide.

I'm around the evenings of 16-19th.
Pass the tea, please.
posted by NinjaPirate at 11:42 AM on February 18, 2005

Pretty_Generic: Vaguely Competent
posted by grouse at 11:59 AM on February 18, 2005

If it's in London I'll try and make it, if only to return the generous shout out given to me by scarabic at the recent Berkeley meet up.
posted by MrMustard at 12:31 PM on February 18, 2005

OK, it looks like NinjaPirate's dates are out for me unless my tattooist breaks his fingers again. The weekend of the 11th is unlikely unless it's the Sunday.

Can I suggest 5th March as a good date (at least for some of us)?

Incidently please note if you can only do weekends as a weeknight might be a solution (and good for hardcode too)
posted by dodgygeezer at 12:37 PM on February 18, 2005

Personally I can only do weekends since I don't live in London.
posted by grouse at 5:05 PM on February 18, 2005

And so it goes.
This is why we can't have nice things (in the uk)
posted by seanyboy at 6:20 PM on February 18, 2005

Sure we can. If we pick a day far enough in advance, then most (but not all) people who really want to go will be able to put it on their calendar and make it. If we try to pick a date within the next couple of weeks, or to time it so that we can do it when such-and-such just happens to be in town, then it will be harder.
posted by grouse at 5:44 AM on February 19, 2005

Funnily enough I was going to suggest doing both - pick a date soon that most people can make then set a date (in May or June for example) that everyone can make. That means we'd have to be twice as sociable but I'm sure we could cope.

Of course self flagellation has thrown this thread off the front page now so I wonder if we're going to miss any other people who'd be interested in a meet up.
posted by dodgygeezer at 6:28 AM on February 19, 2005

Yeah - maybe when the self-flagellation cools (when, oh when will that be) we'll announce it again...
posted by dash_slot- at 12:57 PM on February 19, 2005

Give me a couple of weeks notice, and I'll be there, for definites. I wanna lay the boggle-eye on you peeps.
posted by veedubya at 1:30 PM on February 19, 2005

Actually I can do Exeter...
posted by biffa at 3:05 AM on February 21, 2005

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