Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

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Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Postby k-j » Mon Jul 25, 2016 4:04 pm

A day at Alton Towers perhaps? An excursion to Morecambe or Rhyl?
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Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Postby David » Mon Jul 25, 2016 4:10 pm

I'm tempted to go to a football match, but I'm afraid it would cost an arm and a leg. The last football match I went to was 20 years ago.
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Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Postby k-j » Mon Jul 25, 2016 4:35 pm

We could go to a non-league football game and be all authentic like.

Seriously, I don't mind. Cotton looms, modern art, authentic non-league football, beer-bike or guided segway tour, I'm sure a good time will be had.
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Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Postby David » Mon Jul 25, 2016 6:53 pm

Last year's was a two-nighter. Are we talking about the same again this year? It's a bit far for me to go just for the Saturday (although I will be going).
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Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Postby Ros » Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:49 am

David wrote:Last year's was a two-nighter. Are we talking about the same again this year? It's a bit far for me to go just for the Saturday (although I will be going).


I'm happy either way, but booking rooms seems inappropriate if there's only going to be 6 or 7 of us.

I was musing that spending the day/afternoon together might be fun, and made the suggestions I did partly because they were free, not knowing people's budgets. If it's unlikely we can hit on anything everyone can tolerate, we could stick to evening(s).
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Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Postby k-j » Tue Jul 26, 2016 10:10 am

I'll be there for the Friday night also. Some drinks and something to eat.
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Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Postby bodkin » Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:20 pm

Proposals:

  • We all come in disguise and spend the day wandering around the city centre accusing random strangers of being a dead poet
  • We tour the local department stores extemporising poems about their displays, special offers, (and increasingly as the day wears on) security guards
  • We each visit some different attraction (whatever attracts you, I mean I'm not judgemental) and share the poems they inspire in real time using the internet and vintage Victorian load hailers
  • We each visit a different city and compete to inflict a "poem" that will make the local or national news
  • We find a park, we meet in the park, we read poems at one another, we retire to restaurant
  • We assume poetic personae. I shall be Byron and this means I do not care to meet the rest of you

Seriously guys. I see the desire to extend things to two days but without some sort of activity I'm at a lose to how to fill all the time...

We can just fall back on "The Suzanne Format" of Fri: pub, Sat: all-on-our-own, then: pub but for six of us I can't see it being worthwhile to book a room...

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Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Postby k-j » Tue Jul 26, 2016 10:28 pm

All good suggestions, but this:
bodkin wrote:We can just fall back on "The Suzanne Format" of Fri: pub, Sat: all-on-our-own, then: pub but for six of us I can't see it being worthwhile to book a room...


is basically what I had in mind. As far as I can see it's only Ray who's gallery/museum-phobic, so the rest of us can spend Saturday appreciating cotton looms together. It will be great fun.
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Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Postby David » Thu Jul 28, 2016 7:12 pm

k-j wrote:All good suggestions, but this:
bodkin wrote:We can just fall back on "The Suzanne Format" of Fri: pub, Sat: all-on-our-own, then: pub but for six of us I can't see it being worthwhile to book a room...


is basically what I had in mind. As far as I can see it's only Ray who's gallery/museum-phobic, so the rest of us can spend Saturday appreciating cotton looms together. It will be great fun.

Sounds good to me too. Vanessa will - I think - be coming with me, so I may have to put some shopping time aside on the Saturday afternoon. It's just a case of a few quid pro quo.
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Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Postby k-j » Thu Jul 28, 2016 10:06 pm

David wrote:Sounds good to me too. Vanessa will - I think - be coming with me


Good!

It's just a case of a few quid pro quo.


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Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Postby JJWilliamson » Fri Jul 29, 2016 1:22 pm

Manchester is great for pubs, clubs, restaurants, museums, buildings/architecture, art, football (tours of stadiums can be booked) and shopping. Beyond that you'd have to move from the centre (pardon the Pun). As with all cities the pubs are busy and finding a suitable corner for readings might be problematical.

A corner of a hotel bar, preferably where one of the group is staying, would work but the atmosphere would be rather sterile. Finding your way around can be tricky so I'd settle on a venue before you venture forth. I know Manchester quite well so if you want any suggestions just say the word. I have a contact or two.

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Ray! There's a football museum that's worth a visit. The National Football Museum is the world's biggest museum of its type and its free entry to boot. :)
It's centrally located and very close to some of the best pubs in Manchester. I've been to all of them.

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Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Postby David » Fri Jul 29, 2016 2:59 pm

That sounds very helpful, JJ. I know Manchester hardly at all. Liverpool is my northern English city, if I have one at all.
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Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Postby ray miller » Fri Jul 29, 2016 3:21 pm

That's very kind of you to think of me, JJ. However, we've our own football museum in these parts called Villa Park.
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Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Postby JJWilliamson » Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:03 pm

I'll keep thinking but here's two for starters, both walking distance from the centre. The city on a weekend is going to be a toughy.

The Britons Protection
50, Great Bridgewater St, Man
Tel 0871 230 2210 (13 pence per minute + suppliers charge)

Sinclairs Oyster Bar (perfect)
2, Cathedral gate, Man
Tel 0161 834 0430
This one is always busy but it has the best snug imaginable for a get together, reading and general chat etc. They also do food.
Doubt they'll entertain a reservation for the snug or food so first come...

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Ray! Is that because of the age of the stadium. :wink:

David wrote:That sounds very helpful, JJ. I know Manchester hardly at all. Liverpool is my northern English city, if I have one at all.


ray miller wrote:That's very kind of you to think of me, JJ. However, we've our own football museum in these parts called Villa Park.
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Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Postby ray miller » Fri Jul 29, 2016 8:20 pm

JJWilliamson wrote:
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ray miller wrote:That's very kind of you to think of me, JJ. However, we've our own football museum in these parts called Villa Park.


Ray! Is that because of the age of the stadium. :wink:

Nah, it's because we always get stuffed. Boom! Boom!
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Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Postby JJWilliamson » Sat Jul 30, 2016 1:59 pm

ray miller wrote:
JJWilliamson wrote:
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ray miller wrote:That's very kind of you to think of me, JJ. However, we've our own football museum in these parts called Villa Park.


Ray! Is that because of the age of the stadium. :wink:

Nah, it's because we always get stuffed. Boom! Boom!


Yes, very good. Had me smiling over here.

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Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Postby lotus » Mon Aug 22, 2016 11:34 am

Antcliff wrote:My order of preference for the mentioned possibilities

1. Mull......................huzzah!
2. Edinburgh
3. Manchester


However, I realise Mull may not be a good option for those living in the Deep South. (I couldn't get back by train in one day from Doncaster.) However Edinburgh may well be great. The old LNER service up from London is as swift as any service in the country and very easy. So I vote for Edinburgh.

York = possible, yes.
Dublin..really?

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Nicola Sturgeon




dear Nicola

it's been a while ( 2013 ) since we shared smiles at the poetic PC rendezvous in Didsbury

i've just tiptoed in here to the The Grave

yet might i suggest also that The Grave comes to the other side of the channel .... Rotterdam


we have a poetry festival going on here for 47 years

http://www.poetryinternationalweb.net/p ... l/index/en




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Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Postby stuartryder » Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:15 pm

So, um, what date are we looking at again?

I'm asking because I've got job stuff to consider (promotion!) and my payday is weird so I will need to work out whether I've got the wherewithal (as a stereotypical skint poet) to attend...

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Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Postby Ros » Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:36 pm

stuartryder wrote:So, um, what date are we looking at again?

I'm asking because I've got job stuff to consider (promotion!) and my payday is weird so I will need to work out whether I've got the wherewithal (as a stereotypical skint poet) to attend...

Stuart


The weekend of 15th October.
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Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Postby Ros » Sat Sep 24, 2016 6:10 pm

So, folks, it's time to book things. Who is actually coming, and when? Bodkin and I will be around on the Saturday, available for any jollification.I believe David and k-j will be around on the Friday evening too.

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Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Postby k-j » Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:28 pm

Ros wrote:So, folks, it's time to book things. Who is actually coming, and when? Bodkin and I will be around on the Saturday, available for any jollification.I believe David and k-j will be around on the Friday evening too.


I'll be around Fri-PM through Sun-AM. I can't wait to see you Ros. I yearn for you ceaselessly. You too, Ian.
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Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Postby Ros » Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:08 pm

k-j wrote:
Ros wrote:So, folks, it's time to book things. Who is actually coming, and when? Bodkin and I will be around on the Saturday, available for any jollification.I believe David and k-j will be around on the Friday evening too.


I'll be around Fri-PM through Sun-AM. I can't wait to see you Ros. I yearn for you ceaselessly. You too, Ian.


Hmm, I may suddenly have a prior engagement...
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Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Postby David » Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:13 pm

Just humming and hahing about hotels at the moment.
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Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Postby bodkin » Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:19 pm

Is it just the 5 of us then?

Can I bribe more people to come with free gifts?

Does anybody want a jar of Piccalilli 0.9.3-beta-3?

Or one of my many other dangerously experimental pickles?

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Re: Poets' Graves meet-up 2016

Postby k-j » Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:20 pm

I'm fond of piccalilli and dangerous pickles in general. What else are you offering?
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