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[UK] Birmingham

Postby sixes_and_sevens » Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:05 am UTC

Even though I've seen a few people round here claim proximity to the Counterfeit Jewel of the Midlands, I've not found an explicit Birmingham meetup thread on this forum.

Is there any interest? As a provisional venue, I'd like to recommend The Old Joint Stock, a rather nice central pub flanking Pigeon Park. In the gormlessly optimistic event of having up to forty attendees, it could easily accomodate us.

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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby Gowerly » Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:16 am UTC

I live in Leam, so I can make it over to Birmingham. The place's transport shuts down ridiculously early, though, so let's try not to make it an evening thing :-p

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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby tin » Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:25 am UTC

I live in Glasgow, but my hometown is Birmingham. So, yes. Whenever i'm stealing food and getting laundry done for me visiting my parents, I could probably come to future meetups. :)
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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby RoadieRich » Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:24 am UTC

This is a bit of a necro, I know, but Birmingham's the closest suggested meetup to Nottingham. I'd try to be there, and I could possibly persuade at least one other Nottingham forumite to come along.
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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby Plasma Man » Thu Apr 15, 2010 12:34 pm UTC

Birmingham is reachable for me, I'm in Northampton which has good rail links.
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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby a_fuzzyduck » Fri Apr 16, 2010 12:25 pm UTC

Brum's not that far from me either
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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby Whelan » Sun May 23, 2010 4:50 pm UTC

I'm in Leam too, and could probably rustle up a couple of xkcders I know...

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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby It Should Be Real » Sun May 23, 2010 7:21 pm UTC

As one of the xkcders Whelan knows and has taken to rustling, I will probably be showing up to a meetup.

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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby Ptolom » Sun May 23, 2010 7:22 pm UTC

*rustles* You can stop now, I'm coming; we're getting dizzy.

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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby rmuk » Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:42 am UTC

Nottingham peep here (Nottinghamite?) but Brum sounds good. Only about an hour away, according to my admittedly vague understanding of UK geography -and Google Maps. Last time I was in the West Midlands I was with primary school, visiting either a Black Country museum or the Cadbury Factory Tour in Bourneville. Or both. I forget.

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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby zed0 » Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:54 am UTC

I'm living in Coventry for the foreseeable future. Birmingham is easy to get to for me too if anyone's interested.

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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby sixes_and_sevens » Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:09 am UTC

Is there a particularly convenient time in the next fourteen months for everyone? :-)

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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby zed0 » Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:11 am UTC

I'm free pretty much any weekend, though this may change once university term starts again.

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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby crystal_owl » Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:33 pm UTC

I'm in Birmingham and also up for a meetup if it's in the next few months. I'm job-hunting so basically free all the time.
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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby RoadieRich » Sat Sep 18, 2010 12:51 am UTC

I'm going to take the first step, and suggest Saturday 16th October. Venue tba. Those in favour, say, Aye.
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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby crystal_owl » Sat Sep 18, 2010 12:02 pm UTC

Aye.
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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby sixes_and_sevens » Sat Sep 18, 2010 1:07 pm UTC

Aye!

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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby RoadieRich » Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:00 pm UTC

Right, next step is to pick a venue. I don't know Birmingham, so won't be much help with that. My suggestion would be either a tea or coffee shop to meet in to start with, at which point, we can discuss further options.
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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby sixes_and_sevens » Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:21 pm UTC

Is it safe to assume people will be coming in by train?

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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby RoadieRich » Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:34 pm UTC

sixes_and_sevens wrote:Is it safe to assume people will be coming in by train?

Unless we get more Nottingham people with cars and carpool, I certainly will be - it's a bit too far to walk.
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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby crystal_owl » Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:35 pm UTC

I'll be coming by bus but as pretty much all buses into town go to/near the train station it's probably a good idea to have that as a focal point for those from further afield. I was thinking maybe the Caffe Nero in the Pallisades/Bullring link? It's central, big enough that you can almost always get seats and also close to Nostalgia&Comics if people are up for a bit of geekage post-coffee.
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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby RoadieRich » Tue Sep 21, 2010 2:32 pm UTC

I would be happy with Cafe Nero. 1pm sound about right?
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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby Whelan » Tue Sep 21, 2010 4:06 pm UTC

Caffay Nero does godly hot chocolate. If'n I can afford it, I'll probably be there.
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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby sixes_and_sevens » Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:09 pm UTC

Which Cafe Nero is this, sorry?

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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby crystal_owl » Wed Sep 22, 2010 2:26 pm UTC

It's in the Pallasades/Bullring link up - from New Street Station you go up the escalators and turn right, walking towards Debenhams in the Bullring. Caffe Nero is at the end.
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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby Whelan » Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:05 pm UTC

I happen to know of a flashmob being organised at the bullring for the 23rd if anyone's interested in that.
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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby RoadieRich » Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:20 pm UTC

I'm involved with the Game City computer game festival at the end of October, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it.
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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby crystal_owl » Thu Sep 23, 2010 5:41 pm UTC

Whelan wrote:I happen to know of a flashmob being organised at the bullring for the 23rd if anyone's interested in that.

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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby Whelan » Thu Sep 23, 2010 6:21 pm UTC

That's all there is to know as of yet. Only other thing I could do is link you to the facebook event page.
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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby Plasma Man » Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:28 pm UTC

Count me in for the 16th.
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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby crystal_owl » Fri Oct 08, 2010 3:05 pm UTC

So, by my count so far it's me, Plasma Man, RoadieRich, sixes_and_sevens and and possibly Whelan. Anyone else?
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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby Whelan » Fri Oct 08, 2010 4:51 pm UTC

I need to double check with her, but if I'm going then so will ISBR.
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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby SlyReaper » Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:24 pm UTC

There's something happening next Saturday? I'm up for a trip to Brum and meeting some hoopy xkcd froods on the 16th. So count me in.
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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby sixes_and_sevens » Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:38 pm UTC

How will we all recognise each other? I'll be wearing a tea cosy on my head.

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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby SlyReaper » Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:51 pm UTC

I'm a fairly tall ginger dude with permastubble. I will probably be wearing a black jacket and looking lost. If anyone who's definitely going fancies PMing me their mobile number, I can meet up with you that way. Crystal_owl mentioned meeting at the train station, and I'm happy with that seeing as that's probably how I'll be arriving.
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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby RoadieRich » Fri Oct 08, 2010 10:33 pm UTC

I'm hoping the package arriving on Wednesday will be full of xkcd t-shirts. I'll be wearing one of them wherever they're from (it's definitely t-shirts: that's the only thing I've ordered recently from abroad that would need to have customs duty paid). Anyway, I'll probably be wearing a dark-blue monmouth hat (the evolution of Robin Hood's traditional hat), with a large red feather. Depending on the weather, I may be wearing my big blue coat. You can find photos of me in the Facerity thread.
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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby Whelan » Fri Oct 08, 2010 10:43 pm UTC

Give me some minutes to confer. We are coordinating ourselves.

I sound a little MPD there....

Apparently I will be tall and wearing a leather jacket, and keeping a girl in a trilby from being murdered. On a related note, can we put a definite embargo on all murdering? kthx
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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby RoadieRich » Sat Oct 09, 2010 12:07 pm UTC

How about a little maiming? Is that ok, as long as it's non-fatal? :lol:
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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby crystal_owl » Sat Oct 09, 2010 12:42 pm UTC

It wasn't the train station I suggested, it was Caffe Nero...confused now, where are we meeting?

I'll be the small girl wearing a purple coat and black boots.

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Re: [UK] Birmingham

Postby Whelan » Sat Oct 09, 2010 1:26 pm UTC

I think it'd be best to keep maiming to a minimum, if only for politeness' sake.
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