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Ann

Oxford

I went there yesterday, had lunch and a drink in the White Hart and browsed in Blackwells. I mentally raised my glass to Evie, Gino and Himadri and happily remembered meeting there last year. I'd gone with a friend hoping to visit the Ashmolean but it was closed for refurbishment until November. However I had a great day out with a friend. We did touristy things and went on the Oxford walking tour which was great, though we were the only people on it who were not Americans!
Gino

I am glad you enjoyed your nostalgic trip to oxford, I would like to see more meetings of members but they are very hard to organise because everyone seems to be busy or just reluctent to travel.
Idealy I would like to see one meeting a year arranged well in advance but it does not seem possible.
TheRejectAmidHair

I remember that meeting well, and like Gino, would like to have more opportunities to meet up wiith members.

Unfortunately, that particular Saturday was not the happiest of weekends I have had. It can all be revealed now ... but only a couple of days before that Saturday, it was announced that I was going to get made redundant. And it wasn't voluntary either. But - swings and roundabouts, as they say: it did mean that I had more time to spend on this board!

As I say, it can all be revealed now, because, after possibly the most stressful few months I have had, I am starting a new job as soon as a starting date gets fixed. This will mean, of course, that I'll have less time to spend on the board - but certain sacrifices have to be made....

Anyway, I do hope we can all meet up again soon. And this time, I won't, hopefully, be quite as miserable as I was the last time!
bookfreak

Sorry you had such a bad experience, Himadri, but congratulations on the new job.   When one door closes another one always opens and may  this new challenge turn out to be better all round than the last one.  Very best wishes........
Ann

I'm so sorry, Himadri, and you hid it well. I just noticed you were very quiet. I do hope the new job proves to be really engrossing.
I would love to meet up again sometime, and it would be nice if we could persuade more people to join us. Sadly with the demise of the previous board I have no copies of the photos we took that day.
Apple

Do you meet up regularly then?
Evie

No - although Gino and I have now met a few times!  A couple of years ago, a few of us went to Haworth (Bronte country!), though of that group I think only Gino, Chibiabos and Verity post on this board - apologies if I've forgotten anyone!  It was organised through the rebel board.  Then Gino and I went to Madresfield last year to meet Ann, who is one of the guides there, and we went on her lovely guided tour.  I was in Oxford for three weeks, and asked on the board if anyone wanted to meet up there, and Gino, Ann and Himadri made the trip - that was the first (and still the only!) time I met Himadri.

I did once meet Chibiabos and Verity at a bus stop...that was fun.
Ann

Gino wrote:
I am glad you enjoyed your nostalgic trip to oxford, I would like to see more meetings of members but they are very hard to organise because everyone seems to be busy or just reluctent to travel.
Idealy I would like to see one meeting a year arranged well in advance but it does not seem possible.


Perhaps we need a bookish goal, Gino, like the Bronte one. There are some excellent book festivals around and we could try and meet there  - if we could agree on an author we'd all like to hear talk! Confused
Hay-on-Wye and Cheltenham are the ones that are easiest for me.
TheRejectAmidHair

First of all, thanks everyone, for your good wishes.

For the next get-together, I think Klara Z once suggested Highgate Cemetery. (Apologies, Klara, if I remember this wrongly.) It's not really a ghoulish choice - it really is quite an attractive place, and I'm sure there are a few well-known literary figures resting there.

Hay-on-Wye is certainly a marvellous place, especially for book-lovers, but it's a bit out of the way, and I imagine it might be difficult for too many people to get out there. But generally, I'm open to suggestions.
priscilla-of-padua

I  wonder if others had the  same ads as I after Rejectetc's last message;
all about a Cupid an on line dating thingy. I do find these incongruous ads so annoying.

And best wishes for the new job and challenge, RAH - I do hope you will contribute here as much as you can as although I post little I do read the contrebutions when I can.

Regards, P.
priscilla-of-padua

I also have a problem with typing and spelling.

P.
Gino

I have always fancied Bourmouth with its Hardy connections, if the party is not too large we could all go up in a tethered baloon together.
Jen M

First, commiserations and congratulations to Himadri - both my husband and I have been made redundant at different times and one particular period of time was extremely stressful.  Very best wishes for your new job; it must be a huge relief to have something lined up at last.

I too think it was Klara who suggested Highgate Cemetery as a meeting place; I would be interested in this, other commitments permitting, of course.  Unfortunately Hay on Wye, Cheltenham, Bournemouth and Haworth are rather too far for me to travel.
Evie

It was Gwendoline Mary Lacey who suggested Highgate Cemetery - she knows someone who is a guide there - she has joined this board, I think, so maybe we can resurrect that idea, which I think is a great one.
Ann

I'd forgotten about the Highgate idea and it would be extremely interesting.
Gino

We might even coax Baron to join us as he lives in that area he may well have some interesting ideas as to what may have gone on amongst the monuments in earlier times !
TheRejectAmidHair

And how silly of me to forget that it was Gwendoline who had first suggested the location. It would be a good idea for one of us to contact her abiout this.

I suggest we fix a date now, otherwise it ends up being a last minute job, and very few people can turn up.
Gino

For a Highgate visit may I suggest 02/05/09 sufficiently far forward for planning but early enough not to clash with annual holidays
Simon The Sponge

Just seen this - Did anyone ever decide on a particular location and date for a leisurely get together (for UK based people anyway).  It sounds a rather jolly idea

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