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 Post subject: CBB Tentenary! (aka 10th Anniversary Meeting) - 23 Feb 2013
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Greetings, my fellow CBBers! I know we have had discussions previously about the potential joy of a 10th anniversary gather (well, 10th and a bit; the CBB is 10 years old this month!), and I am delighted to say that this is an actual thing that is actually happening.

If you read the previous thread on the subject, you'll know that the idea is to try and make this a gather that is open to all and try and make it as easy and exciting for new gatherers as for old. The idea is that the meat of the Tentenary (Katherine coined the term; let us all give thanks to her) will take place on the Saturday (say, 10-6; please bear in mind that none of these arrangement are as yet set in stone, and everyone will have the chance to help thrash out the schedule). There will be a host of varied and exciting activities/games/discussions/quizzes etc, and lunch will be provided.

The venue is a guide hall in Milton Keynes (the specific location will be provided once people have signed up; this is just a security measure!). We* have hired it for the weekend, so while the main gather will be, to all intents and purposes, a day event, if preference/travel arrangements dictate, people can arrive/leave between Friday evening and Sunday lunchtime. We will probably arrange some kind of ridiculous activity for those times outside the main gather. Of course, you don't have to stay at the guide hall; I think I'm right in saying that there's a cheapo travel lodge about 5 mins away, and of course Milton Keynes has other hotels.

We have booked already and I'm afraid it was an entirely undemocratic choice of date - we were limited in what the guide hall could offer, and long experience has taught us that there are always dates people can't do, so we have plumped for one and hoped for the best. The Tentenary will take place on Saturday 23 February 2013; as above, the hall will be hired for 22-24 February.

So: what happens next? It would be great to gauge the level of interest, so if you fancy the idea of coming along, please post and say so! This isn't a commitment (there will be an official sign-up thread in the gathering forum in a few weeks' time), so don't worry that you're signing your life away. It would also be excellent to get some ideas for activities that people would like to do - games from the books, or book-related stuff, or for old hands at gathering, activities that have stood out for you at previous events. Also, if you have any questions about anything, this is the place for them! Don't be shy; the more the merrier!


Proposed schedule (this is very, very vague!)

Friday evening-Saturday morning: people arrive

Saturday morning (approx 10-12.30 ish): register (get a badge!); opening speech (me; always terrible and ill-thought-out); doing things

Saturday 12.30-1.30 ish: lunch

Saturday (1.30-6 ish): doing more things - END OF DAY PROGRAMME

Saturday evening (7-10 ish): dinner

Saturday evening-Sunday lunchtime: people leave

Pricing Structure (this is very, very vague!)

1. Saturday day time (probably super cheap; early estimates of £5-10)

2. Saturday day time + Saturday dinner (slightly more than above)

3. Saturday day time + Saturday dinner + Friday or Saturday night (more again; this time taking into account the overnight stay)

4. The platinum package! Saturday day time + Saturday dinner + Friday AND Saturday nights (this is the high-roller's choice; this will be the most expensive; previous gathers have come in at about £35, though of course until we know numbers, activities etc we won't be able to give a clear idea of cost - still, it's the cheapest weekend away you're likely to find!!).



* "We" in this mostly refers to me, KathrynW (aka spreadsheet girl) and Katherine (flavour) - we will be arranging accommodation, food, money etc; hopefully much of the event planning etc can be done right here and everyone can have their say!

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 Post subject: Re: CBB Tentenary! (aka 10th Anniversary Meeting) - 23 Feb 2
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I will definitely come for the day and my arm could probably be twisted to come for the whole weekend.


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 Post subject: Re: CBB Tentenary! (aka 10th Anniversary Meeting) - 23 Feb 2
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 Post subject: Re: CBB Tentenary! (aka 10th Anniversary Meeting) - 23 Feb 2
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Carys wrote:
I will definitely come for the day and my arm could probably be twisted to come for the whole weekend.


I have made kumquat liqueur. If that's not an arm-twister, I don't know what is!

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 Post subject: Re: CBB Tentenary! (aka 10th Anniversary Meeting) - 23 Feb 2
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Yes for the whole weekend please! Hooray for a date! Hip hip hooray!

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 Post subject: Re: CBB Tentenary! (aka 10th Anniversary Meeting) - 23 Feb 2
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 Post subject: Re: CBB Tentenary! (aka 10th Anniversary Meeting) - 23 Feb 2
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I would be interested in coming but as my car is very sick and off the road for the forseeable future it would depend on public transport being a , affordable and b, available but put me down as a maybe for the day at least please. No promises though.


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 Post subject: Re: CBB Tentenary! (aka 10th Anniversary Meeting) - 23 Feb 2
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I have a wedding to go to on February 23rd, so I'll have to miss the Tentenary. I am disappointed as I've been looking forward to it ever since it was first mooted. For what it's worth, I do think that just picking a date was the right thing to do - getting a date to suit everyone would have been impossible, and this way is a lot less stressful!

I hope you all have an amazing time and I look forward to hearing about it!

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 Post subject: Re: CBB Tentenary! (aka 10th Anniversary Meeting) - 23 Feb 2
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KathrynW wrote:
Carys wrote:
I will definitely come for the day and my arm could probably be twisted to come for the whole weekend.


I have made kumquat liqueur. If that's not an arm-twister, I don't know what is!


Ok you've sold it to me Kathryn!!! Exciting!


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 Post subject: Re: CBB Tentenary! (aka 10th Anniversary Meeting) - 23 Feb 2
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I would be interested in coming but as my car is very sick and off the road for the forseeable future it would depend on public transport being a , affordable and b, available but put me down as a maybe for the day at least please. No promises though.


One of the main reasons that we have ended up in Milton Keynes is because there are relatively good public transport links with a train station and a coach station in town (and which we run regular pick ups to and from).

It would be lovely to meet you if you can make it!

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 Post subject: Re: CBB Tentenary! (aka 10th Anniversary Meeting) - 23 Feb 2
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If I'm in England then count me in, for the Saturday at least. But my life is completely up in the air at the moment, especially in January/February when it looks as if I shall need to be in the UK and the Czech Republic at one and the same time :?

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 Post subject: Re: CBB Tentenary! (aka 10th Anniversary Meeting) - 23 Feb 2
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I'll hopefully be there, but it will have to be for the whole weekend.

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 Post subject: Re: CBB Tentenary! (aka 10th Anniversary Meeting) - 23 Feb 2
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I would like to come on the Saturday


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 Post subject: Re: CBB Tentenary! (aka 10th Anniversary Meeting) - 23 Feb 2
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KathrynW wrote:

I have made kumquat liqueur. If that's not an arm-twister, I don't know what is!



Tragically, I have a prior engagement for this one, and won't be able to make it. I am gutted. Please drink a kumquat cocktail for me.

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 Post subject: Re: CBB Tentenary! (aka 10th Anniversary Meeting) - 23 Feb 2
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Am certainly keen to come if at all possible, makes sense chosing a date. Thanks for the organising !

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 Post subject: Re: CBB Tentenary! (aka 10th Anniversary Meeting) - 23 Feb 2
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LauraMcC wrote:
I'll hopefully be there, but it will have to be for the whole weekend.

Sure you don't fancy doing the North of Scotland and back in a day? ;)
Nicola wrote:
Tragically, I have a prior engagement for this one, and won't be able to make it. I am gutted. Please drink a kumquat cocktail for me.

Woe!

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 Post subject: Re: CBB Tentenary! (aka 10th Anniversary Meeting) - 23 Feb 2
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Katherine wrote:
LauraMcC wrote:I'll hopefully be there, but it will have to be for the whole weekend.Sure you don't fancy doing the North of Scotland and back in a day?


Thanks, but I think I'll pass on that! :D

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 Post subject: Re: CBB Tentenary! (aka 10th Anniversary Meeting) - 23 Feb 2
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I hope I can make it and will bring a Minim- assuming under 18s can come with a parent.

ETA But it would just be for the Saturday

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 Post subject: Re: CBB Tentenary! (aka 10th Anniversary Meeting) - 23 Feb 2
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Fingers croosed its my long weekend off...ill give it some serious thinking! :)

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 Post subject: Re: CBB Tentenary! (aka 10th Anniversary Meeting) - 23 Feb 2
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I am potentially interested in coming for the Saturday but it will depend on a number of factors and I wouldn't be able to confirm that early.


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