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London Lounge meet, Chinese New Year, 22nd February - who's up for it?

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Lightmancer, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    So, here's the suggestion.

    This year's main celebrations of the Chinese New Year in London will take place on the 22nd of February. It's been a couple of years since I last went and I'm planning to go this year to treat it as a photo-opportunity.

    My idea is this; meet somewhere interesting, not too far from Chinatown, but "off the route" - say the Photographers' Gallery in Ramilles Street. They open on Sundays at 11:30, which is a little later than I would like, so I am open to alternative suggestions. Anyway - meet, coffee, chat, maybe mooch around the galleries and shop, then head to Chinatown for the photo-opportunities, and meet afterwards for a well-earned beer, more chat and view of results in somewhere like the Coal Hole on the Strand.

    If you think this sounds like a fun idea then please "sign up" on this thread. I'll also post this on the Fujixspot, feel free to share on Amin's other forums.
     
  2. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Sounds wonderful, I'd love to come, but cannot :)
     
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  3. Petach

    Petach SC All-Pro

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    certainly interested. Must get some bail from the Mrs.
     
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  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    if I were a little more flush with cash, I'd be there for sure. I'll try to make the next one.
     
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  5. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Bumping this, for the Monday crowd.
     
  6. MoonMind

    MoonMind SC Top Veteran

    578
    Dec 29, 2013
    Switzerland
    Matt
    Bill, that's a great idea, but I'll really have to check out the possibilities first; I have to be at work early on the 23rd, which means I would have to fly back home on the 22nd ... but maybe I can make it to London a couple of days in advance and still enjoy a couple of hours with the crowd before I head back home.

    I'll let you know asap ...

    M.
     
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  7. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    The more the merrier!

    Take-up seems a little slow, so far... C'mon, organise those passes-out (or by all means bring partners along) and let's put faces and voices to names!
     
  8. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Sorry bill but a day out to London from where I am costs the best part of £100 once petrol parking train fare etc are taken into account along with eating and the odd cup of tea ... I don't have that kind of money to spare I'm afraid :(
     
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  9. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Fully understand - London is pricing itself out of the UK, to be fair... :frown:
     
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  10. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Oh London's pricy ok, but then it always has been.

    The big problem has become getting anywhere by train at sensible cost ... But that's a whole thread's worth of moans in itself ;)
     
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  11. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Another bump...
     
  12. Petach

    Petach SC All-Pro

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    .........and of course the weekend is when there are rail closures to upgrade infrastructure. This last weekend is a case in point.
    However, should be able to confirm in a day or so
    pete
     
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  13. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    there is the megabus which is dirt cheap but for me its a 5+hour journey each way & needs me to catch first bus at 3am then leave 6pm - glad I have family commitments to use as an excuse not to go
     
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  14. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
  15. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Y'know, I'm really disappointed with the response to this. I thought people would be up for a bit of a get-together, the chance for a convivial chat, an event at which to snap a shot or two and then compare notes.

    Is it the time of year, the venue, the travel cost, or should I change my aftershave...? :confused:
     
  16. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    I was momentarily tempted to come as it's not that far but I don't want to be the only female and the last time I took my husband to a photography meet it went this way.....

    "so, are you interested in photography?"

    Him, "No, I find it rather tedious".......
     
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  17. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    :biggrin:
     
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  18. MoonMind

    MoonMind SC Top Veteran

    578
    Dec 29, 2013
    Switzerland
    Matt
    Sorry, have to pull out before even seriously joining in - it's not feasible this time, mostly because of time constraints, but also in terms of cost-benefit ratio ... As I said in my last post in this thread, I have to actually get home on the 22nd, which turns out to be rather complicated and unnecessarily expensive.

    Maybe next time ...

    M.
     
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  19. nippa

    nippa SC Top Veteran

    561
    Aug 7, 2010
    Cheshire UK
    Dennis
    Although I can't make this event getting into London from Cheshire has become a lot easier now that I have a secure car parking space lined up before I set out.
    Thank goodness for the Westfields Mall at Shepherd's Bush.
    I can leave the house at 7-15 and be down in the mall car park just after 10-30 ( motorways permitting ). During the week it's about £6.50 for a days parking but extra at weekends.
    Then 30 minutes on the tube into the centre.
    Sadly when I'm there I feel like the only native Londoner around!
    ( I also know Sunny Frimley quite well having had a two homes at Church Crookham )
     
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  20. SnapDawg

    SnapDawg Rorschach Test Pilot

    649
    Apr 18, 2014
    Canary Islands
    Ken
    I wish could come but there's some rather serious family business waiting. Still stuck in $§&* Swamp County - all I really want is to fly back home, damnit.