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Post Fri Feb 04, 2005 11:03 pm

Sign UK 2005

as that time creeps up opn us once more ide like to ask how many of us intend going to Sign UK this year?
if your going....

what day & are would you consider staying over night for a bit of a laugh, get together, meal... who knows.. ?


just thought ide ask now. :wink:
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Post Fri Feb 04, 2005 11:09 pm

glad you asked rob, i was just thinking about it yesterday!! time is flying in... :o i'll have to book accomodation i'm not staying in the pad you did last year, i was saying to carrie, could stay in london for the night & train it there cheaper than what you paid for the room :lol1: anyway now you've mentioned it what days is it on again? wed/thur or thurs/frid?
oh and we'll have to meet up at the ummm....cannot remember where you guys started off last year :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:


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Post Fri Feb 04, 2005 11:15 pm

As I said in the other thread - May well do, even if it's to meet up with the lads

I think its in April this year isn't it?

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Post Fri Feb 04, 2005 11:46 pm

johnalphasign wrote:even if it's to meet up with the lads


:lol1: and lasses :wink:

We are going :D

.... its on Tues 12th Weds 13th & Thurs 14th April ... so I guesss everyone or someone needs to pick a day???

We want to stay over and as Nik said it has to be at the right price though and somewhere that has a good bar etc so we can do a bit of socialising. It will be good to meet up with many peeps from here ... looking forward to it ... I will be shy, honest so bare with me ..... and there is no need to run away from me :wink: Its Dewi you have to do the running from :P

So...
What day?
What time?
What stand?
What accomodation?

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Post Fri Feb 04, 2005 11:49 pm

ok i can confirm, SIGNWORLD magazine will have a stand.. so why not meet at the sign world stand? im sure colin and the others will give us some free mags/info etc?
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Post Fri Feb 04, 2005 11:52 pm

i'll head down wednesday stay over get sloshed no doubt with you alcholics on board, then try and wander round the thursday!! :o

stand.........i don't think i'll get to mention that one this year :oops:
b&b i'm away to try and get something sorted this weekend

time...when the bar opens!! :wink:


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Post Fri Feb 04, 2005 11:56 pm

I don't understand you Nik
What's Youro Point? :D

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Post Fri Feb 04, 2005 11:57 pm

ill be staying over also, down on wednesday back thursday night....

anyone else wanting to stay over please reply to this thread. keeps everything under one roof if i can do anything with these dates :wink:
i just need actual/real figures in who is going?


thanks in advance :wink:
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Post Fri Feb 04, 2005 11:59 pm

I've booked my tickets not sur eon the day yet.

as to where to stay theres a great travel inn in solihull not far from the NEC, i can't remeber the name of the place but McRod and i used to have a few net meets there and i'm sure he can.

Over to McRod ........

(i wonder if they forgot about not wanting us back again :) )
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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 12:02 am

Wed sounds good to me. Both my girls want to go, 1 went last year, 2nd one hasn't been before. won't be stopping over though, can't afford to shut up shop for 2 days. (yes i know too tight).
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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 12:05 am

I usually go on the Wednesday. No reason, I just do. It's only about an hour's drive for me so I'll be on the lemonade. :(

Actually, it was good fun meeting at a non-existent stand. Trying to identify people who have used a 30 year old Avatar photo was quite an enjoyable challenge. The only one who looked like his picture was Henry, and that was only because of the massive beard!

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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 12:07 am

What do you mean Andy

My photos only a few months old

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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 12:08 am

So Nik, Rob,

Let me get it right, you are both travelling down on the Wednesday, staying overnight and then going to the show on the Thursday and meeting at the Signworld stand (not a euro stand :wink: ) Ok fine with us.

Rob are you looking at doing a bulk hotel/B&B booking somewhere ..... in which case if you are, Nik might not need to worry about booking a B&B and then we can all stay together at the same place and have a pyjama party ..... oooh no maybe not :lol1: getting slightly carried away there!! Not sure we could all cope seeing Rob in his pink fluffly bunny slippers & jim-jams :wink: :lol1:

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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 12:10 am

:lol1: Im confused now :-? Not always difficult I know!! So are we meeting at the signworld stand on Weds or Thurs or both? :-?
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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 12:11 am

Mort wrote: i can't remeber the name of the place but McRod and i used to have a few net meets there. ahem ahem... )



say no more mort, ill try get group discount on vaseline :o :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:


just kidding mate... sounds good actualy as costs would be well down right away...


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what do you mean old pics... we only knew who you were coz you had "i'm too sexy to be BIG-G" on your t-shirt :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:
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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 12:18 am

Apparently John's picture is only a few months old.......yeah 120 is only a few!

As for Dewi - he's actually older than Peter Normington. No that's impossible. :wink:
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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 12:25 am

:D :D where is peter tonight........must be in the pub!! :P

carrie i'll away and find out what times the trains are........hate flying :o
planning on getting there early..ish wednesday.. :D
i'll keep you all posted this weekend...i'll enquire about b&b anyway just incase something goes belly flop :o
and big g party pooper or what!! :roll: an hours drive is not much on the train!! :D

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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 12:35 am

Nik, believe it or not, to get the train from Wellingborough to Brum means virtually circumnavigating the globe and changing trains in 37 different countries.
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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 12:38 am

Whatever Michael Palin can do our Nik can do even better
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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 12:45 am

big G wrote:Nik, believe it or not, to get the train from Wellingborough to Brum means virtually circumnavigating the globe and changing trains in 37 different countries.


well just leave earlier!! :roll: :roll: :wink:


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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 12:54 am

johnalphasign wrote:Whatever Michael Palin can do our Nik can do even better
You show 'em Nik
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:lol1: :lol1: not got my elephants license yet :roll: :roll: :wink:


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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 1:03 am

Hi All

We're going, traveling up on the Tuesday,staying at the Premier Lodge at Ansty. Show Wednesday back home on the Thursday. Looking forward to meeting all. If we meeting up on the 13th April Wednesday, that's my daughter's birthday (angel) , not. She'll be with us as well.

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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 1:12 am

Staying over

Can we not oranise one night as a stayover so we can meet everyone. I am ahapy to do Tues/wed/ wed/thurs can we have an opinion so we can organise this and all meet (HIC)

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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 1:17 am

doh!! :o i thought that's what we were already talking about!! :D


Nik too many lemonades adrian? :D :D :D
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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 1:24 am

Speaking of the show, I got a brochure through the door yesterday - one that I requested at last year's show. Now that is bloody speedy service.

Anyway, I'll be wearing a carnation and carrying a copy of the Times. I'll meet you all under the clocktower. (<(
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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 1:29 am

i think the best day would be to meet at the show around 2pm on wednesday at signwolrd stand. then head to the bar... :P
from here we can arrange to meet back up at hotel for all those staying over till thursday.

(thats if it is ok with everyone else?)


between now and end of this month, if your definately going to make it on said dates, reply to "this" thread. that way we can see about arranging some sort of bulk stay over near exhibition. if i can arrange a good deal, we woul need to pay this in advance, at least deposit of some sort?
thats IF we get a good deal. we will need to count heads in order for that to happen.

anyway, if your going reply and let us know so we can count heads. :wink:
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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 8:13 am

I'll be there on Wednesday 13th, not sure about staying over at the mo, but that could change with very little persuasion ;-) and the mention of beer/wine/anything with alcohol in it :o

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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 8:52 am

Why do i get the feeling that this hasn't anything to do with seeing all the new bits of kit out there, it's all to do with having a great big P*ss up :lol1:

Sounds good to me
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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 9:12 am

Mort,

I really want to see the new versacamm and all the latest technology - honest.

Whether or not my eyes will focus on them is a different matter :lol1: *hair*

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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 9:24 am

I got a magazine you can look at while in the pub if you want :P
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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 9:51 am

sign uk 2005

count me in for 2 rooms Rob
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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 10:16 am

Well done Rob

Robert Lambie wrote:i think the best day would be to meet at the show around 2pm on wednesday at signwolrd stand. then head to the bar... :P
from here we can arrange to meet back up at hotel for all those staying over till thursday.

(thats if it is ok with everyone else?)


between now and end of this month, if your definately going to make it on said dates, reply to "this" thread. that way we can see about arranging some sort of bulk stay over near exhibition. if i can arrange a good deal, we woul need to pay this in advance, at least deposit of some sort?
thats IF we get a good deal. we will need to count heads in order for that to happen.

anyway, if your going reply and let us know so we can count heads. :wink:



Now NIk that is what I call organising, I willb be there with an employee or two.

Lee how old is your daughter

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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 1:19 pm

Sweet 16......... or so she say's

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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 9:51 pm

I will be travelling up on the Tuesday and kipping in my camper for the all in price of about £5 :roll: Yes I am a tight git but while I have a camper, as the saying goes "HOME IS WHERE YOU PARK IT" :lol1: Why should I pay inflated prices just for a kip. Then its a 15 minute drive to the show on Wednesday (I even get a lie in as well) and arrive fresh as a daisy ready to pound the halls before the 3.5 hour drive home again.

Would be good to see the real faces, I did meet about 4 guys last year by literally bumping into them. (I don't think any of them post here anymore :( )
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Post Sat Feb 05, 2005 11:27 pm

Wednesday sounds like a good day to me
Kinda like the idea of stopping over night as well
Make my way back home Thursday
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Post Sun Feb 06, 2005 9:10 am

We'll go with the flow, dont know yet if both of us can make it, but one room will do, either way, if you do book Rob
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Post Sun Feb 06, 2005 9:30 am

to it ... I will be shy, honest so bare with me ..... and there is no need to run away from me :wink: Its Dewi you have to do the running from :P

Is this an offer of communal exhibitionism :roll: :oops:
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Post Sun Feb 06, 2005 4:12 pm

Oh go on then, you've talked me into it, I'll come for a day or two :D Are you working out a group booking Robert or do we all have to sort out our own digs?

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Post Sun Feb 06, 2005 6:37 pm

kev hoy graphics wrote:i wonder, i wonder... whats the chances on steve broughton giving everyone UKSG dsicount to kipp in his camper over night? :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:


:wink:




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Slim to none i'd say mate :lol1: I'm helping out again on the live demo bit

http://www.signuk.com/page.cfm/link=94

so I'll be busy and we stay in a very posh farmhouse nearby no roughing it!
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Post Sun Feb 06, 2005 7:16 pm

Two of us are heading up also, but haven't decided on the day yet, so we'd be more than happy to join the throng that seems to be amassing for a knees up. We were going to get the train up and back on the same day so we could have a few sherbets but would certainly consider driving now and staying overnight.

Rob keep us posted if you are making a group booking please.
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Post Sun Feb 06, 2005 8:25 pm

signco wrote:bare with me .....:P

Is this an offer of communal exhibitionism :roll: :oops:


:lol1: Well it is said that if you feel nervous imagine everyone around you is naked!!!! ..... I will be clothed but if anyone else would like to assist in making me feel less nervous then please feel free to bare all :wink: :P :lol1:
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Post Sun Feb 06, 2005 9:41 pm

We are staying @ The Travel Inn North, Solihull. Only £50 & a few miles away. Boozer next door too :D

http://www.travelinn.co.uk/TI/index.jsp?page=inn&id=264
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Post Thu Feb 10, 2005 5:24 pm

Dont think we are staying the night but will be there on wednesday to meet with everyone at 2.00pm at signworld mag!! :D

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Post Thu Feb 17, 2005 5:15 pm

big G wrote:As for Dewi - he's actually older than Peter Normington. No that's impossible. :wink:


Only just noticed this :o Nothing wrong with looking more mature in years, as long as it doesn't mean I have to be more mature in manner :D My excuse is everyone else looks younger than they are, rather than me looking older... I'm only 21 you know :roll:

So, how many have we got going now? I've lost count :-? If the majority are staying over night, we'd better make sure we can find somewhere before there's no room left at the inns. Either that or its a tent in the NEC carpark :roll:

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Post Thu Feb 17, 2005 5:27 pm

You wanna book quick coz rooms go quick. The cheap ones will be gone already.

No problem for Mr Lambie coz he don't mind paying £150+ for the 5 star touch :o
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Post Thu Feb 17, 2005 5:52 pm

What's the best day to go ?, or dosn't it make any difference.

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Post Thu Feb 17, 2005 5:56 pm

Brian Hays wrote:You wanna book quick coz rooms go quick. The cheap ones will be gone already.

No problem for Mr Lambie coz he don't mind paying £150+ for the 5 star touch :o


Exactly my thinking. On the booking I mean, mind you, you're right on both counts :lol1: He did get to sleep next door to Bob Marley last year though :o

Wanderer, I think most ppl will be going Wednesday or Thursday. On the Thursday you tend to get the large print guys giving away huge posters and panels, stuff like that. They're pretty cool.

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Post Thu Feb 17, 2005 6:25 pm

Bob Marley? lookalike or singalike?

Keen on a few freebees then? :lol1:

Places are running out fast. The place we are stying is now fully booked.
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Post Thu Feb 17, 2005 7:03 pm

It was the Bob Marley room, not the actual guy :lol1:

I didn't come away with freebies last year, although I saw alot of ppl walking to their cars with prints etc. I'm not too bothered this year either. I should imagine it'd be useful for newbies though, especially anyone wanting to fill some wallspace in a workshop or shop. I think most of the large supplier stands give away packs with samples of vinyl, squeegees, things like that in, also useful if you're just starting out. I'm looking forward to seeing some of the new add-ons for the Epson printers, I think the company doing them was i-Sub.

We can't stay at your place then Brian, looks like we'll be about 50 miles away at this rate :lol1: Either that or its £200, padlock the minibar and not eat at the bar type of hotel. :o Bit cold to kip in the car :-?

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Post Thu Feb 17, 2005 7:07 pm

:lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:
well unless we get something sorted soon, these bloody dear ones are all thats gonna be left :o


this is what Dewi meant mate, seamingly he stayed in the room next door to the one i had, so we took a picture of it... "obviously because of the sign" :wink:
we commented on how lovely it had been created from 10mm clear perspex etc :lol1: yeh right... :wink: i just took the picture to show the police when they arrested Dewi for pinching the plaque and star for his reception area :lol1: :lol1:

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Post Thu Feb 17, 2005 7:10 pm

Bob Marley room? Blimey, was their some exotic tobaco in the minibar?

The Travelinn places book up really quick. There are a couple of travelinn type places on the NEC site, but they were booked up 6 months before Sign UK.

Would have a look here still some rooms in places near the NEC...

http://www.premiertravelinn.com

If a few of you wanna stay in the same place you best get your fingers out!
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Post Thu Feb 17, 2005 7:44 pm

ime staying but i live in brum ha ha
if you cant find a hotel let me know theres a few about 20mins from the nec may be cheaper
like the parson and clark chester road streetly
holiday inn chester road castle vale
holiday inn j 7 m6 great barr walsall road
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Post Thu Feb 17, 2005 8:20 pm

how close is birmingham city centre to the nec?
there are a good few places available from about £60ish a night in the city.
holiday inns have a fair amount of rooms and also hotels.

crown plaza has rooms available, cheaper than last year if booked in next few days.. starts about £90


ive did online bookings for 5 rooms plus but nothing comes off... as far as discount for a party booking. guess that would have to be haggled over the phone. the thing is, i dont know how far that would get you anyway as the nearer the date bookings the prices go right up because they know they will shift the rooms anyway.. :-?

if we arrive at NEC on the wednesday and stay over, i think it is best to stay on the complex. (although expensive) thats if some of us are traveling by train or plane. i know phil and alison flew down and back last year...
what i mean is... we meet at show then head some place for food and drink.. if not local we have to taxi it to the hotel... then next day, if we wanted to go back into the show.. its a taxi back...
or if we got there by train or plane, we still have to travel back to NEC area as thats were airport etc is...

im not fussed, ill go with the flow... but if we want to get together it would be good if we are in same place or near enough. :D
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Post Thu Feb 17, 2005 8:41 pm

Whats the maximum everyone is willing to pay for a night then?

Let me know and I'll scout about tomorrow, see who's offering what... need to know how many ppl are wanting to stay over as well obviously.

Also, who's going by car? We may as well sort out some sort of car pool or something, to go from the NEC to the hotel. I've got 6 spare seats (well, 5 as I already have a passenger) so anyone going by plane, train or being dropped off can always hitch a ride to the hotel... thats if you trust my driving :oops:

Going along the lines of what Robert has said though, the benefit of an onsite hotel is the free parking on the hotel complex, and its only a short bus ride into the NEC building. £90 isn't all that bad considering it so local to the show (about 5-10 minutes walk or a shuttle bus goes up and down there every 10 minutes)

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Post Thu Feb 17, 2005 9:07 pm

bham city center is about 20mins by car
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Post Thu Feb 17, 2005 9:16 pm

davebrittain wrote:bham city center is about 20mins by car


thanks dave :wink:


we have a list of probables... but we need a list of definately going and want to stay overnight. wednesday over to thursday, to get something booked. thats advanced booking of course... we can all find our own places here and there if we wish, im just trying to keep us all together. :D eather that or thurday after we leave the bar its going to look like national lampoons UKSG adventure trying to meet up and find each other. :lol1:

if im wrong please correct me here:


i am definately staying over...
Dewi is definately staying over...
i think, carrie & steve are definately staying over...
nik?

anyone else?


remember, this is just for over night stay, to try get orginaised. anyone & everyone is welcome to meet up at the show... :P
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Post Thu Feb 17, 2005 9:20 pm

definatly peter hopefully lynn

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Post Thu Feb 17, 2005 9:26 pm

ok so:

robert
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steve
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5 definate so far! possible 8.
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Rob i think as far as rooms go it's proberbly 4 as I think (maybe wrong) steve and Carrie will maybe share a room :lol1: still maybe 5 as you missed nik of your last list

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Robert

Could you put John and I down for a room please as we're going to attend the show for our first time.

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Post Thu Feb 17, 2005 10:27 pm

ok so:

robert
peter
Dewi & ?
steve & carrie
john & dawn

8 definate so far! possible 11.
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Post Thu Feb 17, 2005 11:21 pm

Rob

I need a double room for me and her

Guess something between £50-£80 for the room

The premier ones that Brian is on about still have some in Birmingham North and some in Birmingham South

Though it would be good if we were all together
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Post Fri Feb 18, 2005 12:01 am

so thats 10 possible 13? :wink:
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Post Fri Feb 18, 2005 8:27 pm

rob i got booked in a b&b one and a quarter miles from the nec so i just need to jump the bus!! :P
will be heading off tuesday morning by train and staying until later on thursday!! :P
so that's me all sorted :D :D

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I could be going but not sure yet.. Wouldn't be staying over night though.
All depends when my new van turns up..

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I here Nic likes "jumping buses!!!
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Rob
could you put me down for 2 definite rooms
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Post Fri Feb 18, 2005 10:26 pm

lj1600 wrote:I here Nic likes "jumping buses!!!
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ye i don't get out much :lol1: ....to be quite honest i'm never on buses so i thought i'd give it a go!! :D

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Post Fri Feb 18, 2005 10:45 pm

good to hear hammy mate. look forward to meeting you . noted! :P

nik... shame.. would loved for us all to be there same "night" oh well.. if your in on wednesday we can meet at the bar :lol1:

simon, if not staying mate.. please pop into bar for a pint mate, would be great to meet you mate.. honest im scottish but i do buy my share of rounds :lol1: :lol1: you will have to wear the hat or how else will i recognise you... you cant miss me.. im the giggly wee umpalumpa in a kilt. :lol1: :lol1: oh yeh and swiggin the breezers :wink:

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Post Fri Feb 18, 2005 10:48 pm

oops forgot johnalpha.. john thats great your stopping... never got the chance to swap my secret book of one liners with you last year :wink: :lol1:

think it will be a fun night all round.... :D
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Post Sat Feb 19, 2005 5:12 pm

I could be going but not sure yet.. Wouldn't be staying over night though.
All depends when my new van turns up..

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Simon jump in with me if u want

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certainly am, wouldn't miss this one for the world. I am bringing my 2 blonde's as well.
will be their Wed morning (hopefully in new van) going back at tea time.
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hi all i will be coming this will be my first show ever so i hope its fun dont think i will stay over although sound like im going to miss the fun :lol1:
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Richard - I think youre close by, u can jump in too if you want

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Wimbledon - saw your rem it carpet shop in croydon, so u cant be far away!

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its in ya face and you cant miss it im only 5 mins from there be good to meet up mate thanks
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Cheers John.
Sounds good to me, keep me posted

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Any chance you can fit me in Rob??

I guess the rooms will be twins so i dont mind sharing with someone.

You never know i might even learn something

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I'm a coming - but don't know about the overnight yet??????

90% defo cuse i need a beer!!!!!!

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Post Sun Feb 20, 2005 11:28 pm

looks like its gona be 1 big mass gathering, i hope the bar is bigger this year just for us lot!

not too sure if ill be there but gona try like mad, sounds like a great chance for everyone to meet up.

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Post Mon Feb 21, 2005 6:48 pm

As it's seems everyone is going to be in the bar if you just appen to pass our stand drop a beer off, three days on me tootsies ain't easy.

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Which stand are you on Jobe?

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Dewi the stand is D10, wouldn't mind joining up in the bar if I could trust myself to come out again. (drink1)

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I'll sneak you some beer round while no-ones looking.. may have to disguise it as a McDonalds milkshake though :roll:

Look forward to seeing you there though Jobe :D

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Cheers Dewi, see you there
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Post Tue Feb 22, 2005 11:23 am

Jobe, I would fill in for you for 5 mins on the stand while you grab a beer :D :wink: Cannot guarantee the stand would be in one piece and all stock etc still there when you get back though :lol1:
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Post Tue Feb 22, 2005 11:31 am

I'll be there.

I can't justify the overnight though, the NEC is only forty five minutes away. Or thirty minutes if the LEOs are on a tea break. :D
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Post Tue Feb 22, 2005 11:32 am

Can you do similar for me as well Carrie? Chat to ppl, tell a few jokes and pose for a few photos whilst pulling silly faces... meanwhile I'll be propping up the bar testing whether Birmingham beer is similar to Lancashire beer :D

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Hi Carrie,
5 mins to clear the stand, could do with you at the end of the show on Thursday.

Mind you after 5 mins work we would spend 3 hrs trying to get off the car park, I reckon I might just have to insist on a hours lunch break to meet everyone at the bar.
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Post Tue Feb 22, 2005 1:07 pm

Dewi wrote:Can you do similar for me as well Carrie? Chat to ppl, tell a few jokes and pose for a few photos whilst pulling silly faces... meanwhile I'll be propping up the bar testing whether Birmingham beer is similar to Lancashire beer :D

Cheers, Dewi


Birmingham beer is know way better than lancs beer. I'm Bury born and bred, brought up on lancs ale. The ale in the midlands tastes somewhat watered down. I feel sorry for them really lol :D dont knw what they are missing.
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Dewi wrote:Can you do similar for me as well Carrie? Chat to ppl, tell a few jokes and pose for a few photos whilst pulling silly faces...


I could practice a northern accent ..... :lol1: ..... Trouble is I may end up sounding Russian instead :wink: I don't look Viking-ish enough to fill in for you though Dewi ..... people would spot the difference, not sure what would give it away mind you??? :lol1: :P .... the mould was broken after they made you :D
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Post Sat Mar 05, 2005 12:08 am

On what day will everyone be there.
I only ask because I have to apply for a special license to get the wife out for the day. :lol1:
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Post Sat Mar 05, 2005 12:22 am

Wednesday 13th April, 2pm at the Signworld stand :D

Iain, should be sorted pretty soon :D

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wanderer wrote:I only ask because I have to apply for a special license to get the wife out for the day. :lol1:


i take it she has a tendency to wander off!! :P :wink:

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Carrie,
(nice new piccy but I miss Stephen)
Just be sure not to forget your Secret Sign Chick ASSignment.
Wish I could be there too.
Love....Jill :wink:
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Dewi should be wearing a horned helmet in his new pic.
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Jillbeans wrote:Carrie,
(nice new piccy but I miss Stephen)
Just be sure not to forget your Secret Sign Chick ASSignment.
Wish I could be there too.
Love....Jill :wink:
PS
Dewi should be wearing a horned helmet in his new pic.


Jill, Steve has his own piccy now, check out CSSigns :D And thanks for the heads up on Carrie's ASSignment, we'll all turn up in long macs now :lol1:

Left the horned helmet out of this pic unfortunately, but I've got an interesting one with a batman suit, a carrot and half an old kipper :o

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Post Wed Mar 16, 2005 12:57 am

Has anyone had their tickets through yet?
Reason I'm asking is that they have written to me inviting me to register for tickets even though I've already done so on the website.

I don't want to queue up with all the students for 3 hours to get in!

Oh, and Dewi, I'm getting me barnet cut tomorrow in the vain hope that I won't be compared to a certain car enthusiast!
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Nope not had mine through, i applied online approx 4weeks ago just gave me my unique badge number through email.....

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Cheers Dave. I can't remember when the tickets came last year. I've only been going for about 18 years!
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Post Wed Mar 16, 2005 1:16 am

my first time last year....opened my eyes no end... looking forward to this years...

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Nope, not had ours yet either ..... perhaps they have heard about us all ... maybe they have a black list ..... we are all banned??

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Not ha dmine yet either :(

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you speak for yourself carrie......... :tongue: ........ive allways been led to beleive im quite a respectable chappie (angel)
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Ive finally received my tickets today for sign uk :yeeha:
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not had ours yet maybe carrie is right :lol1:

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got ours yesterday at last.
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Could some kindly person re-post the dates please.
I would like to turn up.
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12 - 14 April so I belive

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Got mine yesterday

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In that case John, I got mine the day BEFORE yesterday.
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Arrived on my doorstep yesterday, now if I can remember where I put the envelope I'll be fine :roll: :roll:

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got mine today!! :D :D

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Not had ours yet has anyone decided where they are staying ?

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so just to re cap on this 6 pager!

what day are we all meeting up and where! :oops:

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Casting my memory back (it's not what it was) it's wednesday I think but can't rember where :o

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When was 2 Pm i think ?
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Any news on the rooms or are we booking separately?

Kinda getting late
Just wondering if there are any left

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Our tickets arrived Friday.

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Post Sun Mar 27, 2005 11:14 pm

i have been doing a search and prices vary allot, biggest problem i see is how near/far from NEC.
there are multiple hotels available ranging from £60 to £210 per night.
the closer you are to the NEC the higher the prices get.
city centre of Birmingham has a good few available, that's like holiday inns etc costs about £65 upwards but some have over 10 rooms available...
my thoughts are as has been said below.
those traveling by car should be fine, but those by train etc will find added costs in taxis after NEC to hotel then back again to come home. or even if they are going back into nec day two like myself...
there is the hassle of us all getting under one roof, finding each other etc
so with that in mind... and taxi costs etc would one a bit dearer on location within walking distance be out the question?

anyway... we are running short on days to decide.

if you think a city centre hotel ranging from £60-£75 for the night is best suited say aye! :lol1:

if you think paying more to walk out NEC to walk into top hotel on complex costing £110 for the night... is best they say yeh! :lol1:


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Post Sun Mar 27, 2005 11:21 pm

I'm not in favour of running all over the shop as it were
I think most of us will have done enough travelling without getting lost in the centre....... so something on site with not too much walking and with the added advantage of parking might be the ticket


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Post Sun Mar 27, 2005 11:34 pm

i agree 100% john... i dont mind paying more for the on complex loaction so i can go back in the next day at ease, but will go with the flow....
anyone elsewith thoughts please reply so we can make a decision. i think if we make a decision no later than tuesday around 6pm on the hotel. majority gets the vote and we can shout for rooms then?

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Post Sun Mar 27, 2005 11:38 pm

I would agree with John but as said go with the flow but I think maybe on site with parking sorted, cause as far I as recall most are driving and I also recall alchol was mentioned so after that non of us would want to be driving too soon

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Post Sun Mar 27, 2005 11:40 pm

I think putting the time limit on it is the way to go Rob

How about Wednesday 6pm?
(just to throw a spanner in the works) :D
Just because I think most folks will be returning Tuesday and might be playing catch up before they log on

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Post Sun Mar 27, 2005 11:52 pm

i agree john... my only worry is the prices go higher by then.. lol
i did a search for a hotel holding mre than 10 rooms available just now and got the one i was in last year. £111 so i know its very close on complex etc but i had to pay £200 last year coz i left till last minute and i guess its just the closer it gets the higher you pay! :-?
i guess a day isnt gonna kill it....

ok so show of hands folks... city or complex?


please only reply if you are definately going and how many are going?



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two complex people

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We will go complex makes it a lot easier being closer to nec.

2 x non-nutty peeps

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ok so head count so far 7.... 100% definate!


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Rob if you need cash up front just say or may be if you do a lot you may get a better deal but which ever just shout

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I'm driving up and going home same day, so it's a no for me

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Post Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:33 am

Complex

2 people for the complex as we are going back home on Wednesday night, not so much that I cant afford the hotel. But we are mega busy and by the time you add the hotel to getting an early flight back in the morning adds about £350 to the trip. But we are going back on the 8.30pm flight so should be able to get round everyone before we leave

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Have I

Must be stupid dont understand, what end did I get ?

Are you not planning on having the bash near the NEC ?

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Post Mon Mar 28, 2005 3:34 pm

no worries adrian your more than welcome mate...

hammy, many folk will be in each room mate? 1 or 2... or?
just so i know on heads as oppossed to rooms.
when its decided on an exact number i will call them by phone and see what if we get anything off for a group booking, from there i will email you all a link to pay online or over the phone direct.

so far i have 2 hotels on the grounds of the NEC... few hundred yards apart ide "guess" but i am sure there is a constant stream of NEC/hotel buses taking folk direct to hotel for free.. even at that they are within walking distance. :D guess that depends how early you land in the bar :wink:
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Post Mon Mar 28, 2005 3:43 pm

Any chance of finding out the overnight parking charges as well, Rob?

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Post Mon Mar 28, 2005 3:45 pm

from memory its free if you are staying in the hotel john.
i know nigel and Dewi parked at my hotel and i cant remember any of them having to pay to park. maybe one of them will spot this and reply... :D
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Post Mon Mar 28, 2005 4:16 pm

Sorry Adrian, part of my message didn't come out, I think Rob was after how many people wanted a hotel room at the complex,

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Post Mon Mar 28, 2005 6:13 pm

I don't know why,
but last night, I dreamed I was staying with Nigel!
And I'm not even going to Sign UK.
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Post Mon Mar 28, 2005 6:17 pm

yeh... but did you not know nigel is going to "your" meet! :wink: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

hey stevo, i was kidding mate! :o put the gun down... :-? :lol1:
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Post Mon Mar 28, 2005 8:33 pm

Jillbeans wrote:I don't know why,
but last night, I dreamed I was staying with Nigel!
And I'm not even going to Sign UK.
:oops:
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Making plans with Nigel eh? :D :D :D :D
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Post Mon Mar 28, 2005 9:43 pm

XTC

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Post Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:34 pm

Count me in for a stop over, at least I can have more than one pint this time :D

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Post Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:43 pm

Jillbeans wrote:I don't know why,
but last night, I dreamed I was staying with Nigel!
And I'm not even going to Sign UK.
:oops:
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You're welcome to sleep over at mine any time Jill :wink:
Did you dream any more details ?!!

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Post Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:52 pm

:oops: Not that I can tell here!
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Post Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:55 pm

... ooh that sounds interesting :wink: at least it was a dream and not a nightmare :lol1:
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Post Mon Mar 28, 2005 11:15 pm

ok update who si staying over at NEC:

Dewi
rob
carrie & steve
peter & lynn
john and wife
hammy & ? (how many folk mate)
adrian and co will come for a few drinks on the day
mort meeting at bar?

nigel what about you mate, coming back to hotel for a few?

anyone else? please only reply if 100% staying over or meeting for a drink.
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Post Mon Mar 28, 2005 11:31 pm

well...as we are staying somewhere else, from the 12th of april...(night on the town for me and ed) :lol1:

will be in the bar next day....dont' know, depends when the expo opens! :D as for back to the hotel for a bevvie.........you can count me & ed in, just depends on the b&b giving us a key :o anyway...think about that when it happens!! :D

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Post Mon Mar 28, 2005 11:33 pm

ok nik what ever you said

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Post Mon Mar 28, 2005 11:52 pm

Staying over at NEC area

would like to meet for a beer

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Post Tue Mar 29, 2005 12:29 am

I'll be doing my best to get there on Wednesday (it is still Wed 2pm at Signworld stand isn' it ? :-? ) and time permitting would like to come and have a beer or two with who ever's going to be there. Work looks pretty frantic at the moment but hope to be able to get a free slot somehow !

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Post Tue Mar 29, 2005 4:15 am

Count me in please Rob

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Rob
two singles
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Post Tue Mar 29, 2005 6:50 pm

Sounds like it will be a great day/evening with all the members that are going, do me a favour and have a beer or two for me!!
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Post Tue Mar 29, 2005 10:46 pm

Fair play Martin, I view it as my duty now to have your beer on every round :D Shame you can't make it though, was looking forward to meeting you :-?

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Post Thu Mar 31, 2005 10:27 pm

hi folks... bit of bad news here.... :-?

well basically the time thing is running out on bookings and the longer we leave it the worse its gonna get... but!
as i said in a post on sunday.. there is various rates depending on locality of hotel. the best one i could find closest to the NEC was the "crowne plaza" that i stayed in last year.

when i did a search on sunday the rooms wrere available at £111 each. (no breakfast)
on calling them tonight, they tell me the rooms are going as quick as they normally do and the rates for the dates we need to stay is now £160
i then asked how much it would be for a group booking they said based on the 3 day advace setup £127 but they must be paid pronto or they giove the rooms out at the increasing rate... as some may know i ended up having to pay £200 for one night last year and i did try everywhere for hotel...

sooo... if this is still ok at £127 or £137 with breakfast i can pay this for you all, but i would need payment first, just incase somone pulls out as i cant get a refund on a group booking.

if anyone would like to check prices etc they can using this link:
http://www.birminghamnec.crowneplaza.com

to pay UKSB for hotel accomodation via secure server:
without breakfast:
http://ww6.aitsafe.com/cf/add.cfm?useri ... ice=130.81

with breakfast:
http://ww6.aitsafe.com/cf/add.cfm?useri ... ice=141.11

(please note: there is 3% added for transaction charge)

if you do NOT want to pay now or would rather find other accomodation, or even pay the hotel direct? it is not a problem... but please let me know a.s.a.p. as i will have to cancel the room.
admin@uksignboards.com


Every Room booked has a double queen bed as none other were available. rooms can be smoking or non-smoking but please state in the comment box when paying.

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i doubt many will make it here :lol1:

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please let me know if you dont want to go folks.. it is certainly no problem for me to cancel a room, but i must do it pronto...
if you want a room. just use the payment link... if you dont, just let me know via admin@uksignboards.com

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Post Thu Mar 31, 2005 10:33 pm

Rob,

I'm staying there the best deal 1 month ago was £110 a room incl breakfast........flights are much cheaper than they use to be.......I know it still seems a lot but it's not a bad deal.......no transport...relaxing......work and break all in one......will probably save that amount plus a days missed work from being at the show


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add a couple of extra tenners on your next few jobs......
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Rob ,
just booked direct, probably the best way to do it, see you all there
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Post Fri Apr 01, 2005 12:40 am

so will you be staying same night andrew?

thanks peter, not a problem mate... your right actually, booking direct is the easiest method but because prices are going up so fast i thought it better holding 7 rooms just incase someone never got this info ontime. :D
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Post Fri Apr 01, 2005 8:40 am

Hi All

Just to save me reading through nine pages, Where and when are people meeting up at the show.

We are driving up from Cornwall and the number one reason for comming is to meet up so I wouldn't want to miss it.

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Post Fri Apr 01, 2005 8:42 am

hi paul, signworld stand at 2pm then to the bar, so if your a bit late you know where we are :wink: from memory though the bar shuts 4-4:30pm :(
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Post Fri Apr 01, 2005 8:55 am

thanks Rob

Wednesday 2pm signwold stand yeh

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Rob,

I'm staying the night on Wed so hope to catch up...... will meet at the stand at 2pm [the then to the bar bit scares me....until then]


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Bit off topic sorry.. but i think i may have done all the neon drawings for that place.... :D

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Post Fri Apr 01, 2005 10:37 pm

good andrew, hope to see you there mate...


i never knew you were involved in that sorta work simon? nice one.. :wink:

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Rob:
I've just booked through UK Signboards

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thank you very much john, look forward to meeting you and the wife mate. i do beleive i owe you both a drink from last year too/.. think you were the only two (i hope :o ) that i missed! :wink:

not seen big steve (the drummer) around lately... hes a nice/funny guy... hope to catch him too :D
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You never bought me a drink last year Mr Lamby
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anyone else re-bookings? if you are reading this for first time please scroll up to my post on accomodation.
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Is it just you and me Rob? :-?

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Post Mon Apr 04, 2005 10:03 pm

Hi all,
just a quick line to say I'll be there along with my better half, although we won't be
splashing out on the hotel. I've booked us into a B&B that looks after a lot of the exhibitors
about 5 miles or so from the NEC.
So see you all Wednesday.

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Post Mon Apr 04, 2005 10:07 pm

i think there will be about 11 staying john... had some emails confirming.
i just keep bumping the post so i dont cancel any rooms and leave someone out... :D
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Post Mon Apr 04, 2005 10:33 pm

Have finally booked for the 3 nights as we will be there for the duration of the show, staying at a Travel Inn. Paying £150 odd in total, show is costing far to much money to have the luxury of the Plaza :(
Won't get time for the bar either but will be close to the meeting point so hopefully see some of you then?

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Post Tue Apr 05, 2005 9:35 am

:oops: :oops: Only just noticed the progression of this thread, I'll sign up for a room later today though, should be a good laugh :D

Presumably even the ppl not staying over night can meet up in the hotel if they want to, like we did last year?

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Is it free into the show ??

Both myself and business partner will be attending the 3 days at the show.

This will be our 1st time over to the sign show as we are only up and running 18 months now.

We also had a nightmare of a time getting booked into a hotel, ended getting booked into the britannia hotel in the center of Birmingham, can anyone tell us if this is near the NEC and also if there is a fee to get into the show?
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Dave its about 8-9 miles to the nec from the centre. Admission is free, but quicker if you register first www.signuk.com
Peter I hope you have other things to do 3 days is a lot of time to spend just at the exibition!
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Post Tue Apr 05, 2005 2:45 pm

thanks for replying simon, in the map they stated it was only 1m from the NEC why is it people never give the right information.

With us only up and running we are hoping to cain alot of new contacts and suppliers from this Simon thats why we choose the 3 days, but im sure if we get bored we will find a nice pub near by, maybe even meet up with the rest of the guys and girls of here to learn soon new things.

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You should be able to get a train from New Street station (Which is in the city centre) straight to the NEC.

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Don't forget there is a charge for parking your car at the NEC
I think last year it was about a fiver

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Big G,
I think you will find it was £6 last year & £5 year before, therefore could be £7 this time?
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Post Mon Apr 11, 2005 9:47 pm

well folks that us all packed and ready to go!! :P

will leave first thing and arrive in birmingham at 5pm......then a night on the town....sleep in and miss the sign uk :o
no only kidding really looking forward to seeing everyone on wednesday at the europoint stand......... :roll: oops i forgot no not that one!! :wink:

anyways see you all there!! :D

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Post Mon Apr 11, 2005 9:53 pm

see you there nik, im leaving 4.30am should be there at hotel first thing. get booked in and off to the show... will be doing my rounds of suppliers trying to get it all done for 2pm so if im in a rush when anyone sees me just ignore me till 2pm :lol1: ill be stressed out :-? :lol1: :lol1:
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have fun Nik, look forward to seeing you there.
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Have fun you guys-n-gals.
Remember to send me a postcard!
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I'm going to miss it to Jill, but I haven't really got an excuse like you as I don't have anywhere near as far to travel, I keep thinking that I should go but not sure if I would manage the traveling.
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We are not going to make it either :( Really were looking forward to meeting everyone!! Can't wait to hear all about it and see the piccies though :wink: Didnt make it last year either ..... lets hope next year we make it??

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anything to get away from my video camera! :o well, ill just have to have a double breezer to get over the comedown on meeting you both :-? :lol1:
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Carrie wrote:We are not going to make it either :( Really were looking forward to meeting everyone!! Can't wait to hear all about it and see the piccies though :wink: Didnt make it last year either ..... lets hope next year we make it??

:D :( :D :( :D :(


So we have to add "Dodger of the Sign Show" to your ever growing list of names now then? :lol1:

You'll be missed Carrie, we were all looking forward to meeting you both, but one the bright side I've always fancied a drive over your side of the country.... at least I have an excuse now :wink: :lol1:

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:lol1: Jammie dodger of the sign show thats me :wink:

I feel a bit pouty today ... the thought of everyone getting together and having a good natter and a laugh and we won't be there!!! will be even worse tomorrow at 2pm :o :( But we are going to try and get there in the evening to the hotel if we can ..... :D Hopefully someone might still be sober when we get there....... but I doubt it??!! :P

Dewi you are more than welcome to come to see us and anyone else who wants to pop over ..... if you could let us know first just to make sure we have enough time to lock up the office and run first :wink: :lol1: Would be best to let us know if you are coming though as we work weird hours between us!! Anyway Im planning on doing some visiting in the summer ..... so be prepared ..... jammie dodgers at the ready please :wink: :lol1:

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Carrie says:
if you could let us know first just to make sure we have enough time to lock up the office and run first


You've perfected the jammie dodgers then :lol1:
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Sorry guys,

Been, seen and grabbed all the freebies :wink: :o :wink:

Had a fantastic day, thanks to all the suppliers for making us very welcome and great to meet some of the group members!

Not too good on the way home - had to take a 2 hour detour because the M6 was closed due to an accident so it took 4.5 hours to get home :-? which made today a very long day - but worth while.

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Glad you enjoyed it Mark

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Hi John,

I met up with Lee Harris and also bumped into the guys from Arch-Digital at the LikwidArt stand (or however it's spelled/spelt <must use spell chack>).

I really enjoyed today but the exhibition didn't seem as big as last year! Is this just me or does anybody else think this?

It would have been nice to be there tomorrow to meet up with more folks from the group but the work load wouldn't allow - maybe next year!

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I'm hoping that there will be slightly less of an overbearing dominance of printer suppliers this year.

As for freebies, I'm going for plotter blades. I like a challenge. Either that or a free laser engraving machine. What do you think my chances are? :D
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Hi big G,

There are quite a few printer suppliers at the show but don't let that worry you, LED, specialist vinyl and framing suppliers etc. are holding their ground.

I didn't manage to find any free blades bit I did get a free laser engraver !!!! It's amazing what gets thrown in when you buy a couple of pieces of engraved wood and perspex :wink:

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WOW ive never seen so many large format printers under one roof, but got to admit the show does seem a lot smaller than last years

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Found the show a little dissappointing this year. Beginnining to think a visit every second year is definately enough to keep up with new products. Did anyone wonder why so many machines were lying idle. Can't really see the point in going to the bother of exhibiting machines with reams of paper just hanging from them
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They're waiting for the rest of us to arrive Kevin :wink: :lol1:

I'm not overly fussed what the sign show is all about, there are a few things I want to get more info on, but most of the equipment I've been toying with buying has been pretty much sorted by ppl I know from the boards. I'm more interested in meeting the ppl from here, watching the wrapping demos and being charged extortionate amounts to sit and drink beer :D

Mark, is Lee staying over for another day? I was looking forward to meeting him! :(

The highlight to me will be meeting my all-time number one motoring journalist, the man who can lose a girlfriend at 30 yards but gain a friend in a small dibond salesman. :roll:

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Ah but you see, I've had me barnet cut so now I look like plain old George Clooney.

I don't have to tell tales about fictional girlfriends either - she's got an IV sedation course to go to, so isn't coming. Probably needs it, living with me!
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I'll try my best to look like Keith Flint, honest I will! :D

We all believed you about the girlfriend though mate, sure okay, so nobody actually saw her... okay, so she was busy watching a wrapping demo at the other side of the exhibition hall... and yes, we all accept that she needed to leave early and you were going to catch her up. There was never any question she was there though :roll: :roll:

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I'll tell you what I found difficult last year. Meeting people from here and knowing how to address them. You can hardly go up to a familiar face and say "Hello arsehead_1937XX9" :D
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You managed the first bit of that with me though, no problems! :lol1:

Blimey, I still remember that, I'm busy looking over some products and the light suddenly disappeared as I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned, looked up about a metre and there you were! :o Pete recognises you instantly, and I'm stood there with this "WTF are you then?" :lol1: :lol1:

You staying for a beer this year then?

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Post Wed Apr 13, 2005 1:04 am

I'll try to stay around a bit longer but no beer unfortunately. I need to keep my licence in order to continue driving around sticking overpriced stickers on shops. Also, the entire population of Northamptonshire decided that they NEEDED signs fitting on Thursday, so I'll be working when I get back.

I only wanted the fictional girlfriend to come so she could drive me home. Bloody NHS and their 'making people qualified to do the job safely' nonsense.
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Post Wed Apr 13, 2005 1:07 am

Fair play, you can always have a Bacardi Breezer, there's no alcohol to speak of in those :wink:

Be good meeting up again though ya big southern wuss! :lol1: We natter all year on here without a care in the world... then we come face to face and we're ever so polite! :lol1: :lol1:

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Post Wed Apr 13, 2005 1:13 am

im leaving in a few hours and still on here reading about Dewi "thinking" he can down "straight" alcho-pops! :wink:
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Post Wed Apr 13, 2005 1:18 am

Remember that you are all invited to my Jamboree this August....
Nary a machine in sight, just lots of food and fun and skeeters.
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Post Wed Apr 13, 2005 1:22 am

Robert Lambie wrote:im leaving in a few hours and still on here reading about Dewi "thinking" he can down "straight" alcho-pops! :wink:


Well I won't deny that with the incorrect mixture of drinks I may or may not spend the night hugging a toilet, but how the devil you'll drive for 5 hours after having 2 hours kip is beyond me! :lol1: Stop round our place on the way mate, I'll make you a brew and steal the hub caps from your car while you enjoy the scenic views :lol1: :lol1:

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Post Wed Apr 13, 2005 7:19 am

Dewi,

Lee will there today :D

Have a safe journey to the NEC - that goes for everyone.

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Post Wed Apr 13, 2005 1:42 pm

Not sure if kpmf have given themselves the right image by having a delboy lookalike greeting folk on their stand :roll: ....wouldnt like to think poeple would think of my business as income tax/vat no money back no garantee dodging company heheh....but then i suppose its all in a bit of fun :thumbup2:


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Post Wed Apr 13, 2005 9:01 pm

I got back earlier this evening and my feet are bloody killing me!
Saw a few faces from here; some I've seen before and some new ones. It was good fun to meet up, and especially nice to see Niknak had travelled the 10 million miles down from Haggis land. I see Dewi hasn't posted yet tonight. I expect he's still leaning against the Grafityp stand holding a bottle of beer!
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Post Wed Apr 13, 2005 10:24 pm

Just got back in, I stayed behind for a bit at the hotel with everyone having a natter. Had a brilliant day, thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone! :D Wish I could have stayed over, it would've been a good laugh, but work beckons. :-?

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Post Wed Apr 13, 2005 10:29 pm

...glad I managed to see at least Dewi and Andy ! Sorry I missed all the others - pressures of work prevailed :roll:

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Post Wed Apr 13, 2005 10:30 pm

Hi Big G, sorry we didn't get chance to talk at the show but to be honest i wasn't quite 100% sure it was you talking to Dewi.
Just looking at your picture on your last post i can see why i wasn't sure. You are actually a lot taller than i expected & that is because i can now see that you have taken your own picture from arms length with the camera looking down at yourself. (gives the impression that you are only a little southerner) but in reality your are as big as me!
Anyway i do apologies i will make it up to you next time mate OK!
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Post Wed Apr 13, 2005 10:33 pm

No worries LJ. It's amazing how different some people look when you're used to looking at a 1.5" avatar. I had to read a few name badges to be sure I wasn't talking to a complete stranger. :)
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Post Wed Apr 13, 2005 10:48 pm

Good to meet so many faces!

Thanks to Rob and Colin (signworld) for the beers, hi to andrew, adrian,hammy,john,Dewi and anyone ive forgotten

Nic - as discussed you scrub up better than your picture, time for a new one :D

John (alphasign) is that your school photo :wink:

catch you all again next year

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Ps Andy Big G - Think we shook hands on way out but didnt recognise u from your pic sorry :oops:
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Post Wed Apr 13, 2005 10:51 pm

apparantly the remaining ones were sat down to order a meal when the sirens went off and they all had to evacuate last i heard they were all outside the front of the hotel :P

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Post Wed Apr 13, 2005 10:56 pm

Must have been Rob's round. :lol1:
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Post Wed Apr 13, 2005 10:58 pm

Ok who pulled the fire alarm then?
'Fess up!
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Post Wed Apr 13, 2005 10:59 pm

Had a good day out, nice meeting everyone. And a big thanks to the man that got "conned" into buying everyone a drink CHEERS MATE NICE ONE! *drink* :thumbsup: :thanks2: :drink4: :uksbrules:

Sorry I didn't speak to everyone, John Childs was one, catch you next time, just run out of chinwagging time :roll:

We all pick on Rob for being a short ar$e but I think John Alpha Sign gives him a run for his money! :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:
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Post Wed Apr 13, 2005 11:22 pm

Yep, must've cost Colin a small fortune, we all had a couple of beers! :D

I was amazed how many ppl turned up this year, wish I'd took the camera, there were loads of great photo opportunites! :D I spent most of the day chatting with Big G, John Childs and Mark Walker (who drove me down to the show, a big thank you to him! :D) I don't think I saw much of the show, but there were some interesting new stands this year... I was too busy drinking beer though :oops: :oops:

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Post Wed Apr 13, 2005 11:27 pm

Colin had a few I think. In fact, I would go so far as to say he was as p1ssed as a ( PARDON ME ).

I got info on a few suppliers. You can never have too many sources for stuff. So I achieved what I set out for. And I got a guitar.

Isn't Nik ickle? I was expecting her to be about 6 feet tall. As for John (Alpha Sign), let's have an avatar picture from this century, shall we John? :wink:
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Post Wed Apr 13, 2005 11:30 pm

We should all change our Avatars' to animated .gifs with two different images...one we want people to perceive us looking like and the other one the "real" picture. Kind of like the Matrix where your view of yourself is different than in the "real" world. (mine is definately the "real" picture, still doctoring up the modeling pictures)
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Post Wed Apr 13, 2005 11:33 pm

You wait until Rob gets back and uploads the photos he took. You'll wonder who the bleedin' 'ell all these people are. I of course, will be the devilishly handsome one. :cool:
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Post Wed Apr 13, 2005 11:34 pm

Mine would stay static Marek, I really am that ugly! :roll:

Got to admit though, the vast majority of ppl were recognisable, I knew who they were before they said a word. In Big G's case though, I couldn't help feeling like I was in a Top Gear episode as he raved on about his Mazda and his imaginary girlfriend! :lol1:

I thought Nik was brilliant, but I was shocked that she wasn't taller... mind you, I thought John Childs was shorter! He's a giant!! :o

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