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It's A Long Way To Itinerary [Jul. 12th, 2010|11:54 pm]
Cityish Alt-ish Fortyish
I do my daily wuthering - most of it about boardgames, Primeval and countries of the world beginning with A, uninterestingly enough - over on splendorsine now, but it seems like verlaine is still the place to say:

Hello! People who live in Britain! For three weeks in August-September I, and my lovely wife and adorable child, may be passing through a town near you! We would probably enjoy meeting up with YOU, and as such here is approximately where we plan to be on any given day:

Wed Aug 18th: jump on a plane in Vancouver, British Columbia
Thu Aug 19th: Heathrow->North Wales: jetlag plus British Rail = day mostly a writeoff
Sun Aug 22nd: pencilled in with Mr Dylan Owen for North Wales Coast adventures
~Wed Aug 25th: leave family estates for South - visit Rob & Cressida in Birmingham?
Thu Aug 26th: ->Oxford to spend time with secretrebel et al?
That weekend: Oxfordshire fun, visiting honorary grandma Mary Hoffman?
~Mon Aug 29th: drop by to see bateleur, lathany and family?
~Tue Aug 30th: ->London to stay with miss_newham, several_bees and kevandotorg
Sat Sep 4th: Catriona's wedding in Cambridge, assuming invitations not revoked
4th->8th: If no better plans arise, we might try to get to Paris, where I've never been
Wed Sep 8th: Plane from Heathrow->Vancouver

So as you can see, if you live in the Northwest, Oxford, London and possibly Paris there really is no excuse for us not getting together for old times' sake. Oh, except for the fact that they might not let us hang out in pubs with a 6-month old? Hmm, probable dealbreaker, eh...
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[User Picture]From: jiggery_pokery
2010-07-13 07:52 am (UTC)
Great to see you're as good a writer as ever and rather more prolific at the moment than you have been for some time! I now have fourteen tabs open with posts from your other blog, not all of which are "just" to see the comments, and should go and respond to some of them.
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[User Picture]From: the_alchemist
2010-07-13 09:26 am (UTC)
Invitations definitely not revoked! Looking forward to seeing you and meeting T. and M.

If you don't end up in Paris and need somewhere to stay from halfway through Monday to Wednesday, we've got a house that will by lying empty.

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[User Picture]From: verlaine
2010-07-13 04:36 pm (UTC)
I meant invitations not revoked by then - eight weeks is a large window of opportunity for me to commit some unforgivable scandal in...
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[User Picture]From: thalinoviel
2010-07-13 09:43 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: thefon
2010-07-13 01:15 pm (UTC)
I've had universally good experiences taking baby to UK pubs, though it can be worth taking your own travel baby chair.
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[User Picture]From: verlaine
2010-07-13 04:36 pm (UTC)
I used to hang out in Penderel's Oak a lot, and don't remember ever seeing babies in there! But then I was very, very drunk.
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[User Picture]From: onebyone
2010-07-16 05:56 pm (UTC)
Nobody actually lives anywhere near the Penderel's Oak, though, hence its suitability for weekend meetings of large numbers of people who don't mind a tube trip. It can afford to be "family friendly" if the chance of a small child approaching within a mile of it is slim to bupkis.
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2010-07-13 10:44 am (UTC)
Would be lovely to see you while you're chez Newham if poss.
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[User Picture]From: verlaine
2010-07-13 04:37 pm (UTC)
I would like that! You will enjoy Magdalen, she is VERY fuzzy.
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[User Picture]From: hoshuteki
2010-07-13 12:22 pm (UTC)
The question is, when can we fit in a Tube Walk? Sun 5th? Or even, *shock*, a weekday?
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[User Picture]From: verlaine
2010-07-13 04:40 pm (UTC)
Ooh yes, that is an important consideration, isn't it. The problem with our three weeks is that they only have three weekends in them. I would concur that Sunday 5th September is probably the likeliest day!

How far down the alphabet have Tube Walks made it by now?!
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[User Picture]From: hoshuteki
2010-07-14 07:27 am (UTC)
The next one is Gunnersbury to Kew Gardens, so it should be quite a nice walk!
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[User Picture]From: glittertigger
2010-07-13 12:31 pm (UTC)
I should be in Oxford on 26th August and would love to see you and your family.
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[User Picture]From: verlaine
2010-07-13 04:44 pm (UTC)
Good good good!
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[User Picture]From: wyliekat
2010-07-13 12:52 pm (UTC)
How did one of your first Canadian connections (read: me) end up in your Brit people lj?
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[User Picture]From: verlaine
2010-07-13 04:43 pm (UTC)
It's not so much British and Canadian LJs as "old LJ" and "new LJ that I'm not sure is worth anyone's time to read yet"! Unless they're really interested in American Samoa for some reason.
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[User Picture]From: wyliekat
2010-07-13 07:22 pm (UTC)
I scanned through it - there is a lot of history in there, but hey - actual anecdotes wher eyou talk about life and family and stuff . . . that's new! ;-]
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[User Picture]From: leathellin
2010-07-13 02:38 pm (UTC)
Wow, that almost looks organised.
We're around on the 26th and most of the 27th but we'll be heading off to Norfolk for the bank holiday.
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[User Picture]From: verlaine
2010-07-13 04:41 pm (UTC)
To paraphrase a fez-wearing man, "It's called planning. I plan things now. Planning is cool."

I heard about the Norfolk weekender - perhaps some sort of Oxford social gathering can be arranged for the Thursday evening?
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[User Picture]From: cuthbertcross
2010-07-13 05:06 pm (UTC)
Arg, what a shame- we are
going to be crossing in the post (ie not in the right place) to see you at all. Bum. But great to hear you are travelling with Magdalen already (is she pronounced like the college?).

From a kid-pub-UK point of view- any pub that does food usually allows kids in, though they may ask you stay away from the saloon bar part (ie in a side room/food part/beer garden).
I was thrown out of one pub when I took scarysaxon in there in a baby sling... But she was 4 days old at the time and asleep so I still don't get that one....
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[User Picture]From: leathellin
2010-07-14 06:15 pm (UTC)
That would seem like a good idea.
I shall attempt to remember to calendar that fact :-) ('tis a verb)
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[User Picture]From: lathany
2010-07-13 05:35 pm (UTC)
Monday 30th's an excellent day for me as it's the bank holiday - would be great to see/meet the three of you!
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[User Picture]From: verlaine
2010-07-21 05:16 pm (UTC)
I hadn't realised it was a Bank Holiday - such things work completely differently in Canada - but that is excellent good luck! I am looking forward to confirmation that babies do eventually learn to do things other than lie there and demand to be fed!
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[User Picture]From: triskellian
2010-07-13 06:50 pm (UTC)
I'm around that weekend, and would like to see you/meet you all!
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[User Picture]From: verlaine
2010-07-21 05:17 pm (UTC)
Hurray!
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[User Picture]From: shewho
2010-07-13 11:19 pm (UTC)
hmmm. i am in cornwall 29th aug - 6th sept, but if you manage to do something exciting / stay in london 7th / 8th i will try to say hello!
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[User Picture]From: verlaine
2010-07-13 11:38 pm (UTC)
Even if we jet off somewhere exciting after the 4th we should probably be back in London by the 7th to make sure we don't miss our flight. Maybe there could be a farewell/good riddance event that evening?
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[User Picture]From: shewho
2010-07-14 06:41 am (UTC)

hello goodbye

sounds like a plan!
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[User Picture]From: tackline
2010-07-14 10:45 pm (UTC)
I'm currently living in Travelodges (Reading Central this evening). Can be in Oxford or London if pillars are involved.
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[User Picture]From: verlaine
2010-07-21 05:18 pm (UTC)
We can make it to Reading Travelodge, just say the word, but maybe the pillars in Oxford or London would provide better lurking potential?
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[User Picture]From: secretrebel
2010-07-17 06:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update. I'm really looking forward to seeing you.

Can you mail me with a bit more detail about your plans for Thursday 26th to Sunday 28th? As I said on FB, happy to host you for some of your Oxford period.

I will be at work on the Thursday and Friday unfortunately but blissfully free on the Saturday and Sunday.
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[User Picture]From: dodo_1975
2010-07-21 06:24 pm (UTC)
Ooo!! I've just sent a pleading text to Mrs Owen to see if I can get a lift to Wales that weekend as it would be really lovely to see you, meet T and M too! Failing that trying to get down to Cress/Rob's would be next best and would have to arrange with them too...

Hope I get to see you guys :)
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[User Picture]From: verlaine
2010-07-21 07:58 pm (UTC)
I want to see you too!!

Possible problems: I think Dylan & Kimberley are going camping before meeting us on the return leg of their trip, so I don't know when they're actually coming out... and Rob & Cress are on holiday until just after the date I suggested, so if we want to go to Birmingham we would probably have to come up from London, later in our itinerary. But surely we can find a way to all meet up!
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[User Picture]From: dodo_1975
2010-07-21 08:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, K text to say they're already in NW, so unless I drive over on me own, though don't want to encroach on your family time with your mum!
I could come over on the Saturday maybe? Find somewhere to camp near Fflint and then head over to Prestatyn to meet up with D&K on the Sunday as arranged?

Or, see about seeing you with Rob & Cress? We'll try arrange something... :)
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