Monday, 21 May 2007

May meeting

Gatwick Airport
The Village Inn
Wednesday 23rd May

Thursday, 8 March 2007

March/April meetings

Tuesday 20th March
Nags Head
James Street
Covent Garden

Tuesday 3rd April
China Buffet King
West Nile Street

Monday, 19 February 2007

Just in case you guys missed the news...

...I cannot make it on Thursday!

Sorry, and good luck to anyone that makes it...

Wednesday, 7 February 2007

It's time...

February is upon us...

Thursday 22nd February
Nags Head, James Street, Covent Garden.

Usual recognition techniques...McCrumble...."Voulez vous jiggy jig" photos of Me and MfR available on t'other blog (that's MY other blog, not THAT other blog).

Games need to be rethought since too many people already know my real name!

Scottish meet coming soon, so I believe....more details to appear here.

Any snow forecast? Winds? Tornadoes? Floods? Leaves?
No. Good.

Friday, 19 January 2007

Weather forecast...

Freak weather conditions in the third week of January are becoming less unusual. All social activities involving travel on public transport should be undertaken on the strict understanding that gales, hurricanes, blizzards, floods, falling trees, scaffolding and roofs are all a PROBABILITY, not a POSSIBILITY.

Shhhh...don't tell anyone, but I don't think it's the wizards. I think it might be global warming.

I feel compelled to comment on the great OAMC debate on here...

We are all grown up people, capable of having our own opinions and running our own lives. We all knew what we were doing. Some chose to go, some not, some couldn't make it anyway.

The blog is great because it is open and honest and supportive in a very rare way. But it's not like that because it's virtual. Look at most virtual blogs or message boards and you find the very extreme opinions, often voiced in an uncontrolled and inflammatory way.

No, I think the blog is like it is because people do not always say what they are thinking. Especially when their thoughts are negative ones about other people's posts. Maybe it's just me being opinionated, but I sometimes think that some things people write are a complete pile of crap, pointless or self-aggrandizing. I also hope that people don't always agree with everything I say because it can at times also be a pile of crap, pointless or self-aggrandizing.

My point is though, that we don't say so, whether we think it or not. In some ways that is NOT open and honest. Let's not kid ourselves that we always say everything we think. Most of the time we all recognize it's better to follow the principle that "If you can't say something nice, say nothing." I'm all for that and long may it continue.

But something was different yesterday. I hope it's temporary and we all get back to normal soon. And we could all discuss and speculate about what the trigger was. Was it the OAMC itself? Was it Chris commenting on it? Was it him expressing his disapproval? But it's important not to blame the trigger. What is important is to recognize what's special so that you are trying to hold onto the right thing. And not waste energy holding on to the wrong thing.

I hesitate to say this last bit...but I think Chris should also to recognize that sometimes things are better left unsaid. But at the end of the day, it's HIS blog and he can choose to say what he likes.

And I really hope that my comment above is not itself one of those things that is better left unsaid. If it is, I humbly apologize in advance.

And by the way. I'm thinking Tuesday 20th February is the next date for the diary. I suggest we go for Covent Garden again, same time, same place. The weather forecast is quite good for that day (at the moment) - I can tell because of the fuzz on my antlers.
But please let me know by commenting on here if you would rather not do it.

Thursday, 18 January 2007

OAMC Day is here...

Thought it worth giving you a description of me, so that you all have at least something to go on when you walk into the Nags Head with an air of trepidation tonight...

and although this feels like I'm joining a dating site, I'll go for it anyway.

So, I'm 6'2" tall (although if I'm sitting down this won't help!)
As you've probably guessed, I'm "stockily" built (some might say "heavily". I had to fill in this info on an Indian Visa application last year - struggled for ages with which one of these 2 to tick! Imagine a rugby forward past his prime with a few extra pounds (ok stones) around the middle.
I have short, darkish brown hair, bit spikey on top, bit greying at the sides. (Yes Hazel, short enough at the back to invite the hair stroking thing...)
I am 39 and people always guess my age within a year or two, so I think I must look 39.

Today I am wearing sand coloured jeans, brown boots and a blue shirt with white stripes (not hoops). If it's cold in the pub, I may be wearing a dark grey jumper over the top (obscuring the giveaway blue and white stripes).

I will probably be smiling. I usually do, and think I will be more than usual tonight!

For Matt & Mrs MfR - I'll be on my own.
For everyone else - I'll be with Matt and Mrs MfR.

Non smoker, gsoh, likes walking, reading, writing, blogging, listening to Chris Evans.
Would like to meet: blogging friends for platonic OAMC meetings!

Tuesday, 16 January 2007

Games for Thursday

I'm thinking we need some Icebreaker pub games for Thursday.
So far, I've got:
  • Name the Moose (otherwise known as Guess Moose's real name - dedicated to Prof Plum as it was such good fun guessing she was a Jill. I am in the middle of making up 321 style clues right now)
  • 2 truths and a lie (always good for getting to know you's a teaser for you all...When Lennox Lewis won the World Title, he was the same; 1. height, 2. weight, 3. chest size, as the Moose)
  • Guess how many worms in the jar of soup (Dr Mark Booth not allowed to take part in this one as he's supplying the worms...)

Let me know any other suggestions...

Also, we need an agenda for some important discussions:

  1. What is the official drink of the OAMC? Nominations: Harvey Wallbanger. Water (for MfR and Mrs MfR - this month only!)
  2. Hazel to explain her scheme for future OAMCs (might need an hour or 2 for this), followed by agreement of the date for the February 2007 OAMC
  3. Location of the February 2007 OAMC
  4. How to get Chris and the team along next time. Ideas so far: Kidnap Enzo, hold the OAMC at his house.

Please add items as you see fit.