The 2008 Macrumors London Summer Picnic Extravaganza!

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by iBlue, May 14, 2008.

  1. iBlue macrumors Core

    iBlue

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    (updated for plan B... use the scroll...)




    Roll up! Roll up! Step outside and...

    Marvel as folk lounge about on the grass!
    See a man eat his own weight in sausage rolls!
    Watch in awe as MacRumormongers try to pick up a wi-fi signal – in a park!
    Point and gawp at the world-famous Worst Football Shirt On Earth!

    Ladies and gentlemen, boys, girls and assorted animals,

    may I announce,

    without further ado,

    the world renowned,

    most fantastic,

    awe inspiring,

    MacRumors London Summer Picnic Extravaganza!


    19 July 2008 - From 1pm until late,

    Hyde Park, near the Serpentine Fountains.

    All welcome – members, lurkers and friends.

    Bring drink, food, frisbees, iPods and playlists, blankets and anything else picniccy.

    Click here for exact GoogleMap location, and look out for the big pirate flag when you get there.


    http://upc.*************/uploads/forums/2008PicnicFlag.png







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    Plan B
    Looks like bad weather...

    [​IMG]


    Many of us are still meeting up. Some people are
    coming from outside of London and the UK to be here,
    so here's the plan:

    From 2pm or so onwards (the pub opens at noon),
    the MacRumors London Picnic 2008™ will take place
    in the pub. Which pub?


    The Queen's Arms

    30 Queen's Gate Mews, London, SW7 5QL
    Tel: 020 7823 9293


    Link to details
    Google Map
    London Transport Journey Planner


    [​IMG]


    The best ways to get there are:

    1. Catch the Tube to Gloucester Road tube station
    (Piccadilly, Circle and District lines) and it's a five
    minute walk to the pub or...
    2. Catch a bus which goes along Kensington Gore/Kensington Road
    (9, 10, 49, 52 etc) and then it's also a five minute walk

    How will you know it's us?
    This is how:

    [​IMG]

    Hope to see you there

    :)
     
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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  3. Mord macrumors G4

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    I'll be making an appearance, probably in full tie dye :eek:
     
  4. iBlue thread starter macrumors Core

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    funny you should say that... :) <- click
     
  5. Neutral Gamer macrumors 6502a

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    #5
    I have some questions about this:

    • How many people normally turn up?
    • Is there any limit on how much alcohol I can bring? ;)
    • Do the folks from www.pcrumors.com ever crash the party? :D
    • Can I bring friends?
    • How long does it normally go on for?
    • Has it ever rained and would you change the date at the last minute if the weather forecast indicated so?
    • Do people call each other by their real names or user names?
    • Will I be intimidated if I've never been before?
    • Do any sporting activites take place or are people just too lazy?
    • Does everyone bring their laptop?

    Merci. :)
     
  6. sananda macrumors 68020

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    either you're generous and plan on sharing or you really do drink a lot!
     
  7. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    ^^ Neutral Gamer...

    • How many people normally turn up? -errr, 20-30 maybe :confused:
    • Is there any limit on how much alcohol I can bring? ;) -dur, of course not
    • Do the folks from www.pcrumors.com ever crash the party? :D -always, the buggers
    • Can I bring friends? -yup
    • How long does it normally go on for? -"until late", late meaning probably around 10-12, totally depends on weather and turnout
    • Has it ever rained and would you change the date at the last minute if the weather forecast indicated so? -it's never rained, so I don't know. Don't curse it!
    • Do people call each other by their real names or user names? -bit of both
    • Will I be intimidated if I've never been before? -people are generally nicer in person than their internet alter egos
    • Do any sporting activites take place or are people just too lazy? -not really in the past, but you're more than welcome to try!
    • Does everyone bring their laptop? -some do
     
  8. iBlue thread starter macrumors Core

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    edit: ^ ah frick, well you get two answers...

    here are links to the previous picnic threads:

    first and second


    How many people and what goes on? Varies I reckon but a fair amount as you can see from some of the photos that were posted in prior threads.
    Some of the people going know each other in "real life" so real names are used but often there will be username introductions. It's a good bunch of people, you shouldn't feel intimidated by it. You are welcome to bring friends or play sports, though I think most chill on blankets and drink up. And I saw a few laptops last time, yeah.
    Hope to see you there.
     
  9. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Some boules were thrown around at the first one I think.

    Anyway I hope you all have a great time, I'll be in a Land Rover in Norway...
     
  10. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    So it's legal to drink booze in the middle of hyde park?
     
  11. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Certainly seems to be.
     
  12. Neutral Gamer macrumors 6502a

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    #12
    I'm generous. (And maybe a *bit* of the second one.) :D

    I have this vision of having a "mini" bar where I'm making cocktails for everyone. I'd like to bring a hamper stuffed to the brim. Let the good times roll I say ... :cool:
     
  13. sananda macrumors 68020

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    i like your vision!
     
  14. iBlue thread starter macrumors Core

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  15. Neutral Gamer macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the replies edesignuk, iBlue and robbieduncan. As long we can play some frisbee at least, I'll be happy!

    And sananda, if you like my vision, then I'll assume you'll be coming down to join the festivities!

    I have another question. Is Speakers' Corner active on Saturdays? Anyone ever had the idea to go up and start preaching about the advantages of Macs over PC's? If so I'll bring the step ladder and camera ... ;)
     
  16. bartelby macrumors Core

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    :(
    I'll drink for you.


    I have a rule for myself for this year:
    No camera is to be pointed at any other attendee without permission.

    If anyone catches me doing otherwise can confiscate my drink er, camera.
     
  17. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    well, if i win the lottery and grab a flight from NA, i'll be there.
    I think this is a cool idea. Hyde Park is a great spot from what I remember on my trip to London years ago.

    have fun.
     
  18. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

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    i'd love to come and meet the fellow peeps of MR, but unfortunately, i'm having an op on my eye a week before, so wouldn't want to walk around like a pirate!!

    altho i'm sure some of you will end up like that by the end of the day ;) hehe
     
  19. timsutcliffe macrumors 6502

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    Have fun

    I hope you have a good day folks. I'll be busy getting married on the 19th of July, so won't be able to make it.
     
  20. J@ffa macrumors 6502a

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    Ooh, swish! I'll be there, providing I haven't forgotten any engagements on that date. :p
     
  21. Neutral Gamer macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, Hyde Park looks really nice in those photos. Last time I went it was cold, windy and raining. But if it's as sunny as it was in those pics then it should be an amazing day.

    You don't need to win the lottery to come down my friend! Flights are cheap nowadays and there's loads of cheap, yet decent quality, hotels in London.

    Also I'm curious, do any other countries have MacRumors Picnics? I know you're from Canada, but in America especially, considering the large number of MR members from there, they must meet up quite often, right?

    You'll fit in quite nicely with the MacRumors Pirate flag in the flyer at the top of the page! Will the operation stop you from walking around properly, e.g. loss of balance, or is it just a cosmetic thing you're worried about? Cos I don't think anyone would care and besides, eye patches / sunglasses look cool! :cool:

    Congratulations with that. :)
    But surely you could have part of the reception in the picnic with us? :D
     
  22. iBlue thread starter macrumors Core

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    The grass was in the process of being mowed that day, it looked a bit rough around the edges but it was a gorgeous day in a gorgeous park all the same. :)

    We often add little suns into our avatars before the picnic to sort of appeal to the weather gods to have mercy on us. :D So far so good.

    I don't think there's been one quite like the london picnics probably just because of the sheer size of the US. Organizing a meeting place people can agree on would be quite a task. Our little country is smaller than the state of california, which works out nicely for this sort of thing. :)
     
  23. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    With the number of members who live semi-close to each other, you'd think so, but...

    This is a picnic. With MR folks. Priorities?
     
  24. Teh Don Ditty macrumors G4

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    Surely if somebody tried to take away your drink, they would meet their demise.
     
  25. Mord macrumors G4

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    I'll try to take some bloody mary ingredients with me to enlighten bartelby however I shan't have any booze with me since I can't drink anymore >_<

    In all likelihood I'll be 100% sober and straight for this one :eek:
     

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