Gauging Interest: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018

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Re: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018

Postby sPhilMainwaring » Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:15 am

Ah at last a nearby ABUG :)

Yup ... whole weekend for me please :)

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Re: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018

Postby oss003 » Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:20 am

Looks like I can attent this one the whole weekend ........ :D
I'll only bring my laptop.

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Re: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018

Postby roland » Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:09 pm

Same here, I want to attend the whole weekend \:D/

Still in doubt what I will bring.... If someone can arrange an Atom 2k14 with two VGA monitors I will bring my Atom-Beeb-IO board with Pi Zero as intelligent display adapter.
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Re: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018

Postby hoglet » Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:31 pm

I'd very much like to attend this one as well, for the whole weekend.

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Re: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018

Postby philb » Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:12 pm

crj wrote:(I'd also prefer something closer to Cambridgeshire, but given I missed the Leicestershire one I guess I only have myself to blame for that!)


I was idly thinking the other week about trying to organise something in Cambridge in March/April or thereabouts. If anybody else would be interested in that then please speak up!

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Re: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018

Postby kieranhj » Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:50 pm

philb wrote:I was idly thinking the other week about trying to organise something in Cambridge in March/April or thereabouts. If anybody else would be interested in that then please speak up!

I think jbnbeeb (JasonN) was planning similar but either way I would be interested in attending something for sure.
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Re: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018

Postby sPhilMainwaring » Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:24 pm

Is there a postcode for the venue yet?

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Re: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018

Postby Arcadian » Tue Nov 28, 2017 5:56 pm

kieranhj wrote:
philb wrote:I was idly thinking the other week about trying to organise something in Cambridge in March/April or thereabouts. If anybody else would be interested in that then please speak up!

I think jbnbeeb (JasonN) was planning similar but either way I would be interested in attending something for sure.

A few of us chatted about plans for the location of the next ABug at the Leicester event the other weekend - we thought it would better if we gave priority to Robert and his quest to launch a Southern event in or around London and then look at running something in Cambridge later in the year. And yes it's Jason aka jbnbeeb that's organised both of the Cambridge ABugs to-date so I would advise that jbnbeeb is contacted before anybody else starts planning anything! :)

Incidentally I understand Robert has already made good progress on arranging the Southern ABug and may have something to confirm very soon!


Lastly, we generally try and avoid April for meetups as a lot of StarDotters from across the country attend the Wakefield Show which has been confirmed for 21st April. Also, Robert is still looking at coordinating an ABug/Stardot presence at the Maker Faire in Newcastle the weekend after (28-29 April).
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Re: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018

Postby Arcadian » Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:14 pm

sPhilMainwaring wrote:Is there a postcode for the venue yet?

I linked the venue on the last page but here it is again for convenience http://www.castlefield-hotel.co.uk

Address is:
The Castlefield Hotel
Liverpool Road
Manchester
M3 4JR

Or just use the MOSI postcode that's in your satnav already as it's slap-bang opposite! ;)
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Re: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018

Postby roland » Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:18 pm

I already have the plain ticket \:D/
Is there any chance that there is a collective booking for rooms?

BTW the BOOK page on the website of the hotel seems to be broken.
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Re: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018

Postby Arcadian » Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:33 pm

Hi Roland

I did get quoted a rate for rooms (which included breakfast and use of Leisure facilities) but it was higher that is currently showing online!

These were the prices Simon got when he searched online last week:

Hi Dave.

Advanced Purchase Room Only Rate non refundable: **Includes Accommodation, Free Wi-Fi & Full Use of Leisure Facilities**

Our best available room only rate, this is an ideally priced rate for your stay in the city for work or pleasure. All guests have full use of our extensive leisure facilities, including pool, sauna and gym, complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel - parking available

Pre-payment Details: The total cost of this rate will be charged to your card upon booking.

Double : £147.60
Double or Twin (Zip & Link) : £153

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Flexible Room Only Rate (cancel up to 12 noon day before arrival): **Includes Accommodation, Free Wi-Fi & Full Use of Leisure Facilities**

Our room only rate includes wifi and full use of our extensive leisure facilities, including, sauna, steam room and swimming pool.

Double : £164
Double or Twin (Zip & Link) : £170

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Bed and Breakfast: **Includes Breakfast, Free Wi-Fi & Full Use of Leisure Facilities**

Our bed and breakfast rate includes buffet style breakfast. Free wifi runs throughout the Hotel and all guests receive full use of our extensive leisure facilities, including pool, sauna and gym.

Double : £181.50
Double or Twin (Zip & Link) : £187.50[/url]

I'll see if I get the same problem in booking the rooms online ...
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Re: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018

Postby roland » Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:55 pm

I was hoping we would get a discount if we booked 15 rooms at once ....
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Re: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018

Postby Arcadian » Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:04 pm

So did I Roland, but at least they're doing us a good rate on the conference rooms (they're matching the price we pay for the rooms in Leicester). :)
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Re: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018

Postby helpful » Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:07 am

roland wrote:BTW the BOOK page on the website of the hotel seems to be broken.

It did not display until I turned off the ad blocker #-o
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Re: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018

Postby danielj » Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:39 am

Just a reminder, this is an interest thread and not a booking thread! You will need to sign up in the official booking thread once it's posted!

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Re: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018

Postby roland » Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:51 pm

helpful wrote:
roland wrote:BTW the BOOK page on the website of the hotel seems to be broken.

It did not display until I turned off the ad blocker #-o
(Firefox 57, uBlock)


Thanks, I'll temporarily bypass my PiHole ad-blocker and try again.
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Re: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018

Postby roland » Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:30 pm

I have made my hotel reservation at booking.com and I got a discount link: https://www.booking.com/s/21_8/201ccccb
Maybe others can use this to get a discount of 10%.
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Re: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018

Postby Arcadian » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:43 am

Ok so here's a list I put together based on the pre-interest threads on StarDot/Facebook and other correspondence:

1024MAK (Mark)
Arcadian (Dave)
BeebMaster (Ian)
crj (?)
DanielJ (Daniel)
daveejhitchins (Dave H)
DaveFootitt (Dave)
davidb (David)
flaxcottage (John)
helpful (bryan)
hoglet (Dave)
IanS (Ian)
Jason Flynn (Jason)
jbnbeeb (Jason)
jgharston (Jonathan)
JonC (Jon)
kieranhj (Kieran)
Kristjan Ford /Facebook/
LazarusR (Robert)
Mark Andrew Smith /Facebook/
mattyj (Matt)
mekon (Andrew?)
mph1708 (Mike)
oss003 (Kees)
prime (Phill)
Retroclinic (Mark)
Rob Reynolds /Facebook/
roland (Roland)
Samwise (Peter)
Sixxdog_uk (Alex)
sPhilMainwaring (Phil)
sydney (Simon)
tricky (Richard)
z0m8ied0g (Stephen)

I'll be opening a booking info thread imminently - please be quick to respond as I count 34 people interested above and there are only 36 places in total!
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Re: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018

Postby Arcadian » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:45 am

... and here it is.

This thread will now be closed.
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