ABug NORTH User Group meeting | 19-21 JAN 2018 | MANCHESTER *BOOKING INFO*

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ABug NORTH User Group meeting | 19-21 JAN 2018 | MANCHESTER *BOOKING INFO*

Postby Arcadian » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:44 am

The first ABug (Acorn & BBC Micro User Group) meeting of the new year has now been confirmed for Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018 in Manchester at the Castlefield Hotel on Liverpool Road (which is directly opposite the Museum of Science and Industry).

The Castlefield Hotel
Liverpool Road
Manchester
M3 4JR

We have booked two conference rooms in total, the Bridgewater and the Wharf. It is proposed that the Wharf room (which is the slightly smaller of the two) hosts Atom afficianados and games coders, whilst the Bridgewater is for general use. Note that the rooms are virtually right next to each other so flitting between the two should be a doddle. We have access from 5pm Friday until Sunday evening.

I'm deputising for Simon (sydney) in the coordination of this meetup only, as a one-off.

36 places available in total (32 'kitters' and 4 'no kitters'). Each 'kitter' will be allocated half-a-table, though we have factored a few 'full' tables into the numbers which will be allocated to those who typically bring large hardware rigs to repair/upgrade other user's equipment.

As usual, the cost will be £15.00 per member, regardless of whether you bring kit, attend for one day or all three etc.

I will not be maintaining a list of 'tentatives' as this hasn't been particularly effective over the course of the last few meetups (as all of the 'confirmed' places tend to be snapped up very quickly).

To book a place please PM me for Paypal payment info (or message me on Facebook) and please be sure to make a "Friends & Family" transfer, which doesn't incur fees.

If you're unable to make payment at the moment for whatever reason - but can definitely commit - just send me a pm and we'll sort.

It would be helpful if you could also post in the thread to say when you think you will arrive/leave - and whether you will be bringing any kit (if you're just bringing a laptop we still count that as 'kit' as you will still need to be allocated space! :) ).

Please note we will be holding a place for David Boddie who may need time to plan an international trip before confirming.

In terms of unloading, the hotel have advised that the most convenient method will be to use the fire exit in the Wharf room, which backs onto the roadside. Once unloaded, the hotel has a car park chargable at £7 day/£10 per 24 hours - though it is not possible to pre-book a parking space. Alternatively there is a car-park on New Elm Road just around the corner which is £5.50 per day.

At the time of writing, the cheapest prices for bedrooms at the hotel appear to be if booked with the hotel directly: ~£150 for Friday & Saturday nights (advance payment/non-refundable), ~£164 (flexible booking/no breakfast) or ~£180 (flexible booking with breakfast). Booking agencies such as booking.com are showing up as a little more expensive but you don't have to pay up-front.

The on-site kitchen can provide a buffet lunch each afternoon if we pre-book it - so it's likely we will be specifying this depending on cost and level of interest. Assuming this User Gp meeting fills up there will be a surplus of funds which could be used to part-subsidise the cost of the buffet lunches (thoughts on this?).

On Saturday evening the plan is to go for a meal in the city centre - any suggestions for restaurants are most welcome!

Finally, here is the standard info about ABug meets:

Acorn & BBC Micro User Group (ABug) meetups are open to enthusiasts of the BBC Micro, Acorn Electron, Atom and Archimedes/RISC OS machines. Attendees will typically stay for two if not all three days. The meets are always very informal and can involve:

  • members bringing their own hardware to set up and show off**
  • time spent working on hardware and programming/games projects
  • exchange of ideas/knowledge
  • upgrade and repair of poorly Acorn machines
  • collaborative work on community projects, such as software preservation, preparation/planning for displays at other events etc.
  • sale of items by members (not guaranteed, but there are often opportunities to buy bits)
  • general socialising, food/drink and the odd hi-score competition!
** = Important! Ensure that any hardware you bring that features the RIFA/Paper-type capacitors with a tendency to go POP (e.g. Beebs) have had the caps changed! We can't risk setting any smoke alarms off as that may incur charges!


Confirmed (BRINGING KIT) (32 places)
  1. Arcadian (Dave)
  2. DaveFootitt (Dave)
  3. danielj (Daniel)
  4. daveejhitchins (Dave)
  5. samwise (Peter)
  6. lazarusr (Robert)
  7. roland (Roland) { To share table with Kees
  8. oss003 (Kees) { To share table with Roland
  9. z0m8ied0g (Stephen)
  10. Prime (Phill)
  11. sixdog_uk (Alex)
  12. mattyj (Matthew)
  13. sydney (Simon)
  14. flaxcottage (John)
  15. mph1708 (Mike)
  16. BeebMaster (Ian)
  17. 1024MAK (Mark)
  18. helpful (Bryan)
  19. crj (Clive) { To share table with Tim
  20. Boydie (Tim) { To share table with Clive
  21. JGH (Jonathan)
  22. sPhilMainwaring (Phil)
  23. jbnbeeb (Jason)
  24. mekon (Andrew) { To share table with Colin
  25. confusedCoyote (Colin) { To share table with Andrew
  26. Reserved for davidb (David)


Confirmed (NO KITTERS) (4 places)

  1. retroclinic (Mark)
  2. IanS (Ian)


Guests
  1. Kevin Edwards "Can possibly pop in for a few hours on Saturday" :D



Bridgewater:
castlefieldHotel_Bridgewater.jpg


Wharf:
castlefieldHotel_Wharf.jpg
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Postby daveejhitchins » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:48 am

Please put me down for Friday to Sunday.

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Postby danielj » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:58 am

Hi Dave, I'll be there :)

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Postby Samwise » Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:47 am

Yep, me too!

PayPal sent and I'll aim to be there Fri - Sun. Possibility I might struggle with the Friday. Will confirm.

Cheers.

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Postby roland » Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:53 am

Please put Kees and me in for the whole weekend, we have booked our plane and hotel already. We expect to arrive at Friday in the early afternoon (so mayby I can enjoy the sauna and swimming pool before we start) and we'll leave Sunday in the afternoon.

And I did my £15.00 donation. Kees will make his donation also soon - I guess :)

Can anybody bring me an Atom 2k14 with one or preferable two VGA monitors? If that is not possible I'll consider taking my blue Atom with me...
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Postby lazarusr » Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:56 am

£15 paid. Please put me down as a full kitter for all three days.

Thanks.

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Postby z0m8ied0g » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:55 am

Please put me down for the weekend, with kit.
I'll sort out payment now.

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Postby sixxdog_uk » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:18 am

YES PLEASE - put me down all weekend with kit.

Arrive Friday leave Sunday

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Postby 1024MAK » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:19 am

I do intend to attend :D
Just waiting for conformation that my boss will let me have time off...
I will be arriving Friday and leaving Sunday afternoon.

I will be traveling by train this time, but will be bringing some bits and pieces, so half a table should be fine.

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Postby Prime » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:20 am

Hi Dave,

Paid, will be bringing Kit (hopefully I'll have the prototype Apple IISDe boards by then), but promise to bring some Acorn stuff this time....though I did have my Atom & Master at Leicester :) Will be there all weekend.

Cheers.

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Postby sydney » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:24 am

Hi Dave. I'll be there probably all 3 days. Payment on its way!

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Postby Prime » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:30 am

Just a warning to others.....

Just trying to book a hotel room on the website, and am getting a warning that the page that's asking for my details is NOT secure.

It's http:// **NOT** https:// so I'm not going to enter credit card details / address on this page.

will drop the hotel an email and ask them about this.

Cheers.

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Postby mattyj » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:46 am

Hi! Just paid £15.00.
I'll be there from Friday to Sunday.

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Postby flaxcottage » Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:54 pm

Just paid.

Should be there Saturday. Coming by train so gear will be limited - smallest computer I have is a Pi-zero with RISCOS pico. :lol:
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Postby roland » Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:59 pm

Arcadian wrote:On Saturday evening the plan is to go for a meal in the city centre - any suggestions for restaurants are most welcome!


Well .... last year in Bolton I really enjoyed the curry ...
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Postby 1024MAK » Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:00 pm

I wrote:I do intend to attend :D
Just waiting for conformation that my boss will let me have time off...
I will be arriving Friday and leaving Sunday afternoon.

I will be traveling by train this time, but will be bringing some bits and pieces, so half a table should be fine.

I can confirm that I now have the time off, so will be attending for all three days :D

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Postby danielj » Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:18 pm

If we're going for a curry in Manchester, Zouk is really the only sane choice... (friends from the Indian subcontinent suggest it is even better than some of the best restaurants there...) :)

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Postby oss003 » Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:21 pm

Paypal sent, I'll bring my laptop.

Greetings
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Postby Prime » Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:15 pm

danielj wrote:If we're going for a curry in Manchester, Zouk is really the only sane choice... (friends from the Indian subcontinent suggest it is even better than some of the best restaurants there...) :)

Is that the place we went to from one of the Replay events I seem to remember parking being 'fun'

Cheers.

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Postby danielj » Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:21 pm

No need to drive, it's walk/bus-able. (no, it's not one we went to from replay) About a 20 minute walk:
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/The+C ... er+M1+5QS/

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Postby mph1708 » Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:12 pm

Payment made by Paypal.
I am not planning on bringing any kit, and will probably be in attendance on both Saturday and Sunday.

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Postby BeebMaster » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:22 pm

Put me down for all three days with tea and kit please.
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Postby sixxdog_uk » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:55 pm

Wahoo , room booked space paid , all systems go :-)

A great way to start the year.

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Postby Prime » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:25 pm

danielj wrote:No need to drive, it's walk/bus-able. (no, it's not one we went to from replay) About a 20 minute walk:
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/The+C ... er+M1+5QS/


Ahhh not far from the Lass, did we go there from one of the Lass meets then, did the absolutely massive Nann breads?

Looks walkable anyways. Might be a little cold in mid January tho :)

Cheers.

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Postby IanS » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:26 pm

No kit - Saturday only for me please.

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Postby Arcadian » Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:50 am

Thanks to everyone that has paid/confirmed today, the attendee list in the top post has been updated.

More than half of the available spaces have now been claimed.

** Just 16 places left folks! **
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Postby helpful » Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:37 am

Payment sent. I'll be there Friday-Sunday. Might even arrive Thursday to do some sightseeing as I didn't manage to do any last time I was in Manchester because Dave had me working!

I'll be bringing my laptop and probably a Pi if someone can lend me a screen.

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Postby Arcadian » Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:02 pm

Top post updated to reflect latest confirmed attendees.

** 8 places left **
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Postby gebes » Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:43 pm

I'd like to attend likely Saturday only, but would appreciate some guidance please ?

I would very much like to bring my BBC model B, bought from Retroclinic, if there is someone attending who can both sell me and install a VideoNULA if possible?

I would also be collecting all things going well an Acorn Electron and Plus 3 from Dave H

If this is possible, could you please put me down for Saturday in the appropriate category ? Wanted to check as I would be travelling by train from Edinburgh :D

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Postby Arcadian » Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:09 am

Hi, thanks for the interest, would be good to see you at Manchester, we're always looking to welcome new faces to the ABug meets

In terms of the NuLA upgrade, unfortunately the creator (RobC) isn't able to attend this one, so I suspect you'd need to acquire one in advance directly from Rob. However if you were to bring it along with your Beeb I'd be optimistic that somebody could fit it for you at the event (any volunteers?).

I'll message with the booking details, would you be looking at bringing a screen and setting any of your gear up throughout the day? (Just trying to ascertain whether you'd be a 'kitter' or a 'no kitter' ;) ).

Dave.

gebes wrote:I'd like to attend likely Saturday only, but would appreciate some guidance please ?

I would very much like to bring my BBC model B, bought from Retroclinic, if there is someone attending who can both sell me and install a VideoNULA if possible?

I would also be collecting all things going well an Acorn Electron and Plus 3 from Dave H

If this is possible, could you please put me down for Saturday in the appropriate category ? Wanted to check as I would be travelling by train from Edinburgh :D
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