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Christmas Meet Up for all the Gin Hags (and Wine Witches and Vodka Vixens)

(972 Posts)
HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 12:51:10

Righto, we're at that time of the year again where a Christmas Piss Up in London Town is needed. I propose a date a few weeks before so as many as possible can join in - how about Saturday 23rd November.

This has only been mooted last night, so I've not even got a venue as yet, but I have some ideas. I will, of course and usual, try to make it an easily get-to-able-near-a-traveldodgy place so that those that come into London can take advantage of cheapy rooms in advance.

So...please can y'all start putting names down so I have an idea of numbers initially and I'll get cracking with a venue in the next week or so. Further down the line I'll put the usual FB Group together (for those who are both on FB and happy to join) - I won't be posting the venue on MN as I'd prefer the hairy of hand not to know. Those not on FB I'll chat via PM near the time.

MrsDeVere Fri 27-Sep-13 12:56:27

They are building a new travel dodgy in E17!

<spends the rest of the day roaring at the idea of a load of MNers emerging, blinking in confusion, out of the tube at Walthamstow Central>

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 12:58:16

Arf at MN convention in Walfamstow. I'll be expecting you darlin'

SayCoolNowSayWhip Fri 27-Sep-13 13:01:29

Oooh I want to come but can't do that date sad

<expects world to revolve around her>

I still have my badge from 2 years ago!

MrsD there's a lovely travel lodge right near where I live.

Beautiful view of Asda on one side and no car parking unless you spend £10 in Asda and only want to stay in the car park for 2 hours, it's great.

I think everyone should stay there and enjoy the delightful ness of Edmonton grin

Anyway, stick my name on the list. But..I have to go on a course in November, I haven't had the date confirmed.

Hopefully it will not be on the actual day of the meet up sad

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 13:04:43

SayCool that's not on. Especially as I was your personal chauffeur at that one. <tuts>

Tantrums I was convinced you were talking about Clapham Junction for a moment - but our Dodgy not only has an Asda view, but a Lidl AND a steady rumble of trains 24 hours a day. Bet you're well jell of that.

MrsDeVere Fri 27-Sep-13 13:05:11

Ahhh yes, the Edmonton Travel Dodgy....
The exotic sounds of the A406, the heady mix of car fumes and the bins out the back of Asda...

SayCoolNowSayWhip Fri 27-Sep-13 13:05:38

Oh Hepsibar stop name changing, tis tres confusing!! grin I didn't know that was you. <sigh>

Oooh, yes please! I'd like to come!

HepisbarCrinkletoes My first thought was CJ as well! Are you in my 'hood?! shock

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 13:08:16

Sorry SayCool I'm not but you know now eh!

Marvellous Reg (if I may call you that)

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 13:08:56

I am indeed in your hood. Well more Balham, but yeah.

Everyone does grin

SayCoolNowSayWhip Fri 27-Sep-13 13:09:57

So, er.... About the date then..... grin

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 13:12:20

CoolioWhippio it's possible that we can go either side... I shall go with the throng. As you were.

Soooooo - let's say 16/11, 23/11 or 30/11 and the majority will have it.

My vote is the 23rd or the 30th.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Fri 27-Sep-13 13:27:21

Aw Heps, there's a voddy in it for ya! I vote 30th.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Fri 27-Sep-13 13:28:13

Sooooo read that as 'go with the thong'.

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 13:35:44

You would read it like that you dirty cah..

SayCoolNowSayWhip Fri 27-Sep-13 13:37:03


Maybe along with the Mumsnet Scarf and the Mumsnet haircut there should be a Mumsnet thong?

There's a mumsnet haircut?! do share please...

hullygully Fri 27-Sep-13 14:05:43

Is the same as Mintyy's??

Can't do Nov 23rd {sad vadge}

hullygully Fri 27-Sep-13 14:09:01

Oh Mintyys was old and I think she gave up.

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 14:13:01

So if it's the 30th can you grace us Hulls?

hullygully Fri 27-Sep-13 14:15:49

Possibly, I have a wedding that isn't the following day.

23rd November is my birthday! I simply have to be there, darlinks

hullygully Fri 27-Sep-13 14:20:14

where buffy?

But I could also have my birthday party on the other dates as well, because I have no social life am very flexible.

At the Christmas meet up Hully.

hullygully Fri 27-Sep-13 14:21:24

It is my FIFTIETH around then.

I vote it becomes all about us Buffy dear and they have to sing to us and everything.

MrsDeVere Fri 27-Sep-13 14:21:50

Farking hell.

hullygully Fri 27-Sep-13 14:22:04

Oh I see now.

What about the 16th?

That suits me best. <self self self>

hullygully Fri 27-Sep-13 14:22:23

I know. But 72 at heart.

hullygully Fri 27-Sep-13 14:22:56

And I think you meant, Mrs deVere

Goodness darling heart you don't look a day over 32.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 27-Sep-13 14:55:47

I am always free to help find a venue and check out the bar <selfless>

I don't live in London, so I can't help with that. But I will, you know, help by turning up and benefiting from other people's organisation skills and stuff grin

Mintyy Fri 27-Sep-13 14:58:33

It was MY 50th on the big September 29th meetup last year (please note that it is only 2 days to my birthday today so I will accept cake wine and flowers from this afternoon onwards).

Well, yes, I half heartedly tried to stir up a bit of interest in an Autumn/Christmas meetup but couldn't be bothered to keep the thread bumped. I'll try and find it because a few brave souls expressed definite interest. Everyone else obviously thinks my armpits smell, or mebbe its that I am in a bullying clique of thread derailing cunts smile.

HullyThriceBulliedGully Fri 27-Sep-13 14:58:38

I might be able to do a little of that

Can I crash chez vous Hepsibah?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 27-Sep-13 15:01:51

In a bullying clique of thread derailing cunts who socialise MNHQ might roll up, whatever next?!! <faints>

30th is better for me too.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 27-Sep-13 15:04:07

Hepsibar - happy to take folk's money again too <also selfless>

Would it be bullying to proffer an unofficial meet up title of 'bullying clique of thread derailing cunts'

No actually, now I feel rather unkind. I take it back.

<awaits flagellation>

HullyThriceBulliedGully Fri 27-Sep-13 15:10:17


I can make any and all of the dates grin grin


no social life more like

<waves to Pistey>

Haven't seen you in ages! Do you remember me? How are you??

I think we all need to pelt Mintyy with cakes starting from right now


Mintyy I have linked from your other thread.

I'm the only one here right now

HELLOOOO... Helloooo.... hellooooo.... helloooooooo

Quite the echo

HullyThriceBulliedGully Fri 27-Sep-13 15:43:24

No one is speaking to you

SayCoolNowSayWhip Fri 27-Sep-13 15:43:24

Looks like 30th is gaining the majority.....


I could do 30th, but then I'd be a year older and it wouldn't be my birthday sad

SayCoolNowSayWhip Fri 27-Sep-13 15:46:03

Ah, but a year older and wiser Buffy, plus it could just be a continuation of your birthday celebrations, thus making you feel ultra special....

No that's quite clear Hully

You are all bullying me because you are ignoring me

YoniMatopoeia Fri 27-Sep-13 15:47:53

Count me in. Will check diary but can probably do any of those.

HullyFullyBulliedGully Fri 27-Sep-13 15:47:57

<ignores hearts>

SayCoolNowSayWhip Fri 27-Sep-13 15:50:19

>sigh> I just know I'm going to regret this, but what the fuck is all this bullying stuff about?

Oh god, now you've done it coolwhip!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Fri 27-Sep-13 15:55:24

I'm so out of the loop. Someone be a darling and PM me.

And then let's get back to talking about Christmas booze!

Blondeshavemorefun Fri 27-Sep-13 16:09:08

Got nudged to come here smile

30th suits me and hope to crash at a lovely mn'ers house or the piss up place travel lodge

Any idea of venue - last years wasn't as good as year before lasts ...... But then again if I drink gin then all will be fine grin

'Waves to pisty and hully'

I also have both my badges from previous years smile

Hullygully Fri 27-Sep-13 16:10:18

What about lunch and keeping going for the hardy and leaving for the have to?

Liquid lunch?

Hullygully Fri 27-Sep-13 16:13:55

and food

and cake

magimedi Fri 27-Sep-13 16:17:26

Would like to come & would also much prefer a lunchtime meet. But DS & DIL are coming home from France sometime in Nov for a long w/e & I suppose I should see them. grin

Bloody kids - always get in the way of wine

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 16:26:54

Keema of course you can darling. I'd be hugely offended if you didn't...

So, it's looking like the 30th is a good date for the majority - let's run with that for now then.

Pistey of course - I will be needing help and your selflessness knows no bounds. Really. It doesn't. Anyway we're due a gin after BIWI and her disgraceful exclusion and nose rubbing I believe. wink

<stomps off>

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 16:31:29

Just saw your other post Pistey - yes please.

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 16:32:04

What's up Hearts ?

<stomps back in again>


I will make a cake. We can all punch it.

Oh nothing Hep, just that hully, she's ignoring me grin

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 16:35:33

Arf at cake punching! I did make a cake last time I organised one, I suppose I could do another. But I'd have to kill you if you punched it.

BIWI Fri 27-Sep-13 16:35:44

I can do 30/11

If I'm allowed out of exclusion


Oooh, do we really get to make cakes?! <gullible>

I make the best red velvet. Ever.

CuntyCuntastico123 Fri 27-Sep-13 16:38:37

Look at all you lovely fuckers on this thread.

Yes please to meet up but cannae do the 16th Nov as have another piss up arranged.

Isn't Walthamstow village really trendy a la Hackney?

When I come to London jaunts I usually stay in the Hanger Lane premier inn or traveldodge. Beautiful views of the A40.

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 16:40:46

BIWI it's not right if you're not there, so you have to come.

Reg for the meet up last September I made a big old cake for all.

No, no, no, your cakes are FAR to nice to punch! Mine will be a Betty Crocker Special and I will let the DDs decorate it so watch out for the lethal hundreds and thousands and mini silver balls and coloured writing icing and general goo!

BIWI why are you in exclusion? Have you been naughty? Bullying people maybe? <stern look>

No, no, no, your cakes are FAR to nice to punch! Mine will be a Betty Crocker Special and I will let the DDs decorate it so watch out for the lethal hundreds and thousands and mini silver balls and coloured writing icing and general goo!

BIWI why are you in exclusion? Have you been naughty? Bullying people maybe? <stern look>

Aw bum. Sorry for the double post.

Off to the pub!!!!!!!!! grin grin wine wine

P.S. I've never been to Walthamstow, is it nice?

WeAreSeven Fri 27-Sep-13 16:48:01

A hundred and thousand in the eye could be painful.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Fri 27-Sep-13 16:48:49

I'm really quite excellent at eating cake. Does that help?

Blondeshavemorefun Fri 27-Sep-13 17:07:42

Ditto cool. I don't cook but happy to eat smile

BellaVita Fri 27-Sep-13 17:14:01

Am pretty certain I can do the 30th. Tis a much better date than the 23rd.

Portofino Fri 27-Sep-13 18:20:46

Ooh can I come?

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 18:24:17

Why of course Porto.

catinboots Fri 27-Sep-13 18:29:13

I can do the 30th.

If I'm allowed to come after the last two years antics

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 18:47:07

You have to come a Cat you old tart. Who else am I supposed to do shots with?

Blondeshavemorefun Fri 27-Sep-13 18:50:14

You weren't that bad cat !!!! grin

catinboots Fri 27-Sep-13 18:53:43

True true Heps.

I take pride in my ability to be A Good Influence.

catinboots Fri 27-Sep-13 18:55:04

I need my roomy BBB on board for this

I'll have to hunt her down on the midnight owls thread

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 19:06:36


Portofino Fri 27-Sep-13 19:19:57

I got totally trollied, failed to recognise HelenMN, then kept the whole house awake with my snoring. Form an orderly queue to share a travel dodgy room with me wink LRD has survived the experience, but she is just nice.....

Shots? Oh dear God. If I drink shots I forget that I am a Reasonable Feminist in my 30s and become a rabid teenager that wants to go clubbing.

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Fri 27-Sep-13 19:21:19

<sliding in late>

I'll do my best. I even know where both my badges are!

BIWI Fri 27-Sep-13 19:22:35

You do realise that was the real reason why HelenMN left, don't you, Porto?

Portofino Fri 27-Sep-13 19:23:10

Mines still on my bedside table. Drunken cycling this time Dances?

Portofino Fri 27-Sep-13 19:23:43

BIWI shock

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Fri 27-Sep-13 19:26:31

I'll bring a helmet this time!

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Fri 27-Sep-13 19:26:47

And not have my lap top in the basket!

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Fri 27-Sep-13 19:27:12

I've got a scar and everything!

BellaVita Fri 27-Sep-13 19:27:34

Looking forward to catching up with all you old cunts grin

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 19:27:44

Porto you're staying at mine FFS. And your snoring didn't bother me - I was too out of it on painkillers iirc!

Buffy Rabid teen with clubbing desires is a common side effect of these evenings. Along with kebabs and Boris Bikes.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 27-Sep-13 19:28:09

Which HelenMN was it though? As I recall there were two of them that night...

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Fri 27-Sep-13 19:29:42


In that case Hepsibar I shall slip into your midst like a... <searches for suitably slippery and unnoticeable analogy>

I do not do kebabs however. Horrid, wriggly looking things.

Portofino Fri 27-Sep-13 19:31:54

Oh that's very kind of you Hepsi! flowers and vodka and fags and chocolate - Mn seems to be missing some crucial emoticons. I would never assume and happy to go in travel dodgy if it's a pain....

Portofino Fri 27-Sep-13 19:35:03

This is cheering me up no end as I am supposed to be in Manchester tonight and meeting atrocious cunts tomorrow and instead work got in the way and I am at home. Dh is in Manchester on his own....

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Fri 27-Sep-13 19:36:33

Oh boo - no Johnny Depp hunting

BIWI Fri 27-Sep-13 19:38:06

I've never had a kebab
<random fact>

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 19:38:36

Hahahahahaha at which HelenMN. That was so fucking funny. I was chatting with Helen, along came Porto who said, drunkenly, are these bloody HQ lot coming or not. To which I merely raised an eyebrow and introduced her. I laughed, it must be said.

Porto of course it's fine. There's space and you are always welcome. especially when you bring vodka, fags and chocolate

Portofino Fri 27-Sep-13 19:41:32

I like a kebab! Surely if you lose the outside bit they very low carb?

BIWI Fri 27-Sep-13 19:42:22

They would be. I must remedy the fact that I've never had one.

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Fri 27-Sep-13 19:43:05

I have also never had a kebab. I always have a schwarma from the kebab shop

Portofino Fri 27-Sep-13 19:43:13

Apparently the Johnny Depp in st Margaret's Bay thing is just a rumour. I am waiting for inside information.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 27-Sep-13 19:43:38

I was starving after the June one, I would have eaten a horse given the chance, forget a kebab.

The June one where Knotty and I WALKED MIIIIIIIIILES

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 27-Sep-13 19:44:21

and it got light and we still walked Miiiiiiiiiles

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 19:44:39

Oh BIWI there is the BEST place on the corner of Northcote and Battersea Rise. We shall do a cocktail sesh one evening and then fall in there after.

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 19:46:13

Yes Pistey, but you were both slaughtered...

I always have a shish myself. Hunks of delicious lamb cooked by hunks of delicious looking boymenthings. Deffo a highlight!

BIWI Fri 27-Sep-13 19:46:40

Sounds like a very good plan!

Pistey - that's because you were both pissed. <helpful>

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 27-Sep-13 19:48:00

I have this vague memory of us walking miiiles holding hands wine

Slaughtered? Yep grin

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 19:48:19

What a splendid x-post there.

LeGavrOrf Fri 27-Sep-13 19:50:48

Oh god I love kebabs. Brilliant for low carb, eat the meat,salad and chillies and then thrown the pitta away.

The whole low carb element is ruined though when the person you are with has ordered chips and you end up stealing those.

I wonder if the venue will do baked bean canapés again.

I just want to know the thought process of the chef who made those. "Hmmm what shall I put on these little pieces of bread". <eyes catering tin of beans>

EstoyAqui Fri 27-Sep-13 19:51:19

I'm in. Shall we start a list? I shall be able to stay for the fun bits this time rather than dash off early to catch a train.

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 19:52:39

Hahaha at the baked bean canapés!

Are you going to come lovely Gav? Would be all minds of wonderful if you can petal.

Portofino Fri 27-Sep-13 19:53:40

Lol at the baked bean canapés. I remember the cold mini toad in the holes. I don't remember that much else in detail though. I do have a photo of Blondes with a womble. Like you do.

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 19:54:06

Excellent Estoy. With a name like that you have to come really and announce it clearly!

I'm doing a list at the mo and then people can add to it.

LeGavrOrf Fri 27-Sep-13 19:54:12

Yes I am definitely. I missed last years Christmas one because of a funeral.

I am going to wear shoes I can bloody walk in though this time.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 27-Sep-13 19:54:57

Have that photo too! Why though?? <hazy>

Foodwise, I only ate your chocs Porto grin

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Fri 27-Sep-13 19:55:18


LeGavrOrf Fri 27-Sep-13 19:55:30

I was pissed. I remember eating about 5 slices of cake. I don't even like cake.

Dollytwat and I then staggered back to the hotel room and I vaguely remember a mini argument with the receptionist about towels.

BIWI Fri 27-Sep-13 19:55:33

They all start to blur into one after a while, though, don't they?! grin

Portofino Fri 27-Sep-13 19:56:01

It was Orinoco I think...

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 19:56:09


Yes, the Womble. That was surreal shit.

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Fri 27-Sep-13 19:56:15

The petite four were good though. May have cruised past those when not drinking Hepsibar's wine

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 19:57:10

Well you obvs liked my cake Gav.

<buffs nails>

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 27-Sep-13 19:59:40

No memory of cake sad

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 27-Sep-13 20:00:14

which of course means nothing!

Ooooh, ooooh, 23rd is a week after my birthday (jumps on birthday bandwagon with Buffy and Hully) and it's a biggie for me too!

The will be wine. And cake (hopeful). And Boris bikes.

Oh yes.

LeGavrOrf Fri 27-Sep-13 20:02:34

I remember telling dd about the baked bean canapés.

She just looked at me beadily and said 'I bet they were chickpeas and you were just pissed, mum'

You've got to love cynical teens.

And I promise not to cry this year. grin

superbagpuss Fri 27-Sep-13 20:03:12

is this open to all or just a select few?

LeGavrOrf Fri 27-Sep-13 20:03:30


I remember talking to you when we were both scoffing cake!

LeGavrOrf Fri 27-Sep-13 20:04:20

How old are you Annie.

You look about 18 so which big birthday is this? Your 21st? grin

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Fri 27-Sep-13 20:05:31

Bagpus - open to all - do come along!

Annie Date is now the 30th.

Ah, LeGavrOrf, you flatterer.

<whispers>..... 40....

Dances - Really? I should read threads properly. Okay then, 2 weeks after my birthday.

LeGavrOrf Fri 27-Sep-13 20:10:07

No you're bloody NOT. I thought you were going to come back and say 30!

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 20:10:07

Bagpus absolutely - this lot <waves arms around> are the lush contingent. Grown ups are also welcome. Lord knows they're needed..

Portofino Fri 27-Sep-13 20:10:14

Super - to everyone of course!

EstoyAqui Fri 27-Sep-13 20:10:24

Annie we seem to share a birthday. I shall be 35 this year.

Hepsibar I shall walk in announcing myself like a pretentious Spanish cunt. Then I shall revert to my sarf London accent when the wine flows.

LeGavrOrf Fri 27-Sep-13 20:11:02

Bagpus open to everyone.

I remember being nervous when I went to the first one as I had never met a soul but it was great and everyone was so friendly.

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 20:12:10

I've invited MNHQ, so hopefully some will join us. Disappointed that OliviaMN has made excuses already tbh, something about having babies? Ridiculous IMO. grin

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Fri 27-Sep-13 20:12:27

Gavr You are rapidly making yourself her favourite friend! She will drop me. Perhaps I'll cry this time grin

Hurrah, many birthdays. This can only mean more cake!

Will there be balloons? We can have 35 and 40 and 50 and however-old-Buffy-is.

And cake.

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 20:13:25

I can do pretentious coño too. I lived there long enough. I am also now happily back in my Sarf London stomping ground. We can be coños togevver. Innit.

superbagpuss Fri 27-Sep-13 20:14:18

has it moved to 30th Nov? I'm in Birmingham that weekend sad.

I love a night out with random strangers

catinboots Fri 27-Sep-13 20:14:19

Oh Lordy.

I am so very grateful for a new Meet-Up thread to hide on.

I spend 9 months of the year running amok with no safe place to go.

I've just been called a misoginist mysoginist misodgeinist wimmin-hater on an other thread

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 27-Sep-13 20:14:34

Huuzzzzah for cake with leGav grin I'm sure it was loveerrrly

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 20:15:10

What've you been doing Cat. Oh dear.

marriedinwhiteisback Fri 27-Sep-13 20:15:13

I am stressed and pissed off and likely to get more stressed and pissed off between now and Christmas. If I am free I might need by then to get completely blasted although some of you blithe young things in your 30s might make me feel worse grin. Reserves option

Oh, Dances, you're still just bitter about me finding my new bestie at your housewarming. I still luffs you most of all!!!


RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 27-Sep-13 20:15:53

Cat - as long as you don't think Knotty and I are old, making teeny woolly hats

<cries with laughter>

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 27-Sep-13 20:16:02


DancesWithWoolEnPointe Fri 27-Sep-13 20:16:25

Me too Cat - I love meetup threads. People re all drunken loons on here grin

EstoyAqui Fri 27-Sep-13 20:27:47

<cracks out the rusty Spanish>

Podemos ser unos prentenciosos cońos juntos.

See you there.

BIWI Fri 27-Sep-13 20:29:10

married - it's OK - we can have an Old Gimmers' bench.

catinboots Fri 27-Sep-13 20:29:36

I love your teeny tiny hats. You know that.

I saw a mouse in my kitchen the other day. He looked a bit chilly. I thought of you guys. His head needed a tiddddddddly knitted hat.

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 20:33:17

Es un acuerdo. grin

Blondeshavemorefun Fri 27-Sep-13 20:34:51

'Gets excited'

I rem the womble !! Have a pic of me an womble somewhere. Weird to see one and not in Wimbledon grin

Also are cake and weird small nibbly bits that think were salmon tho did descreetly spit the mushroom slime out

Late to this, but shock at BIWI for never having a kebab. Agree with Hepsi the one on Battersea Rise is the best kebab ever!

I'm getting so excited for this!!!

I am going to spoil the neat birthday pattern by being 36. Shall I stay 35? DH once spent a whole year thinking he was 37, until his 37th birthday! Then he had to repeat the whole experience again for another year.

Sorry, Buffy, you have to be 45. <gavel>

That's ok with me. Patterns are important.

Excellent. I shall bring cheese Hepsibah, plenty of cheese.

...like Annie's cakes that create the interesting optical illusion of sloping to the right, except they don't.

Oooooh, so they do, Buffy! How odd! Slopey cakes. (which is much better than sloppy cakes)

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Fri 27-Sep-13 21:30:51

Annie has made a sloping cake?

ExitPursuedByADragon Fri 27-Sep-13 21:32:25

You are all Southern bastards

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 21:37:26

Cheese is good. Along with sausages.

Exit there's some northerners coming. We're not all southern bastards...

ExitPursuedByADragon Fri 27-Sep-13 21:40:11

Who? Who?

Do you need chocs now you've found a local toffee dealer?

And I'm not a southern bastard. Pthhhhhh.

Look upthread, Dances. Probably only works on an actual 'puter.

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 21:44:09

I can't get those amazing chocolates down here, so yes please.

But yes, I make sloping cakes most times I bake. blush

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Fri 27-Sep-13 21:59:36

I'm from East Anglia - is that Southern?

I am south-westerly. Like a gale. Or yellow waterproof hat.

Maryz Fri 27-Sep-13 22:12:06

Where-ish are you thinking of going?

I mean ballpark - nearest airport sort of thing?

Mintyy Fri 27-Sep-13 22:17:56

Why Mary? I am sure we could make it at the nearest London airport convenient for you?!?!

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 22:18:46

Nearest airport - any of them tbh Maryz, they're all easy to get into London from, so I guess whichever flight is the best deal for you.

ExitPursuedByADragon Fri 27-Sep-13 22:19:25

East Anglian is so Southern.


Oooh, futher blush, I've just read the thread more properly and I missed Mintyy off the birthday list! Sorry Mintyy!

Well, since Mintyy is 51 this time that's two of you screwing up the pattern angry so Buffy can go back to being 36.


Maryz Fri 27-Sep-13 22:20:33

Luton, maybe? Good old Ryanair hmm

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 22:21:08

Well I know a Cumbrian one and a Yorkshire one coming. But even better, we have a Belgium one a coming.

Maryz Fri 27-Sep-13 22:21:11

Ill be 51 too.

51 is the new 26

Portofino Fri 27-Sep-13 22:25:43

I'm 45 21.

ExitPursuedByADragon Fri 27-Sep-13 22:30:28

How can they be coming when there is no date and venue yet confused

<causes trouble>

beachyhead Fri 27-Sep-13 22:34:53

Count me in.... I'll lead the walking party while Annie et al are on bikes ...

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Sep-13 22:36:59

We have a date 30/11.

Pistey and I will have a venue sorted in the next 2/3 weeks. I got ideas already, just need to check them out.

70 is the new 50 too. I swear.

Back from pub. Completely pissed. DH very impressed.

Definite plans to make v v large punchable cake and eat kebabs.

Married honey please don't be stressed and please come!!


From Stansted you can take the Stansted Express to Liverpool Street Station in the City.

From Heathrow, Heathrow Express to Paddington; Gatwick Express goes to Victoria I believe.

From Luton you can take a coach to Victoria coach station for very cheap and tube it from there to pretty much everywhere. Even better, get off coach at Finchley Road (north London) which is about 5 min from mine - we would love to host you!!

ExitPursuedByADragon Fri 27-Sep-13 23:02:20

So easy!

BIWI Fri 27-Sep-13 23:14:54

Maryz - you must come!

Oh, and I am the oldest, I reckon. I'm 54. Although I prefer to act my shoe size, which is 37.

BellaVita Fri 27-Sep-13 23:49:31

I luffs you all bit pissed

Blondes and I are sharing a room ( we have slept together before you know).

I loved the cake and the chocs last time <much love Frank and Porto>.

Kebabs are the food of gods when you are drunk. Tickled me Porto about the taxi ride back to Franks last Sept ��.

And yes Annie, you look about 12 bitch.

My mouth has gone numb shock

Not to worry folks, I don't look 12 any more! The past year has turned me very grey!!

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sat 28-Sep-13 06:47:35

I'm 37 at this exact moment but will be 38 next weekend. Please will someone tell me I look 17? <optimistic>

BellaVita Sat 28-Sep-13 07:29:03

<must stop calling Heps Frank>

Dances my darling, you don't look a day over 17.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sat 28-Sep-13 07:54:08

I was 30 this year....

<slopes off quietly>

magimedi Sat 28-Sep-13 08:02:50


I beat you at 58 - and also prefer to act my shoe size, which is 39 (or 6)

Blondeshavemorefun Sat 28-Sep-13 08:35:04

Bellavita - our night together last year holds some many precious memories ......

DP quite jealous of it and you even allowed me the side of the bed I like - perfect smile

And I'm fabulous at 40 smile

BellaVita Sat 28-Sep-13 08:39:25


and I am fabulous at 48 even if I do say so myself! wink

MrsDeVere Sat 28-Sep-13 09:07:42

MARYZ you HAVE to come.
Please, please, please, please, pleaseeeeeee

I've never (to my knowledge) met a mumsnetter, ever. You all know each other, now I am slightly nervous.

On the rampant teenager theme, I will probably have to have some Thunderbird or a can of Diamond White beforehand so that I overcome my slight discomfort at walking into a room of good friends when I know nobody.

That always ends well, right? grin

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sat 28-Sep-13 10:15:59

Thank you Bella . My shoes size is bigger than my age <hides large feet>

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sat 28-Sep-13 10:17:50

Coolwhip, you whipper-snapper - belt up.

Isn't LaGavrOrf in her 20s? She looks about 12.

We need more youngsters, we wouldn't want to be a meet up of boring old farts <scurries away>

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sat 28-Sep-13 10:19:11

Dragons - Prettybird is talking for coming from norf of the boarder - that must also count for something smile

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sat 28-Sep-13 10:23:33

Buffy - a lot of us have met before at these things, but we all went the first time knowing no-one except me who cheated as I've known AnnieL for 20 years but ignore that fact Please come along - MN meet ups are epic! That is why we all go again and again. And next time it will be your drunken escapes we are reminiscing about (I certainly need to pass on the mantle since the Boris Bike incident)

Oh and drinking before hand is not just positively encouraged, it is actually a prerequisite. There are pre-drinks, pre-pre-drinks and drinks at the station before you leave your own town grin

Well, I will do my utmost to arrive at the venue in a police car with the sirens blaring, in full 70s costume (including purple afro wig), and fall out of the car into the gutter in front of you all.

Because I have never done such a thing before, oh no. they were lovely, those policemen

BIWI Sat 28-Sep-13 11:16:22

Oh Buffy! You will fit right in! grin

Ha ha ha ha, Buffy, you absolutely have to come. You sound like an awesome person to have at a party.

MN meetups cured my of my incurable shyness and inability to socialise at social events. True fact!!! grin

KnottyLocks Sat 28-Sep-13 11:18:47

Parking my arse while I check my social diary smile

I will be restrained at this one. I would like to get to the end of a meet up, properly being able to remember the people I've met.


<dusts off purple afro>

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sat 28-Sep-13 12:17:49

Buffy, at my first one I not only didn't know anyone but also endured enjoyed a chauffeur driven journey up with Hepsibar, who I'd never met before. She is, incidentally, quite awesome. Not in a bum-licking kind of way (I'm just not that sort of girl).

I got very drunk and ended up dancing maniacally to Queen. I still have the pictures somewhere.... grin

Ready to do it all again this year!

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sat 28-Sep-13 13:14:20

It really did cure Annie - before MN meetups she was a pain in the arse to be friends with wink

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sat 28-Sep-13 13:17:39

I've only been to two meet ups. At the first one I wasn't too drunk due to being so hung over that day I could barely look at alcohol. So I remember all of the first one (yes hully even the hour and a half "we are looking for an up" walking home incident). However at the second one I drank like a 15 year old and get a bit blurry on the details. I do know I was standing outside the travel dodgy in very small pajamas at 2 am, after having gone to bed and got up again. At least they were tartan.

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sat 28-Sep-13 13:19:30

Coolwhip "Moar Queen, we want MOAR Queen" grin

Although I think the dance off final was between Knotty and Hully and Hully won.

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 13:28:12

Haha at 'at least they were tartan'

Buffy please come. When I first went loads of people already knew each other but it didn't matter at all, everyone was so plastered friendly.

The reason I love you all is when you all say 'you look so YOUNG' and expect me to be a red cheeked stout woman in tweeds when I am 35.

Yes indeed Dances. And now I'm so very sociable at gatherings that I made new best friends on a regular basis! wink

make, not made....

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sat 28-Sep-13 13:40:13

LaGavr The fact that I am only 2 years older than you has ruined my day. wink

I think this I shall be bringing Digby, my epic drinking hat. You have been warned.

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sat 28-Sep-13 13:41:17

this time I - clearly. Dumbo.

Yay, Digby rides again!!

Valpollicella Sat 28-Sep-13 14:29:05

I'll come along if you'll have me. Couldn't make it last time back in May <still bitter>

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 14:34:16

Oooh lovely val.

Lol at Digby grin

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sat 28-Sep-13 14:39:03

Digby is a vair posh hat that I bought at a festival market

HepsibarCrinkletoes Sat 28-Sep-13 15:33:33

Val you are so coming. Trufax.

Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 15:59:03

Is it def going to be the 30th? I shall go and peruse the Eurostar. Out Sat am back Sunday pm?

Blondeshavemorefun Sat 28-Sep-13 16:27:48

dances you and pisty lost me in 2011- i will never forget that!!!!! and make sure that you never forget it either grin

BellaVita Sat 28-Sep-13 16:52:14

I need to book my train so can Porto and I take it as red it is the 30th?

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sat 28-Sep-13 17:03:19

That was knotty - I lead the walking party. I was not involved in Losing-Blondes-Gate, although we did encounter you en route, alone, bravely making your way back <runs and hides from Piste and knots>

I did however convince the walking party (Annie, Hully, MrsDV, possibly Ruby, not sure who else) that is was not necessary to take a cab, that it was a gentle stroll. They did not appreciate the hour long wander through London as I wandered about saying "we need to be going up, there needs to be an up" grin

HepsibarCrinkletoes Sat 28-Sep-13 17:17:28

Definitely the 30th. Books them tickets people.

Maryz Sat 28-Sep-13 17:28:38

That is really kind of you Hearts. If I come I would definitely take you up on the offer, if that is ok.

Obviously my main problem is the same as last year's - how the fuck do I say to dh "I'm just off to the airport, I'm heading to London to get pissed (and stay) will some women I've met on the internet".

I'm just not sure I have the guts to even start the conversation.

FruOla Sat 28-Sep-13 17:34:24

Oh hell!! The 30th? Can't do it <sobs>

HungryGeorge Sat 28-Sep-13 17:52:21

ooh can I come? had a blast last year grin
Can't remember any names of who I met but everyone was luffly

FellatioNelson Sat 28-Sep-13 17:55:26

I so wish I could come to this. sad

Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 17:56:17

My Dh has got over it, Maryz. You have to work gently on them.

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 17:59:19

I had the same thing on my first meet up.

DP - so you are going from Gloucester to London to walk in to meet a bunch of women in a pub in East London who you have never met before?
Me - no, it's all right, I am meeting two women for dinner first and then going to the party
DP - do you know them?
Me - nope. I am just meeting them under the clock at Liverpool Street.
DP - hmm

Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 17:59:34

Mind you I did once try "oh no! my FB friend has been committed to a psychiatric facility - what would you think about me going to visit her?" After that, meeting women in a pub seemed quite harmless grin

FellatioNelson Sat 28-Sep-13 18:00:44

Maryz I did that once, years ago on another forum (BIWI knows it, but she wasn't at that meet up I don't think, or if she was she hid, because I don't remember her.)

There was no plane involved but I did book a hotel for the night in Cambridge. MY DH insisted he drive me there and we took the kids out for the day in Cambridge first, then he dropped me off at the venue and drove back home, we had our meet up, I stayed the night, and another (random) woman who lived nearish dropped me home the next day.

DH was curtain twitching when I was dropped off and it took him years to admit that he was never fully convinced that I wasn't having an affair.

marriedinwhiteisback Sat 28-Sep-13 18:05:48

I just tell mine I'm meeting friends in London and will be late. He just doesn't ask and the next day we have a conversation about whether I had a nice time and who was there and I just say "oh you know, Jo, Maria, Honor" and he says "hmm no wonder you had a skin full then". Helps that we live not too far away and it doesn't have to be a weekend job. Couldn't you just say you want to go to London to do some Christmas shopping and have some "me" time? And you could do that.

Anyways on this day exactly one year ago there were pre pre drinks, pre drinks, drinks and then main drinks going on. There was cake and interesting vol au vents, sofas,a teeny bit of wine, and I still can't remember real names and match them to Mnet names and everyone keeps changing theirs. And Hearts bought be wine. If I come this year I think I should do more drinks.

Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 18:09:39

I remember meeting you Married. You was luffly.

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 18:11:38

It was exactly a year ago to the day wasn't it married?

This time a year ago I was sitting with dollytwat outside a city bar drinking wine. We were there so long we were late for dinner.

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 18:12:01

I remember you as well married, you were indeed lovely.

FruOla Sat 28-Sep-13 18:15:33

married is, indeed, luffy <strokes married's hair>

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sat 28-Sep-13 18:17:25

By this time last year I think we were in the dodgy bar "getting ready". Spotting all the poor people wandering in looking randomly for dodgy internet forum ladies

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sat 28-Sep-13 18:18:10

Is it not time some one told Pistey and Knotty they were expecting them t be old ladies? grin

BellaVita Sat 28-Sep-13 18:18:26

I am much more straightforward talking. I just told DH I was going to London on previous meet ups he has a moan/nag free weekend he really doesn't mind me going.

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 18:18:59

Before the party we went in this rather nice restaurant under the arches of London Bridge station. The waiter told us off for not eating all of our greens.

ScienceRocks Sat 28-Sep-13 18:20:38

Ooh, I was supposed to go to last Christmas's London meet up and was ill so couldn't make it. Can someone please tell me when and where this one is?

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sat 28-Sep-13 18:23:30

Venue is not yet confirmed, Science but it is on the 30th.

BellaVita Sat 28-Sep-13 18:23:39

We had some rather fine food at Heps's.

Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 18:37:38

Indeed we did! I never got my kebab though wink

Bimblepops Sat 28-Sep-13 18:51:41

If I promise to turn up, please can I come along for a Christmas drink?
I failed to make the London summer meet up due to family intruding on my MN life and regretted it instantly.
Very exciting!

It all sounds very complicated what will all this pre-pre-pre business and people meeting beforehand.

And what about the after party? Will this be hosted by Vogue or Elton and David?

I will probably be getting the train from Bristol to Paddington, so could do some kind of pre-meet with anyone arriving in that vicinity. Ease myself in gently.

Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 18:58:48

I booked the Eurostar! Yay! I will get into St Pancras at about 12. Haven't told Dh yet as he is in Manchester at the footie....

Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 19:07:03

Are you going to start a FB group Hesp?

Bimblepops Sat 28-Sep-13 19:11:15

Oh and I'm 39, if Annie is still doing some kind of spreadsheet, pattern seeking thing...

magimedi Sat 28-Sep-13 19:15:33

I really, really, hope I can come. Still waiting <tut> to hear when DS & DIL are coming back.

Will be coming from Sussex - so am up for any pre pre pre meet ups - Hully do you fancy gin @ Polegate?

Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 19:25:57

It's honestly not scary! And I don't do "networking" stuff very easily. And no one looks like you imagine they will look at all.

Maryz can we not be long lost cousins or something? Made slightly easier by the fact that we are Canadian and DH's family actually really came to Canada via Ireland a few generations ago grin

BellaVita Sat 28-Sep-13 19:53:13

Train tickets booked. Get into Kings X at 12.07.

Married fancy you remember me buying wine! I'm not surprised, it is a very regular occurrence. I usually buy a bottle instead of a glass - partly because I CBA to queue at the bar too often but also because it's nice to have some to share & good ice breaker if it's needed

not that it's needed with you loud and noisy bunch of atrocious cunts

Porto looking forward to seeing you again. Didn't have enough of a chance to chat last time.

Bimble you should definitely come!!

Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 20:11:37

I will bring more chocolates.

BellaVita Sat 28-Sep-13 20:14:42

Porto, don't go bankrupting yourself though, they cost a bomb last time.

Bimblepops Sat 28-Sep-13 20:15:00

Marvellous, have already told DH and the kids that I'm out with you lot that weekend...and it's the week before my 40th, so I may bring a pre-birthday cake with me. Yay!
Am in Chingford, NE London, but may book a room at the Travelodge, to avoid a 3am cab across London.
VERY excited and looking forward to finally meeting some other MN'ers.

Hurrah, another birthday and more cake! cake

HepsibarCrinkletoes Sat 28-Sep-13 20:21:55

I'll sort a FB group later or tomorrow for us. I've not got a venue yet, but will be sorting that out in the next week or two, then the traveldodgy lot can perhaps do block bookings to get better rates

ScienceRocks Sat 28-Sep-13 20:22:28

Sorry,I am being dense. 30th of which month?

BellaVita Sat 28-Sep-13 20:25:57

November Science.

Thanks Heps, you are fab for sorting the venue etc.

Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 20:30:02

Aw Bella - nice Belgian chocs and cheap fags for the masses are the least I can do for being an atrocius cunt most of the time. Last time I went on the Eurostar my bag had Marlboro lights, silk cut, golden virginia, chocolate and a large amount of vodka.

Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 20:31:15

No wonder I am a popular party invitee! grin

No kidding Porto you are the loveliest of band influences grin

Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 20:35:46

I will bring Belgian Genever this time I think. Several flavours of.

BellaVita Sat 28-Sep-13 20:39:45


Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 20:41:46

<<buys bigger suitcase>>

BAD influences, not band. Fucking autocorrect.

Bimblepops Sat 28-Sep-13 21:09:09

You need one of those pull-long trolleys, Porto

marriedinwhiteisback Sat 28-Sep-13 21:09:41

Bows and scrapes and practicing curtsey for other lufflys. You were so stunning Gav I was scared to say hello blush

Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 21:12:12

I need a lorry I think Bimble grin

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 21:20:15

Married! That is extraordinary that you think that. I was in ghastly shoes which I had bought that morning which didn't feet and I felt like I was stomping like some fiat footed solider from the First World War. I thought you were very grand and thought I had the equivalent of a Wurzel smock and straw in my hair being some strumpet from the West Country. grin

I also remember thinking you were fabulous hearts and didn't speak to you enough.

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 21:21:16

Oh for heavens SAKE at the typos.

Didn't fit.

FLAT footed. Not fiat. I didn't have a Seicento on my feet.

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 21:22:03

And Porto I remember you and I work in the same fucking kind of job.

Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 21:23:38

Yes indeedy Le gav. Procurement as my Belgian bosses will insist on calling it wink

Mintyy Sat 28-Sep-13 21:23:40

Oh bad luck Fru! Sorry you can't come on the 30th ... are you sure?

Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 21:27:49

I say i am in IT Sourcing if anyone asks.

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 21:27:58

Oh yes procurement. The department hated by everyone. They loathe us more than HR fgs.

And I work in central government procurement so I am the lowest of the low, and every so often Francis Maude calls us the Whitehall equivalent of a bunch of incompetent cunts and gets Deloitte or PwC at the cost of many millions to tell us how to do it properly. It's lovely.

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 21:29:16

Nobody cares knows what I do. I am like Chandler from friends.

Years ago someone asked my daughter and she said aeroplanes, spreadsheets and telephone calls.

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 21:30:26

Oh my lord at IT sourcing. Do you have to deal with <brandishes garlic> Oracle and SAP?

Valpollicella Sat 28-Sep-13 21:31:16

Porto you lovely thing not sucking up at all

How much is it over there?

Hepsi. am tgere. trufax grin

Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 21:31:52

Oh yes - we have that shower of shite in too.
Charge 100s of thousands to present a generic PowerPoint saying we can save loads on our laptop budget by buying shit cheap ones instead.

Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 21:34:05

Yes to Oracle and SAP and I get MIcrosoft for added enjoyment.

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 21:36:05

Because we are public sector they just see pound signs and think we are all as thick as two short planks and don't know what we are doing.

The problem is public sector IS full of complete doughbakes and so I don't blame them for chancing it.

But Jesus the millions and millions of pounds which is spent on consultants. I used to read Private Eye and think it was all a huge exaggeration but it is just the tip of the iceberg.

I will shit up now and stop boring everyone to death on a Saturday night.

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 21:38:11

Shit up? Marvellous typo, getorf, marvellous. hmm

Oh yes oracle and their 98% list price discounts.

And Microsoft with their Byzantine licensing programme designed to catch you out and discombobulate you in order that you spend more than you need to or even worse fail an audit.

Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 21:38:19

My company is 51% state owned. They are just waking up to it really.

Bimblepops Sat 28-Sep-13 21:39:29

Ooh, I used to do that delightful job too. Happily I was made redundant when I was on Mat leave with DS1. Shame!

marriedinwhiteisback Sat 28-Sep-13 21:39:29

I felt fat and old Gav. Wurzel gummage my backside grin. And less of the worse than HR - my DD was once asked what I did by her form teacher and she said ever so sweetly "she's in charge of performance management and quality Miss" she's quite cute my dd; she tells her friends I sack teachers.

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 21:40:39

Oh I am going to carry on anyway and bore the thread I am sorry.

I HATE it and want to go back to working for companies which make aeroplanes and where the projects I work on are actually THINGS WHICH ARE MADE like aeroplane wings or cockpit displays and I speak to lovely geeky engineers from Texas <cries>

Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 21:44:39

LeGav, I was short listed for a job at Boeing. I was so upset to not get it. You and I need to get together when NOT drunk and network. wink are you on LinkedIn?

HepsibarCrinkletoes Sat 28-Sep-13 21:45:00

Suppose I need to make a list now.

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 21:45:33

Fat and old my arse married.

Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 21:48:44

Do you want me to FB, Hesp? Trying to be helpful vs pissing on your chips...

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 21:50:12

Oh god to work for Boeing. I used to work for GE aviation and treated Boeing like they were GODS.

I applied for a job at Airbus and got it, but by the time I got there they had sold the manufacturing division to GKN (still a wonderful company to work for). I loved the airbus attitude to suppliers which was effectively a Gallic shrug and 'we are airbus, you need to do what we say'. I was lured by the money to automotive and thence to the public sector and now can't go back because manufacturing is so poorly paid in comparison, stupidly.

Sorry to bore the rest of the thread, Porto you and I could moan for HOURS. I am not on linkedin, I am making a Luddite stand.

BellaVita Sat 28-Sep-13 21:51:30

Married you are one big fibber! You are not old and no way are you fat.

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 21:53:35

She is a fibber isn't she Bella?

<frowns in an old fashioned way towards married>

marriedinwhiteisback Sat 28-Sep-13 21:54:32

And public sector stress and overwork has nothing on flogging Eurobonds LeGavOrf grin

marriedinwhiteisback Sat 28-Sep-13 21:56:37

Starts diet - googles botox.

HepsibarCrinkletoes Sat 28-Sep-13 21:57:42


<thinks about alphabet>

<fuck it>

HepsibarCrinkletoes Sat 28-Sep-13 21:58:40

Yes please Porto

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 21:59:20

Christ I can imagine.

I always fantasised about working in the city in the 80s in LIFFE with coloured blazers.

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 22:00:32

Hepzibah you can delete cuntyxuntastico from that list because that was me on a namechange grin

marriedinwhiteisback Sat 28-Sep-13 22:01:43

Now the LIFFE boys were something else. Remembers a restaurant called School Dinners being wrecked and my bank being delivered a very big bill and the head of the trading floor swearing a lot and storming to the Head of HR grin.

BellaVita Sat 28-Sep-13 22:02:06

Gav grin

HepsibarCrinkletoes Sat 28-Sep-13 22:07:42

Ahahahahahahahaha. It's a top name!

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 22:08:46

Oh married I know it sounds ghastly but that (with my bonfire of the vanities fantasies) sounds MARVELLOUS,

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 22:10:59

WHY wasn't I born earlier and then I could have hair like Joan Cusack in Working Girl and work in the city in the bad old days,

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 22:11:47

"5 thousand dollars for that dress and it's not even LETHA"

marriedinwhiteisback Sat 28-Sep-13 22:12:04

It was about £25k and I think it got knocked off their book and some and they had to work like stink to make sure they weren't in deficit by the end of the month. Mind you it was small beer compared to the scandals of recent years - ahem. They used to call me "The Spoon" blush

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 22:14:36

I was on a thread in site stuff the other day and said to MNHQ 'look how easy it is to change your name now on the mobile site' and changed it to cuntyxuntastico in 5 seconds to prove a point and the forgot and posted BOLLOCKS all over the place with the cunty name grin

parabelle Sat 28-Sep-13 22:16:38

Can I come? I've always wanted to come to a meet up but never been brave enough. I'd like to meet you all, but especially Mrs DV, I love her name, imagine her to be very posh.

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 22:18:24

Mrsdv is lovely. Yes come parabelle. It's great fun.

MrsDeVere Sat 28-Sep-13 22:38:09

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha


Can't wait to meet you para but you are doomed to disappointment if you think I am posh.

LeGav is right though, I am lovely


Shodan Sat 28-Sep-13 22:39:27


I'd like to come, but am not sure if I can yet. Hmmm.

If I do though, I am NOT going on a Boris Bike again, no matter how much AnnieLob begs. Oh no. I wasn't drunk enough to stop fretting that my two Boris Bikers were going to have a narsty accident.

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 22:41:25

Why the FUCK would anyone ride a bike in London.

I don't dare in my street and I live in a cul de sac in the West Country.

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 22:42:19

I don't like the idea of bikes named after the ghastly godforsaken disingenuous Boris Johnson.

Custardo Sat 28-Sep-13 22:42:51

cunty custastico sounds much to much like custy custardo smile

put me down, nothing like getting wankered in front of strangers

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 22:43:03

I apologise for talking all manner of SHITE on this thread tonight, btw.

HepsibarCrinkletoes Sat 28-Sep-13 22:47:15


HepsibarCrinkletoes Sat 28-Sep-13 22:47:49

Shodan. No excuses please. Ta.

Shodan Sat 28-Sep-13 22:53:28

Yes miss. Sorry miss. grin

GetOrf- it did seem a bit foolish, the bike riding. But, y'know, Annie thinks I'm well'ard and I didn't want to Lose Face.

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 22:54:47

Oh don't listen to me I'm pissed.

Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 22:57:16

FB page here/

marriedinwhiteisback Sat 28-Sep-13 22:57:31

But Mrs DV is gawjus para smile - blonde, legs, stuff like that. Remembers but not bitter.

Bimblepops Sat 28-Sep-13 23:01:46

Oh god, even drunk and sprawled over a bench you're all gorgeous and glam. I may come with a paper bag over my head, perhaps in full niqab

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 28-Sep-13 23:02:42

Wotcha Hepsi. I'll come if there's gin.

acsec Sat 28-Sep-13 23:04:52

I'd like to come, what date has the most votes so far?

Bimblepops Sat 28-Sep-13 23:06:18

It's 30 Nov, acsec

You are well 'ard Shodan, and if you don't come I will hunt you down on a Boris bike and run you down. And then run away fast cos you is so very well 'ard.

Please come!!!

LeGavrOrf Sat 28-Sep-13 23:11:29

Mrsdv is ridiculously young looking. And cool like the in crowd in senior school cool. I'm not <sadface>

Porto, could you change the FB group to "closed" please?

HepsibarCrinkletoes Sat 28-Sep-13 23:12:58

Gin is a cert MrsS.

Porto - can you make it a closed one por favor..

Oh come ON you lot, we're all gorgeous and look 20 years younger than we are. Can we stop the mutual arse-licking now please, I'm starting to feel a bit ill.


Mintyy Sat 28-Sep-13 23:14:14

Yay custy!

Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 23:16:32

I can.

Custardo Sat 28-Sep-13 23:20:09

I'm shit at remembering people, really really shit. I think the problem is that i am usually wankered.

Mogz Sat 28-Sep-13 23:20:17

Ah nuts, I want to come but I'll (hopefully) be in the middle of the miracle of childbirth. S'bloody bad planning.

Annie grin

Married, I'm planning on losing another stone before Christmas. Planning being the operative word.

Gav & Porto your convo was interesting... I used to work for one of the Big 4 and DH might be about to. In my current job I'm the one with all the money and very few rules (we are firmly, staunchly, unabashedly private sector) and it rocks. grin

HepsibarCrinkletoes Sat 28-Sep-13 23:22:15

Mogz show some dedication woman. I'll make sure there's a sofa for you. That'll be a birth thread to remember.

Course we're also a charity so the charity commissioners might disagree with my definition of "no rules"

Shodan Sat 28-Sep-13 23:24:08

I have just mentioned to DH that I may be going to another MN meet up. Clearly his memory is not as good as he thinks it is because he just said "Ok."

Calendar has been checked. And because I have no wish to be run down by a Boris Bike (my reputation would quite ruined) I am going to say yes, I'm a definite.

But I'm not staying in a Traveldodgy, no matter what lovely bin views it has or however beautifully appointed it is. So Annie, if you want to share a taxi home (visiting various establishments with loos en route), I'm yer woman.

Evening. I see this is coming along nicely. DH has been warned that I'll be away this weekend and I may return in the same sorry state as the last couple of times a delicate condition.

marriedinwhiteisback Sat 28-Sep-13 23:27:02

Ooh I've just looked on Facebook (tries hard to remember what to do) and have been reminded that me and Mrs DV share a birthday! Drinks all round I say grin

Can someone send me a link to the FB group please? Ta muchly.

Me too please!

tethersend Sat 28-Sep-13 23:34:00

Every year. Every year you do it on DD's birthday.


tethersend Sat 28-Sep-13 23:34:19

I mean, have a lovely time.

Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 23:35:52

I invited you.

Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 23:39:54
marriedinwhiteisback Sat 28-Sep-13 23:40:18

Invite me too please because I am a saddo sitting at home on a Saturday night.

Cheers Porto.

Portofino Sat 28-Sep-13 23:55:51

done Married.

marriedinwhiteisback Sat 28-Sep-13 23:56:41

Thank you.

IamChristmas Sun 29-Sep-13 00:34:19

Ooh if it's the thirtieth I could probably come, if that's ok?

supersalstrawberry Sun 29-Sep-13 00:34:53

I've been lured back to MN by someone with a very rude name and the promise of an MN xmas do, I do love an MN xmas do.

Can you stick me on the list for now even though I'm not a proper mner anymore?

tethersend Sun 29-Sep-13 00:48:35

Ooh, I can come if its on the 30th!

Is it?

Is there room for one more atrocious cunt?

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sun 29-Sep-13 06:57:08

you spend one evening chatting to your sister and you come back to 200 posts of atrocious babble grin

Shodon I'd like to defined my drunken boris biking, but I can't. I really was far too drunk to be on a bike. I do indeed blame AnnieL.

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sun 29-Sep-13 07:06:56

Wake up you cunts, wake up! You all posted 200 comments last night and I missed it. This morning I'm all ready to talk to some one and narry a person to be seen... I can't be the only one whose sleep is destroyed dependent on a 3 year old.

Talk to meeeeeeeeeee

Bimblepops Sun 29-Sep-13 07:45:36

Morning, Dances!

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sun 29-Sep-13 07:48:33

Bimble! You are my new favourite person

Bimblepops Sun 29-Sep-13 07:53:52

Ooh, thank you!

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sun 29-Sep-13 07:55:36

You are of curse now obliged to keep me entertained grin

Bimblepops Sun 29-Sep-13 07:56:45

Oh bugger...erm

Bimblepops Sun 29-Sep-13 07:57:06

Curse indeed!

Bimblepops Sun 29-Sep-13 08:01:20

Nice work on the list. Have you been to lots of meet ups before?

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sun 29-Sep-13 08:02:17

I've been to 2 - Christmas 2011 and Sept 2012. They were fab - I made some really good friends, Have you been to lots?

Bimblepops Sun 29-Sep-13 08:04:17

I'm a meet up virgin, failed to make the one in May, which I was a bit gutted about. Looking forward to this one, just mustn't chicken out!

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sun 29-Sep-13 08:07:14

Don't chicken out - at least half the people will never have been to one before, and everyone has gone there to meet new people. So everyone is super friendly.

Was the May one the afternoon one? I wanted to go to that, but was going to see Muse the next evening and DH was not up to be being away in LDN two days in a row

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sun 29-Sep-13 08:07:41

me, not be

Bimblepops Sun 29-Sep-13 08:11:30

Yeah, I think so. It was always going to be unlikely for me, too many family birthdays around that time.

Barring illness or any last minute birthday party emergencies, I'll definitely be there this time. But will be avoiding Boris bikes, I'm lethal on bikes, to myself and anyone else in my vicinity

marriedinwhiteisback Sun 29-Sep-13 08:15:34

Morning Dances. I've got 30 minutes to play. And do come Bimblepops

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sun 29-Sep-13 08:16:05

I don't think anyone will be on the bikes this year - or if they are it will be Annie alone. Not only did I nearly kill myself or break my 'puter, I grazed my shoulder quite badly and, to add insult to injury, the walkers actually got back before us any way. I think it was a one off grin

FruOla Sun 29-Sep-13 08:16:45

Yes, the May one was lunchtime and all afternoon. It was a blast grin

marriedinwhiteisback Sun 29-Sep-13 08:22:29

Morning Fru

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sun 29-Sep-13 08:26:27

Morning Fru and Married.

Fru have we ever been at a meet up together? afeared of having forgotten

BellaVita Sun 29-Sep-13 08:26:57

Tethers it is indeed on the 30th.mit would be fab to meet you.

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sun 29-Sep-13 08:28:31

Bella - you beauty you. Have you joined the FB group? I will need to add you to my list if you have!

BellaVita Sun 29-Sep-13 08:36:44

Not sure where the random .mit came from...

Thanks for adding me to your list Dances. I do love a good list grin

ScienceRocks Sun 29-Sep-13 08:39:43

Right, I've asked to join the fb group <feels nervous>

marriedinwhiteisback Sun 29-Sep-13 08:44:00

Where is the Facebook Group?

Me too.

BellaVita Sun 29-Sep-13 08:54:23

married there is a link further up the thread.

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sun 29-Sep-13 08:55:39

Married try this this linky - one of the admin will add you (I think)

LeGavrOrf Sun 29-Sep-13 09:06:12

I am not on facebook so when the venue is decided could I have a PM.

I have woken up this morning with a rotten cold, sore throat, achy muscles and the shivers and I am going on holiday tomorrow. Bloody typical.

I should be packing but am on the sofa wrapped up in a blanket, watching Alan Partridge and feeling sorry for myself.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sun 29-Sep-13 09:18:25

I've found the FB group! Yay!

Have also just wasted DS' nap time by reading all of the 300-odd posts since I was last on. That'll teach me to go out....

FruOla Sun 29-Sep-13 09:25:30

Morning, married and Dances.

I don't know Dances, I've only been to the lunchtime one this May - I'm afraid I can't remember everyone who was there blush; and had to duck out of the evening one at the end of June at the last minute sad

BellaVita Sun 29-Sep-13 09:27:41

Gav, are you going to warmer climes? Hope you feel better soon, both of my boys have been full of it, DS1 more so. He has been shocking.

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sun 29-Sep-13 09:27:58

I missed the afternoon one FruOla, so we shall have to meet this time (relieved not to have met and completely forgotten someone)

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sun 29-Sep-13 09:29:07

My children are always full of it Bella <boom tish>. Thank you, I will be here all week grin

LeGavrOrf Sun 29-Sep-13 09:30:58

I am, I am going to Egypt.

FruOla Sun 29-Sep-13 09:33:08

Me too Dances! Sadly I can't make this one, unless something gets canceled.

Morning everyone! Nice work with the lists, hepsibar and dances.

Shodan I'm very pleased you're coming but I will definitely be staying in the communal Traveldodgy because that's where all the fun happens. And I have issues with taxis. They cost money!

BellaVita Sun 29-Sep-13 09:53:00

Not jealous at all Gav envy

HepsibarCrinkletoes Sun 29-Sep-13 09:54:23

Dances I know how much you like a list, so I'm making you Head List Keeper and Controller. It's a very important role and I am confident that your high and exacting standards will do me proud.

<rolls over in bed>

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sun 29-Sep-13 10:06:08

All Heps - you know me so well

I too will be part of the traveldodgy posse. Comparing hangovers over breakfast is all part of the fun of such gatherings.

LeGavrOrf Sun 29-Sep-13 10:17:02

Is it going to be in the same area of London as last year? If so could someone let me know which is the communal traveldodge so I could book it?

Sheshelob Sun 29-Sep-13 10:37:01

<shuffles in, deeply hungover>

Um, can I come, too?

How does it work? Do we dress up as our username and try to guess who everyone else is?

Custardo Sun 29-Sep-13 10:51:25

yes indeedy, a venue so we can book rooms and tickets early - as soon as travel dodgy cotton onto the fact that the rooms are selling they put up the proce - the bastards.

however, having organised these things before, i understand its not all that easy

Do we dress up as our username and try to guess who everyone else is?

Fab idea!

<starts searching for cross themed jewellery and 90s cheerleader outfit>

Would it be useful to try and co-ordinate travel dodgy bookings so as to get a group rate?

Blondeshavemorefun Sun 29-Sep-13 11:16:36

have we decided what dodgy travel lodge we are staying in, or the same as last time?

bella did you want to book us a room, and hopefully doing it quickly means we escape paying the sudden high prices they put the rooms up to hmm

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 29-Sep-13 11:22:09

Heps - we need to crack on, let me know when you are around to do this

<waves to all those lovely folk drunken loons I have met>

<waves to all those still to meet>

Gets out JustineMN badge wine grin

MrsDeVere Sun 29-Sep-13 11:34:06

Get a move on!
Some of us have outfits to prepare.

I can't be expected to do everything fgs!

<collapses on to chaise>

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 29-Sep-13 11:34:36


HepsibarCrinkletoes Sun 29-Sep-13 12:37:13

Pistey - I reckon we should do the same sort of area as last September - it's easy to get to from everywhere and there's the dodgy where you all stayed last time. I've got two places in mind - both close to where we were. I'll talk with you mañana and we can go on a recce.

Good morning afternoon all. Thank you whoever put me in the FB group smile I can't Travel Dodge sad Southwark is only like 6 stops from me on the Jubilee line... kind of hard to justify to DH and the expense...

Oh God no costumes! I have a hard enough time with all the special dress up days the DDs have to do. Languages Day, Poetry Day, World Book Day, Victorian Day, aarghh Besides I still have my badge somewhere. I luffs my badge.

HepsibarCrinkletoes Sun 29-Sep-13 12:45:16

'Twas I dear Hearts. Will be great to see you again. grin

BellaVita Sun 29-Sep-13 12:51:15

Yes I can book the room as soon as we have the destination Blondes.

It's OK, I was joking about the costumes grin

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sun 29-Sep-13 13:21:20

Disappointed <puts knitted ballet outfit back in cupboard>

HepsibarCrinkletoes Sun 29-Sep-13 15:15:33

No, no Dances, please do wear it.

FruOla Sun 29-Sep-13 15:20:03

Hearts, you wrote the badges with your lovely handwriting. I've still got mine in my handbag - even though I can't make the 30th!

Are we talking the Kings Cross area again? Cos there are 3 (if not 4) Travelodgies and we don't all want to end up in a different one. I think I've stayed in three of them now. Which one was it last year? I'm thinking London Bridge. Which isn't King's Cross. confused.

Anyway, we need to discuss this in secret on the FB group.

Buffy - we have tried to do group bookings before bit it has always been very much like herding cats so we've never actually managed it.

BellaVita Sun 29-Sep-13 16:17:34

Agree Annie.

OK, fair enough. My hat goes off to the brave souls organising just the event itself grin Just let me know (via the FB?) which one.

marriedinwhiteisback Sun 29-Sep-13 17:32:48

Wonders if I could manage to print off badge labels. Knows Mrs DV and I would want pink ones.

NOT dressing up - cannot lose two stone by 30th November wink

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sun 29-Sep-13 18:22:08

I am so afear of the weight conversation. At my first meetup in 2011 I had just lost 4 stone and was the thinnest I have ever been as an adult. Last year at the Sept meet up I had started to put weight back on, and was maybe a stone and a half heavier. Now I am pretty much back to full fat. <sigh> I'm cuddly okay

marriedinwhiteisback Sun 29-Sep-13 18:25:43

Join the club Dances.

Bimblepops Sun 29-Sep-13 19:22:17

I'm pretending to myself that it's a thyroid condition, not that I'm a greedy gannet who loves wine a bit too much. I'm cuddly too!

Could I sidle in and come along this year? I am feeling brave grin

Maryz Sun 29-Sep-13 21:29:58

I'm fat too sad

I'm still sticking to BootCamp, but I'm not sure how much I would lose in two months.

Married. You little liar. You are not 2 stone overweight.

I, on the other hand, am. A lot more than 2 stone too grin

I blame the fags e.g. the lack thereof. Too many sweeties but then again Tuesday will be 4 months since I quit smile

Maryz I'm sure you're not fat either.

Confusedpixie yes please come! More the merrier and all that.

Dances I lost almost 3 stone since last September then decided to give up the cancer sticks. Not a good idea, weight wise....

Yes but Fru you provided the raw materials grin what do you mean you can't come to this one?

AnnieL I adore that expression, herding cats. DH says it about me & the DDs on a fairly regular basis grin

Buffy good thing you were joking too. I was going to have to kill someone.

Although I must admit I do dress up for Halloween myself at work. It's quite hilarious. I work in a school and I'm normally fairly conservatively put together (hair up, tasteful jewellery and all that sort of rot). For Halloween I do full face-paints à la Bride of Frankenstein, put cotton wool cobwebs in my hair and wear all sorts of long black rags.

The little 3, 4 and 5 year olds have no clue who I am and it scares them senseless in that can't-stop-giggling-and-pretending-to-scream kind of way. Thankfully none of them has been really properly scared though grin

YES YES! Saturday 23rd!!!!

I am getting my MBA home exam out the following week so in NO fit state to come on the 30th....


EstoyAqui Sun 29-Sep-13 22:38:51

It's the 30th Quint

Oh, I only read the OP and saw the 23rd.
Have now read thread.

Buggeroo. sad

marriedinwhiteisback Sun 29-Sep-13 22:46:30

Do you mean you will already have taken the exam Quint

marriedinwhiteisback Sun 29-Sep-13 22:47:39

If you do you could drag yourself couldn't you? We could get the tube and everything.

prettybird Sun 29-Sep-13 23:48:24

I might be able to justify making the trip down from Scotland grin

Would need to find someone who is prepared to share with me - have only met a couple of the *dahn saf" MNers blush

I could bring tablet if BIWI won't hit me with her big stick

Am glad it's not the 23rd as I couldn't possibly miss Doctor Who grin

BIWI Sun 29-Sep-13 23:52:42

Oh yes, prettybird, you must come!

Quint - are you sure you can't make it?!

Mintyy Sun 29-Sep-13 23:57:55

Am I in the facebook group? confused

BIWI Mon 30-Sep-13 00:03:55

You are now!

prettybird Mon 30-Sep-13 00:11:58

Is a desire to come but an uncertainty about funds sufficient to get in to the Facebook group? grin

BIWI Mon 30-Sep-13 00:13:35

I hope so!

Mintyy Mon 30-Sep-13 00:13:44

Oh yes, got it! Thank you.

Right, another birthday done and dusted. Off up the wooden hill for me.

Am loving this FB group and Facebook stalking putting names with faces!

Blondeshavemorefun Mon 30-Sep-13 00:27:31

Oh pretty be lovely to see your tablet you again smile

Been aaaaaaaages sad and I know how much you lurve gin

Have a nic pic of you me and pisty drinking gin in the sun

prettybird Mon 30-Sep-13 00:55:54

How much tablet do you think I could bring on the plane? wink

I am getting my assignment out either end of November or on December 1st, not sure yet. I will find out, because I would really like to go.

And Yes yes to tube it together married!

beachyhead Mon 30-Sep-13 08:11:17

Could you please pop me in the fb group? I think I have BIWI on already...from the last one.


Hullygully Mon 30-Sep-13 10:09:11

am I in a group?

HepsibarCrinkletoes Mon 30-Sep-13 10:11:32