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Subject: Loughstock lll
From: Leadfingers
Date: 23 Nov 04 - 08:33 PM

I tried to revive Fibs thread but without success !!! Any way , having heard from Linda that Barholm is NOT available in Feb due to the renovation work , and having already booked a flight , I have now booked a single B & B with Adairs in the Square at Portaferry !!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Leadfingers
Date: 23 Nov 04 - 08:51 PM

http://www.kingdomsofdown.com/down/pp/accom/portaferry.asp?menuid=72&s1menuid=25&s2menuid=55    is the alternative accomodation site Fibs posted and where i got my info for adairs - Sorry - cant do blue thingies !!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Micca
Date: 24 Nov 04 - 02:45 AM

Dont know if this is going to be possible this year, due to other events..... but as for the Blue clicky There you go


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Letty
Date: 24 Nov 04 - 03:02 AM

Pity about the Barholm.
Looks like Adairs is affordable, but there's one single room only.
Anyone up for sharing?

Letty


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: skarpi
Date: 24 Nov 04 - 03:23 AM

Halló all , there must be a room for all of us ?
right?
Skarpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: mooman
Date: 24 Nov 04 - 04:11 AM

Here's a link to

Dr Fibulamatics previous Loughstock III thread

Fibs has listed some additional B&Bs in that thread.

Peace

moo


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 24 Nov 04 - 04:16 AM

Adairs' has one room left, and it won't have Limpit.. she's staying with her nanny and grandad - WHOOO HOOOOOOOOOO!!!

LTS


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: mooman
Date: 24 Nov 04 - 05:52 AM

Missed it before...

Anchor Cottage               
3 Steel Dickson Avenue
Portaferry

An interesting address....!

Peace

moo


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 24 Nov 04 - 07:39 AM

Word up! Or something.

There are 3 self catering cottages in a row (more or less) on Steel Dickson Avenue. I posted the addresses and contact details in the thread wot was linked to above.
Here it is again:
Accommodation alternatives.
These would probably work out at good value since it's low season and only a weekend.

Here is the info in cut-and-paste style:

It's a cottage, although they might perhaps be conducive to people "indoor camping". It's pretty much at the shore (past the Narrows and turn left), so it'd be handy to the pubs and the like.

Aha - found it online. It sleeps 4-6:
Anchor Cottage                
3 Steel Dickson Avenue
Portaferry
County Down
BT22 1LE                
Telephone:        (01273) 304638
http://www.ards-council.gov.uk/accomodation.htm

MUDCAT TAKES OVER ENTIRE STREET:
Oooh, I've just found another TWO on the same street:

Inisharoan Cottage NITB approved 3 Star rating ***
7 Steele Dickson Avenue,
Portaferry,
BT22 1LE
Owners: Colin & Elma Hagan, 16 Shore Road Portaferry, BT22 1JY
Tel: 028 4272 8512
http://www.portaferry.freeserve.co.uk/Self-Catering.html

and Camomile (terrace cottage - sleeps 4)
9 Steel Dickson Avenue
Portaferry, Co Down
Northern Ireland BT22 1LG
Telephone: +44 - 012477 - 28541
http://www.travel-ireland.com/accomni/selfdwn.htm



I really, reallly hope you can all get here and stay here. I have learned yet another polka to mark the occasion. Sorry I can't be of more help in terms of arranging accommodation, but I'm in England and Portaferry, er, isn't.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: manitas_at_work
Date: 24 Nov 04 - 07:47 AM

Does anyone actually live in Portaferry or is it entirely given over to holiday accomodation?


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: GUEST,my guru always said
Date: 24 Nov 04 - 07:49 AM

Fraid I won't be able to make it in 2005, finances! BooHoo!!

Am certain that White Tiger & MudGuard will be proficient in pancakes though.....


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 24 Nov 04 - 07:51 AM

Manitas - we just move out when tourists want to stay!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: mooman
Date: 24 Nov 04 - 07:53 AM

No Manitas...holiday accomodation only seems to be in Steel Dicks on Avenue

Peace

moo


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Leadfingers
Date: 24 Nov 04 - 09:11 AM

If it will help any one else out , my B & B is a tentative booking and Mrs Adair said if I didnt want to make it solid that wouldnt be a problem ! So if any one is in need of an extra body to fill a place and its NOT going to cost me more than fifty quid (obviously prefer cheaper!) then let me know A S A P , so Mrs adair isnt left up in the air ! Especially if the self catering side means we can have at least some meals Mob Handed !


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 24 Nov 04 - 12:22 PM

Well folks fingers crossed that I make it this time as I've just booked my trip on the ferry. I travel out on the Thursday [3rd] from Stranraer, returning on the Tuesday 8th, and I'm coming in my camper thingy, hope there's somewhere to park it! At least this way I can bring guitars, autoharps, whatever, and amaze you with how crap I am at playing them. Also I can bring my fishing rods in case there's any fish left in the Irish Sea.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 24 Nov 04 - 12:23 PM

Unfortunately we can't make it this year...finances won't stretch to a wedding and Portaferry but we will be with you in spirit....or is that spirits!!!

Oh well we will be there in 2006!!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 24 Nov 04 - 02:19 PM

Boo Hoo


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 24 Nov 04 - 02:21 PM

Giok - there's a caravan site right in town (behind Fiddlers Green) and if it's not open, we'll find you somewhere to park. Great to hear you'll be coming along.

Not great at all to hear that there are other "regulars" that can't make it - that's a pity. We'll have a pint and a pancake in your honour.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 24 Nov 04 - 02:21 PM

p.s. 2006 is the big hoolie - my 30th on the Saturday night!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 24 Nov 04 - 02:34 PM

I was 30 once, if I was a woman it might be possible to be the same age more than once. This is based on the old adage that the best 10 years of a woman's life is between 21 and 22!
Giok ;~)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: skarpi
Date: 24 Nov 04 - 06:28 PM

Hi all , I am gonna sya " Skál " with you who are coming and to them who are not coming , Skál is what you say I belive when we lift the glasses right .
This is gonna be a aventure for me , I am also meeting a very good friend over there along with all the others ofcourse.
I was wondering do they kilkenny bear there? In Portaferry?
All the best Skarpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 24 Nov 04 - 06:30 PM

Skarpi, they sell Smithwicks (it is pronounced "Smith-icks") which I believe is the same as Kilkenny.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: skarpi
Date: 24 Nov 04 - 06:37 PM

Okei thats fine , I like to taste it a long with guinnes .
I like guinnes alot.
Maybe i bring (Brennivín) from home with me just to give some taste.
All the best Skarpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Morticia
Date: 24 Nov 04 - 06:59 PM

'fraid we need to tender our apologies too......I can produce a note from me mum if required.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 25 Nov 04 - 04:42 AM

Now, now Morticia - I reckon you could forge your mum's signature and I'd never know. That "I forgot my gym kit, Miss" line doesn't wash with me!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: skarpi
Date: 25 Nov 04 - 06:22 PM

Halló all, At this weekend In Iceland we are beginning a thing we call In Icelandic " thorrablót " and on this avent we eat sour
foot, shark, lambs and other stuff that we made from the lamb.
and with this we drink Brennivín and bear ,thats is what I am gonna bring with me to Portaferry Icelandic food (thorrafood)and dryfish with butter nammmmmmmm hey I think you are gonna likeeeeeeeeeee
this food, that is if I can bring It In to the country.
Can´t wait hahahahah A lot of Icelandic music, I think.

Kummi krunkar uti,
thats about the raven.
Well I got a little coniak and some coffee I just came from my band
we have a concert tomorrow night 21:00 Icelandic time.
Well have to go, all the best Skarpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 25 Nov 04 - 06:48 PM

Skarpi - I can't wait to meet you but I think I can wait a bit longer for the shark dish......

LTS


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: GUEST,Noreen
Date: 26 Nov 04 - 07:04 AM

mmmm....click here for everything you ever wanted to know about shark cookery.... I quote: "Bonito, a Pacific shark ... has meat that looks and tastes like swordfish" and I love swordfish! Wonder which variety they land in Iceland?

Shame I won't get to meet you this time, skarpi- and all you other lovely peeps. Have a Guinness or three for me! Oh- and go to the quiz night in Fiddlers' Green on Thursday night if you're there in time- that was fun last year.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 26 Nov 04 - 08:54 AM

Fibs, what's the new polka, and what others do you know? Or are there now too many to list? Maybe White Tiger can try learning the same ones, or she may even know one or two of them already.

If Geordie & Co are likely to come down from Bangor, I'll nudge the guys from Haste to the Wedding, who were threatening to come from Larne. It offers the prospect of some red-hot sessions, especially if Skipjack and Eric turn up (in which case be sure they surrender their passports on arrival, to prevent any swanning off to Dublin). Hopefully there will still be a place for the more amateur-level stuff to which the likes of me aspire....


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: skarpi
Date: 26 Nov 04 - 08:55 AM

i wont be in Portaferry until Friday, so I miss that.
All the best skarpiIceland.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Leadfingers
Date: 26 Nov 04 - 09:00 AM

The next thing is to collate arrival times so transport can be shared from Airports !! I arrive Belfast International at 1550 pm from Stanstead !! Last year it was twelve quid a head 4 sharing a Taxi to the Hostel !


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: skarpi
Date: 26 Nov 04 - 10:53 AM

I´ll Be in Belfast at 23:00 night time, and have to have a bed In Belfast.
What is the fasted way to take, to Portaferry ?
All the best Skarpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: manitas_at_work
Date: 26 Nov 04 - 11:20 AM

Liz, Andy and I are on the same flights which are

Friday 04 February, flight 253
departs London Stansted at 11:20, arrives Belfast Intl at 12:40

Monday 07 February, flight 254
departs Belfast Intl at 13:30, arrives London Stansted at 14:50

we're happy to share cabs if anyone else is arriving at around the same time


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 26 Nov 04 - 03:03 PM

I arrive at the ferry terminal at 18:45 on the 3rd. If there is somewhere safe to park near the airport, I may hang on till the 4th, to go down and if that can be made to happen I have 2 spare saets with seat belts, and space for another 2/3 without seat belts.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 26 Nov 04 - 04:08 PM

As was said before, I will be there too.

I do not yet have any accommodation.

If someone wants to share? JudeL asked a long time ago ...

Andy/MudGuard


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 26 Nov 04 - 04:26 PM

Paul, of course I'll share the taxi - this leaves one seat to share ...


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 27 Nov 04 - 05:07 AM

Mmmm Brennevin, I've always wanted to try it, I hear it's an experience and a half. A small bottle for my collection would be very welcome, and in spite of being Scottish I would of course pay for it!
Giok


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: skarpi
Date: 27 Nov 04 - 08:04 AM

we will see about that,as an Icelander we gonna give some taste of brennivín and shark it goes well together. Oei I am not gonna be alone In
Belfast On friday the 4th, so if anyone is going by ferry to
Portaferry we would like to know about that.
I coult get lost, I am very good at it.
I had a concert last night and it got okei, but here In Iceland it is very hrad have conerts becouse people don´t come to the pups
until one clock after midnight, we had the concert from 21-23
so we had about 35 people .
I would see more it will be in the future.
All the best Skarpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 28 Nov 04 - 03:46 PM

Is there anyone likely to be at the international airport on the Friday night-plane time not yet decided, as Skipjack will travel on his own on the Saturday. I need a lift from airport to porta ferry please if possible.

ta.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: alanww
Date: 28 Nov 04 - 04:04 PM

I am very sorry to say that Sandy and I won't be able to make it this year either ... a little problem of a lack of money!
Have a great time everyone. Enjoy!
What did you say the intended dates will be for 2006, Fib?
"As I was a-walking down by the sea shore...!"
Alan


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Leadfingers
Date: 29 Nov 04 - 04:57 AM

Well whatever happens we are going to have a good time again - And THATS AN ORDER !!!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: GUEST,Philippa
Date: 29 Nov 04 - 05:41 AM

Skarpi you can buses from Belfast to Portaferry via Newtownards, without going on the ferry (from Strangford// Giok was referring to his ferry from Scotland to Ireland I think). Check www.translink.co.uk journeyplanner for the bus route/times. It's not a difficult journey.

(I hardly ever read Laughstock threads as they get far too long)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Skipjack K8
Date: 29 Nov 04 - 07:30 PM

Session time! I's a comin'! Negotiations are still ongoing as to whether the Viking's Home Office Tag is valid for Ulster, as he should have been released from OFSTED on licence by then, but I have to attend the Lard Baron's Ball in Liverpool on the Friday night, and so my remains won't be loaded onto Easyjet until 11.40 Saturday. I have a hire car for €50 from Mary at Dan Dooley (good woman herself), have booked into the last available room at Adair's, and will be heading back to Belfast International for a lunchtimeish flight on the Monday. If anyone fits with any of those times, your company will be a pleasure.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 30 Nov 04 - 12:36 PM

I've booked a self-catering cottage, close to the square, for Friday and Saturday nights. Two, maybe three, beds are unspoken for at present and are available at about £9 a night (depending on uptake), if anyone wants to PM me. I'm also willing to book Sunday night if there are any other takers.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 30 Nov 04 - 02:12 PM

Peter, PM is on the way!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 30 Nov 04 - 06:10 PM

Ok,
flights are booked (for some months now).
hotel in London is booked ;-)
Taxi share for Belfast - Portaferry and back is arranged.
Place to sleep is organized.
Got some foreign money with me (when will the UK finally join the Euro?).

Anything else to do?
I mean besides learning to play the whistle ...


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Leadfingers
Date: 30 Nov 04 - 06:35 PM

You mean you havent learnt YET ???


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 30 Nov 04 - 07:00 PM

I thought I have proven (proofed? I hate English) already that I haven't learnt it ...


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: skarpi
Date: 30 Nov 04 - 07:18 PM

Hallo all , well learning the whistle is difficult but if you but your heart in it you can do it, no proplem just hopp in and swimm.
I am trying to learn the whistle and it coming ver    y
slowly I must say.
What can I say i am man I can´t many things at once so its either the Bodhrán or the whistle so I choose the Bodhrán for a start.

I felt something strange tonight I was with my band and we where
playing a song (Icelandic ) and I felt someone enter the room
but no one came through the door, what I felt was that a woman came in to the room and she was listening to the music and the strange thing was that ... I can´t find the word, well I felt good .I told the others about this and one person was not liking this.

This is not a joke.

Well now I am gonna pray and then I am gone to bed.
All the best Skarpi Iceland.

P.s. The song was about the Fairy´s hmmmmmmm I wonder?


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 30 Nov 04 - 08:32 PM

Just checking: Skarpi, how much of that Brennivin did you have before that experience?

Btw, To me, somehow, Brennivin sounds almost like Branntwein (brandy might be the English equivalent) - might the words be related?


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: skarpi
Date: 01 Dec 04 - 04:07 AM

No not a change, you will taste it when i am In Portaferry along
with the shark, nammmmmmmmm hmmmmmmm
And how much Brennivín not a drop, but Dunphys whiskey a little you know........
All the best SkarpiIceland.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: skarpi
Date: 01 Dec 04 - 04:09 AM

No I did not taste one drop of alcahol last night .
And I have never taste a Brennivín so it will be the first
time In Portaferry.
All my best With lots of love to you all Skarpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Leadfingers
Date: 02 Dec 04 - 08:30 AM

Just a quickie to keep this up the page !


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 02 Dec 04 - 07:07 PM

List of Participants

Fibula
Leadfingers
Skarpi + Band
Liz the Squeak + Manitas + no Limpit ;-)
John Giok McKenzie
Letty
Peter K (Fionn) + Sorcha White Tiger
Erik + Skipjack
mooman + pat
erinmaidin

makes 16 (assuming "Band" stands for 2 people - I do not know how big skarpi's band is)

JudeL/JohnHenry/Where'sMyPint will probably not come.

Did I miss someone?


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Leadfingers
Date: 02 Dec 04 - 07:13 PM

Enough for a reasonable bashette any way Andy !


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 02 Dec 04 - 07:34 PM

Hm - can't argue with that, as my dictionary does not tell me what a bashette is ... ;-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Leadfingers
Date: 02 Dec 04 - 09:49 PM

The vagaries of the English language ,especially when used by nutters like me ! A Bashette is a small bash -Perhaps sessionette ? and in that case is an Omelette a small Omel ??


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 03 Dec 04 - 03:36 AM

Nhhahahahha, MudGuard spelt Eric's name wrong AGAIN! Andy, for shame!! (I do it all the time too actually because I seem to know more Eriks than Erics.)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 03 Dec 04 - 04:28 AM

Baguette ?
Reminds me of the old schoolboy joke. 'If nuns live in a nunnery, and cats live in a cattery, where do bugs live?
Funny old language isn't it Andy?
Giok


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: skarpi
Date: 03 Dec 04 - 05:51 AM

Halló all, from Iceland will three people.
All the best Skari Iceland.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: mooman
Date: 03 Dec 04 - 05:55 AM

Egad! It's a Viking invasion what with Eric and the Icelanders!

Peace

moo


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 03 Dec 04 - 07:00 AM

Fibula, at least I can spell my own name - so I am better than scary skarpi ... ;-)

And I did not spell Eric's name wrong, I just used the German version of his name!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 03 Dec 04 - 07:04 AM

;-) Okay Andi!

Richard - they just feel at home near Strong Fjord Lough.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 03 Dec 04 - 07:48 AM

Are they coming on a Saga holiday?
Giok


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Letty
Date: 03 Dec 04 - 10:43 AM

Andy, isn't the German version of Erik Erich? Erik is Dutch!
Eirikr is the Icelandic version of course.

Anyway, Peter: I'll PM you about the cottage!


Letty (now learning Larry O'Gaff's)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 03 Dec 04 - 10:56 AM

Mudguard, some of the guys from Haste to the Wedding   threatened to weigh in. I'll check up on that. (You can sample tracks from their excellent CD at the website.)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 03 Dec 04 - 12:28 PM

Letty, both Erik and Erich exist in German.

Anyway, Dutch is just Deutsch without e and s.
Thus the Dutch version of "Eric" is "ric", Ltty ;-)

Letty, do you really dare sharing a cottage with a Cadbury fiddle and me? ;-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 03 Dec 04 - 01:19 PM

Letty, Larry O'Gaff's turns out to be what I know as Humours of Whiskey. It's got words! HERE in the DigiTrad.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 03 Dec 04 - 02:23 PM

Oh yes, the latest polka list is: Britches full of stitches, Finnish polka, Newmarket polka, Jessica's polka, Dan MacDonald's, Maggie in the woods, Dennis Murphy's, Ryan's, and what I can remember of Maids of Ardagh (or is that Our Da? ;-)

I will venture to try Humours of Whiskey... slip jig, isn't it? What key?? I'm shite at transposing...


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 03 Dec 04 - 06:30 PM

I'll brief White Tiger on those tunes, Fib. But I'm relieved to hear that you might at last be tempted to venture beyond polkas! Larry O'Gaff's / Humours of Whiskey (it has plenty more names too) is just a plain ole' jig, by the way, in D maj.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: skarpi
Date: 03 Dec 04 - 07:44 PM

Halló all , hahahahah Mudguard i am not !SCARY " i am very soft man
Why should I be Scary? have no idea , I know spelling is not    you
always okei, but what a hekk.
Lots of love , hik up'?!!"
All the best SkarpiIceland.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 03 Dec 04 - 07:56 PM

Are you not scary, Skarpi? I thought you wanted to write "scary" when you wrote "skari" (see your post above from 03 Dec 04 - 05:51 AM) ;-) ;-) ;-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 03 Dec 04 - 08:09 PM

I even do reels now... St Annes and Mountain Rd, but very slowly.... And lots of jigs (I like Out on the Ocean at the moment). Oh, and Alexander's hornpipe.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: skarpi
Date: 03 Dec 04 - 08:09 PM

Oh dear, In Iceland we use K alot rather then C, like In my name
Skarpi thats right to say,but Scarpi is wrong so if I put k, but not
c then it becouse I put a wrong letter sorry, and there was no
Brennivín used on that day.
P.s Mudguard what kind of Instruments are gonna be there In
Portaferry, what Instrument should we take with us?
All the best SkarpiIceland


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 03 Dec 04 - 08:29 PM

If my memory does not fail:

Cadbury fiddle (White Tiger),
fiddles (Fibula/Letty/Skipjack),
Banjo/Guitar/Mandolin (Leadfinger/Mooman/Eri[take your pick: c/k])),
Whistles (Peter/Liz/MudGuard [but only at beginners level]),
Squeezebox (Manitas),
Voices (Liz/Pat/Letty/...)
Shaky Egg (Letty)

Don't remember/know what John Giok or EriMaidin are playing

==> Skarpi, you should bring what is still missing: Church Organs ;-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 03 Dec 04 - 08:58 PM

Yup, but you forgot: big scary piano accordian: Skipjack!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: skarpi
Date: 04 Dec 04 - 07:55 AM

Halló all , I thnk erinmaiden playes the flute,
I play the Bodhrán,guitar 6 and 12 string and play a little tim whistle like Mudguard just a few notes so if thers someone who can help me little with the tin whistle? , Rosa member of my band playes fiddle two kinds, 4 string fiddle and 8 string fiddle
a wonderful sound, Helgi the third member of my band plays
on bass ,guitar,mandolin ,banjo, accordian and flute, and we all sing.
A church organ sure no problem , its though a to heavy for the plain
so I leave it at home.
we have to take Instruments that fit into a cabin in the airplane.
Are those guitars with pickups?
We are finding icelandics songs for to have when we arrive to Portaferry, well my friends this is already getting fun I cant wait
to meet you all it is gonna a good time for all od us right, someone said it was an order . Oh and the fairys are coming with us.
All the best Skarpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 04 Dec 04 - 08:29 AM

Neither do I Andy.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Leadfingers
Date: 04 Dec 04 - 09:48 AM

I like to think I CAN play whistle and would be only too happy to help any less experienced blowers ! Even Andy , who really ought to have got better since last year !


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 04 Dec 04 - 10:06 AM

Skarpi, if your church organ doesn't fit into the plane, the obvious thing to do is to take a bigger plane ;-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: skarpi
Date: 04 Dec 04 - 10:15 AM

Sorry Mudguard, we have no 747 In Iceland at the moment, so we
just leave the organ behind.
It is Saturday so I will have some Dunphys whiskey tonight, so
" skál " for everyone on Mudcat.
All the best Skarpi Iceland.
P.s only alcahol on Saturday , strong died coming up down for about
15kg, before Portaferry, 20kg even better.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 04 Dec 04 - 11:13 AM

Portaferry is not that swampy - so no need to reduce weight to avoid sinking in ...

But if you reduce yourself by 20kg, you might then fit the church organ into the plane ... ;-)

Enjoy Dunphys! I prefer Red Breast or Green Spot.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: GUEST,Herge
Date: 04 Dec 04 - 05:35 PM

Hi folks
Can you recap on the date - and Peter K have you still some beds available.

Pete

Fionn


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 04 Dec 04 - 05:44 PM

From Friday 4/2/05 till Sunday 6/2/05 or Monday 7th or whatever.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 04 Dec 04 - 05:46 PM

Loughstock III will take place *) from 4th to 6th February in the year of the Lord 2005.

1 of the beds Peter offered is taken by me, and Letty seems to have applied for another one ...





*) should be "take time" ;-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Oaklet
Date: 04 Dec 04 - 05:51 PM

Has the date been finalised yet? I have an option on Stourport on Severn in November 2005 - but very cheap.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 04 Dec 04 - 05:53 PM

very cheap? Less than 57 Pound? ;-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 04 Dec 04 - 06:02 PM

And I don't care what any of you call me, but I still have a problem getting from the airport on Friday night. ( I will have only just finished OFSTED that very day and hopefull will get away on time.
Bye.
Eric, Erich,Eirikr or Erik or (Chinese...Oy U!)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: GUEST,herge
Date: 04 Dec 04 - 06:05 PM

Jim the fiddler and I will be down on the Sat.

Pete


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 04 Dec 04 - 06:29 PM

Eric, the Chinese version would be Elic ;-)

There is a bus service from the airport to Belfast and from Belfast to Portaferry.
(but I found: http://www.translink.co.uk/keytables_airbus.asp and http://www.translink.co.uk/present/ULB_9A10_O.asp by simply feeding "Belfast International Bus" / "Belfast Portaferry Bus" into Google)

Taxi from airport to Portaferry is 48 Pounds - a big lot of money if you are going alone - I don't know how much the airport bus costs and what the taxi would cost from Belfast, but I guess it might be less ...

It says 6 Pounds for the bus from Airport to Belfast (9 Pounds if you by a return ticket).
Belfast - Portaferry seems to be 4.90 Pounds (8.90 for the return ticket)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 05 Dec 04 - 04:31 AM

Herge, if the place we've got runs to floor space, you and Jim are welcome to it, gratis.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: GUEST,herge
Date: 05 Dec 04 - 05:48 AM

Thanks, I'll make a few enquiries and see whats still available. I'll let you know.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 05 Dec 04 - 07:27 AM

Thanks Andy, but I arrive after the bus has gone! I checked out the link given by Fibs.Back to the drawing board!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Dec 04 - 08:26 AM

Somebody hired a car very cheaply last year I seem to remember.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: mooman
Date: 05 Dec 04 - 08:35 AM

How far is it from Portaferry to Belfast? If all else fails I could drive up and fetch you from the airport Eric.

All the best

Richard


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Letty
Date: 05 Dec 04 - 11:44 AM

Fibs: I learnt Larry O'Gaff's as a normal jig, in D major (according to The Session ).

Mudguard: I'm not scared of you (should I be?) or purple fiddles.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 05 Dec 04 - 12:09 PM

It's quite a distance from Belfast international about 45 -60 minutes drive. (Even at my high speed cornering !-ask Greg!) The car hire last year was cheap, but then it was for Greg, Kate and I. Greg is arriving Saturday and hiring one for a few days and will run me over he said.Sorry run me to the airport on Sunday!!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: skarpi
Date: 05 Dec 04 - 02:47 PM

Halló all, Eric how cheap is cheap? how much did it cost?
I thought it would take longer time to go to Portaferry.
Dear Kate how is the programme that weekend other than you know what?
I saw a pictures from last year and it seams that you all had
together dinner and breakfast is that right ?
And what can see In Portaferry?
I am gonna try to some of our strange Icelandic food with me
to give you but as I said i have to pack it very well so It
won´t be taken from us when we arrive at the airport , a question sharll I tell about the food when i am at the airport?, also we have a native Brennivín
At the same time we are gonna tell you about this avent it is called ( thorri ) that we have In February with the food and every thing here In Iceland.

All the best Skarpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 05 Dec 04 - 03:29 PM

Skarpi:

We had some big dinner last year - at least those who stayed till monday morning - but then we could use the big kitchen in the hostel which will not be available this year.

And yes, those who stayed at the hostel had breakfasts together as well - provided by the hostel staff ...

The program is roughly:
make music, drink beer, have fun

For food, there is a fish&chip shop, there also is a super market, a green grocer's, a bakery. If you stay in a cottage, there should be a (small) kitchen available.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 05 Dec 04 - 04:06 PM

Have been hoping I could get to this, but wasn't sure of plans. Unfortunately, won't be getting back to Sheffield from the US until 3 Feb, and (sadly) simply don't have the endurance required to toddle immediately over to Loughstock, so I'll just have to say, "Y'all have a super fantastic wonderful time!" (I'm sure you will!) Will look forward to seeing everyone at the EuroGather instead...


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 05 Dec 04 - 04:43 PM

Hi Skarpi.
Cars- from Dan Dooley hire was about £70.00 (all in with insurance etc) unlimited milage-we went down to Dublin to see Planxty.The year before we used AVIS cost a litle bit more about £75.00 Friday evening pickup 21.00 to Sunday 18.00 drop off at the airport. The road is quite simple from the airport to Belfast. A little bit complicated in Belfast it's self and then just bendy and dark but great fun from Newtownards down to Portaferry.


If there is no hostel then you'll not experience the great Ulster Fryup-

Thorri-not hard to guess where it evolved from is it like an upellyiah-spelling poor! (Feast and fires!)?


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: skarpi
Date: 05 Dec 04 - 06:16 PM

Thorri is a Feast "eatingfeast"
Thank you all ,
All the best Skarpi Iceland


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 06 Dec 04 - 05:34 AM

You could always pack a parachute, and jump out over Ireland, all you need to do then is pull a few strings;~)
Giok


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: skarpi
Date: 06 Dec 04 - 03:09 PM

Thank you Giok, good joke hahahahahaa, I like that (A Vikings rained over N-Ireland ) headline of a newspaper?
This is gonna be fun.
I am gonna keep a book about this trip, I might print it and sell
it when I am home.
All the best Skarpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Skipjack K8
Date: 06 Dec 04 - 05:48 PM

Hang down your head, Dan Dooley! This year's car was only €50 ($7,500) for two days hire, but it's probably powered like the Anthill Mob. Make sure you book in Icelandic Euros, cos they're cheaper than British Pounds.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 06 Dec 04 - 06:00 PM

Iceland is even further behind than the UK concerning the Euro - they have not even joined the EU ...

Eric, if you arrive too late for the buses, there are not many options left - taxi or car hire or walking (hitch-hiking?) ...
What time does your flight arrive?


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 06 Dec 04 - 06:06 PM

I don't mind a run to the airport to collect you Eric, *if* I can get on car insurance somewhere (I will nicely ask my mother)!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Letty
Date: 07 Dec 04 - 07:38 AM

Eric, can you change your flight to go to Dublin (or Cork of course)? I could easily pick you up there.

Don't fret, we WILL get you to Portaferry somehow. If nobody can give you a lift from Belfast, I'll get over there, and pick you up myself in the Fiat.

It is a big detour though (as I'm coming in from the south, obviously), so if anyone else is passing Belfast: speak up please!

Letty


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Leadfingers
Date: 07 Dec 04 - 08:17 AM

I am goint to arrive at Belfast Int about four o clock Friday afternoon ! Any one else going to be around that time ? I may hire a car myself , rather than go to all the hastle of buses etc .


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 07 Dec 04 - 08:35 AM

Eric, it might also help if you tell not only the time of your arrival, but also which airport (Belfast Harbour or Belfast International).

Or tell the pilot that you will start playing your guitar if he doesn't land at Portaferry - he will surely give in to save the lives of all the other passangers ;-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 07 Dec 04 - 12:55 PM

I'll tell him if he don't land at Portaferry (on dry ground) you'll start playing yer whistle Andy!!! Will sort out flights.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: skarpi
Date: 07 Dec 04 - 02:16 PM

EU, why should we thay are always figting among them self we don´t
need that . but it´s better to take up the euro for us anyway.
Is there someone who are going to Portaferry around lunchtime or sooner on Friday In 4 of February?
All the best Skarpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 07 Dec 04 - 02:30 PM

skarpi, Liz, Paul and I are landing at 12:40 at Belfast International Airport and pass through Belfast about half an hour later ...

There is at maximum one seat left in the taxi ...


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 07 Dec 04 - 05:12 PM

Letty.

I haven't booked flights yet, but I can get to Dublin for about 20.50 on the Friday night by Ryan air.(I know the route to Belfast-did it last year from the Planxty gig) Would this be any good to you. I'd love to make the round trip. Dublin to Portaferry and then Belfast (because Greg will take me to the airport on Sunday)
Everybody, thankyou for your kindness it really is appreciated, I'll wait for Letty's reply. If it's a hassle Letty, please don't go out of your way or cause yourself a problem on my account.

I think I need to book the tickets very soon, whichever way I come and go.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 07 Dec 04 - 05:24 PM

20:50 at Dublin Airport?
The last ferry from Strangford to Portaferry leaves at 22:30 - roughly 120km - risky ...
Might be better to take the long way round (or to see at what time you are in Newry)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Letty
Date: 07 Dec 04 - 06:12 PM

Let's see - Dublin Airport to Strangford is 160km, roughly 2 1/2 hours on Irish roads and assuming there's no traffic jam in Newry.
That means the ferry probably isn't an option. The long route 'round takes more than 3 hours from Dublin, so then it doesn't matter whether you land in Belfast or in Dublin :)
Is 20:50 the earliest possible time?


Letty


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 07 Dec 04 - 06:19 PM

I'm afraid it is Letty. Plane from Leeds arrives around20.00 at Belfast. I shall have OFSTED inspection at school all week, Fridy included. Getting away on time will be very difficult. Even then if I do, I have to get to Leeds in time to catch the plane.I'm hoping for Mrs V to be chauffer that night.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 07 Dec 04 - 06:44 PM

http://www.translink.co.uk/present/ULB_9A10_O.asp shows the last bus from Belfast to Portaferry as leaving Belfast at 22:00 arriving in Portaferry at 23:22 - 2 hours should be enough to get out of the plane, get your stuff and move from airport to Belfast Laganside bus centre


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: My guru always said
Date: 08 Dec 04 - 06:04 AM

Unfortunately I'm not going to be able to come along & join you this time Chaps & Chappessess.... Am certain that White Tiger & MudGuard are up to sorting out the pancake workshop!!! Wish I could be there, have fun, I know you will! *grin*


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 08 Dec 04 - 06:13 AM

As we do not have the use of the hostel kitchen/hostel dining room, there will probably be no pancake workshop.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 08 Dec 04 - 08:54 AM

Some info for Skarpi and Eric.

1 Skarpi

If you finish up having to use public transport, it's not too difficult. First get bus from airport to Belfast. Departures are 0710, 0740, then every 30 min, all day. Be sure to get off at Laganside, which is the first of the two Belfast bus stations that the bus stops at. From Laganside there are buses direct to Portaferry at 1055, 1215 and 1315. They all take about 1hr 30min.

But remind me what your arrival and departure times are. I think your arrival time will fit in with me, and if the departure time does as well, it might be worth me hiring a car for all of us. Also remind me what intruments you are bringing, so I know what size of car would be needed.

2 Eric

Apart from BMI, most operators from Leeds airport fly to Belfast City. From city airport there are regular links to the city centre, which is only a couple of miles away. Ask at airport info which will be going first, making sure they check the airport bus service, the public bus service (No 21) and trains from Sydenham. (Sydenham is 2min from terminal by courtesy shuttle service). Also of course you would be much more easily collectable from City airport, which is only about 15 minutes from Newtownards. Maybe less, if you were driving.

If going under your own steam, you need to be on either the 2025 or 2200 bus from Newtownards to Portaferry. They go down opposite sides of the lough, but it's about an hour either way. There is a 1950 bus from Belfast (Laganside) to Newtownards that links reasonably well with the first, and another at 2200 which I think is the later bus. But depending on the timings, you may consider taxi direct from airport to Newtonwards bus station, for which allow say 20 minutes. (Get a N'ards firm to guote, which will be cheaper than getting in an airport taxi - maybe £10-12.)

All in all, given your late arrival, it may be best to to hope Fibs can wangle herself some insurance!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 08 Dec 04 - 10:31 AM

It's not the distance that's a problem, it's staying sober enough to undertake the run to Belfast and back; innit?
Giok


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 08 Dec 04 - 11:31 AM

Eric- it's definitely International Aiport and not City Airport? If there's any way you can get from International Airport to the bus station in Belfast then I will do my damndest to get you down the peninsula. If it's City Airport I can probably get you straight from there, no problem at all.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 08 Dec 04 - 12:57 PM

Eric - YOU HAVE A LIFT!
If you can get from International Airport to Belfast we can definitely pick you up in Belfast. That's a definite! If you're flying into City Airport, we can definitely pick you up there.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 08 Dec 04 - 01:58 PM

Dr Fibs girl transport consultant yaaaaay
Well done Kate ;~)
GIok


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Herge
Date: 08 Dec 04 - 02:46 PM

I'm going down on Sat afternoon if anyone needs a lift from the Belfast direction.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: skarpi
Date: 08 Dec 04 - 03:21 PM

Halló all . we are coming to Belfast International on the 3th
about 23:00 at night time so we have to get us a bed In Belfast and we have know idea where to go yet,
and go to Portaferry on Friday the 4th. I have a friend that i will meet In Belfast and stay with for a while and we might? even play a little there but we don´t know about that yet.
Same on Sunday we have to get a bed until monday morning
we are leaving to London 08:45 and will be there at 10:05
at Stansted airport and we are going to Iceland around 19:00 In the
Mondaynight so we are going to London for about 5-6 hours.
So this is our programm over that weekend.
All the best skarpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 09 Dec 04 - 05:02 AM

Fib's Loughstock page has not been mentioned in this thread, so here it is: http://loughstock.co.uk/

(all the information about the cottages/B&Bs should be gathered and put up there - so it will be easily available for Loughstock IV)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 10 Dec 04 - 04:52 PM

Hi Skarpi

I just wrote you the longest PM I've ever written! But I pressed the wrong button and lost the whole lot. I hope I can remember everything....

If you like, I can hire a car and transport you everywhere you need to go in Northern Ireland, including meeting you at the airport on Thursday night and getting you back there on Monday morning. Also trips to wherever your friend lives. (I know my way round Belfast pretty well.) The total cost to you guys would be £25 each, which would go towards cost of car hire. This is less than you would pay in bus fares during your stay, and would save you a lot of hassle.

Also I am fairly sure I can borrow a friend's house, just a few miles from the airport, where we could all stay on Thursday night if you like. I could then take you to meet your friend in Belfast on Friday morning, and pick you up again when you want to set off for Portaferry. If you did not mind waiting until 1500 before leaving for Portaferry, that would be perfect, as my daughter would be out of school and we might be able to squeeze her into the car on the same trip.

On Sunday night, you could stay at the self-catering house I have booked. Five of us are staying there on Friday and Saturday, but on Sunday night it is only MudGuard and me, so far. The cost to you would be £9 each. OR, it might be better to stay at my friend's house again, as that is much nearer to the airport. We could decide about Sunday night later, when I know for sure whether we can borrow the house. The cost for using the house, if available, would be a bottle of some suitable Icelandic concoction for the house owner (is there something called Brinnivin?)

By the way, the best music day at Portaferry will be Saturday. Most people are leaving on Sunday, and you might like to go to a session in Belfast that day (it starts about 1600). That might suit your Belfast friend, and maybe Skipjack8 (Greg) and MudGuard would like that, as they are staying in Northern Ireland till Monday (Greg will also have a hire car).

Let me know what you think, and also let me know if you have any questions.

Best wishes ~ Peter Kirker [also known as "Peter K (Fionn)"]


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 10 Dec 04 - 04:57 PM

Well all of that was meant to be a PM to Skarpi, but I seem to have been pressing wrong buttons all night. Mercifully I seem to have been a bit more discreet than David Blunkett, so no great damage done.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: skarpi
Date: 10 Dec 04 - 06:10 PM

Peter i will tell the others about this ,
and you will be hearing from me on PM to you .
Okei. thats ok In Icelandic........
What I saw I like.
All the best Skarpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 12 Dec 04 - 01:27 PM

Fresher


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 12 Dec 04 - 04:39 PM

Well chaps, it looks more and more like I shall be recovering from another batch of heart surgery, or waiting for the day to come.... sympathy drinks will be heartly recieved... unless it went wrong, in which case, stick one in my IV and I'll try and drool in time to the music!

LTS


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Leadfingers
Date: 30 Dec 04 - 08:05 AM

Just over a month to go so I tought I would put this back on the page !


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Leadfingers
Date: 30 Dec 04 - 08:37 AM

And I have just booked a hire car for Friday afternoon from Belfast International so there is another vehicle available if any one has transport problems . I will have ready printed invoices for costs etc
as I am a mercenary Bastard !!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 30 Dec 04 - 11:01 AM

I can reclaim my VAT so make sure you have printed your VAT number on the invoice.:~)
Giok


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 04 Jan 05 - 08:21 AM

One month to go ...


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Leadfingers
Date: 04 Jan 05 - 08:44 AM

And Counting !


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MMario
Date: 04 Jan 05 - 08:55 AM

grumble, pout, grumble, moan, whinge


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 04 Jan 05 - 08:59 AM

No, MMario, counting goes like "one, two, three, four, five", not "grumble, pout, grumble, moan, whinge" ;-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: mooman
Date: 04 Jan 05 - 12:12 PM

I hope our Dr Fibulamatic has warned the good citizens of that pretty, tranquil and unsuspecting town of our impending arrival and the inevitable impact upon local life.

Peace

Richard


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 04 Jan 05 - 12:17 PM

They are building the fortifications even now!
Giok


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Herge
Date: 04 Jan 05 - 02:45 PM

Jim the fiddler and I have got accomodation in the Fiddler's Green - not too far to stagger home!!!!!

Herge


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 04 Jan 05 - 03:07 PM

List of Participants

1 : Fibula
1 : Leadfingers
3+: Skarpi + 2 band members (or 3?)
2 : Liz the Squeak + Manitas + no Limpit ;-)
1 : John Giok McKenzie
1 : Letty
2 : Peter K (Fionn) + Sorcha White Tiger
2 : Erik + Skipjack
2 : mooman + pat
1 : erinmaidin
2 : Herge + Jim the Fiddler
2+: some of the guys from Haste to the Wedding
--
18+

Anyone missing from that list? Or anyone from that list not coming?


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Noreen
Date: 04 Jan 05 - 03:50 PM

What about MudGuard?
Isn't he going?


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 04 Jan 05 - 03:53 PM

You left out Mudguard... never mind, he can stay at our house and babysit Limpit!!!

LTS


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 04 Jan 05 - 05:48 PM

Liz you're a sadist!
Giok


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 04 Jan 05 - 05:51 PM

At least she didn't suggest I take Limpit back home to Munich ... ;-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 04 Jan 05 - 06:40 PM

Limpit doesn't have her own passport yet.. if she goes abroad, she has to travel with me!!!

LTS


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Leadfingers
Date: 04 Jan 05 - 06:45 PM

Ok Andy - there it is - You take Limpit AND Liz back to Munich - And heaven help Munich !!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 04 Jan 05 - 06:54 PM

Well I'm up for it.. I've never been to Munich, and I understand that the 'King of Lederhosen' has a shop there..... the thought of all those strapping Bavarians in leather ......

Nurse, the screens (and post 150!)

LTS


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 04 Jan 05 - 07:09 PM

99.99% of those people in Munich wearing Lederhosen are tourists ;-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 05:04 AM

Children can no longer travel on their parents passport. Anyway Limpit might be hatching her own escape plan.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 06:48 AM

hello, it is I, Fibulamatic, fresh returned from the dust of the Sahara, where this Christmas I have mostly been sitting on a toilet and vomiting into a basin. Now I am back early from the cutting edge of archaeological fieldwork and am recovering and trying to put back on the weight I lost after 9 days without food. Anyway, the lovely people of the Comhaltas in Portaferry (especially my main point of contact, my mate Liam, a.k.a. the cittern player) are getting things sussed for the Saturday night, and with a bit of luck we'll all be headed to the new and refurbished Dumigans for a bit of a hoolie. Hurrah!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Letty
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 07:54 AM

Ah, the joys of fieldwork. My colleague here was waiting all Summer to scan an inscription in a stone with some beam-thingy, which could only be done without rain. She finally got it done in October!

Mind you, my friend Laura came back from a dig on the Shetland islands with a tan a enormous biceps.

Looking forward to Portaferry (though not to the trip...)!

Love, Letty


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Leadfingers
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 08:16 AM

Just a reminder - IF any one has transport problems their are several of us renting cars - I will be collecting a Fiesta at about 4pm friday from Belfast International which will only have me and my kit in it !


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 10:34 AM

Kate, that sounds horrible! 9 days without food!

Ok, here the adapted list of participants:

0.5: Fibula
1 : Leadfingers
3+: Skarpi + 2 band members (or 3?)
2 : Liz the Squeak + Manitas + no Limpit ;-)
1 : John Giok McKenzie
1 : Letty
2 : Peter K (Fionn) + Sorcha White Tiger
2 : Erik + Skipjack
2 : mooman + pat
1 : erinmaidin
2 : Herge + Jim the Fiddler
2+: some of the guys from Haste to the Wedding
1 : (on popular demand:) MudGuard
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18.5+


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 10:47 AM

lol! I'll be a full person again in a month's time, I hope!
Twas beam-thingy stuff I was doing in the desert Letty (if indeed beam-thingy is laser scanning). I took my "travel fiddle" with me to Libya, but alas, played it only twice as the rest of the time I was either in the toilet or under a mosquito net sleeping.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 11:22 AM

It is easier for a Dr Phibes to shit through the eye of a needle, than for a camel to become a rich man in the heaven of Dumigan's.
Giok ¦¬]


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 11:33 AM

Indeed, John-who-is-Giok, liquid passes through the eye of a needle rather well. While the bottom was falling out of the world this Christmas, the world was falling out of my bottom. I shall spare you all the extremely gory details, except to say that when samples are called for, you suddenly realise that no one has ever taught you the best way to, er, catch one.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Herge
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 02:50 PM

Herge & Jim the fiddler are the '2 guys from Haste to the Wedding!' Sorry to reduce the total!

Herge


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 03:05 PM

That would be so they could do a culture, although when used in this context culture would seem to be a bit of a misnomer;~)
Giok


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 03:08 PM

Ah - thanks for clarification - but I did not put the "some of the guys" into the number of the total, they were in the "+" ;-)

0.6: Fibula
1 : Leadfingers
3+: Skarpi + 2 band members (or 3?)
2 : Liz the Squeak + Manitas + no Limpit ;-)
1 : John Giok McKenzie
1 : Letty
2 : Peter K (Fionn) + Sorcha White Tiger
2 : Erik + Skipjack
2 : mooman + pat
1 : erinmaidin
2 : Herge + Jim the Fiddler
1 : (on popular demand:) MudGuard
--
18.6+


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 03:11 PM

I've just eaten some soup and half a rock bun - bump me up to 0.7


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 03:22 PM

I assumed you had some dinner, that's why you are at 0.6 already ;-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 05:13 PM

...and tomorrow I'm eating (belated) oliebollen, so if that doesn't fatten me up, nothing will.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 05:25 PM

Oliebollen?























Doesn't sound very fattening - unless you add a lot of baby oil ...

Or do you want to tell us you are pregnant as you seem suddenly to be interested in baby clothing?


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 05:28 PM

So Leadfingers.. just you and the kit... no room for any thing else in THAT car then!

When the new legislation came in, children that were already on parental passports can travel with that parent, but not with the passport alone or a different parent. When it gets renewed, she'll have to have her own.

But what the hell, she isn't coming!!!

Incidentally, I shall be recovering from surgery 3 weeks previously (yes, I checked, I'll be alright to fly, it's not a long distance and it's not major surgery) so please be gentle with me!

LTS


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 05:46 PM

Eating babies, I used to do that, but my baby left me.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 06:19 PM

Liz, little limpet doesn't need a passport, only photo ID as you are not leaving the UK if you were to take her, unless you are landing in the south.

Fibs-sounds like you should be eating oily pumkin! (I'll ask his lardship) Wot about your trip in January?

I'm hoping to finalise my arrangements very soon, but life is really hectic at the moment.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 06:20 PM

Eric, Germany is NOT part of the UK - and the question was whether I could take Limpit home with me ...


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Noreen
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 07:16 PM

Yum, oliebolle! How about starting a new tradition at Loughstock this year, Dr Fibs? :0)

(Oliebolle are Dutch deep fried doughnuts- does the word literally mean oily balls??? Note to self- consult the Lard King.)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Noreen
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 07:21 PM

Doughnuts round the world
(The oliebollen we had had dried fruit in.)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Leadfingers
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 07:55 PM

Deep Fried Doughnuts ?? Souunds like ten thousand calories to the mouthful !! Who's bringing/Making 'em ??


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 06 Jan 05 - 11:45 AM

All the doughnuts I ever made were deep fried.
Giok [not Dunkin]


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Letty
Date: 06 Jan 05 - 12:56 PM

I missed oliebollen ( = oil balls) this New Year's Eve. They're a traditional treat on that night in Holland. With lots of icing sugar. Yum. And appelflappen! (same, but flat with apple in it)


Strangest things I saw deepfried:
- Mars bars in a chipper in Donegal
- a carrot for a drunk vegetarian in a student bar


Letty


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 07 Jan 05 - 09:26 AM

Only 4 weeks now!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 07 Jan 05 - 12:14 PM

OooooooooooooooooHHHH

I'm already tidying the room for you Andy.... maybe I'll find the bed in the next three weeks.....

LTS


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 07 Jan 05 - 12:25 PM

send Limpit in - as she is small, she might crawl into tiny corners to find it ;-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Leadfingers
Date: 09 Jan 05 - 11:02 PM

OK so we probably arent going to get any more comers but I think it might as well stay in view !


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 13 Jan 05 - 04:25 PM

In 3 weeks time I'll be halfway there!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Jan 05 - 04:43 PM

Plumber's mate and I were thinking of coming along, but we've been so busy both before and since Christmas that we never got organised, and now alternative arrangements are planned.

But I trust there will be a Loughstock IV to look forward to?

New year's resolution: I must get organised.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 13 Jan 05 - 05:00 PM

I think you could probably lay money on there being a LSIV....

I'm fit to fly, danger of DVT has passed, surgery sites are healed and I found my passport!

LTS


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 13 Jan 05 - 05:11 PM

DVT = Dragon Venom Toxicity?

Did you find the bed under the passport as well? ;-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: An Pluiméir Ceolmhar
Date: 13 Jan 05 - 05:14 PM

Anonymous Guest was yours truly.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 13 Jan 05 - 05:42 PM

If I have my way there'll be a Loughstock IV as that'll be my 30th.
Liz - so pleased to hear everything went well. Looking forward to seeing you.
And I should be over my cryptosporidium infection by then - it's official, the council have written to tell me I'm a public health hazard and am banned from swimming pools for 2 weeks. At least I have a name for what was wrong with me this time!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 13 Jan 05 - 05:48 PM

What about you then Fibs? From crapto to crypto in 2 short moves, sure you're even more of a walking disaster area then me.
See y'all soon
Giok


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 13 Jan 05 - 05:53 PM

Well, at first I thought I'd caught it from pulling a cute cryptographer at the Christmas Party, but it turns out it's more likely that a goat pissed in my water supply. I reached Type 7 on the Bristol Stool Form Scale. I didn't even know the Bristol Stoool Form Scale existed until then.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 13 Jan 05 - 06:04 PM

Ah, if you want to learn about Bristol Stool Form Scales, talk to Lady Penelope.... she knows all about them!!

LTS


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 13 Jan 05 - 06:16 PM

Sit down and drink a glass of Entre Deaux Merdes, it's better than goat's piss, or so I'm told. Steer clear of Bristol Cream.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 13 Jan 05 - 06:43 PM

Well I gues we'd better get ready to flame the bog seat at viking towers! A cryptosporidium infection, that's not nice!! Anyway. Me seat is booked on the flight, unfortunately I could not land at City airport and will arrive at International at about 19.00hrs. How does that sit with the lift bit? I also leave on the Sunday and need to be back at the airport for 17.00hrs (ish).

Now all I need to do is sort out where to kip.

To tell you the truth, I nearly didn't make it. My mind has been so full of this OFSTED inspection,, I lost focus and couldn't decide whether I would get there or not, but they will be done by Friday lunchtime and I'll be able to leave school for 15.30 instead of the normal 17.00 hours or later as it will be for the next 3 weeks.My brain still isn't focussed on the trip.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 13 Jan 05 - 06:49 PM

Hm - Eric, on the flight from Leeds to Belfast International, the plane should pass right above portaferry - you could parachute onto "The square" ;-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: mooman
Date: 13 Jan 05 - 06:52 PM

Not sure Andy...he might dent his guitar again a la Brussels fashion...

moo


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 13 Jan 05 - 06:53 PM

I get chance Richard-I'll dent his head!!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 13 Jan 05 - 06:57 PM

Anymore out of you Andy, I'll bring Aragon with me-he don't need quarantine and loves a good walk. He's soooo much bigger now!!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Leadfingers
Date: 13 Jan 05 - 08:14 PM

Eric - I will have transport - If you need a pick up PM me - I will be prepared NOT to pour too much blackstuff down my neck to be incapable of driving back up for seven pm on Friday !! Cost you a beer , if not a take away fish and chips !!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 14 Jan 05 - 03:29 AM

Richard, I didn't know Eric parachuted into Brussels ;-)
And Eric should of course use his foldable guitar when parachuting ;-)

Eric, I don't think Aragon would be allowed onto the plane ;-9

Terry, I'll take that fish and chips away from you ...


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 14 Jan 05 - 11:49 AM

No probs Vikingman - if you get the airport bus into Belfast then me or my ma, or a combination of the deux (depending on car insurance and the suchlike), will collect you from the bus station. There are 2 bus stations, and it would be easier for us to pick you up at the Laganside one, which I think is on the route.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 14 Jan 05 - 03:20 PM

I still want to know what DVT means ...


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Scooby Doo
Date: 14 Jan 05 - 03:22 PM

Deep vein Thrombosis


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 14 Jan 05 - 03:27 PM

Thanks Scooby Doo!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Scooby Doo
Date: 14 Jan 05 - 04:01 PM

No problem Mudguard,pleased to help.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 15 Jan 05 - 12:11 PM

Thankyou Dr Fibes. I shall indeed make my way from International airport to Laganside, where upon I trust you'll be arriving. I will telephone you on my mobile communications device.

Terry, thank you for the kind offer offer, but as you can see I'm sorted, so black stuff away!

I can get the bus to Laganside. Andy you sent me a link once to the timetables etc-I think I might still have it. Irespective of events during the preceeding week I am looking forward to this now I have framed myself. Especially since Skarpi is bringing Biork!

Andy, if you look up when the plane passes over the square, I will especially flush the loo just for You! :-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Leadfingers
Date: 15 Jan 05 - 12:20 PM

We will have to make sure we are in Fiddlers Green well before seven then Eric - See you there !! And you can keep away from my fish and chips Andy !!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 15 Jan 05 - 01:00 PM

Eric, you must be very old that you still remember the time when the loo on planes was flushed to the outside - for some decades now the flush lands ;-) in a onboard container.

Here is the bus link:
http://www.translink.co.uk/keytables_airbus.asp


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Jan 05 - 01:07 PM

And you can keep away from pish and shits Andy, tanks very much.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: GUEST,Giok in the blizzard.
Date: 17 Jan 05 - 12:22 PM

Will anybody be bringing a banjo, I have a 5 string that I want to learn, and I'm looking for some lessons. Finger style none of your clever and fast plectrum stuff;~)
Giok


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 17 Jan 05 - 12:27 PM

AFAIK: Terry (Leadfingers), Helgi (from Skarpi's band)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 17 Jan 05 - 02:05 PM

Thanks Andy. (Will not use my trusty Swiss Army knife to open inboard container now!)

Kate, will catch soonest possible bus after arrival. I shall wear a guitar in my button hole and be carrying a bunch of plectrums so you shall recognise me.Please apologise to your mum in advance for me.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 17 Jan 05 - 03:21 PM

I have now booked a hire car and have one spare place. We are picking it up at Belfast International at 1pm on Friday and returning there at noon on Monday.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: skarpi
Date: 17 Jan 05 - 03:43 PM

Halló all , MudGuard, Helgi has a 4 string banjo, I am
not sure about the banjo on the trip?
All the best Sakrpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 17 Jan 05 - 03:51 PM

Manitas, of course the cost of the car will be shared.

Btw, how do you intend to get to Stansted? Taxi or Car or Stansted Express?
(I want to know because I take the Express to get to you - and a return ticket is cheaper than 2 single tickets ...)

cu soon, Andy


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 05:13 AM

III WEEKS


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 06:05 AM

Or "lll" weeks in Leadfingers'speak, Giok.

Helga's four-string (tenor presumably) banjo would not be much use to Giok, as it will be very much different from a five-string. That rare and peculiar thing that Leadfingers plays might not do the job either.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 06:15 AM

John, did you drink too much Scotch and count one of the weeks twice?

In III weeks it is 11th February, and Loughstock III will then be in the past ...

Only II weeks!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 06:24 AM

Tis indeed, and if the 'Cat goes down for any reason, the plan is to meet in Fiddlers Green on Friday afternoon, wearing apppropriate mudcat identification if possible.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 07:05 AM

How are you, Fib?
0.7, 0.8, 0.9, 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 ...?

Will you not recognize me if I wear no Mudcat identification?


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 07:10 AM

Andy, I could not fail to recognise you!

I'm at about 0.9 these days, and enjoying being a skinny thing - I'm eating huge amounts of food!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Leadfingers
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 07:10 AM

We MIGHT have difficulty recognising you if you DONT stand up Andy !
And that 'Rare and peculiar thing' is a standard five string banjo neck on a mandola body , and doesnt work very well for frailing , but still plays just like a banjo , but quieter !!

Take off from Stanstead in almost exactly a fortnight !!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 07:37 AM

We MIGHT have difficulty recognising you if you DONT stand up Andy !

Terry, just look for a man who is taller sitting than you standing ;-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 07:51 AM

Well folks III is nearer than 111 by a factor of CVII.
Giok [silly old bugger]


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 08:26 AM

Still too much Scotch in you, John.

Well folks III is nearer than 111 by a factor of CVII.

2 (II) is correct. Therefore III is off by 1. 111 is off by 109. Thus the factor is CIX, not CVII ;-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 08:39 AM

111 - 3 = 107

picky picky

Was ist der problem mit der Bayernischer?

Giok ;~)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 08:52 AM

Hm - here in Bavaria, 111 - 3 is 108 and not 107 ;-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 09:05 AM

Not in Scotland where we count in Gaelic, that is so that others don't notice when we get it wrong. Anyway just because everybody else says it's 108 does that make me wrong?

Giok [Who has stopped digging now ;~)]


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 05:48 PM

Look for a couple who look like a cruet in an Italian restaurant... a short round salt pot and a tall chunky pepper pot.. .that'll be me and Mudguard... Manitas is the mustard pot, the novelty one with the round stomach and little legs.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 06:14 PM

And strange taste in women?
Giok ;~)
[I'll get my coat]


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 26 Jan 05 - 04:58 PM

How is the weather in or near Portaferry at the moment?

And in London?


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: mooman
Date: 27 Jan 05 - 04:19 AM

It is fair at the moment Andy but will most undoubtedly be inclement by tomorrow week (;>)

Richard


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 27 Jan 05 - 04:39 AM

One week today I shall be heading for the ferry from Stranraer. Arrive in Belfast about 17:30, may just park up at the terminal, rather than drive strange roads in the dark and head south in the morning, but I'll play it by ear depending on the weather. Is anybody else going to be around on the Thursday night or are you all arriving on Friday?
Giok


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: mooman
Date: 27 Jan 05 - 04:45 AM

Giok,

We plan to arrive at Portaferry mid-afternoon on the Friday. I think the Icelanders will be overnighting near Belfast on the Thursday from what I gathered.

Richard


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 02:30 PM

1 week tonight alchohol will be taken, I believe [and hope]
Giok


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 05:09 PM

1 week tonight, I will have no child with me... ANYTHING could happen (but probably not that!)

LTS


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 05:55 PM

What? Manitas is not coming? ;-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 29 Jan 05 - 05:13 PM

No Andy, I said NOT that!!!

LTS


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 30 Jan 05 - 02:59 AM

Just a note to Fibula's information page. The AA (www.theaa.co.uk)site *is* recognising Portaferry but you need to set the button for Ireland. The directions seem to be much clearer and more sensible (when checked against a map) than Multimap or Autoroute (which has us launching in a straight line across Strangford Lough!).

As Liz, Mudguard and I arrive at the airport at 12.40 we should have plenty of time to meet you all in the pub at 3pm.

0.00 0.00 A57 Start out at Belfast International Airport,Antrim
Follow signs All Traffic

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1.40 1.40 A57 Killead Roundabout (Junction with A26)
At roundabout take 2nd exit (signposted Belfast) In 3.3 miles over level crossing

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4.90 3.50 A6 Junction with A6
At roundabout take 2nd exit A6

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5.50 0.60 A6 Templepatrick

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6.00 0.50 A57 Junction with A57
At roundabout take 2nd exit A57

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6.70 0.70 M2 Junction with M2
Turn left to join Motorway M2

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16.90 10.20 M3 Junction 1A (A12)
Take right-hand lanes to join M3 (signposted City Airport, Bangor)

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17.30 0.40 M3 Lagan Bridge

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17.50 0.20 A2 Junction with A2 (Queen's Island exit)
Leave motorway (signposted Belfast(E), Newcastle)

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17.70 0.20 A20 Junction with Middlepath Street
Follow signs Newtownards to join A20

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20.60 2.90 A20 Stormont

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21.30 0.70 A20 Knock Golf Club (on left)

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22.00 0.70 A20 Ulster Hospital (AandE) (on left)

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22.20 0.20 A20 Dundonald

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25.90 3.70 A20 Junction for Scrabo Country Park
At roundabout take 1st exit (signposted Town Centre)

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26.90 1.00 A20 Newtownards
Follow signs Portaferry A20

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32.10 5.20 A20 Mount Stewart Gardens (NT) (on left)

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32.70 0.60 A20 Temple of the Winds (on left)

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34.10 1.40 A20 Greyabbey
Turn right

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37.60 3.50 A20 Kircubbin
In 7.2 miles at roundabout take 1st exit (signposted Ferry)

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45.60 8.00 A20 Arrive at PORTAFERRY


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- - - Section time 1:09, Total time 1:09

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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 30 Jan 05 - 03:22 AM

As Liz, Mudguard and I arrive at the airport at 12.40 we should have plenty of time to meet you all in the pub at 3pm.

That depends on the number of digger-carrying low-bed trucks ... ;-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 30 Jan 05 - 05:17 AM

Hey, if I drive, it won't matter how many trucks.... Lead Foot Lizzie is in need of beer and song!

(and possibly some more medication and a weekend away from people, in that room with the nice soft walls....)

LTS


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 30 Jan 05 - 05:51 AM

Liz, you obviously don't know the road to Portaferry yet. ;-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 30 Jan 05 - 06:27 AM

Them's not diggers them's Irish sports cars. Sure have ye's never heard o' the JCB GT?
Giok [I'm in trouble again!]


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 30 Jan 05 - 07:29 AM

To those driving, be a bit steady if you are not over fast at cornering and correctting steering,there are some wicked bends on that road from Newtonards. I really enjoy the drive, limited passing places, quick bends. Mind you, my passengers sometimes take a different view!A week to go.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Leadfingers
Date: 30 Jan 05 - 07:36 AM

Looks like we are going to use up all the avalable parking space in Portaferry - and Eric is right about the road !! NOT a road for taking chances on at all!!
I wont be there at three- but I will see you in Fiddlers green probably fivish !


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 30 Jan 05 - 08:03 AM

A word of warning about the M2, Manitas. At the Belfast end it's at least five lanes wide, different lanes leading to different places. Drivers adopt varying degrees of lane discipline (or none) several miles before that. Just don't leave it till the last moment before you strike out for those lanes on the far right!

It's thoughtful that they've mentioned Stormont on your route. It's such a modest little place, you'd surely miss it otherwise.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 30 Jan 05 - 08:15 AM

Hey, we can do the Queen Elizabeth Bridge at the Dartford end... 3 lanes of M25 type traffic splitting into 8 lanes to get through the toll booths there, and then all merging into 5, of which, 3 don't go the way you want to.....

I reckon if I can do that, I can do anything!

LTS


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 04:31 AM

Oi, all attendees - don't forget to bring summit for the raffle!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 04:39 AM

Well there's meself as the booby prize, will that do?
Giok


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 04:41 AM

don't forget to bring summit for the raffle!

Here in Germany, it is not allowed to remove pieces of mountains ;-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Letty
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 06:12 AM

I'm getting a lift up north (and back) from two friends who happen to be driving to Belfast.
Will be spending Friday morning/afternoon in Trinity College Library,
but should be in Portaferry by nightfall. Or at least, before the last Strangford ferry leaves.

So, are we meeting in Fiddlers' Green that night?

Peter, what's the location of the self-catering place (thanks again for booking) and do I need to bring my own bedlinen?

Now, what to bring for the raffle...Hmmm.

Letty


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 06:31 AM

I'm not entirely sure where we'll be on the Friday evening... Fiddlers will have its own music on then, amd it'd probably be best to go elsewhere. We can always stay in touch through the use of the ubiquitous mobile phones - I'll email my number to you Letty.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 11:26 AM

I don't care who knows my mobile ubiquitous has a number and it's 07739 464742, and if you want make an obscene phone call I'd be eternally gratefull.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 11:49 AM

Duly noted, and will start running around the building to ensure enough wheeziness for an episode of heavy breathing.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 11:57 AM

Fib, did you see my PM?

Duly noted, and will start running around the building to ensure enough wheeziness for an episode of heavy breathing.

Hm - does your mobile phone only work when it is moving? ;-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 12:05 PM

Hi Andy, did see your PM but am trying to finish a paper that's due in today, and don't have time to change the webpage, but will do in future, and thanks for the notice! (Procrastinating on Mudcat is a necessary evil.)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 12:09 PM

No hurry, it happened a few times in the past that PMs I sent did never reach their recipients ...

And as long as Loughstock III will not be procrastinated ... ;-)
(I just added another word to my vocabulary)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Bassic
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 06:59 AM

Rock Chick and I are comming! On Ferry from Stranraer friday afternoon and booked into Fiddlers Green. Home on Monday. Also have a friend who would like to come but is stuck for accomodation. Anyone got a spare sofa for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights or know of a B&B with a spare room? PM me if anyone has any thoughts. Ta. (Fibs, told you I would try to do a reccy this year for our "BIG ONE" next year..your 30th and my 50th!! ;-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 07:14 AM

Revised list of participants:

0.9: Fibula
1 : Leadfingers
3 : Skarpi + 2 band members
2 : Liz the Squeak + Manitas + no Limpit ;-)
1 : John Giok McKenzie
1 : Letty
2 : Peter K (Fionn) + Sorcha White Tiger
2 : Erik + Skipjack
2 : mooman + pat
1 : erinmaidin
2 : Herge + Jim the Fiddler
1.1: MudGuard *)
2 : Kate and Dad
2 : Rock Chic and Bassic
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23

Bassic, I don't know how many people can sleep in the cottage that PeterK booked. I only know that at least four beds are taken (Peter, Sorcha, Letty, me)



*) all that Christmas cookies and cakes and ... ;-)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Herge
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 12:29 PM

Hi add Colin to this list and there are still rooms available at the Fiddler's - £25 per person B&B


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 02 Feb 05 - 03:56 AM

That's it folks I'm off on my travels today, see you all in Portaferry. YIPPEE!!!!
Giok


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 02 Feb 05 - 06:37 PM

I hope I will be flying to London in less than 12 hours - lots of snow in Munich on Wednesday, more expected tomorrow ...


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Leadfingers
Date: 02 Feb 05 - 07:21 PM

Weather forecast for the weekend looks cold and bright as far as I can tell !! And a non catter mate of mine is coming down from Larne way with a couple of mates .


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 04:51 AM

You better make it Mudguard..... you have no idea how many dust bunnies I evicted for you! A cat is warming your bed even as we speak.....

LTS


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: skarpi
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 05:26 AM

Okei folks It´s time go ...................... to get the band and then straight to the airport, long way ahead it ´s gonna be nice to go to sleep when we arrive In Newcastle N-Ireland .
See you all tomorrow three a clock is it ?
May we all be blessed In our traveling process.
All the best Skarpi Iceland


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 09:58 AM

Giok is on the ferry going Yippee and Mudguard is at Miccas falling over cats and Khatts! Skarpi is on his way... I see Gioks' Yippee and raise him a Whoo Hoo!! Getting really excited... and with my new-found energy, it's not a pretty sight!

(in dark, menacing overtones....)
And so it begins...

LTS


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: MudGuard
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 11:42 AM

Landed safely and on time in Stansted and converted into a CHVM (Combat Home Visiting MudGuard) when I arrived at Micca&Katts place!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: GUEST,Raven
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 11:55 AM

Seems like a nice record number this year. No doubt most of you won't see this until you get back, so not sure if to say 'hope ya'll have/had a good time?' :)

Well either way it's really nagging at me I can't be there enjoying it with everyone. Was hoping very much to see many of you again, and anyone who reads this board before leaving; hope ya'll drink a pint in honour of those missing.

I look forward to seeing some pictures :P so hope there are some good'ens taken heh
Gah! Well regards to everyone going, and the enigmatic friendly locals. Have fun ya'll. :)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 06:15 PM

Having found the camera battery charger unit in the nick of time (i.e., in time to charge the battery) there will be photos..... most will not be savoury or suitable for those with a nervous disposition.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 07:07 PM

well, that's ofsted out of the way, so Porta ferry here I come, followed by lard boy on Saturday. All I have to do now is catch me plane on time! See you at Laganside Kate.


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 09:46 PM

Wish I were there ... Enjoy yourselves, all of you!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 04 Feb 05 - 09:50 AM

I am here, in a relatively pleasant-weathered Portaferry. I've been out for my morning run along the shore, I've drunk tea and ate snowballs, I've dusted my fiddle, and I'm all ready to go to Fiddlers at 3pm. The weekend has begun. Hoorah!


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Letty
Date: 07 Feb 05 - 01:20 PM

well, that was fun! Thanks all!

Letty (tired)


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 07 Feb 05 - 02:41 PM

Click below for the aftermath thread:

Portaferry gathering


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Subject: RE: Loughstock lll
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 07 Feb 05 - 04:05 PM

Whooo Hooo just didn't do it justice!

LTS


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