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After Stony Stratfird

10 Feb 02 - 10:44 AM (#646504)
Subject: After Stony Stratfird
From: Llanfair

I got home an hour ago, brain still seething with images and songs.

I had a great time, met a load of people, and missed a few. Nobody told me RtS had been around whilst I was participating in a sleeping workshop!!

Wonderful, Wonderful music and musicians.

Thanks, Dai, for the hard work.

Cheers, Bron.


10 Feb 02 - 10:46 AM (#646506)
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From: Llanfair

Sorry about the typo, I'm more weary than I thought!!!

Cheers, Bron.


10 Feb 02 - 10:51 AM (#646511)
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From: Gareth

Stoney Stratford was still standing whe I left.

Well done Dai, et al excellent organisation, and good value too !

Gareth - Back in the land where men are man, and sheep are glad of it.


10 Feb 02 - 11:59 AM (#646549)
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From: GUEST,Fibula Mattock (sans cookie)

Just arrived home. Great to meet everyone, and I hope to see you all again. Thanks a million for all the work put into the gathering, and what wonderful kazoo accompaniment for the raffle...!


10 Feb 02 - 01:31 PM (#646601)
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From: Morticia

Amen to that.....brain like porridge, throat like razor blades, weary unto death,.....I had a great time *BG*>


10 Feb 02 - 01:38 PM (#646603)
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From: McGrath of Harlow

Back safe. Good weekend. And I hope the New Blue Clicky Clique "Friends of the Mudcat" will make it easier for us to help keep the Mudcat afloat. (And two people at the weekend bought copies of my CD, so that's nearly £20 of Mudmoney in the kitty.)


10 Feb 02 - 02:15 PM (#646633)
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From: GUEST,Liz the Squeak who appears to have lost a co

Amen to all that..... got home in time for Stig of the Dump to find a dead computer so have lost my cookie!!!

I have a set of raffle tickets that I will post later, 6 prizes not claimed. The raffle made £102 for the Mudcat.

I'm now cleaning cat puke off the floor of Andy's bedroom and trying to type on a wobbly stool in a manner definately NOT approved by any H&S Exec..

Now if only someone will tell me how to get my cookie back......

LTS


10 Feb 02 - 02:18 PM (#646636)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Dead Horse

Here's to killing several birds with one stone
SONG OF A SEA DOG
Well it's poor old rotten Bonzo
Bonzo boys, Bonzo
Yes it's poor old rotten Bonzo
Bonzo me boys, Bonzo
Bonzo was a scabby mutt. A pedigree he was anything but
Bonzo was no spaniel.His name was not Nathaniel
Bonzo was no hound dog. For he was just a brown dog
He was no retriever. So don't let that deceive yer
Bonzo was a loner. Hated by his owner
His owner wanted a gun dog. But found he had a bum dog
The thing that was absurd is. Bonzo was afraid of birdies
A partridge or a plover. Would make him run for cover
He tried his hand at rattin'. But soon he too packed that in
For Bonzo was afraid of rats. Even ran away from cats
Bonzo made his owner weep. I'll have that mongrel put to sleep
When Bonzo met a lady hound. She'd sniff his bum and away she'd bound
Tried to mate with a smelly old slipper. Got his pecker caught in the zipper
So Bonzo had no babies. He finally died of scabies
We didn't bury him off Cape Horn. Just dug a hole near the edge of the lawn
His shroud was made of something cheap. That we found on the old dung heap
Dug his grave with rusty trowel. Dogs nearby they did not howl
Buried him in an old ruck-sack. Buried him deep so he don't come back
In his box a rusty chain. To keep him from coming up again
Lowered him down with the toe of a boot. And on his grave no cross was put
Now Bonzo he is dead and gone. Bloody good job, says everyone
Bonzo me boys, bonzo.
Thanks to everyone that made it all so enjoyable, see you all soon, I hope.


10 Feb 02 - 02:22 PM (#646641)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Liz the Squeak

Nothing is going right today, have got cookie back but lost page purple prose praising the organisers of the weekend. York House was the perfect venue and offered better facilities for singing (like room for everyone in one room!!!) and playing than many of the pubs did!

Can we book it again for next year please?

LTS


10 Feb 02 - 02:26 PM (#646647)
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From: GUEST

Does anyone have any photos of the event?


10 Feb 02 - 03:34 PM (#646690)
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From: John Routledge

Many Thanks Dai

York House is a GREAT venue.

I would love to come again!!

Cheers John- Who has now no voice at all- After one song!


10 Feb 02 - 04:24 PM (#646711)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Herga Kitty

Thanks Dai!

The kazoos were quite overwhelming.....

Kitty

PS yes it was great to put names to faces


10 Feb 02 - 04:27 PM (#646713)
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From: GUEST,Julie B at home

…Wow - what a lovely weekend. The impromptu Sunday afternoon singaround in the Crown (started by overflow refugees from a packed Vaults Bar at The Bull) finally wound up at around 4.30pm. I reached home half an hour later only to find that my other half, Nick, had discovered the hidden bucket of Maltesers (one of my raffle wins); needless to say, the supply is now severely depleted. Never mind; at least I still have my premium haggis to look forward to!

Really nice to meet everyone

Julie B


10 Feb 02 - 04:36 PM (#646722)
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From: Gareth

Yes I have photo's - The negatives will be for sale, those who think they were compromised may make me an offer!

More on the "Friends of the Mudcat" when my brain returns to working order ! (Acute alchol poisening)

Gareth


10 Feb 02 - 04:45 PM (#646730)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: GUEST

There isn't an apostrophe in photos


10 Feb 02 - 04:49 PM (#646735)
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From: McGrath of Harlow

I've got some pictures, too, and I'll stick them in a day or two.


10 Feb 02 - 05:34 PM (#646771)
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From: Susanne (skw)

Must have been some party, going by the thread title! Dai, would you mind putting it on again around 17 April, please? I'd definitely be taking part. Susanne (gwe)
(= green with envy)


10 Feb 02 - 06:13 PM (#646791)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Gareth

Oi ! Guest - if you criticise my English, I'll Critisise your Welsh !

Gareth


10 Feb 02 - 06:50 PM (#646823)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Lanfranc

All the photos I took are disappointingly useless for blackmail purposes. Pity, I was going to donate half the proceeds to Mudcat!

Saturday was great, sorry I missed Sunday.

Well done, Dai and all! York House was a great venue - those who repaired to pubs only did so out of habit!

Will post the piccies of the friends of blue clickies as soon as I figure out how.

Any of my raffle tickets, Liz? They're upstairs, but I seem to recall they were in the 190s.

Alan


10 Feb 02 - 09:28 PM (#646973)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: McGrath of Harlow

I've put a file of the pictures up on a website - no captions, no cropping or processing, What You See Is What You Get - 21 pictures in all: Here is the file index


10 Feb 02 - 09:40 PM (#646980)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: vectis

A good venue, great company, The Crown extremely welcoming. Some locals friendly. See you all again soon.

Thanks Dai for organising it for us. Regards
Vectis


10 Feb 02 - 09:49 PM (#646983)
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From: McGrath of Harlow

"Some locals friendly." Well, I certainly didn't run across any who weren't.

Nice place. Don't forget to remind us of the Stony Stratford mini-festival in June. It's clearly a place with a good local music scene.

And I liked the way in the Sunday session in the Bull all the different types of music hung in together (even if the bar was so crowded that most of the Mudcat singers slipped off for an extra session down the road.)


11 Feb 02 - 03:08 AM (#647113)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: GUEST,JJ

Thanks a lot for the photos, Kevin.

DSCF0011.JPG (bottom right) is certainly one for a caption competition!

JJ


11 Feb 02 - 03:24 AM (#647117)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Steve Parkes

What fun! Mrs P now thinks Mudcatters are a bunch of self-indulgent beer-swiling aging hippies. Damnn--I hoped she wouldn't find out!

I still haven't worked out who many of you were (although everyone seemed to know who I was, to my great puzzlement). I'll scrutinise the photo's ...

I'm sorry I couldn't make it on Sunday, but at least I managed to sing while going about my domestic chores.

Steve

P.S. There is an apostrophe in "photo's", since it's short for "photographss", so Yah Boo Sucks, Guest!


11 Feb 02 - 03:32 AM (#647121)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Steve Parkes

JJ, taht poic almost qualifies for "The Man Who Sang 'The Wild Rover' At The Crown", but not quite the right amont of horreur in the expressions.

Steve


11 Feb 02 - 03:35 AM (#647122)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: The_one_and_only_Dai

Thanks to everybody for making a great weekend - you're all very charitable. I'm quite impressed that the chilli actually got eaten, well done lads, no ill effects I hope.

Thanks to Steve and Lindy at The Crown, now a great pub under their leadership, for hosting the impromptu session on Sunday, well done catters for taking the initiative there.

Sorry I couldn't make it, really... Anyway, it was great to meet you all at last, what a splendid bunch of people. Except for alan, who would insist on trying to teach my offspring how to play the concertina... ;-) I suspe3ct I'll never hear the last of that from Will, hehehe...

Bob at York House would love to see us all again, but maybe not as soon as April, eh susanne?

Thanks to everybody. More Beer next time...?


11 Feb 02 - 03:46 AM (#647127)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Steve Parkes

Sory about the thread creep here, but Liz obviously ran out of subject space when she posted as GUEST,Liz the Squeak who appears to have lost a co. Does anyone have an idea what the missing letters are from that last word?

Steve


11 Feb 02 - 04:07 AM (#647128)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: GUEST

[co]okie


11 Feb 02 - 04:23 AM (#647134)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Dave Bryant

Well done Dai and everyone who made Stony such a fun weekend. York House is a great venue - let's have another event - when everyone has recovered from this one !

Thank you Jude for the words of Linda's song and the loan of the whip - well it was a good excuse to get her wearing the basque and fishnet's.

Dave


11 Feb 02 - 04:27 AM (#647135)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: GUEST

fishnets doesn't have an apostrophe either...


11 Feb 02 - 04:40 AM (#647137)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: GUEST

Well, really enjoyed meeting everyone at the gathering, was a really nice gathering.

Only sorry I couldn't stay awake longer -the rigours of end of financial year publishing rush and all the extra work I'm doing as a graphic designer, has really wiped out my energy.

Top class awards to Jude who got Gareth to stop snoring, and even more top class awards to Dai for organising it all.

Had a lovely time, thank you all

Ella... aka Suze


11 Feb 02 - 04:42 AM (#647138)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: GUEST,awww blast I'm cookieless too

That last one was me... sorry.. off to fix me cookie

Ella


11 Feb 02 - 04:54 AM (#647142)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Fibula Mattock

Herga Kitty - thanks for posting those lyrics in the other thread by the way!

Ella - thanks for the lift. See - it was okay, they weren't the axe-wielding internet psychos we feared they might be, and the beards could've been a lot scarier! Now, time I got back to work, if I can stop humming "I'm glad, glad, very very glad, glad I'm a gladiator...".


11 Feb 02 - 05:02 AM (#647146)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Ella who is Sooze

nae problem, there were some terrific tankards though wuzn't there!

I'd like the chichua (or however you damn well spell it) lyrics PLEASE!

Yes, me and Fib were slightly concerned we'd have to utilise our black belt skills (Fibs are archaeology black belt skills) and mine are graphic design black belt skills. But it was all nice and relaxed...

Ella


11 Feb 02 - 05:21 AM (#647154)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Fibula Mattock

chu...chiu...chihuah...wee dog


11 Feb 02 - 05:30 AM (#647158)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: GUEST

Fib,

I have to say you look 'most babesome' in McGrath's photos...


11 Feb 02 - 05:32 AM (#647159)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Steve Parkes

My sister-in-law found a good way to stop my bro snoring. Debbie was complaining to hers-i-l Polly about Neil's nightly nasal nuke attacks, and Polly said her mum had told her to tie a bit of string around Wayne's willy (I kid you not), and it really worked. Well, on Deb's last birthday, Neil and Wayne went out to celebrate (Deb had to look after the kids); Neil came back stocious in the small hours, staggered up to bed leaving his clothes on the stairs, and hit the pillow snorting like a Black 5 going up Shap. Deb was contemplating murder, but remembered what Polly had told her. She couldn't find any string, but spotted the ribbon of one of her pressies, and tied it on as directed. It worked!

Next morning, as Neil groped his way into the bathroom for the usual offices, Debbie called out, "Where the [expletive deleted] did you get to last night?" A bemused voice replied, "I dunno--but I won a prize!"


11 Feb 02 - 06:16 AM (#647168)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Dave Bryant

Apostrophe's (!) are popping up all over - it must have been something in the beer over the weekend.

I promised Morticia the final verse to "The Old Dun Cow". As far as I know it was written by Pete Twitchett who used to run the Croydon Folk Club, in days of yore, when it was at "The Waddon". I might as well post it so that anyone else who wants it (Vectis ?) can pick it up.
I'll also PM it to Dick Greenhaus to see if he can add it to the DT version.

Then all of a sudden, in the firemen rushed,
And they saved us one by one.
But when they came to save the booze, they found it had all gone.
And when the fire was reported, in the papers the next day.
They said they found no booze at all - It must have all boiled away !


The fire really did happen many years ago at "The Dun Cow" in The Old Kent Road. It was feared that several drinkers had perished in the fire, until they were found floating in the cellar, which was Half full of water, all in advance states of intoxication.


PS. Linda (she'll be using the handle "Smudge" by the way) wants to know how much it's going to cost her to keep the photos out of the "Sunday Sport" etc. - and was Micca really taking a movie ?


11 Feb 02 - 06:41 AM (#647172)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: GUEST,brid widder

What a super weekend...thanks Dai..the chilli was brilli...thanks too to Giok & Gareth for getting me there & back...Giok what was the name of that wonderful concoction in your flask..comiserations to those who couldn´t be there...see you all next time..


11 Feb 02 - 06:52 AM (#647175)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: alanww

Gee thanks, Dai ... What a wonderful weekend you arranged (but a pity you couldn't take more part in it). I particularly enjoyed meeting friends old and new - and the singing, music and drinking was bloody good too. Special mention must go to The Crown, which was very welcoming (even when they hadn't expected us on Sunday lunchtime) and beer was pretty good aswell.

There were so many highlights! But my top two must be the stories of the guest Irish guy (now what was his name?), which were brilliant, as was his delivery and the singing of South Australia at breakneck speed with Kay (Mrs Dead Horse) dancing Appalation on the stage. Well done again, Dai!

"Row on, row on another day" ... at Stony Stratford next year!
Alan


11 Feb 02 - 07:26 AM (#647184)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: GUEST

Dave,

Your additional verse has already been post. See this thread


11 Feb 02 - 07:45 AM (#647191)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: manitas_at_work

Dai,

Thank you for the wonderful weekend.

Steve,

If you're going to have a guitar with your name carved into it don't wonder why people know who you are.

Guest,

When complaining about misuse of punctuation please remember to start your sentences with capitals and end them with full stops.


11 Feb 02 - 07:54 AM (#647194)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: GUEST

I'm sorry manitas. I will try harder in future. I think that your name should start with a capital M.


11 Feb 02 - 11:55 AM (#647318)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Steve Parkes

It's a shame the kazoo workshop was cancelled, although I appreciate how important the Friends of Mudcat meeting was that replaced it; I was looking forward to presenting an interim report on my on-going research into kazoo history. Maybe if I get tim to type it up, I'll post it--if anyone's interested?

Steve


11 Feb 02 - 11:56 AM (#647321)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: The_one_and_only_Dai

Who's Tim? ;-)


11 Feb 02 - 02:00 PM (#647397)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Manitas_at_home

Guest, that could be what's known as Skitt's Law. Invariably any post complaining about grammar, spelling or punctuation will contain at least one such error. However, only personal pronouns are capitalised and a pen name is impersonal. That's my excuse, anyway.


11 Feb 02 - 02:24 PM (#647410)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Gareth

Hmmmm! The Sheep don't complain about my snoring !!!

Gareth


11 Feb 02 - 02:26 PM (#647411)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: adrian_o_stories


11 Feb 02 - 02:38 PM (#647417)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: McGrath of Harlow

Lost for words?


11 Feb 02 - 02:46 PM (#647419)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: adrian_o_stories

Sher it was only fantastic to meet you all at the weekend ,what a wonderful crowd of people. Hope it wont be too long till we meet again down the line. Glad you liked the stories alan (CD out in a couple of weeks -plug)Thank you all for two very enjoyable evenings. Hope youre getting this , having a problem at this end at the moment,didnt uncle Paddy send me the Irish VIRUS (comes with de instructions how to delete all your own files ) adrian_o_stories@hotmail.com


11 Feb 02 - 03:22 PM (#647454)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Ferret

Just a quick thanks you to all who came to stony Stratford for a grate weekend.

And a special thanks to Dai for all the hard work.

See you got on the cat then adrian_o, welcome aboard.

All the best ferret


11 Feb 02 - 03:37 PM (#647472)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Liz the Squeak

Well, as promised, here are the winning numbers that weren't collected on Saturday night. You have to imagine a fanfare of kazoos between each one.....

35

70

228

267

277

and I think 177. I say I think, because I'm convinced the owner of this came forward, and chose a prize there and then..... if not, then it's a good job Eric wasn't there to collect his present, it will go in the prize pool.

Prizes are: a bottle of bubbly, a bottle of beer, another bottle of beer, a Bert Hansell CD, a tin of Hawick balls and something else.

Thanks to everyone who took part, either donating a prize, buying a ticket or being very patient whilst I called out 30 numbers with kazoo accompaniment!! It raised over £100, all profit for Mudcat.

The kazoo workshop did actually happen, just not all in the same room at the same time.... they were a major part of the raffle as you've heard, participated in several of the tunes and songs and even shut Micca up!

LTS


11 Feb 02 - 03:46 PM (#647483)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Dead Horse

"Liz the Squeak who appears to have lost a co. Does anyone have an idea what the missing letters are from that last word?"

lostomy bag?
And shouldn't somebody tell Mudguard that the finger goes IN the ear? (Pic DSCF0018)


11 Feb 02 - 04:00 PM (#647496)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Gareth

I Have just E-Mailed the Minutes of the Foundation meeting of the Friends of the Mudcat out to all who's Email addresses I had or could decipher. If anybody who wanted or needed same, and who did not receive it please PM me with your Email address.

Gareth


11 Feb 02 - 04:23 PM (#647516)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Diva

I am just home...superb weekend...just such fun to meet up with friends old and new.

Next year I will run the how to sleep in a session workshop.......blush

Diva


11 Feb 02 - 04:35 PM (#647522)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Micca

Ah, what a wonderful w/e and many thanks to Dai,(I see why he has the appelation The one and Only) I would also sincerly like to thank the venues, esp. the Crown,and most of all, the participants, give your selves a cheer, I loved Adrians stories!! a true master of his craft,and the many who sang and played and it was good to add to the collection of names and faces,,, (sorry about the Gladiator song Squirelling Fib,) It was a pleasure to meet you and Ella too
I Very rarely win anything in raffles, but was pleasently surprised to win 3 in this one, as a group they form a strange but revealing little group and are
1.......A bottle of Single Malt Whisky
2 ......A Genuine metal Kazoo
3 ......A Roll of Duct( Gaffer) Tape
Suggestios for possible uses of all 3 items at the same time on a postcard to me please..


11 Feb 02 - 04:41 PM (#647527)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Diva

The malt was most pleasant..as for the rest..my lips are sealed

Diva


11 Feb 02 - 05:14 PM (#647556)
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From: Cllr

Just to add my thanks to Dai. It was great to be able to put some names to faces.I look forward to the next one.Cllr


11 Feb 02 - 06:53 PM (#647645)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Morticia

I appear to have come home with two kazoos....now either the little buggers are breeding or I have inadvertantly acquired a hitch-hiker.....anyone missing a small but perfectly formed little metal feller please apply, for restoration of same.


11 Feb 02 - 07:07 PM (#647654)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Snuffy

Wonderful, wonderful weekend. Many thanks to Dai for arranging it all and staying calm amongst all the Mudcat and domestic hassle.

You'll have to stop this, Morty. Homeless kittens at Llanstock; orphan kazoos at Stony; what next? I arrived home with two - I bought one from Steve, thenm won one in the raffle because someone had already snaffled the Rod Shearman CD. But alnww has promised a good(?) home for one of them. BTW, when is the next scheduled performance of AIMKO (Anglo-Irish Mudcat Kazoo Orchestra)?

WassaiL! V


11 Feb 02 - 07:10 PM (#647659)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: GUEST

Morty is a bit of a babe, isn't she?


11 Feb 02 - 07:44 PM (#647695)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: MudGuard

Just arrived at home - almost ok, some problems with my ears since the pilot decided to descend on Munich airport, but they are slowly getting better.... (Why can't they fully pressurize an aircraft's cabin?)

Will read this thread tomorrow, too tired right now (01:45AM), just wanted to let you know I made it home again.

MudGuard


11 Feb 02 - 08:13 PM (#647716)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Herga Kitty

Liz

I have raffle ticket 277, in series FL1H SW4P. Good to know I haven't won my own CD back, even though it sounds from your earlier post that the prize may be balls (of some sort).


12 Feb 02 - 03:18 AM (#647890)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Steve Parkes

Dai: Tim is my son; I'll get Beckie (daughter, the arty one) to do the uillustrations.

Micca:I suggest you wrap the kazoo in duct tape, then you can enjoy the whisky without anyone disturbing your peace.

Steve

And before anyone asks, Uillustrations are pictures done in the Irish manner, with the elbows.


12 Feb 02 - 03:25 AM (#647892)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Tone d' F

Well I emjopyed the few hours I was there Friday, new people to face my humour, unfortunate about the prior commitment but if you make one you should be committed.


12 Feb 02 - 05:04 AM (#647923)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Dave Bryant

Hey - now that Stony Stratford's over, which thread are we UK "Catters" going to use to pass the time with trivia and mild social abuse etc.

Either we start a permathread especially for UK folk gossip, scandal, and non-specific postings, or we get Dai to start a new thread for the NEXT Stony Stratford gathering as soon as possible.

By the way Linda was unable to use SMUDGE as her new handle, coz someone already has it, so she has decided to use "Essex Girl" (no not E-sex Girl). If McGrath can admit coming from that county north of the Thames - so can she !

Dave


12 Feb 02 - 06:58 AM (#647982)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: MudGuard

Now that I had some hours of sleep:

Three big Thankyous from me!

First big Thankyou goes to Dai for organising this great event!

Second big Thankyou goes to Liz, Paul (Manitas) and Phoebe (Bratling) for suffering my presence in their house and car and so making it possible for me to come to this great event.

Third big Thankyou goes to everyone who was there for making the weekend this great event!


Micca: Use your three prizes like this: drink the bottle of whiskey in one go. Now that your pain nerves in your mouth are slightly numbed, push the kazoo in as far as possible. Now use the duct tape to seal your mouth so the kazoo has no chance to get out again... ;-)


12 Feb 02 - 07:22 AM (#647997)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Ferret

Tone d' F with your unfortunate humour you should be committed.

see you in the office, all the best ferret


12 Feb 02 - 07:59 AM (#648022)
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From: Matthew Edwards

What a wonderful weekend! It was good to meet so many Mudcatters in person again, and to hear so much enjoyable music, singing, and storytelling (welcome aboard the Mudcat Adrian O). I invited some friends and family to some of the sessions, and they were impressed by the quality of the musical talents, and the friendliness of the people they met.

A lot of thanks to;

Dai - for organising the event, and for cooking the chili.
Bob Adams - for letting us use York House, and for his hard work of preparation.
Gareth - for getting Friends of Mudcat off the ground.
John Routledge - who first suggested a Gathering for early 2002.
Steve and Lindy at the Crown - for being such welcoming hosts.
People at the Sunday Vaults session - for letting us join in.
And finally - everyone who came and joined in (even the kazoo players!) The donors of raffle prizes were very generous, and I have special cause to thank Giok for the bottles of Founder's Reserve Arran - it tastes wonderful!


12 Feb 02 - 09:47 AM (#648129)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: vectis

Here is the Chihuahua (wee dog) song
As you can see it was written by Eric Bogle. From the Green Fields of France to the ridiculous.

Little Gomez
Eric Bogle
Once I had a doggie and I called him little Gomez,
For you see he was a Mexican chihuahua.
He wasn't very big, but what there was was all cojones
He really was a randy little fellah.
Big ones, small ones, were all the same to him
The canine equivalent of Errol Flynn.
At the drop of a sombrero he'd jump up and get stuck in.
Taking Gomez out for walkies was embarrassing.

I remember one day in the park his tally rose by four
A most amazing score he was amassing.
Two patient, perfumed poodles and an average labrador
And a wombat thet just happened to be passing.
I tried every way to curb his carnal appetites
I put him on a lead all day and locked him up at night.
I even put some bromide in his 'Crunchy Meaty Bites'
But the only thing that might have worked was kryptonite.

Then came the fateful day when he tried to consummate
A liaison with a saint bernard called Blodwyn
An although he was quite clearly fighting well above his weight
He didn't let that minor detail stop him.
He nearly pulled it off! Oh! What an acrobat!
But Blodwyn got bored and down she sat.
Now they say that after making love you often feel quite flat
I'm sure that Little Gomez would agree with that.

So I buried Gomez in the park, his happy hunting ground
A sad but fitting finale
Though I had to dig a hole that was sort of flat and round
'Cos he looked like a squashed tamale.
But I really missed my wee chihuahua chum
So I went down to the pet shop to find another one
Well I went in feeling cheerful but I came out feeling glum
'Cos the man down at the pet shop loved corny puns

And he said: "Yes we have no chihuahuas
we have no chihuahuas today.
We've alsations, dalmations
and the fruits of a liaison
Between a half-pint pekinese and a toupee.
But! Yes! We have no chihuahuas
we have no chihuahuas today.


12 Feb 02 - 09:48 AM (#648131)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: vectis

Here is the Chihuahua (wee dog) song
As you can see it was written by Eric Bogle. From the Green Fields of France to the ridiculous.
I do change a couple of words to make it more English when I sing it.

Little Gomez
Eric Bogle
Once I had a doggie and I called him little Gomez,
For you see he was a Mexican chihuahua.
He wasn't very big, but what there was was all cojones
He really was a randy little fellah.
Big ones, small ones, were all the same to him
The canine equivalent of Errol Flynn.
At the drop of a sombrero he'd jump up and get stuck in.
Taking Gomez out for walkies was embarrassing.

I remember one day in the park his tally rose by four
A most amazing score he was amassing.
Two patient, perfumed poodles and an average labrador
And a wombat thet just happened to be passing.
I tried every way to curb his carnal appetites
I put him on a lead all day and locked him up at night.
I even put some bromide in his 'Crunchy Meaty Bites'
But the only thing that might have worked was kryptonite.

Then came the fateful day when he tried to consummate
A liaison with a saint bernard called Blodwyn
An although he was quite clearly fighting well above his weight
He didn't let that minor detail stop him.
He nearly pulled it off! Oh! What an acrobat!
But Blodwyn got bored and down she sat.
Now they say that after making love you often feel quite flat
I'm sure that Little Gomez would agree with that.

So I buried Gomez in the park, his happy hunting ground
A sad but fitting finale
Though I had to dig a hole that was sort of flat and round
'Cos he looked like a squashed tamale.
But I really missed my wee chihuahua chum
So I went down to the pet shop to find another one
Well I went in feeling cheerful but I came out feeling glum
'Cos the man down at the pet shop loved corny puns

And he said: "Yes we have no chihuahuas
we have no chihuahuas today.
We've alsations, dalmations
and the fruits of a liaison
Between a half-pint pekinese and a toupee.
But! Yes! We have no chihuahuas
we have no chihuahuas today.


12 Feb 02 - 09:54 AM (#648140)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Ella who is Sooze

Cheers Vectis...

Ta very much

Ella


12 Feb 02 - 09:54 AM (#648141)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: vectis

Oops only meant to post it once. Just ignore one of them!!!!!!!!


12 Feb 02 - 12:12 PM (#648212)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Salty reel

Many thanks for Stony, even though I only made it for Saturday (sad old git) Even more thanks to McGrath of Harlow, the pictures have shown my wife that I really do go to folky things and that I'm not off playing fast and loose, sorry slow and loose (sad OLD git).If I see you at Leigh on Sea festival again I'll buy you a pint.


12 Feb 02 - 02:14 PM (#648324)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Diva

Ohh Kitty..I won the cd...magic. The balls are a local delicacy..the are mint sooky sweeties. Enjoy


12 Feb 02 - 04:10 PM (#648424)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: John MacKenzie

Got back tonight at 17:15, after stopping over with friends near York on the way back. I'd like to join in the general congratulations on the venue, and to pass on yet another pat on the back to Dai.
Glad those who won the whisky are enjoying it, and even more glad that we raised all that money for the cat with the raffle.
Janet {Brid Widder} The concoction in the flask is called a "Rusty Nail", and is a 50/50 mixture of whisky, and Drambuie, best damn central heating in a bottle I know of. "Fathom the bowl"......Giok


12 Feb 02 - 04:49 PM (#648463)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Dead Horse

Morticia: So thats where the wifes kazoo went. Obviously looking for some action in the mating season.
I should have the blighter "seen-to" by a vet(piano tuner?)if I was you.


12 Feb 02 - 05:15 PM (#648489)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: MudGuard

Ok, some people complained about me for taking notes that weekend. Here is the result of my notes: The ultimate crossword for this meeting. Enjoy it (or ignore it).

Whoever gave that Orange wine for a raffle prize: it was lovely - is the recipe secret or might I get it?

Btw, with my big thankyous, I forgot the most important one: most important big thank you goes to Max - without him there would be no Mudgatherings at all...


12 Feb 02 - 06:54 PM (#648595)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Gareth

Err Just how did Jude stop me snoring ?? Whilst I have the odd bruise and ache I have no recolection of the incident ??

Gareth


12 Feb 02 - 07:00 PM (#648600)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Tone d' F

I've had a sketchy rendition of half a verse of the invisible cloak song, I could really do with the lyrics


12 Feb 02 - 07:03 PM (#648602)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: GUEST

Thanks for your crossword, Mudguard.

Not having been there, it's difficult to complete.

Is the answer to What many Mudcatters did many times during the meeting

Fart?

Whilst I'm here, I would like to say that Liz's comments about Terri's (Morticia's) beauty were mean and uncalled for.

I think Terri is gorgeous, so there.


12 Feb 02 - 07:49 PM (#648654)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: McGrath of Harlow

Liz didn't say anything mean and uncalled for. Saying someone doesn't look like a sylph isn't mean. Who wants to look like a sylph anyway?

Anytime I come across anyone who looks sylphlike my feeling is that the poor little things look like they need a good meal.


12 Feb 02 - 08:28 PM (#648682)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: vectis

I'll PM you the OJ wine recipe in the next few days Mudguard. Glad you enjoyed it and pleased your fingertips aren't too numb to trype wiv. Mary


12 Feb 02 - 08:29 PM (#648683)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: vectis

Wad Ye Gan Love parody has been sent to Aine now Murray has told me who wrote it.


13 Feb 02 - 03:27 AM (#648917)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: MudGuard

Vectis, it was not only my opinion that the stuff was very good - a friend of mine liked it as well!

MudGuard


13 Feb 02 - 04:16 AM (#648930)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Ella who is Sooze

Ha haaaa Mudguard.

You reminded me about the thing I wanted to chide Dai about. Me and Fib were really confoozled when we got to the part of the directions that said...

Next to the Peugeot dealership - we both decided that the garage that was actually there, was vaguely similar to the Peugeot car company - in that it was from the same country, we thought that must be the one.

It was so funny.

Top marks Dai for confoozling.

Gareth, Jude got up and hissed at you to sleep on your side. BTW!!!

I also have a bone to pick with you... Can you remember waking us up at around 3am ish by turning on ALL the strip lighting in the snooker room. grrrrrrrr!

anyway, I said to Jude, it could be worse, you could be snoring out of key - and I think Jude was at the near to end of tether stage, and successfully got you to be quieter. (subliminal sleep messages are great).

I promise - no batterings took place.

Ella


13 Feb 02 - 04:41 AM (#648939)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: JudeL

Gareth: Don't know where you got your bruises from, but they are nothing to do with me. All I did was get as close to your ear as possible and whisper an order (ok it was more of a husky growl) "turn over and stop snoring" ... and you did. So the question remains what did you get up to and with whom to acquire the bruises? Jude


13 Feb 02 - 11:26 AM (#649145)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Dave Bryant

MUDGUARD - I think that you'll find that the clue for 22 across in your crossword should be "Person voted to post of treasurer at meeting" - the meeting was chaired by John Routledge. Perhaps 12 across should be "One of the Mudcatters who came from Harlow" - Linda (Essex Girl) originally comes from Harlow as well - although she keeps quiet about the fact as anybody, except Kevin McGrath, would.

Great to meet you MUDGUARD - perhaps we might even get over to see you sometime.


13 Feb 02 - 12:45 PM (#649197)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: MMario

song about an invisible cloak?


13 Feb 02 - 01:42 PM (#649235)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Tone d' F

Yes the only thing he could remember was that boys came in to try them on and are never seen again and something about folding them neatly and putting them on the counter now the counters dissapeared

sounds right up my street


13 Feb 02 - 01:56 PM (#649249)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Dead Horse

Poem about invisible cloak, by Sir Les Barker.
(Wot! Hasn't he been knighted yet?)
I've got the words right here somewhere.......I put them down and can't seem to find them.
DeadHorse (Wot ain't got no Etiquette!)


13 Feb 02 - 02:11 PM (#649261)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Mrs.Duck

Isn't that the one about the camouflage net?


13 Feb 02 - 02:13 PM (#649262)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Noreen

The song/recitation about the invisibility cloak was one of several Les Barker works in evidence over the weekend. I don't have the particular book containing that one, but obviously someone there did- was it Ms Liz?

It was a lovely weekend, and I feel i have met some new friends, as has happened at every Mudcat gathering I have been to. An interesting selection of music and a lot of talent, wonderful singing and playing in a variety of styles, recitations (good man yerself Adrian!) and appalachian dancing from Kay. One of the highlights for me was in the Crown on Sunday lunchtime when Kay wanted to dance but we had no instrumentalists available: Kay suggested she could dance to South Australia (no she didn't really go that far) so long as it was fast enough... Wonderful!

Thanks to Dai, and everyone who made it possible.

Noreen


13 Feb 02 - 02:54 PM (#649285)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: MudGuard

Dave - sorry about misunderstanding the chairing issue. As Gareth talked most of the time I assumed (wrongly) that he was chairing... Might also have happened due to my limited understanding of the English language. And yes, you are welcome at Munich!

MudGuard


13 Feb 02 - 04:24 PM (#649358)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: John MacKenzie

When I mentioned this site at the SSJ, a couple of people hadn't seen it on a previous thread, so here goes.
Keep them laughing "Daddy's making us a kazoo, tomorrow".....Giok


13 Feb 02 - 05:26 PM (#649417)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Gareth

Ella, jude, and others concerned, my deepest appologies.

And no I don't know where the bruises came from either.

Gareth


13 Feb 02 - 05:50 PM (#649438)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: John MacKenzie

Gareth old mate, when I caught up with you as you were walking back to York House on Saturday eve, you were taking the grand circle route, along the pavement. Suggest a wall may have jumped out and grabbed you, while you weren't looking, causing contusions. There's bloody vicious them English walls are now, look you! *BG*
Failte......Giok
PS. Where's Stony Stratfird ?


13 Feb 02 - 07:06 PM (#649489)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Willa

Mrs Duck is right about the 'invisibility cloak', it's 'I Can't find my Camouflage Net', from 'An Infinite Number of Occasional Tables'


13 Feb 02 - 07:24 PM (#649508)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Morticia

No it isn't Willa, it's in Les' most recent book ( which I can't remember the name of) and is loosely based around the ubiquitous Harry Potter theme.


13 Feb 02 - 08:04 PM (#649546)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Tone d' F

Giok your a star, the link was exceellent


13 Feb 02 - 08:23 PM (#649570)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Liz the Squeak

It is a sort of reworking of camoflage net, but it is a new poem, called 'I can't find my invisibility cloak' and is the latest book, 'Boogie woogie beagle boy from Company B', by the great Mr Les (Why aren't I Poet Laureate) Barker.

I read it in the Bull on Sunday lunchtime, when we were told off for singing.

LTS


13 Feb 02 - 08:33 PM (#649581)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Tone d' F

Cheers I'll get a copy, I'm really sorry I missed the weekend but hey there will be others


13 Feb 02 - 08:39 PM (#649592)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Snuffy

We weren't singing: we just couldn't find our camouflaged etiquette.


13 Feb 02 - 08:50 PM (#649599)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Liz the Squeak

Still no takers for the other raffle tickets.... I'm 5 prizes up (one of them a Bert Hansell CD) and the rest all drinkable or eatable, and I didn't even buy a ticket!

I see that my comments are mean and uncalled for, yet GUEST can post on regardless... Hmmm.... something a bit off there, don't you think? I leave you to think about that one.

LTS


14 Feb 02 - 03:54 AM (#649755)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Ella who is Sooze

ahh. Gareth no problem.. Or rather Dim problem...

By the way did anyone else try that cider in the fox and hounds (the cloudy stuff).

Well, it had me bouncing off the wall after one (descretely though - I managed to mask the fact I was almost half gone) but did you see what the stuff did to the tables?

Within less than one minute of putting down the cider glass, it stained the table white as some cider had tipped out.... OH DEAR!

E


14 Feb 02 - 04:01 AM (#649758)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: The_one_and_only_Dai

You mean you actually drank it? Blimey Ella, we use it for keeping weeds down... didn't you read the pump clip? ;-)


14 Feb 02 - 04:14 AM (#649766)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: GUEST,Linda(a.k.a. Essex Girl)

Dai, (and everyones else involved in organising the weekend), thanks for a great one. It must have been good - I lost my voice in the Bull on Sunday lunchtime and haven't got it back yet!(If anyone finds it I need it for this weekend).


14 Feb 02 - 04:16 AM (#649769)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: GUEST,Linda(a.k.a. Essex Girl)

Dai, (and everyones else involved in organising the weekend), thanks for a great one. It must have been good - I lost my voice in the Bull on Sunday lunchtime and haven't got it back yet!(If anyone finds it I need it for this weekend).


14 Feb 02 - 04:32 AM (#649773)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Tone d' F

mmm lost a voice, gained an echo


14 Feb 02 - 05:06 AM (#649780)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: Steve Parkes

Let's carry on the discussion here.


18 Jan 03 - 05:13 PM (#869596)
Subject: RE: After Stony Stratfird
From: GUEST,Pete Twitchett

Yes...Dave Bryant is right..I did write the final verse, but Dave's memory is a little shaky to the words. That listed doesn't scan! I wrote it 'coz the song didn't seem to have an ending. The verse is..

All of a sudden in the firemen rushed
And they saved us one by one!
But when they came to save the beer,
They found it had all gone!
And in the daily press next day
They solomly* did say
That they could not save the beer
'coz it had boiled away!

(Spoken) But we know better don't we!

Final chorus

*Doesn't look as if it's spelled right does it!

Best wishes,

Pete