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COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:55 pm
by Ben Wilson
COLIN XIV

Good evening everyone :-)

It’s that time of year again! Well, actually, no, it isn’t. That time of year is still five months away at the time of writing, but that doesn’t mean I can’t start getting hype for it.

COLIN is back! For the fourteenth year in a row, the co-event calendar (and for the third year in a row, FOCAL) will kick off with what was, briefly, the biggest co-event of all time, but remains the oldest and (hopefully) the one everyone wants to win.

Very little is changed from last year. It’ll be the traditional COLIN format of 3 rounds of Edinburgh-style 9 rounders followed by a final, kicking off at 11:50 and ending just before 6pm. The venue will be the Ark on Moor Lane in North Hykeham, as it was last year. And the following day, as with last year, we’ll be at the Memorial Hall on Newark Road in North Hykeham for the fifth Hangover event. This, as always, will be 2 rounds of Edinburgh-style 9 rounders followed by a final, kicking off at 11am (or, if history is any judge, some time afterward when everybody (especially Jen) eventually shows up) and ending at around 2:30pm (or earlier if everyone passes out. Again). The price for this weekend full of Countdowny goodness is a mere £13 for the Saturday, £8 for the Sunday or £18 for both days, payable by Paypal to hulla.mahulla@btopenworld.com or by cheque to my home address (available upon request).

I’m already trawling various hardware stores/Amazon for this- well, next- year’s trophies and prizes, which will hopefully be the most unique yet! There will also be spot prizes on offer throughout the day and maybe even a few prizes for the more creatively-minded among you!

More details will inevitably come over the coming few months, so watch this space! Especially watch this space if you’re interested in people arguing about Travelodge prices.

No badgers.

Any questions, feel free to ask.

See you in January!

Entrants so far (11/10/17)-

COLIN XIV (15)-

Zarte Siempre
Thomas Carey
Callum Todd
Jennifer Steadman
Thomas Cappleman
May Battlefield
Lauren Hamer
Jack Worsley
Paul Worsley
Gevin Chapwell
Dylan Taylor
Graeme Cole
Tracey Mills
Mark Mills
Lee Fisher

The Hangover (15)-

Zarte Siempre
Thomas Carey
Callum Todd
Jennifer Steadman
Adam Gillard
Thomas Cappleman
May Battlefield
Lauren Hamer
Jack Worsley
Paul Worsley
Gevin Chapwell
Graeme Cole
Tracey Mills
Mark Mills
Lee Fisher

Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:50 pm
by Zarte Siempre
Decent first table. Just close entries now :)

Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Posted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:51 pm
by Matt Morrison
Lloyds customers - I don't know how dynamic this is related to your own spending, but check your Everyday Offers. I've got 5% off Travelodge and it lasts until 14 Dec 2017.

So I'm now hoping for a triple layer of savings - Travelodge sale, Topcashback cashback, and then Lloyds cashback on top. Fingers crossed...

Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:46 pm
by Graeme Cole
Disillusioned with the price of the weekend at the Thorpe-on-the-Hill Travelbodge stubbornly refusing to drop below £100 for several months? Wish there was a way of spending only a small fortune on the hotel this year rather than a large one?

Well, this weekend they're doing a discount, and it expires tomorrow. The discount code AUTUMNSTAYS gives "up to 30%" off stays before the end of January. As you might have guessed, "up to" means "for lots of hotels that aren't the one you want". The discount for the hotel that matters is 20%.

Still, if you were waiting for a brief window where the price for the weekend drops significantly, there it is.

Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:21 pm
by Matt Morrison
Still crackers. I paid <£50 last year. Hold out people, hold out.

Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:18 pm
by Matt Bayfield
It's noticeable that a room for COLIN weekend is more expensive than a room for either the weekends before, or the weekends after. I think Travelodge may have realised that their Thorpe-on-the-Hill establishment is in demand for the last weekend every January.

Current prices (before application of the AUTUMNSTAYS discount) for two nights as follows:
  • £90 - two weekends before COLIN
    £94 - one weekend before COLIN
    £108 - COLIN weekend
    £97 - one weekend after COLIN
    £94 - two weekends after COLIN

Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:26 pm
by Mark Deeks
Graeme, when you buy at prices like that, the terrorists win. It's simple supply and demand. We have to hold out. We have to be strong, united. You've ruined it now.

Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:35 pm
by Gavin Chipper
I went in early and paid £108. But a few years ago I held out and got screwed.

Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:54 am
by Zubair Patel
Few more numbers for comparison.
COLIN weekend,full price available in Nov. 2016: £74, Oct. 2015: £63. The £108 this year is a big jump.

Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:39 pm
by Mark Deeks
If we all agree and threaten en masse to go somwhere else, they will have to cave to our demands.

Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:05 pm
by DJ Marky Mark
We booked in here, stayed last year me and Tracey, good hotel and pub etc £113 for 2 nights total. With buffet breakfast.
Premier Inn Newark
Lincoln Road
Newark
Nottinghamshire
England
NG24 2DB

Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:33 pm
by Ben Wilson
Rooms at the Ibis are currently available at £42 each through this link. Though to quote Matt Morrison, 'you'll probably have a fucking terrible time there', so book at your own peril.

Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:34 pm
by Gavin Chipper
It's not really COLIN is it?

Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:36 pm
by Matt Morrison
Might as well get in the Ibis anyway, it won't be Colin without me anyway.