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CO:LON:2 - Bigger, Longer and Half-Cut (Countdown in London 2018)

Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:46 pm
by Jennifer Steadman
You wanted some. I gave it ya. But you wanted more, so...

Saturday 12th May 2018. Doors open at 11 and the draw will be made at 11.45, so please be there by then. (Do as I say, not as I do.) It will finish by 6pm.

NOT The Blacksmith and the Toffeemaker!! TBC.

6 9-round games of Countdown in the 'Edinburgh' style of tournament, aka the one where you don't feel like a schoolchild. The top 2 players after 6 games will play each other in the grand final. [Edinburgh style is briefly explained here: I'm happy to explain or answer any queries publicly or privately.]

Only Connect champion, Countdown champion and existence champion Graeme Cole will be there. (He hasn't actually confirmed this, but he will.) Also, you'll meet great people, have a nerdy laugh, see some utterly disgusting conundrum scrambles, and you might even win a prize - there's a range of prizes for people of all skill levels!

Also, I'm *actually* not running this again next year because I want to use my holiday allowance for actual holidays to exciting places like Russia, Slovenia and Liechtenstein, so this is your last chance to experience the gruesomely garish girlfest that is a Jen Steadman-run tournament.

The only thing in London that's cheaper than up North, London is (probably) the cheapest Saturday event on the FOCAL calendar! Entry is just £8 per person. Payment should be made through PayPal to (PLEASE SELECT PAYMENT TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY - OTHERWISE I DON'T GET THE FULL AMOUNT), or if you don't have PayPal, message me for bank transfer details. There is no option to pay on the day, unless there are last-minute cancellations or spaces.

The event is NOT FOR PROFIT - the fee pays for venue hire, trophies, other prizes, an event magazine (that may feature topless pictures of Giles Hutchings), and pens.

I'll put up some posts about budget-friendly travel and accommodation at a later date, i.e. when I'm not hungry and desperate for a wee. Short version: coaches/advance train tickets for cheap transport, AirBnB/hostels/Travelodges/couchsurfing for cheap accommodation.

"No-one died" - Sara Lawson
"We played Countdown, in London, so this event was accurately-titled content." - The Big Bad Wilf Carey's grandson
"It's such a relief that my daughter has found people of a similar level of 'social aptitude' to her" - Caroline Steadman
"I won an anthology of Chuck Tingle's sensual, surprisingly detailed gay dinosaur erotica. It has profoundly changed me as a man" - Stewart Gordon

How could you not be convinced?? Sign up now to confirm your place, and you'll get a badly-drawn picture of you on the Facebook event!

Attending (28):
Thomas Carey
Matty Artell
Ben Wilson
Giles Hutchings
James Robinson ;) :D :P
Vik Shah
Thomas Cappleman
Caroline Steadman (queen of producing daughters)
Mark Mills
Tracey Croy
Josh Trober*
Zarte Siempre
Jamie McNeill
Conrad Texeira
Adam Dexter
Jonathan Wynn
Pete Steggle
Matt Rowbotham
Sara Lawson
Mauro Pratesi
Jess Pratesi
Adam Curran
Cathy Summerside*
Chris Marshall
Matt Morrison
Heather Badcock

* = Co-event debutant

Re: CO:LON:2 - Bigger, Longer and Half-Cut (Countdown in London 2018)

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:02 pm
by Jennifer Steadman

To make signing up easier, I've set up a PayPal link - just go to (if paying for one person; if paying for more, please adjust the amount) and click send!

Because this is a very sensible and mature event, anyone who signs up before the end of March and plays on the day will receive an aubergine emoji badge! And if there are more than 50 entries before the end of March, the aubergine emoji badges will glow in the dark.

I'll post a list of budget-friendly accommodation/travel options here later.

Re: CO:LON:2 - Bigger, Longer and Half-Cut (Countdown in London 2018)

Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:36 pm
by Jennifer Steadman
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Re: CO:LON:2 - Bigger, Longer and Half-Cut (Countdown in London 2018)

Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:08 am
by Jennifer Steadman
Please don't sign up for the time being - the venue has cancelled our booking (made last July) in favour of hypothetical vegan diners. please kill me

Sooo I'm currently looking for another venue in central London with less than 2 months to go. Various venues have been contacted over the weekend and I'm currently waiting on their responses. (It is quite likely I will be raising the entry fee at this point to cover venue hire. Guess I should've included "Venue potentially shitting on us" in the budget.)

However, if a venue isn't found by next weekend then I will be cancelling the event, to prevent confusion for you and a mental breakdown for me. In the event of cancellation, I'll do all I can to refund entry fees, and try to organise something else on that day in London for those who have already booked accommodation and/or travel (if that's something that people would be interested in).

I'm so so sorry to anyone who gets fucked over by this. x

this was *absolutely* what I wanted my 1,000th post on the forum to be