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Countdown in London (CO:LON) 2019 - Saturday 11th May 2019

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:43 pm
by Jennifer Steadman
If you were at CO:LON in 2017 or 2018, you may have noticed some little extras to enhance your experience. We’re talking individually rhinestoned goody bags, glow-in-the-dark aubergine badges, a proliferation of prizes, and GIFs or drawings to accompany people’s sign-ups.

Not this year. This year, we’re stripping back.

Fear not, everyone will remain fully clothed (and anyone who tries to strip off will be banned for life). But the embellishments of the past 2 years will be reined in. No longer will you leave the venue with your pockets weighed down by tat, or feel offended by my piss-poor portrait of you.

What does that leave? It leaves the classic Co-event experience: Countdown, trophies and prizes for the most notable achievements, and a 6pm exodus for the nearest pub with a dartboard.

....and some Chuck Tingle books.


When?
Saturday 11th May 2019. Vague timings will be posted below.


Where?
The Christian Street Community Hub, on Christian Street. Unlike last year, it’s now correctly listed on Google Maps! (Anthony Endsor, you have no excuse.)

It’s about 10 minutes walk from Aldgate East or Whitechapel tube stations, 5 minutes from Shadwell DLR/Overground station, or walkable from Liverpool Street. If you’re unfamiliar or uneasy with getting the tube, post below – your route and timings will almost certainly overlap with other people’s, so they can accompany you safely to the venue.


What?
Six 9-round games of Countdown in the ‘Lincoln/Edinburgh’ style of tournament, where you play in small groups. The top 2 players after 6 games will play each other in the grand final.

[Edinburgh style is briefly explained here: https://focalcountdown.co.uk/how-do-events-work-2/ . Please contact FOCAL for more information.]


How much?
Entry will be £10 per person. Payment should be made through PayPal to Jen at this link: https://www.paypal.me/CoLon2/10. If you don’t have PayPal, a bank transfer can be arranged - please contact me to arrange this.

The event is not-for-profit; your fee pays for venue hire, trophies, prizes and sundries. Food isn’t included, but the venue may organise a pop-up café on site to sell sandwiches, drinks and snacks – however, there are plenty of food options in the local area.


Where to stay?
There are plenty of hotels in London (obviously), but the likes of Travelodge, EasyHotel and Premier Inn will be the cheapest options. Hostels and AirBnBs are another option - you are strongly advised to book AirBnBs that already have reviews and positive ratings, to avoid being conned.

If you’re nervous about London transport, I would strongly recommend that you book a central hotel rather than somewhere in Morden, Walthamstow, or – God forbid – Luton.


Why should I go?
This event has been endorsed by Graeme Cole, which is like a 5 Michelin star rating.


Enquiries
Contact Jen on Facebook or at jennifer.steadman@rocketmail.com, or FOCAL at focalcountdown@gmail.com.


See you there? xoxo


Entrants - last updated 21/03 (49)
Ashwin Abinashi
George Armstrong
Sean Fletcher
Vikash Shah
Sam Prouse
James Robinson
James Haughton
Sandie Simonis
Tim Down
OldBob1998
Emily Zhang*
Eddy Byrne
Aidan Linge
Rob Foster
Alain Burnel
Caroline Steadman
Nathan Pace
Graeme Cole 💖
Jamie McNeill
Callum Todd
Joe Oliva
Sarah Bladon
Paul Worsley
Jack Worsley
Dave Ryan
Suzy Turner
Paul Talmey
Jonathan de Souza
Sara Lawson 🌷
Giles Hutchings 🇸🇲
Berkan Chelikhan
Anthony Endsor
Ned Pendleton
Martin Thomas
Robin McKay
Mauro Pratesi
Jessica Pratesi
Bradley Horrocks 🎶
Zarte Siempre
Chris Marshall
Josh Boddy*
Amar Chotai
Jonathan Wynn
Gevin
Big Steve Anderson 💪
Matthew Tassier
Lynne Cumberland
Mike Brown
Richard Priest

*newbie

Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) 2019 - Saturday 11th May 2019

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:46 pm
by Jennifer Steadman
TL;DR Info
Date: Saturday 11th May 2019
Venue: Christian Street Community Hub, Christian Street (near Aldgate East)
Admission: £10 - pay here: https://www.paypal.me/CoLon2/10
Doors open: 11am for an 11.45am draw; first game starts at midday.
Hosted by: Jen Steadman, with support from Jeff Clayton
Games to be played: 6, plus the grand final
Finishes by: 6pm
Wheelchair accessible?: Yes ♿️

Timings
11:00: Doors open
11:45: Draw is made (*please be at the venue by this time!*)
12:00: First round commences
13:15: Lunch break
14:30: Second round commences
15:45: Third round commences
17:00: Grand final
17:30: Prizegiving
17:45: Tidy-up
18:00: Leave the venue in the direction of a pub for the afterparty.
???: Afterparty ends. This part’s up to you!

Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) 2019 - Saturday 11th May 2019

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:16 pm
by Jennifer Steadman
Up to 20 entrants! 👸✨

It's the weekend! It's basically spring! Why not treat yourself to one of the 50ish remaining spaces? x

Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) 2019 - Saturday 11th May 2019

Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:52 pm
by Jennifer Steadman
2 MONTHS TO GO 💃🎉 32 people in. Will you join them? Places are going quickly, so don't dither for too long...

Register through PayPal now, or email me at jennifer.steadman@rocketmail.com to arrange a bank transfer if you don't have PayPal.

Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) 2019 - Saturday 11th May 2019

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:08 pm
by Jennifer Steadman
Just under 8 weeks to go, and 38 are currently signed up. 34 spaces remain!

H 💋 y 🙏 p 🚡 e

Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) 2019 - Saturday 11th May 2019

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:02 pm
by Thomas Carey
Jennifer Steadman wrote:🚡
Aerial tramway solidarity <3
Jennifer Steadman wrote:OldBob1998
I'm ex forces, apologise immediately or wallops. Also rip me

Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) 2019 - Saturday 11th May 2019

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:16 pm
by Jennifer Steadman
Thomas Carey wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:02 pm
Jennifer Steadman wrote:OldBob1998
I'm ex forces, apologise immediately or wallops. Also rip me
I'll wallop your block off. I'm a very tough man.