Countdown in London 2011

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Re: Countdown in London 29/10/11 - standbys only!

Post by Phil Reynolds » Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:40 pm

Michael Wallace wrote:More costume advice.
"Thanks to everyone who came out with their costumes." Who do you suppose she means? My money's on the guy in the Thor outfit.

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Re: Countdown in London 29/10/11 - standbys only!

Post by Rhys Benjamin » Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:34 pm

I might as well post the tube timetables here anyway between 11:00 and 12:45 from King's Cross eastbound.

11:07 Metropolitan Line.
11:09 Hammersmith & City Line.
11:17 Metropolitan Line.
11:19 Hammersmith & City Line.
11:27 Metropolitan Line.
11:29 Hammersmith & City Line.
11:37 Metropolitan Line.
11:49 Hammersmith & City Line.
11:57 Metropolitan Line.
11:59 Hammersmith & City Line.
12:07 Metropolitan Line.
12:09 Hammersmith & City Line.
12:17 Metropolitan Line.
12:19 Hammersmith & City Line.
12:27 Metropolitan Line.
12:29 Hammersmith & City Line.
12:37 Metropolitan Line.
12:39 Hammersmith & City Line.

All arrive at Barbican 5 minutes later.
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Re: Countdown in London 29/10/11 - standbys only!

Post by Michael Wallace » Thu Oct 27, 2011 6:08 pm

In 48 hours we should be crowning the CO:LON Master 2011. Who will it be?!??!!

Also, the costume competition prize has arrived, and it is fabulous. I still don't know what my costume will be. Not sure I can rustle up that 'sexy raccoon outfit' at such short notice. Perhaps I shall go for the 'protester' costume in the video I linked earlier. I pretty much look like a hippie anyway.

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Re: Countdown in London 29/10/11 - standbys only!

Post by Rhys Benjamin » Fri Oct 28, 2011 12:50 pm

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Re: Countdown in London 29/10/11 - standbys only!

Post by Phil Makepeace » Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:51 pm

You know, it's only a 20 minute walk from Kings X. Or if you're really lazy, get the 46 bus from outside the station. I've heard all the cool kids are walking from Chancery Lane station.

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Re: Countdown in London 29/10/11 - standbys only!

Post by Michael Wallace » Fri Oct 28, 2011 6:08 pm

Disaster. Turns out the : in CO:LON screws with Twitter hashtags. To that end, the official hashtag for CO:LON 2011 will be #colon2011. EXCITEMENT O'CLOCK.

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Re: Countdown in London 29/10/11 - standbys only!

Post by Rhys Benjamin » Fri Oct 28, 2011 6:13 pm

Phil Makepeace wrote:You know, it's only a 20 minute walk from Kings X. Or if you're really lazy, get the 46 bus from outside the station. I've heard all the cool kids are walking from Chancery Lane station.
Forgot about that, clever. But you'd have to change at Holborn from King's X
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Re: Countdown in London 29/10/11 - standbys only!

Post by Jon Corby » Fri Oct 28, 2011 6:13 pm

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Phil Makepeace wrote:You know, it's only a 20 minute walk from Kings X. Or if you're really lazy, get the 46 bus from outside the station. I've heard all the cool kids are walking from Chancery Lane station.
Forgot about that, clever. But you'd have to change at Holborn from King's X
That looks like you put a kiss at the end of your reply to Phil.

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Re: Countdown in London 29/10/11 - standbys only!

Post by Phil Makepeace » Fri Oct 28, 2011 6:23 pm

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Phil Makepeace wrote:You know, it's only a 20 minute walk from Kings X. Or if you're really lazy, get the 46 bus from outside the station. I've heard all the cool kids are walking from Chancery Lane station.
Forgot about that, clever. But you'd have to change at Holborn from King's X
Nothing clever about it. I live in Shepherd's Bush so I'll be using the Central Line. I still implore anyone arriving into Kings X to walk.

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Re: Countdown in London 29/10/11 - standbys only!

Post by Gavin Chipper » Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:26 pm

Rhys Benjamin wrote:I might as well post the tube timetables here anyway between 11:00 and 12:45 from King's Cross eastbound.

11:07 Metropolitan Line.
11:09 Hammersmith & City Line.
11:17 Metropolitan Line.
11:19 Hammersmith & City Line.
11:27 Metropolitan Line.
11:29 Hammersmith & City Line.
11:37 Metropolitan Line.
11:49 Hammersmith & City Line.
11:57 Metropolitan Line.
11:59 Hammersmith & City Line.
12:07 Metropolitan Line.
12:09 Hammersmith & City Line.
12:17 Metropolitan Line.
12:19 Hammersmith & City Line.
12:27 Metropolitan Line.
12:29 Hammersmith & City Line.
12:37 Metropolitan Line.
12:39 Hammersmith & City Line.

All arrive at Barbican 5 minutes later.
No-one in the history of the world has ever used a tube timetable. You just turn up.

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Re: Countdown in London 29/10/11 - standbys only!

Post by Jon O'Neill » Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:53 am

Jon Corby wrote:
Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Phil Makepeace wrote:You know, it's only a 20 minute walk from Kings X. Or if you're really lazy, get the 46 bus from outside the station. I've heard all the cool kids are walking from Chancery Lane station.
Forgot about that, clever. But you'd have to change at Holborn from King's X
That looks like you put a kiss at the end of your reply to Phil.
I've had exactly this misunderstanding in real life.. my friend Jess who goes to King's College, London texted me saying to meet at King's X - I went to the uni, she went to the station. Fucken embarrassing.

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Re: Countdown in London 29/10/11 - standbys only!

Post by Phil Reynolds » Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:11 am

Jon O'Neill wrote:Fucken embarrassing.
But only for her, surely? You interpreted the message sensibly and behaved entirely appropriately.

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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Phil Reynolds » Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:20 am

By the way - is it just me or is anyone else experiencing the following weird effect? Whenever I click on the little "View first unread post" icon for this topic, it takes me instead to the last post made by me (in this topic). This doesn't happen with any other topic.

Have fun today, and post lots of nice pictures where I can see them (i.e. not in some private gallery on Facebook). Wish I could be there, but I've got unfinished business with horses and some naked people to attend to.

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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Rhys Benjamin » Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:40 am

Good Luck all.





And don't have too much fun.
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Re: Countdown in London 29/10/11 - standbys only!

Post by Rhys Benjamin » Sat Oct 29, 2011 11:07 am

Phil Makepeace wrote:
Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Phil Makepeace wrote:You know, it's only a 20 minute walk from Kings X. Or if you're really lazy, get the 46 bus from outside the station. I've heard all the cool kids are walking from Chancery Lane station.
Forgot about that, clever. But you'd have to change at Holborn from King's X
Nothing clever about it. I live in Shepherd's Bush so I'll be using the Central Line. I still implore anyone arriving into Kings X to walk.
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It's not on the TFL website yet but it is on this twitter feed (usually reliable)
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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Tony Atkins » Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:31 pm

Congrats to Thomas Cappleman and Matt Bayfield for reaching the final and to Matt for winning it!
And thanks to Michael and the Count for organising such a fun and sucessful day.

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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Ben Wilson » Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:48 pm

Awesome event. Truly, utterly awesome event. Was great seeing everyone, new faces like Mark and Tom, regular faces like Jono and Mike, and old faces making a comeback like Paul & Nick.

Highlights for me have to be the costumes on display (even if Jono's did display a bit more than needed), managing my own best performance in ages (even if I did miss out on the final by one measly point...) and Ryan successfully predicting the future during his final round game with Phil.

Huge amounts of thanks and kudos go to Raccoon Boy and Count CF for as-always excellent organising and as-always excellent freebies.

Roll on the next one. :)

[looks around sheepishly]

Oh right, that'd be my cue. Watch this space over the coming few days...

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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Jon O'Neill » Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:06 am

Phil Reynolds wrote:By the way - is it just me or is anyone else experiencing the following weird effect? Whenever I click on the little "View first unread post" icon for this topic, it takes me instead to the last post made by me (in this topic). This doesn't happen with any other topic.
I have this. It's the same post I always get taken back to though... in this topic it's always been posts by you. For the whole time it had two pages I was taken to:
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Lesley Hines wrote:Vote for the nightclub, and motion to have all future Co:Lons held on a Thursday.
Cool. Wasn't Jack Hurst asking for suggestions for contests to enter? That would have to be worth the entry fee.
Despite seeing it about ten times, I still don't get the joke. Now I get taken to:
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Michael Wallace wrote:More costume advice.
"Thanks to everyone who came out with their costumes." Who do you suppose she means? My money's on the guy in the Thor outfit.
I don't get this either. I'm probably just not trying hard enough. I think these are just the top post on each page of the thread though, so maybe you're not special... you're just good at timing to get the first post on the page.

But yeah, it has happened to me in other topics... Global Announcements possibly? Weird bug.

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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Jon O'Neill » Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:08 am

But yeah, pretty awesome day. I love you guys. Congrats to Rac and CF for another great success.

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Jon O'Neill wrote:
Phil Reynolds wrote:By the way - is it just me or is anyone else experiencing the following weird effect? Whenever I click on the little "View first unread post" icon for this topic, it takes me instead to the last post made by me (in this topic). This doesn't happen with any other topic.
I have this. It's the same post I always get taken back to though... in this topic it's always been posts by you.
I think this is to do with global threads appearing in all the subforums. This thread seems to mark its posts read only if you access it from the "Countdown - General" subforum; you can read the whole thread after accessing it from one of the other subforums, but its posts won't be marked as read until you've done so from "Countdown - General".

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Re: Countdown in London 2011

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Jon O'Neill wrote:
Phil Reynolds wrote:
Lesley Hines wrote:Vote for the nightclub, and motion to have all future Co:Lons held on a Thursday.
Cool. Wasn't Jack Hurst asking for suggestions for contests to enter? That would have to be worth the entry fee.
Despite seeing it about ten times, I still don't get the joke.
I'm guessing Lesley's post didn't arouse your curiosity sufficiently to check out the website of the nightclub in question (to which Raccoon had posted a link) to find out what was so special about Thursdays. It's "Gay Porn Idol" night. Hence my suggestion that Jack might like to enter.
Jon O'Neill wrote:
Phil Reynolds wrote:
Michael Wallace wrote:More costume advice.
"Thanks to everyone who came out with their costumes." Who do you suppose she means? My money's on the guy in the Thor outfit.
I don't get this either.
I was playing on the dual meaning of "came out".

Anyway, thanks (Jono and Jim) for explaining the bug. I'll stop worrying about it.

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Post by Jon O'Neill » Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:14 am

Cheers Jim, well worked out.

Cheers Phil, those are both amusing.

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Post by Lesley Hines » Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:32 am

Ben Wilson wrote:Also, caption competition. :-)
Think what we could be doing if you hadn't necked all that vodka...
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Post by Mike Brown » Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:53 am

Yet another great Co-Event, so (witch's) hats off to the organisers for providing such a well-run day. Well done to Matt for a typically modest victory in the final and to Thomas for being a worth runner-up. As usual, it was great to see everyone (again) and I will treasure my apterous mug for the 'over-achiever' award, even if I'm not convinced that my ProRank was really representative. And thank you to the people behind the clock change overnight (whoever they might be) - having got home at about 1.20 in the morning the extra hour in bed was very handy!

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Post by Supee Juachan » Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:55 am

Photos are now on face book.

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Phil Reynolds wrote:Have fun today, and post lots of nice pictures where I can see them (i.e. not in some private gallery on Facebook).
Supee Juachan wrote:Photos are now on face book.
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Post by Matt Morrison » Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:13 pm

Get on Facebook for blink's sake Phil! Even if it's just to view photos.
But yes, any Facebook album has a public link - will give you the public link to mine when I post them.

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Post by Ben Wilson » Sun Oct 30, 2011 2:56 pm

My photos are also now on facebook. :)

Also, apologies to Paul Howe as it turns out litterers^ isn't actually valid... oops.

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Post by Thomas Cappleman » Sun Oct 30, 2011 2:57 pm

Can someone post me a link to Supee's account/album? I can't find her on Facebook

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Did anyone come in a tnetennba?
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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Phil Collinge » Sun Oct 30, 2011 3:45 pm

Thomas Cappleman wrote:Can someone post me a link to Supee's account/album? I can't find her on Facebook
Here you go Tom

http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=535588401

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Re: Countdown in London 2011

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Ben Wilson wrote:Also, caption competition. :-)
Mine's bigger than yours.
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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Martin Bishop » Sun Oct 30, 2011 4:29 pm

Thanks to Raccoon and CF for organising another excellent tournament. Congratulations to Matt for a well-deserved win. Your ploy of talking yourself down on the forum so people would underestimate you worked a treat. Commiserations to Mark Deeks for failing in his attempts to take out Graeme from the series finals.

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Post by Jimmy Gough » Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:22 pm

Want to say thanks as well to Michael and CF. 8-)

Edit just to add: Great atmosphere imo; literally everyone is friendly and welcoming. If anyone was on the fence about going this year I'd defo recommend it.
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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Supee Juachan » Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:12 pm

Big thanks to Raccoon and C.F. Very well organised. It was great to be there and meet all the great players.

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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Martin Bishop » Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:39 pm

Any sign of the final standings?

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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Michael Wallace » Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:55 pm

Thanks for the feedback guys, glad people apparently had a good time. Been a bit slow in posting since the laptop went a bit borked as a consequence of its CO:LON exertions. Just about back to normal now.

I have a camera full of photos which I shall sort through when I'm a little less hungover, and plenty of ideas for how to make next year better (having cocked up scoresheets would be a good start...).

Thanks to the various people who assisted, either by techie things (i.e. Charlie) or moving things around or by not heckling me, much appreciated.

Oh, and well done to Matt for winning!

Edit: Standings may take a bit of time, since with my laptop dying I'll have to root around to get hold of them. Watch this space...

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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by James Robinson » Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:59 pm

That was without a doubt the best CO-Event ever. Even though I came 4th (blast those 2 points!)

But I was well impressed with my 5 wins, especially beating Oli, and getting revenge from CoNot on Jono and Rob. (GET IN! :D )

And in fairness, I have no complaints about losing to Mark, I just decided to collapse at the worst possible moment. :cry:

But afterwards at the Wetherspoons was definitely one of the best nights of my life, spending it with all my friends, just absolutely brilliant. ;) :) :D

Will bring up pics when I get back to Mirfield tomorrow.

In the meantime, I'm enjoying Amie's hospitality. ;)
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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:01 am

Yep, great event. Met loads of new people that weren't at the other CO events I'd been to.
James Robinson wrote:That was without a doubt the best CO-Event ever. Even though I came 4th (blast those 2 points!)
Perhaps you've also learnt to pay attention to what food you've ordered instead of greedily assuming that all food belongs to you. :x

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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Michael Wallace » Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:06 am

Gavin Chipper wrote:
James Robinson wrote:That was without a doubt the best CO-Event ever. Even though I came 4th (blast those 2 points!)
Perhaps you've also learnt to pay attention to what food you've ordered instead of greedily assuming that all food belongs to you. :x
Haha, this sounds like a fun story. (Although I'm guessing you've already covered the salient points.)

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Re: Countdown in London 2011

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Michael Wallace wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:
James Robinson wrote:That was without a doubt the best CO-Event ever. Even though I came 4th (blast those 2 points!)
Perhaps you've also learnt to pay attention to what food you've ordered instead of greedily assuming that all food belongs to you. :x
Haha, this sounds like a fun story. (Although I'm guessing you've already covered the salient points.)
Well basically, I ordered a garlic ciabatta bread at Wetherspoons and the guy came round with it. I was about to say that it was mine when Robinson said faster than the speed of light "That's mine" in his best impression of Boris Johnson and grabbed it. I assumed that he'd probably ordered the same as me so there'd be another one on the way. Turns out not. He just got over-excited at the sight of my food.

Actually a garlic bread with cheese then arrived which turned out to be James's, but really they are completely different. He hadn't started my garlic bread so I took it back and he had the cheese one, but mine had been on his (probably dead animal-based) food and had his fingers on it, so I should have taken the upgrade and made him eat mine.

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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Douglas Wilson » Sun Nov 06, 2011 5:41 pm

Where did Innis come?

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Post by Thomas Carey » Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:44 pm

Douglas Wilson wrote:Where did Innis come?
12th.
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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Martin Bishop » Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:06 pm

Thomas Carey wrote:
Douglas Wilson wrote:Where did Innis come?
12th.
Where did you get the results from?

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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Michael Wallace » Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:20 pm

Yeah, sorry about not having the scores yet. As I think I already mentioned, my laptop died following its CO:LON exertions, and so trying to get everything back in order has taken some time (compounded by my starting a new job this week). I'm still trying to find out whether the results file is even on the machine any more, if not I'll have to go through the scoresheets (which I found this afternoon) and do it from that.

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Re: Countdown in London 2011

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Martin Bishop wrote:
Thomas Carey wrote:
Douglas Wilson wrote:Where did Innis come?
12th.
Where did you get the results from?
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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Mike Brown » Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:37 pm

Thomas Carey wrote:
Douglas Wilson wrote:Where did Innis come?
12th.
Thought it was me that came 12th, but may have go it wrong, as it was only from a quick glance at the laptop before it went AWOL. Hopefully we'll know the results soon!

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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Rhys Benjamin » Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:09 pm

Mike Brown wrote:
Thomas Carey wrote:
Douglas Wilson wrote:Where did Innis come?
12th.
Thought it was me that came 12th, but may have go it wrong, as it was only from a quick glance at the laptop before it went AWOL. Hopefully we'll know the results soon!
Speaking of faulty laptops, the school gossip is that the Drama teacher left the laptop on for four days :o
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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Innis Carson » Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:09 pm

Mike Brown wrote:
Thomas Carey wrote:
Douglas Wilson wrote:Where did Innis come?
12th.
Thought it was me that came 12th, but may have go it wrong, as it was only from a quick glance at the laptop before it went AWOL. Hopefully we'll know the results soon!
You're probably right, with 3 wins out of 6 I'd be surprised if I wasn't lower.

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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:48 pm

Since the results haven't been published anywhere (as far as I know), how would Thomas Carey know where Innis came anyway, especially considering that he wasn't there?

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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Thomas Carey » Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:50 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:Since the results haven't been published anywhere (as far as I know), how would Thomas Carey know where Innis came anyway, especially considering that he wasn't there?
Aptochat. Can't remember who told me.
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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Mark Deeks » Thu Nov 10, 2011 4:40 pm

I think I was the one who said it, but I don't think 12th was ever official. It was just in the region of 12th.
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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Matt Bayfield » Sun Nov 20, 2011 2:37 pm

A delayed reply in this thread... but a belated big thank you to Michael, The Count, Charlie, the engraver of the winner's trophy for not raising an eyebrow, and anyone else who helped to organise CO:LON 2011. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and as always it was a pleasure to meet with a bunch of such lively, like-minded, words-and-numbers-geeks. ;-) Thank you also to Tony, Mike, Martin, Michael, Mark, and anyone else who's congratulated me on c4c on probably the most unlikely win yet at a Co-event. I owe it all to Jimmy Saville, for fixing it for me; to Ryan Taylor for a stroke of outstanding sportsmanship; and to apterous for allowing me to practice all those Dutch and Aegilops games which formed pretty much the entire basis of my preparation.

Finally, I don't think there's yet been enough appreciation for the efforts Michael went to in creating the CO:LON prizes. So here are a few piccies, showing the goodie bag in all its treat-packed glory. (Note: laptop not included.)
Now you all have no excuse for not attending next year...

*wave*
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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Andy Wilson » Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:19 pm

Belated congratulations. I clicked on that link 5 minutes ago, then spent the next 5 minutes browsing facebook again, before I remembered how I ended up there.

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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Kirk Bevins » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:46 am

I'm actually now gutted I couldn't make it as the photos look like so much fun was had. Roll on COLIN.

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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Matt Morrison » Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:24 pm

Matt Bayfield wrote:
Sun Nov 20, 2011 2:37 pm
I owe it all to Jimmy Saville

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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Gavin Chipper » Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:37 pm

When are the results being published?

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Re: Countdown in London 2011

Post by Matt Bayfield » Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:32 pm

Matt Morrison wrote:
Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:24 pm
Matt Bayfield wrote:
Sun Nov 20, 2011 2:37 pm
I owe it all to Jimmy Saville
I remember saying Jim fixed it for me when accepting my trophy. An unfortunate claim, given the subsequent revelation of his crimes, but at the time of writing (Saville's death was announced shortly before the final of COLON2011), it was a topical gag reflecting the unexpected line-up of the final.

Did anyone ever get anywhere managing to piece together the results?

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