COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Jon Corby » Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:24 am

Kirk Bevins wrote:
Jon Corby wrote: INTERESTING. Are you there Friday & Saturday night or just Saturday?
Just Saturday. Just booked my train tickets in advance too. Less than £9 to get from York to North Hykeham, even booking as late as today. Ridiculously cheap. £17.15 to get home though. I get to Hykeham at 10:44 so enough time to walk to the venue before shuffle off.
Booked Friday & Saturday. They only have one single room though, so I had to get a double, which will be useful when I undoubtedly score in the Fox & Hounds (or McDonald's).

Gev, I have a code for £5 off a Travelodge booking (today only - booking that is, not stay) if you want it.

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:53 am

Jon Corby wrote:
Kirk Bevins wrote:
Jon Corby wrote: INTERESTING. Are you there Friday & Saturday night or just Saturday?
Just Saturday. Just booked my train tickets in advance too. Less than £9 to get from York to North Hykeham, even booking as late as today. Ridiculously cheap. £17.15 to get home though. I get to Hykeham at 10:44 so enough time to walk to the venue before shuffle off.
Booked Friday & Saturday. They only have one single room though, so I had to get a double, which will be useful when I undoubtedly score in the Fox & Hounds (or McDonald's).

Gev, I have a code for £5 off a Travelodge booking (today only - booking that is, not stay) if you want it.
How much was the double?

Anyway, I'm ringing Travelodge in a minute.

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Jan 14, 2014 11:00 am

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Jon Corby wrote:
Kirk Bevins wrote:Just Saturday. Just booked my train tickets in advance too. Less than £9 to get from York to North Hykeham, even booking as late as today. Ridiculously cheap. £17.15 to get home though. I get to Hykeham at 10:44 so enough time to walk to the venue before shuffle off.
Booked Friday & Saturday. They only have one single room though, so I had to get a double, which will be useful when I undoubtedly score in the Fox & Hounds (or McDonald's).

Gev, I have a code for £5 off a Travelodge booking (today only - booking that is, not stay) if you want it.
How much was the double?

Anyway, I'm ringing Travelodge in a minute.
They don't haggle. Fuck it. I'll book it later today. I think I found a £5 voucher online anyway, but I've got to go out now so I'll sort it when I get back.

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Matt Morrison » Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:03 pm

It's on vouchercodes.co.uk if you can't find it. Haven't looked at the T&C but see if you can book the two nights separately and use it twice. Travelodge are completely insecure about booking names so you can use the same card and book each night in a different name if needs be. And don't forget to get 4.04% cashback as well from my Topcashback link, all helps.

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:33 pm

Matt Morrison wrote:It's on vouchercodes.co.uk if you can't find it. Haven't looked at the T&C but see if you can book the two nights separately and use it twice. Travelodge are completely insecure about booking names so you can use the same card and book each night in a different name if needs be. And don't forget to get 4.04% cashback as well from my Topcashback link, all helps.
Booked it for Saturday (I'd already done Friday). I used the £5 voucher but didn't er get round to signing up to your thing.

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Jon Corby » Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:30 pm

£59.20 then?

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:46 pm

Jon Corby wrote:£59.20 then?

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Oh, didn't I say? They dropped the price to £15, so I only paid a tenner.

(It was £59.20.)

(But at least I get to hang out with all the cool people, and I'm not sure it even counts as going to COLIN if you don't stay at the Travelodge and then go to Little Chef in the morning. Oh, you didn't think of Little Chef did you Corby?)

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Jon Corby » Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:08 pm

I thought of the Little Chef a lot when I booked my cheaper room which has a delicious breakfast included in the price. (I probably will still come along to the Little Chef anyway though because I seem to get up earlier than everybody else and go for a walk or something because I'm an old man.)

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Zarte Siempre » Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:36 pm

Jon Corby wrote:I thought of the Little Chef a lot when I booked my cheaper room which has a delicious breakfast included in the price. (I probably will still come along to the Little Chef anyway though because I seem to get up earlier than everybody else and go for a walk or something because I'm an old man.)
Do you pick up a paper and tut at young urchins, too?
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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Ben Wilson » Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:39 pm

Zarte Siempre wrote:
Jon Corby wrote:I thought of the Little Chef a lot when I booked my cheaper room which has a delicious breakfast included in the price. (I probably will still come along to the Little Chef anyway though because I seem to get up earlier than everybody else and go for a walk or something because I'm an old man.)
Do you pick up a paper and tut at young urchins, too?
'Tut' is a euphemism, right?

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Zarte Siempre » Tue Jan 14, 2014 11:21 pm

Ben Wilson wrote:
Zarte Siempre wrote:
Jon Corby wrote:I thought of the Little Chef a lot when I booked my cheaper room which has a delicious breakfast included in the price. (I probably will still come along to the Little Chef anyway though because I seem to get up earlier than everybody else and go for a walk or something because I'm an old man.)
Do you pick up a paper and tut at young urchins, too?
'Tut' is a euphemism, right?
As in I mean, he's misming the euphs?
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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Phyl Styles » Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:52 am

Or might someone (Mr Styles?) be a reserve in case we need even (divisible by 3?) numbers?
Perhaps if you had thought of the impact of this remark, or you were at all serious when you said
sounds good if we can keep improving the attendance and popularity of events
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you might at least have hesitated before making it?

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Phyl Styles » Fri Jan 17, 2014 12:10 pm

I never managed to work out these quote thingies, sorry

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Andy Platt » Fri Jan 17, 2014 4:37 pm

You sound offended. I was just curious why Ben had more people in the list than he said were attending, so I thought that implied one listed attendee might be provisional, and logically assumed it could have been the lowest seed. Turns out someone paid Ben literally as he was writing that post, and that's why the figures were out.

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Matt Morrison » Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:29 pm

At least if Taylor-Taylor fizzles out we can still have a fight to watch.

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Zarte Siempre » Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:13 pm

I'll start a fight with the closest person to my fighting capability there.

Matt, is Indra free to kick the shit out of me?
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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Phyl Styles » Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:26 am

Sorry, Andy, misunderstanding; there will be no fight to spectate as far as I'm concerned, but I might bring my yellow cap and my knitting for added excitement.

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Stewart Gordon » Sat Jan 18, 2014 1:58 pm

I keep meaning to book myself in for this but things have been a bit hectic so I haven't had the time to look into it properly, what with the "hangover" event to consider. Are there still places left on both events?

Moreover it would be nice to have a "last updated" date on the list of participants so we can tell if it's up to date.

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Ben Wilson » Sat Jan 18, 2014 3:23 pm

Stewart Gordon wrote:I keep meaning to book myself in for this but things have been a bit hectic so I haven't had the time to look into it properly, what with the "hangover" event to consider. Are there still places left on both events?

Moreover it would be nice to have a "last updated" date on the list of participants so we can tell if it's up to date.
Both events still have plenty of space in them, yes. :-) The list is never more than 24 hours out of date (the seeding list is updated a little less often).

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Jon Corby » Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:12 am

Phyl Styles wrote:Sorry, Andy, misunderstanding; there will be no fight to spectate as far as I'm concerned, but I might bring my yellow cap and my knitting for added excitement.
Interested to see how Andy responds to this 'knit-off' gauntlet being thrown down. IT'S ON.

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by JackHurst » Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:25 pm

Whoop whoop. Finally got my train tickets sorted. I'll be turning up just for the saturday, bringing with me one OED3 and 2 Sets of the board game, one without a numbers target generator. I get to Hykeham at 10:44 so should get there just on time!

Edit: Btw, I have checked my letters packs against http://www.thecountdownpage.com/letters.htm and removed extra Hs and Xs etc. I'd recommend that anybody else bringing their own letters pack does the same if they have the time.

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Ben Wilson » Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:41 pm

Because there's been a lot of people asking, here's the itinerary for the day:

10:00 doors open
11:30 draw for round 1
11:50 round 1
13:10 lunch
14:15 round 2
15:35 break
15:50 round 3
17:10 break
17:30 grand final
17:45 prizegiving

And for the Sunday...

10:00 doors open
10:30 draw for round 1
10:45 round 1
12:00 lunch
13:00 round 2
14:15 grand final
14:30 prizegiving

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by JackHurst » Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:09 pm

This year there will be a small team event to go alongside the main COLIN event on saturday. The details are given in this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=10&t=10204

Please reply to the topic if you want to be part of it.

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Rhys Benjamin » Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:56 pm

Quick heads up to Charlie that drafting posts into Global Announcements doesn't seem to work, for this originally had its own topic, but I shall repeat it here:

Is anyone driving to and from London on the Saturday (and back on the Saturday)? It would help if I could have a lift if there is anyone - I'm willing to share petrol costs etc.!
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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Matt Morrison » Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:42 pm

Still showing in global announcements for me.

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Rhys Benjamin » Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:22 pm

Matt Morrison wrote:Still showing in global announcements for me.
Sorry, I didn't come across very well. What I'm trying to say is that when you draft a post (i.e. write it out but click 'save') in a global announcement thread (like this one), and then properly post it, it starts a new topic, and not on the end of this. I've deleted the trail of destruction.
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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Rhys Benjamin » Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:34 pm

I'm glad to be saying this: IN.

(The first one only.)
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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by James Laverty » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:23 am

Travelodge down to £43 for the Saturday for any other last minute bookers
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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Chris Marshall » Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:57 pm

Yet a few hours later it is £59.

Not stopping anyway but i'll pop over for the main event.

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Richard Priest » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:23 pm

Probably a bit late in the day to say this but if anyone wants picking up on the way on Saturday morning somewhere between Stoke-on-Trent and Lincoln PM me and I'll see what I can do.

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Harry Whitehouse » Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:07 pm

By some awful coincidence, I'm stopping at that Travelodge on Monday night. Let me know if there are any rooms I should avoid please.
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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Mark Deeks » Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:23 am

108 smells like oats and it did so before I got here so don't blame me.
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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by James Laverty » Sat Jan 25, 2014 10:33 am

Hi don't know if anyone will see this but my train has been delayed and so I could be cutting it very fine for round 1. Apologies for any incovenience caused
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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by David Barnard » Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:32 pm

Just got back home, cheers Ben for putting on a great event and I'm sure it was enjoyed by all, congrats to Jack on Saturday and Dylan today, great standard of play and it was great to meet some new faces, especially James R, Callum, Dylan and many others. I'll certainly be making an effort to come up next year. Apologies if you found it hard to understand me as well, my throat definitely felt irritated (damn window mould in this flat :( ) and apologies to the staff who told us at 4am to keep the noise down although it did lead to Jono's quote of the meet when we were in Suzie and Debbie's room with a group of other apterites. Basically:....

Member of staff comes in to tell us to keep the noise down
Jono Answers the door, member of staff: 'Could you keep the noise down please, it's 4am and there are kids around'
Jono: 'Yeah sorry about that, she (in the toilet) just had a really bad curry
Staff: 'Oh you're having a good time yeah?'
Jono: 'No we're having a shit time'
Member of staff: 'Certainly smells like it'

He left at that point

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Matt Morrison » Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:41 pm

hahah

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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by Mark Deeks » Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:04 am

Oh so YOU'RE who I caught this bastard of a cold from, David.
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Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Post by David Barnard » Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:06 am

Mark Deeks wrote:Oh so YOU'RE who I caught this bastard of a cold from, David.
Nah, I don't have a cold, I'm not ill

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