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

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

Post by Jennifer Steadman » Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:43 pm

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 18/04 (60)
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*
Jonathan Wynn
Gevin
Big Steve Anderson 💪
Matthew Tassier
Lynne Cumberland
Mike Brown
Richard Priest
Jacob Coventry-Peters
Mike Springett
Tom Rowell
Tom Chafer-Cook
Conor Travers
James Wilson
Tricia Lockhart*
Fiona Titcombe*
Adam Dexter
Dan Byrom
Ciaran McCarthy
Stewart Gordon

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

Post by Jennifer Steadman » Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:46 pm

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!
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Post by Jennifer Steadman » Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:16 pm

Up to 20 entrants! 👸✨

It's the weekend! It's basically spring! Why not treat yourself to one of the 50ish remaining spaces? x
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Post by Jennifer Steadman » Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:52 pm

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.
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Post by Jennifer Steadman » Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:08 pm

Just under 8 weeks to go, and 38 are currently signed up. 34 spaces remain!

H 💋 y 🙏 p 🚡 e
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Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) 2019 - Saturday 11th May 2019

Post by Thomas Carey » Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:02 pm

Jennifer Steadman wrote:🚡
Aerial tramway solidarity <3
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Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) 2019 - Saturday 11th May 2019

Post by Jennifer Steadman » Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:16 pm

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.
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Post by Jennifer Steadman » Sat Mar 30, 2019 9:11 pm

6 weeks left. 24 spaces left. You know what to do.
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Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) 2019 - Saturday 11th May 2019

Post by Jennifer Steadman » Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:01 pm

Aaaaand that's 50!

22 spaces left - pay here by PayPal, or message me on here/Facebook/email (jennifer.steadman@rocketmail.com) to arrange payment by bank transfer.

Edit: make that 51! 21 spaces left.
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Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) 2019 - Saturday 11th May 2019

Post by Jennifer Steadman » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:51 pm

***It is EXACTLY one month until CO:LON 2019! Please read on for more details about the event... Otherwise you might get a surprise on the day.***

SIGN-UPS
Firstly, we are currently on 52 signed up, so 20 spaces remain. For budgetary reasons*, if you know you can make it, it would be really helpful if you could pay up sooner rather than later; if you can't pay up riiight now but are DEFINITELY coming then let me know so I have a better idea of numbers and can order stuff without overspending 👸


CONUNDRUMS
This year's conundrums will be a mix of 8s, 9s and 10s.

Why? I don't like to make unnecessary tweaks to formats, so I really sincerely apologise if it's a tweak that concerns you. But this gives me a wider pool of 'real word' conundrums that can be well-scrambled, gives you a little bit more of a challenge without giving you impossible words or ones that have been recycled dozens of times at events, and tbh makes planning the event significantly less miserable for me. I really hate writing conundrums.

Please don't be too irked - doing this makes it more likely that London 2020 will happen! ✨


PRIZES
Prize-winning categories will be:

- 1st/2nd/3rd place
- Wooden spoon
- Best new player
- Most improved player
- Rudest word
- Best dressed #FashionWatch2k19

There may be a small commemoration for anyone who makes a proper effort with their outfit. A *proper* effort. 💃


AFTER-PARTY
All being well, we will be revisiting the The Brown Bear pub (location here), a 7-minute walk from the venue - or 8 if you're feeling exotic - and just down the road from Aldgate East. It has a dartboard, a jukebox and more alcohol than you can shake a stick at.

Think that's all. If you have any questions, or need a buddy for travelling across London, please let me know. And sign the fuck up! x
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Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) 2019 - Saturday 11th May 2019

Post by Bradley Horrocks » Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:20 pm

Jennifer Steadman wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:51 pm
CONUNDRUMS
This year's conundrums will be a mix of 8s, 9s and 10s.
Interesting - will we know the length beforehand?
"And PANTIES, thank you for that, that cheers us up enormously" - NH

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

Post by Jennifer Steadman » Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:25 pm

Bradley Horrocks wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:20 pm
Jennifer Steadman wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:51 pm
CONUNDRUMS
This year's conundrums will be a mix of 8s, 9s and 10s.
Interesting - will we know the length beforehand?
No. If there's a consensus after the event that the conundrum format would have benefited from this (or was just pure shite) then I'll reconsider for potential future events, but I think this is the right approach for now - after all, the aim is to unscramble the letters in front of you.

(As usual, there will be no plurals, proper nouns or answers with multiple answers.)
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