[EVENT] [SAT 29th JAN 2011 MANCHESTER, NORTH ENGLAND] phpBB Meetup

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Re: [SAT 29th JAN 2011 MANCHESTER, NORTH ENGLAND] phpBB Meet

Post by MarkTheDaemon » Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:51 pm

Great to see old faces and catch up and meet new ones too :). Must do it again soon, would be excellent to get a semi-regular thing going.


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Post by samengland » Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:53 am

Thanks for the kind comments Christian, David, Keith and Mark.

It was certainly an excellent day out - a successful meet up with an impressive turn out, which I think truly demonstrates the strength of the community behind phpBB project, and the passion which drives it. It was really good to meet a such a fun, friendly, dedicated and passionate group of individuals who clearly care about what they do.

As far as the day itself went, Pizza Express were really good for accommodating the group - for those who don't know already I did negotiate with the management to ensure that we wouldn't require a deposit for the booking of 10 people. I trust those who were with the main group enjoyed the 14 mile round trip to the Trafford Centre including Christian's pre-planned tour of the Trafford Centre's entertainment facilities, including the bowling alley, arcade and casino but to name a few. On a serious note - despite Laser Quest's incompetencies (in terms of answering the phone and accommodating a group of 6 people... certainly a place which won't be considered in the future), I do think it went really well overall and those who haven't seen Manchester before got a magical mystery tour (to use the term which Keith coined) of some of it's suburbs via Tram and Bus. The Apple Store/breaking computers was good fun nonetheless too.

To repeat what seems to be consensus amongst the majority of the group - I do agree that it would be great to make these meet ups a regular occurrence, especially for the benefit of those who were unable to attend this time around. I've also learnt quite a bit from organising this event - any future events will run even more smoothly. What I didn't realise initially was the number of people willing to make a weekend of it and stay in hotels - so possibly next time we could make arrangements for everyone to stay in the same hotel and perhaps centre events around the hotel itself - and make it the rendezvous point as opposed to an unexpectedly inadequately sized Starbucks. Any other feedback about this event would be greatly appreciated. Overall though, the meet up can certainly be declared an overwhelming success.

As Yuiry mentioned to me, I'd be more than happy to write up a report/blog post about the Meet up - and if anybody has additional photographs of the event which they would like to share then please do link to them from this thread - maybe they could be included in the blog post.

Thanks once again to everyone for attending :)
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Post by Christian 2.0 » Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:17 am

samengland wrote:if anybody has additional photographs of the event which they would like to share then please do link to them from this thread - maybe they could be included in the blog post.
I have a photo of a broken-down train, which caused me to be standed in Chester station for 90 minutes before getting a road-replacement service the last 6 miles to Wrexham. :P

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Post by MarkTheDaemon » Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:20 am

Christian 2.0 wrote: I have a photo of a broken-down train, which caused me to be standed in Chester station for 90 minutes before getting a road-replacement service the last 6 miles to Wrexham. :P
Long live British Rail, still with us in spirit and customer service ;).


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Post by Marshalrusty » Tue Feb 08, 2011 2:47 am

I totally forgot to post photos, and nobody reminded me. Better late than never, I suppose.

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Post by samengland » Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:11 am

I was thinking about reminding you - wasn't sure if you were busy. Thanks, Yuriy for posting up the photos - excellent stuff. Would you still like a blog post to be written up? :D
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Why is David drinking a mint julip in England and why is Nils asleep? :P

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Re: [SAT 29th JAN 2011 MANCHESTER, NORTH ENGLAND] phpBB Meet

Post by Erik Frèrejean » Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:54 am

RMcGirr83 wrote:why is Nils asleep? :P
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Post by chrissyS » Mon Feb 14, 2011 6:46 pm

No Girlys turn up then boys?.....

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Post by Paul » Mon Feb 14, 2011 6:52 pm

Iam afraid there arent many girls in the phpBB world at all really :).
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