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FlickFilosopher meetup in London, week of February 8th

I head over to London this coming Wednesday, February 4th, arriving late that night, and I’m in town through Saturday, February 14th. I’d like to plan a get-together with any U.K. readers for early in the week of February 8th. I’ll be staying in Ealing — gimme a chance to scope out the local pubs for a good place to meet, and then I’ll schedule something and make an announcement here (and on my Twitter feed). It likely won’t be earlier than Sunday the 8th, and probably will be in the evening of Monday the 9th, Tuesday the 10th, or Wednesday the 11th, depending on what else I’ve got going on.

Sound off here if you think you might like to attend, so I can get a rough idea who — if anyone — might be available and interested.



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  • Leslie Carr

    Will there be a dress code?
    I’d like to.

  • Markyd

    Mary Ann, have you ever had a “meet up” anywhere(presumably New York)in America? I don’t recall such a thing happening, and I’ve been visiting this site for quite a while. Just curious.

  • I certainly hope to make it. Monday or Tuesday would be best for me. I’ve pointed “my” URL at a useful pub-finder site.

  • I live in Hammersmith, not that far from Ealing. I’d love to come along, as long as it’s not on the 12th when I’m likely to be working late.

    There’s no shortage of decent pubs in London and if you’re bringing a laptop over, try those in the Wetherspoons chain while you’re here – they’re very cheap and you can get unlimited wi-fi. (I’m currently without the internet at home and sitting in the pub, nursing one of their newly introduced 99p [$1.40] pints – at least Great Depression II is good for something.)

    If you feel like being a very sad Doctor Who fangirl, have a meal at Chula in Hammersmith. It’s where Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Paul Cornell and Robert Shearman used to meet up during the writing of series one and gave its name to the alien race mentioned in The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances. The Indian food’s very nice too.

  • Dee

    Aww I’d love to come but live in York – and thus wouldn’t be able to come down to London on a weeknight – enjoy though!

  • DaveH

    Judging by the dates you will be in England
    looks like you are not going to make Boskone?
    Bummer

  • Incidentally, this is how Ealing looked in 1969:

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=MQFJ5RtoLIQ

    An awful lot of Monty Python’s Flying Circus was shot in its back streets as well.

  • LOL at Proper Dave! I just watched my DVD of Spearhead from Space Thursday in honor of having a snow day and not going to work. They said in the commentary that the Autons coming out of the shop windows was filmed in Ealing High Street and I thought–hey, that’s where Sarah Jane lives! :) Followed it up with watching Rose to do a back-to-back comparison of autons then and autons now.

    If you see SJ down on Bannerman Road while you’re there, MaryAnn, say hi!

  • Les Carr

    Autons in Ealing High Street? Oh no! That is my first childhood memory of Dr Who and it freaked me out for about a decade. I *hated* going with my mother into town as a child because I knew that the dummies were poised to leap out and kill us at any time. I just couldn’t understand why the adults were happy to live in such mortal danger.

  • I hope you get here OK, MaryAnn. People in London can’t even get into work today, never mind land a plane. The city’s covered in thick, thick snow from Russia – I’ve rarely seen anything like it.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7864395.stm

  • Firedrake

    Meh. We get “extreme weather warnings” at the first two snowflakes these days. It’s only about three inches of snow even out here in the howling wilderness beyond the M25. It’s just that people have forgotten what snow is like and how to cope with it.

  • Tell that to the people in my office. Actually, you can’t – hardly anyone’s turned up because the public transport system is knackered.

  • Gee

    Heathrow is closed. A plane slid of the runway. I hope your journey is going smoothly, MaryAnn. I expect you’ll be shocked at how appalling this country is (well – the ‘soft south’ anyway!) at dealing with a few inches of snow. I’m one of the unfortunates that got stuck overnight on the M11 a few years ago. It took me 19 hours to get home instead of 45 minutes. I’m being a coward today and taking a day’s holiday! We are shaped by our experiences!!

    Ealing is not do-able for me after work – wrong side of the city (and I have to get into the city first.)

  • MaryAnn

    I still have not caught up on checking comments but I just popped over here to see what’s going on.

    Snow: I don’t leave here till Wednesday morning, so I imagine things will be back to something like normal by the time I arrive Wednesday night. Hey, if you’re not used to snow, even a couple of inches can be a disaster. Six inches of snow would slow down New York — as it has done a couple of time this winter — but not stop it. Twelve inches might, though.

    Thanks for the tips for places to check out. And thanks for the wifi tip, but the B&B I’ll be staying in has free wifi — which is one of the reasons I chose it. :->

    There will not be a dress code.

    No, I have not done a meetup like this in the States, but people in the New York and Boston areas have had lots of chances to meet me at sci-fi conventions, where I usually throw a room party. But maybe I’ll organize a meetup in New York in the spring.

    Nope, no Boskone for me this year. Sorry.

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