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So when is the next GatBash?

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So when is the next GatBash?

Old 4th Nov 2009, 11:57
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Hello all, I reckon Reddo's right, if it was a totally informal booze-up like the couple we had a few years ago in Edinburgh, we'd be up for it i'm sure.

Not sure about Gatwick.....how about somewhere more central like er..Manchester
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Old 5th Nov 2009, 22:53
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Ah the lovely Gatbash!!! Oh how I miss it......The Gatbash, where an Irish Rugby jersey will get you EVERYWHERE!
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Old 9th Nov 2009, 20:18
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I went to all of them from the Ash Bash onwards...but I daresay I could manage one more.
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Old 18th Nov 2009, 05:01
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Having only managed to be in UK for one bash so far, always happy to try again...! When and where
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Old 19th Nov 2009, 08:10
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Good old times.

I attended one GatBash many years ago, made some great friends and met great people. After that went to another small bash with some English and Aussie legends they know who they are...

I don't usualy drink but that day will be remember as the day I almost got drunk, but didn't and never did since... I still remember the effect of of mixing some beers with wine and ending the day drinking a saki (think spelt like that).

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Old 22nd Nov 2009, 12:27
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I have this vision of Prune Pop, gibbering quietly and retiring to a room with a large Scotch in one hand, and the Mess Webley in the other.
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Old 22nd Nov 2009, 15:58
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Gibbering??? Large Scotch and a Mess Webley - would that be a .38 - if so it was me.

Otherwise I never did get drunk at ANY bash - ever. Not that I don't - mildly now and again but I had to keep law and order.
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Old 23rd Nov 2009, 11:25
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You just keep on keeping on AIRWAY. I can't imagine who might've been so fiendish as to try to get a young bloke like you drunk - especially on Saki! Here's a thought for you... I'm now at the stage where I keep saying "if I knew I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself"!

Throw away that .38 Pop, we all love you!
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Old 24th Nov 2009, 21:05
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Otherwise I never did get drunk at ANY bash
I absolutely agree with PPRuNe Pop that he never got drunk at a GATBASH because he was way too responsible, with so much to do to make sure everything went well. And he did do magnificent work for those bashes.
However, you may like to ask him about some other bashes like - for example - Zoombashes and Milanbashes. I think he went some way to REALLY enjoying himself at those! That's all I shall say on the matter!

Well - - - apart from saying that he managed to catch up on quite a lot of missed sleep in my armchairs various and at a certain dining table in Milan!!!

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Old 25th Nov 2009, 09:43
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'Tis true - actually, I was feeling a tad sorry for myself this good morn - but not any more. Arrgh! Zoom and Milan. At Zoom the chairs were all comfortable the booze was in abundance, the food was brilliant - I tried them all but the chairs won AND, I had the benefit of my own CC who pandered to my every wish - well G&T's anyway, lots of them (feel sick OzMate?).

As for Milan, well that was something else. The table in question seemed to have 'elbow recesses,' so a nap was entirely in order - and necessary. Anyway, mine host stuck a bottle of Sambuca in front of me (with a suitable amount of coffee beans) so what are you to do, and I just felt so sleeeeeepppppppyyyyyyyyyy!

Wonderful memories, wonderful people (just like the GatBashes) and when they are all friends it does have an effect on one's ability to have a bloody good time. And them that know's will vouch that I did. No point being there if you don't!
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Old 26th Nov 2009, 06:23
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Thumbs up

Yes indeed Pop!
For some strange reason, the G/Ts here don't taste as good as they do in the UK!
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Old 1st Dec 2009, 17:45
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Hi Pop and OzExpat, I remember you both also. Hi everyone. I thought forums notified you when people replied to your posts... Anyway... No more GatBashes!?!? That is a shocker as surely there is more need now for the seminar bit than ever...or a least as much as in 2002 say. I too only had one flying hour when attending my last GatBash. I note people say they would
be up for a Bash but no-one taking on the mantle of organising....should I? Would be a bit wierd for me to as I don't know any of the potential attendees and am not one of the old timers...but that's the point...to meet people and, I can get drunk ok. Hmmm.
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Old 1st Dec 2009, 20:47
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Supermatt, I promise you that the trend for the size of Gatbash we had was down! The last one was just viable with 75 people attending. In the end only 61 turned up and 8 of those didn't pay up. People these days like the opportunity but will not commit.

A much smaller version could be organised with people paying for their own rooms and food etc but you would not get the rates that a good number of attendees would guarantee - by that I mean a minimum of 30 rooms - guaranteed.

So, it's sad but true I'm afraid.
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Old 12th Dec 2009, 07:07
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G'day Supermatt. Speaking as one who has had some peripheral involvement in the far less complex arrangements for the OzBash events we used to have, I can assure you that you don't want to volunteer to arrange one! For us, the venue is usually pretty straight forward and we don't make a special arrangement for dinner - usually just get in the fod queue at the chosen venue.

The big difficulty is to book tables and, for that, you need definite numbers of people who will attend. Getting the numbers is the hard part and you can look awfully silly if you've booked tables for 30+ people and only 5 turn up. You might even end up getting stuck with a cancellation fee for the unused seats.

The bigger problem, however, is to find a date that meets with general agreement. Many folks have different working times and/or other commitments that preclude a reasonable consensus date.

I've often found, prior to travel to the UK for example, that I advertise a date and time when I'll be at a particular pub. I'll get there and just wait to see if anyone turns up. That way, you find a few people who are looking for an excuse for a few drinks - and we all know that, while an excuse is not expressly necessary, it's always better to have one!
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Old 6th Jan 2012, 14:58
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Red face "Performing" in the Ladies

We weren't. We were just continuing a conversation while she took a leak!

Anyway, I'm very happily married to TechChick now

"Those were the days"

(Maybe, probably, TC and I would make it to one in MAN. I might even offer to get ot organised with a few hints from PPP. We're only 50 miles away . . . . . )

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