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Subject: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 04:14 AM

ear Friends,

All messages and final details to be posted here now!


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Wolfgang
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 04:30 AM

eye, eye

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 04:32 AM

Wolfgang nose there was something wrong in the first message!

Ricardo


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 05:36 AM

Is this about Sid-mouth or Niort-mouth? ;-)


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 05:46 AM

Ear eye nose you!
G.


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Terry K
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 07:43 AM

Will Toe-knee be going?


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 10:55 AM

You've all got a bit of a cheek!

Ricardo


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 12:14 PM

Less of your lip!


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: The Unicorn Man
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 12:23 PM

I may have missed something, but when and where is it?


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 03:57 PM

Neckst month.


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: The Unicorn Man
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 05:48 PM

Where at?


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 05:51 PM

Nior9t in Franc9e


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 07:54 PM

All this anatomical stuff is getting on my nerves (not to mention my t**t*)! Not sure I can stomach much more of it!

29 April-1 May at La Garenne, near Damvix, near Niort(9) in France (i.e. not Whitby).

Ricardo


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 09 Apr 05 - 02:52 AM

as many days as a human being usually has toes and fingers ;-)


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: skarpi
Date: 09 Apr 05 - 04:02 PM

Halló all , who runs the Gathering this year???
I want to know , becouse I would like to know what I have to
have In mind If and I mean If we have it in Iceland Next year.
All the best Skarpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 09 Apr 05 - 04:20 PM

Well Skarpi my friend Mooman is the No1 man in this instance so talk to him. A gathering in Iceland sounds great to me, but can you sneak it in with the label Eurogathering, don't think Iceland qualifies as being in Europe ;~)
Giok


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 09 Apr 05 - 04:57 PM

skarpi, I think Letty wanted to organize the next EuroGathering in Cork/Ireland.

John, most British people think they are not in Europe (they say "We are going to Europe" when they cross the Channel) - but we still had a EuroGathering in 'ull ;-)


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 09 Apr 05 - 04:59 PM

Fireigners start at Calais Andy1
G ¦¬]


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 09 Apr 05 - 05:05 PM

John, I think you mix up the Channel with Hadrian's wall ;-)


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 09 Apr 05 - 05:06 PM

Antonine's wall as far as I'm concerned Andy!
Giok ¦¬]


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 09 Apr 05 - 05:13 PM

Ergo
G..


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: skarpi
Date: 09 Apr 05 - 07:43 PM

Well then It´s Cork Ireland and I am gonna start saving for that.
About Iceland is In Europe/America we can be in the south of Iceland
thats europe´s side of Iceland..........
But 2007 could be a options? In Iceland..... I am sure that
we can arrange that .
Maybe around the Viking festival In June.
All the best SkarpiIceland , And Letty Good for you .
I ´ll be In Cork.


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Wolfgang
Date: 10 Apr 05 - 03:35 AM

Iceland would be the ideal place to combine the Eurogather and any of the North American East Coast gatherings.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 10 Apr 05 - 03:41 AM

And oh those long June nights!
G.


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Wolfgang
Date: 10 Apr 05 - 03:46 AM

Iceland would be the ideal place to combine the Eurogather and any of the North American East Coast gatherings.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Wolfgang
Date: 10 Apr 05 - 04:18 AM

Iceland would be the ideal place to combine the Eurogather and any of the North American East Coast gatherings.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 10 Apr 05 - 05:32 AM

skarpi, the tradition of the EuroGatherings is that they are on the first weekend of May (1st of May is a public holiday in Germany, 1st Monday in May is a bank holiday in UK - which makes it easier for many of us).
Let's see what Letty says about Cork 2006 ...

Btw: 19 days


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 10 Apr 05 - 06:40 PM

18 days ...


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 10 Apr 05 - 07:59 PM

Cork 2006 sounds like an extremely good idea to me - with Iceland a close second ...


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 12 Apr 05 - 01:47 AM

On April 29 I can be found in the TGV 8335 leaving Montparnasse at 14:20, car 16, place 37.
Anybody else using this train?

Arrival at Niort 16:29. Can somebody fetch me from there?


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 12 Apr 05 - 04:04 AM

Dear Wilfried,

The timing should be such that I could fetch you. But if you are accidentally in place 36 I might miss you! (8>)

All the best

Richard


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 12 Apr 05 - 02:43 PM

17 days.


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 13 Apr 05 - 04:27 PM

16 days.


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 13 Apr 05 - 06:34 PM

15 days


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 15 Apr 05 - 03:18 AM

14 days - 2 weeks ...


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 15 Apr 05 - 04:50 AM

A fortnight?


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 15 Apr 05 - 06:19 AM

I've got detailed maps and more local and arrangement details which I'll be scanning in and posting up this weekend.

Peace

Ricardo


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 15 Apr 05 - 06:55 AM

Giok: could be a Fortnight, or a N[i]ortfight ;-)

Ricardo, a phone number would be nice (by PM).


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 15 Apr 05 - 07:27 AM

Richard, a phone number would be nice (by PM) pour moi aussi.

paix

Guillaume Frédéric


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 15 Apr 05 - 07:34 AM

Wilfried, which train do you take on the way back?

I think I am going to book the train arriving at 16:29 as well.
I might reach the one before but am not sure (depending on flight arrival...).

The 14:20 from Montparnasse (or 16:50 from Paddington?) should be no problem - and only one pickup would be necessary ...


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 15 Apr 05 - 07:36 AM

Chers Monsieurs Andre Le Guardien de Boue et Guillaume Frédéric !

C'est fait directement!

Grosbisoux,

Richard des Cheveux Longueblancs


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 15 Apr 05 - 07:41 AM

Merci beaucoup!

> Grosbisoux

I'd prefer to get this from LadyMcMoo ;-)


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 15 Apr 05 - 07:43 AM

Btw, Richard, you forgot the "Écume" on the second name ;-)


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 15 Apr 05 - 08:12 AM

Ok, booked the train.

Wilfried, when you are on the train, watch your back!
I'll be in car 17, seat 35
So please whoever picks up Wilfried provide another seat for me ;-)

I'll leave on Monday, taking the train leaving Niort9 at 11:37


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 15 Apr 05 - 07:08 PM

13 days!


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Letty
Date: 16 Apr 05 - 09:47 AM

Mudguard said:
"I think Letty wanted to organize the next EuroGathering in Cork/Ireland."

Hmm, but how about Munich? ;-)

Letty


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Oaklet
Date: 16 Apr 05 - 10:44 AM

What about Stourport in March? I am still on very good terms with the owner.


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Noreen
Date: 16 Apr 05 - 12:30 PM

You reckon? :0)


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 16 Apr 05 - 07:42 PM

12 days ...


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 17 Apr 05 - 03:38 PM

I think we should hold this here Eurogathering thingy in November in Milton Keynes as it clashes with my trip to D.C. which is now definitely going ahead. Alas my friends, I cannot make it to Niort9, but I will think of you intensely and often.
k   xx


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 17 Apr 05 - 03:44 PM

What a pity.
Or should I say (in remembrance of the Libyan times): Oh SHIT ;-)

I will miss you!


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 02:55 AM

11 days.


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 04:35 AM

Washington's gain is Niort9s loss, we shall all miss you Canula Buttock;~)
Giok


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 05:15 AM

Okey dokey!

Let's get down to final preparations and arrangements...!

First of all, Andy...the list as it now stands please!

Peace

Ricardo


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 08:06 AM

mooman
LadyMcMoo
MudGuard
Wolfgang
Susanne (skw)
Skipjack K8
Wilfried Schaum
John 'Giok' MacKenzie + Liz
Doug Chadwick
Kate
JeZeBeL
Charmion
CET
Letty?
Shrek?
Judy T?
Hannah McMoo?
Oaklet??

(no warranties ...)


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 09:27 AM

Caveat Emptor


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 10:26 AM

Dear EuroGatherers,

Let's start getting down to some serious organization now!

Tentative programme

Friday 29 April

- c.12h00-13h00 mooman and Mrs Moo will arrive at La Garenne. It could be that some of you will already arrived.

- Later that afternoon/evening. I will be available to collect those who need it from Niort railway station. It will be helpful, therefore, (if you haven't already done so) let me know if you need collecting and your approximate time of arrival)

- Evening. Informal music-making and everyone is free to choose what they want to do and where they want to eat. There should be barbeque facilities available at La Garenne for those who want to avail of them.

Saturday 30 April

- Morning. Nothing special planned. There is a market at La Rochelle for those interested and a couple of worthwhile things to see more locally (I'll post more details of those soon).

- Afternoon. Probably at around 14h30-15h00 we will have the "traditional" EuroGathering Outing. This year it will comprise a trip by punt(s) around the local "Venise Verte" canal system, probably from a village called Arcais. Instruments welcome (but don't drop them in the drink). Especially the aerophone for "Le Canal en Avril"! The punt(s) will conveniently return to outside a nice cafe where beverages may/will be taken!

- Evening: 20h00 The usual EuroGathering musical evening will take place at:

Hôtel Restaurant LA BOSSELLE
5, rue de la Garnauderie
85420 DAMVIX
Tél. +33 (0)2 51 87 13 11

where, conveniently, some of you are staying. Food (including crudites, a barbeque, aperitives, etc.) will be provided for the measly sum of €15 by the lady who runs La Bosselle (who is excited and pleased to have us there!). I know that word has been spread around and I will send her some posters too, so there should be a good ambience and maybe one or two local musicians.

Sunday 1 May

- Free morning to do whatever you like! (Sore heads?)

- Lunchtime. Mrs Moo has undertaken (and may be assisted by the able Andy) to make a big pot of something tasty at La Garenne. This will be followed during the rest of the day by informal music, chat, football or whatever else you want to do (impromptu arrangements of course are possible throughout the weekend!)

Monday 2 May

- after breakfast (naturally) and sad farewells, the great dispersal will take place over the course of the day. This, naturally, only after picking the victim (who may or may not be present) for the 2006 EuroGathering!

Some other practical details

This is what I understand (at present) of attendance and peoples' arrangements. Please let me know if it needs correcting or filling in:

mooman La Garenne (LG)
LadyMcMoo LG
MudGuard LG
Wolfgang LG
Susanne (skw) LG (in car?)
Skipjack K8 La Bosselle (LB)
Wilfried Schaum to advise please!
John 'Giok' MacKenzie + Liz LG (in camper van)
Doug Chadwick to advise please!
Kate LG (camping? to advise please
JeZeBeL LG (as above - to advise please!
Charmion LB
CET LB
Letty? are you coming m'dear?!
Shrek? same as Letty!
Judy T? I will check - will camp at LG if comes
Oaklet?? Hope you can come!
Hassan (friend of Mudcat) LB
Magali (friend of Mudcat and judge of the "grenouille" pronounciation competition (which is still wide open!)) - no francophones allowed please! LB

Our good hosts the Jerram family will of course be at La Garenne and the neighbours there will certainly join us.

The swimming pool may or may not be open (this depends on whether the tilers have started retiling it and is not a British Rail announcement!).

Good local wine will be available at €2/litre (it comes in 5 litre containers). Red, white or rose. Please let me know in advance what you want and it will be purchased for you!

OK...I think that's enough for one post. Maps and other details to be posted shortly!

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Ricardo (aka Richard aka mooman)

P.S. I bet I've b******d some of the HTML up here!


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 10:32 AM

P.S.

Anybody who needs my mobile number and doesn't already have it please PM me.

Peace

moo


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 11:41 AM

Richard, I ask to be picked up at Niort Gare Central on Friday at 16:29 (I come with the same train as Wilfried).
And to be dropped there on Monday before 11:37.


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 01:15 PM

" Doug Chadwick to advise please! "


As I said in the last thread, I'll be coming by car and bringing my tent, so it's La Garenne for me. I'm not sure what time I'll be arriving, but I'd be happy to offer transport once I get there if required.

Is La Bosselle walkable from La Garenne ? I'd prefer not to miss out on good wine for the sake of driving a car.


Doug C


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 01:42 PM

Cinque litres du vin rouge pour moi s'il vous plait, en bidon plastique; ca fait rien.
Le prochaine jamboree c'arrive, l'avenir c'est Vendredi le vingt-neuf d'Avril.
Joie d'Ecossee.
Giok


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Wolfgang
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 02:18 PM

Red wine for me, 3-4 litres perhaps, what I don't drink I'll take home.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 02:49 PM

1 bouteille de 5 litre Vin Rouge pour moi, svp.


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 05:26 PM

Dear Doug,

It would be about 2 or 3 miles if memory serves me right. Definitely walkable but I'd bring a good torch (deepest rural France and narrow unlit roads).

Cheers

Richard


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 08:40 PM

Niort 9


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 20 Apr 05 - 02:53 AM

5 l du vin blanc du pays en une bouteille grande pour cet homme, svp.

paix
GuilFréd


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Letty
Date: 20 Apr 05 - 01:36 PM

Sadly, I won't have the funds to come this year...Even though I'm doing my shopping at Lidl's :-)
I'm very sorry Richard, especially since I'm sure you and Pat will do a terrific job again!
Everybody: have fun! That's an order.

And Skipjack: thanks for the offer.

Love, Letty

As for next year: Cork is fine, but will have to check with conference dates. I'll let you know. That said, there are now flights from Cork to Munich (hint, hint)!


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 20 Apr 05 - 02:05 PM

So sorry to hear that, Letty! I will miss you!

And yes, Letty, I understand your hints!
These flights from Cork to Munich will be very nice for getting me back home from the 2006 Cork Eurogathering ;-)


Btw, I just found my train tickets in the snailmailbox!


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: robomatic
Date: 20 Apr 05 - 03:19 PM

Wish I could come.


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 01:49 AM

Niort 8


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 05:14 AM

Oh you are a Niorty boy Andy!
G..


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 05:16 AM

Just thought Andy 18th was N10rt day, we missed that didn't we??
G ¦¬]


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 05:41 AM

He can't be as Nior-t as he would like without Dr Fibulamatic there to dance nekkid round him pretending to be a Maybavarian...

Richard


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 03:04 PM

A narrow escape say I. [from the nekkid Andy, not from the estimable Talulah Flintlock]
G ¦¬]


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 04:30 PM

It's like a kick in the ribs:
No Letty, no Fibs!
No Downlands fiddle?
Tweedledum, Tweedledee, Tweedlediddle!

Wilfried Schaum to advise please!
In a former posr Richard (pronounce Reeshaar) conformed my booking of a floor space (about 180 mmx90mm, s.v.p.)

Eager to come, but again with no chance to play an instrument (broken arm, alas).

Will a Kate be available, preferably with some DVDs?

GuilFr�ed (� = i + accent aigue avec le E)


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 04:32 PM

Ooops (bloody new beer):

Post, confirmed (beg your pardon).


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 04:35 PM

it was Fibs that was supposed to be nekkid, not me.


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 05:04 PM

Noted Wilfried!

Ricardo


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 06:41 PM

Dear Friends,

For those of you who need a map of the local roads near La Garenne and how to reach the area from the nearest motorway, I've posted a (hand drawn) map here:

Mooman's EuroGathering Photo Site

I hope that the link works OK! If so, I'll probably scan in and post a few more useful things there in the next day or two.

Peace

Ricardo


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 06:52 PM

Good! It worked! By the way you can load a high resolution version by clicking on the image name at the site.

Latest list (as of today) and as far as I am aware:

mooman La Garenne (LG)
LadyMcMoo LG
MudGuard LG
Wolfgang LG
Susanne (skw) LG (in car?)
Skipjack K8 La Bosselle (LB)
Wilfried Schaum LG
John 'Giok' MacKenzie + Liz LG (in camper van)
Doug Chadwick to advise please!
Kate LG (camping? to advise please
JeZeBeL LG (as above? - to advise please!)
Charmion LB
CET LB
Shrek? (to advise please!)
Judy T? I will check - will camp at LG if comes
Oaklet?? Hope you can come!
Hassan (friend of Mudcat) LB
Magali (friend of Mudcat and judge of the "grenouille" pronounciation competition (which is still wide open!)) - no francophones allowed please! LB

Anyone else who is coming or who hasn't let me know their arrangements yet, please post to this thread or PM me!

Peace

Ricardo

P.S. Question for Charmion and CET... are you singers/musicians? (useful to know for the Saturday night arrangements!)


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 07:44 PM

I demand that the LG next to my name is replaced by BB - I'm no Little Girl, I'm a BIG BOY! ;-)

Doug already wrote that he is coming by car bringing a tent which he wants to put up at La Garenne.


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: CET
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 08:57 PM

2 litres of red wine, please. We have to stay reasonably sober since we are leaving La Rochelle at an insanely early hour on Monday morning.

Charmion and I are both singers. Charmion plays guitar, and has been working hard on the mandolin since last summer.

CET


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 09:38 PM

Niort 7 ;-) une semaine, one week, eine Woche!


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 04:10 AM

Latest list (as of today...updated!) and as far as I am aware:

mooman La Garenne (LG)
LadyMcMoo LG
MudGuard LG
Wolfgang LG
Susanne (skw) LG (in car?)
Skipjack K8 La Bosselle (LB)
Wilfried Schaum LG
John 'Giok' MacKenzie + Liz LG (in camper van)
Doug Chadwick LG (camping)
Kate LG (camping? to advise please)
JeZeBeL LG (as above? - to advise please!)
Charmion LB
CET LB
Shrek? (to advise please!)
Judy T? I will check - will camp at LG if comes
Oaklet?? Hope you can come!
Hassan (friend of Mudcat) LB
Magali (friend of Mudcat and judge of the "grenouille" pronounciation competition (which is still wide open!)) - no francophones allowed please! LB

Thanks CET...noted and noted!

Peace

Ricardo


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 05:07 AM

Hey, why am I still marked as a Little Girl?!


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: CET
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 05:42 AM

What I want to know is what's the prize for the grenouille pronunciation competition?

CET


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 06:39 AM

57 whelks as you like it?


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 06:45 AM

There will be a prize but it will be a sur-prize!

Ricardo


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 08:33 AM

It could be worse Andy, it could be LGB for large girl's blouse ;~)
G..


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Charmion
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 03:00 PM

10-day forecast for La Rochelle

It calls for rain all week except Wednesday. Bring brolly/umbrella, wellies/gumboots and mac/raincoat as well as torch/flashlight!


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 04:41 PM

Charmion, there's an important thing missing in your list of rain equipment: hip flask ;-)


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 06:37 AM

Niort 6


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 02:21 PM

If anybody is not coming to the Saturday night music and barbecue at La Bosselle could they yell now! (I'm assuming you all are). I'll then let Mme Drevet at La Bosselle know for seating/food arrangements,

Peace,

Ricardo


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 02:24 PM

P.S. It's €15 a head as mentioned before below for the food (includes aperitif so I understand). Also any special dietary needs? (Yes...I already know Andy needs his food!).

Ricardo


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 07:33 PM

Niort 5


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 03:57 AM

Niort 4


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 09:58 AM

I've started packing my rucksack yesterday. On Friday, April 29, my train will leave my hometown at 5:42.

Wilfried


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 10:54 AM

Weather forecast is for sunshine locally on Friday!

Ricardo


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 12:20 PM

I guess I need a camping mattress + sleeping back for indoor camping?


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Paco Rabanne
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 12:21 PM

100!


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 12:44 PM

You are wrong, ted.
This will be the fifth, not the hundredth Eurogathering ;-)


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 26 Apr 05 - 02:55 AM

Niort 3


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 26 Apr 05 - 04:24 AM

Yes...preferable you bring those Andy although there may be some limited local padding for the floor. Not sure in your size though! (;>)

Richard


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 26 Apr 05 - 05:38 AM

Ok, then I will carry this additional burden ... ;-)


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 26 Apr 05 - 07:25 AM

Bad news and good news

Bad News: The Vin en Vrac supplier cannot supply 5 litre containers for the €2/litre wine. If you want your very own personal 5 litres will will need youe own receptacle.

Good News 1: Emergency measures have been put into place at La Garenne put ensure an adequate supply of the nutient liquid concerned for Friday and to provide a solution while some of the world's top researchers seek a permanent solution.

Good News 2: The BBC long range forecast for the La Rochelle region predicts sunshine (25oC) on Friday and sunshine (27oC) on Saturday!

Peace

Ricardo


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 26 Apr 05 - 08:28 AM

Which size of container can he provide?

Is the long range forecast confirmed by our own BBC personal known as Kate-who-is-Kate?


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 26 Apr 05 - 10:49 AM

Not sure Andy...

You could always lie under the bulk container and we will pipe it directly in...

Ricardo


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 26 Apr 05 - 02:31 PM

Dear All,

Good News 1 For those without suitable 5 litre containers for wine by the hosepipe, I am told the wine seller does 5 and 10 litre wine boxes of decent wines at a good price!

Good News 2 The swimming pool will be open so you can bring your swimmeroonies if you want to. It may not have heated up fully but Saturday is forecast for 27C...

Good News 3 There will be some basis vegetarian food available on Friday evening. If you want to barbecue your own though, that is also possible. Croissants and French bread have been ordered for Saturday morning.

Good News 4 Two punts have been ordered for Saturday 16h00. We have one barcadero but will need to elect the other from amongst our ranks. I can do it but propose strongman Andy for the job...!

Peace

Ricardo


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 27 Apr 05 - 01:47 AM

Handkerchiefs ironed and packed, prepared for a last shave tomorrow.
Only 2 days!


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 27 Apr 05 - 04:10 AM

Niort 2


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 27 Apr 05 - 06:50 AM

For those who plan excursions, here are a couple of local tourist websites:

Marais-Poitevin

Vendee in general

Peace

Ricardo


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 27 Apr 05 - 07:41 AM

Niort

Richard, when you pick up Wilfried and me at Niort (16:29), could we stop at some shop for barbecue stuff (pieces of dead animals...)?


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 27 Apr 05 - 07:52 AM

Certainly a stop at a dead animal shop can be arranged Andy!

I hope that you (and the other non-Francophones) have still been working on your "grenouille" in the meantime! This competition will be judged by Magali from Niort on Saturday night and there is a prize!!!

All the best!

Ricardo


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 27 Apr 05 - 08:25 AM

Dear Friends,

More Good News! The BBC longe range forecast for Sunday for the La Rochelle area is sunshine and 21C. So...

Friday...sunshine! 25C
Saturday...sunshine! 27C
Sunday...sunshine! 21C

Peace

Ricardo


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Wolfgang
Date: 27 Apr 05 - 12:47 PM

27! I'm not sure my doctor allows me such a shock increase.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 27 Apr 05 - 05:57 PM

We'll have to drive slowly, Wolfgang, to give you time to acclimatise ... I've been warned it's 100 kmh maximum speed on French motorways anyway, so that shouldn't present a problem.

However, it looks like our fifth Eurogathering has been organised to the high standard us Euro-Mudcatters have by now got used to. Thanks again Wolfgang, Richard & Pat, Letty and Greg!

Only thirteen hours now before I start out. (Due for a haircut on the way.)


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 27 Apr 05 - 06:04 PM

Susanne, drive carefully, don't hit too many potholes - or you might wake up Wolfgang!

A haircut on the way? Is Wolfgang going to cut your hair while you are driving?

cu soon.
Andreas


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 28 Apr 05 - 04:05 AM

Niort 1


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 28 Apr 05 - 01:15 PM

And for Monday....sunshine again!

See you all tomorrow. Safe trips.

Ricardo


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 28 Apr 05 - 06:03 PM

Niort 0

see you in the afternoon!
Wilfried, look for me at Montparnasse!


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 28 Apr 05 - 07:08 PM

On the eve of the gathering, I wish you all the greatest of enjoyment, fun and good music. I shall sadly miss being there with you all.Cheers. Eric


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Letty
Date: 29 Apr 05 - 06:01 AM

Best wishes from me too. Eric, we could start a support group :-)

Letty


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Apr 05 - 10:43 AM

Any time you want Letty. I shall fly to Cork as soon as possible.

xx


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: GUEST,Skipjack Niort9
Date: 29 Apr 05 - 10:49 AM

On a troopship in la Manche currently, on the cellulite. Have to drop my babies in Paris first, so will probably lay Niort about 3am. Be gentle with me in the morning. Must go before I lose UK signal. We'll miss you, Eric and Letty, and will raise many a glass to you.


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 29 Apr 05 - 12:19 PM

Sorry Letty, the guest was me at school, not some "A horny mouse" poster trying to take away my mail order bride ! By the way, when are you coming to visit?

The rest of you, enjoy the good times. Thanks for raising a glass or several.


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 30 Apr 05 - 06:08 AM

Very quiet so far from you lot ! Raining here, no sun.


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Skipjack K8
Date: 30 Apr 05 - 08:42 AM

Well, what a trip that was, like clockwork, apart from the interstate highway that isn't on any maps yet. Thee hours from Calais to the eastern side of Paris central, dropped off young people with Uncle Iain, then four and a half hours down to La Garenne, 750 miles in a day, and seventeen hours in the saddle.

Can't really remember my name today, as it was 3am arrival and to bed, but we've done coffe, croissants and tunes this morning. That's enough from me, I'll try and get all gathered to do a bit.

MudGuard speaking:
So far it is a great weekend, though the location is a bit - let's say - remote (it took me 8 different means of transport to get here: tramway, subway, suburban, plane, regional train, metro, train, car)

Good music, a beautiful house, wonderful hosts, good friends, good food, good wine, great wheather (sunshine, 22 degrees in the shade)

Got to stop, other people queueing ...

Charmion here --
We are comfortably established in a little hotel where Monsieur et Madame feed us like fighting cocks and the coffee is from heaven. It feels like summer here (they were threatening snow when we left Ottawa on 23 April) and the garden at La Garenne is in bloom, with the resident thrushes and blackbirds competing with the Mudcats conducting their first session before lunch. We will have to leave sometime soon, but I won't think about that now.

Susanne here --
Temperature has gone up to 27 degrees in the paddock where the cars are. 13 hours of driving have landed us in the middle of a beautiful summer. I don't want to go back up north, but stay - pampered by our generous hosts Jill and Roger, partaking of the bread and cheese provided by Pat and Richard (mr & mrs Moo), with skipjack playing the piano in the background, as he is doing just now, or somebody else doing some music. It's right up there with the rest of the memorable Eurogatherings so far!

Giok the hot now, I just hate it here, food wine music; no dancing girls though, still the weekend is young and I wish I was too. Interesting to put faces to names, some people are like you would think they'd be while others confound all my preconceptions. Anyway there is a large German waiting to add a few pearls of wisdom, and he's too big to argue with. Wish you were here, particularly those who wanted to come but were prevented by conferences, and cash flow.
Giok

Wolfgang's bit
It's summer here at the end of April, a beautiful place. With all that hot air, even in the evening, and the local red wine, people get the most funny ideas, like me for instance singing for the first time a solo in all Mudcat meetings that heve been and I've been at all yet (like Greg, Andy and Richard). It was a thirteen hour drive down here, which is a bit crazy for a weekend, but not so much when thinking about all the good friends to meet and the music.
Wolfgang



Sunshine, good food, geat company and music: what more could you ask? Don't you wish you were here?
It's a good job that it's not raining 'cos I'm sleeping in a tent. On the way down I paid for a hotel room - I could have slept anywhere but I needed somewhere secure for my instruments while I was out sightseeing. It comes to something when musical instruments get a higher priority than me!

Doug C


Yep...second (or third or fourth of fifth all of the above! Temperature up to a nice 29C now. Lovely location, music in the open barn until the wee hours, night animals craoking and calling and the milky way above. What could be better with good music and good friends. Off in a moment to upend the lot of them in the canal!

Peace

moo


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 01 May 05 - 09:30 PM

Arrived back home half an hour ago (2.52am on May 2). We set out from La Garenne (with sincere regrets) a quarter past lunchtime (sans lunch). It being a Sunday the roads were empty, even circling Paris went like clockwork. Dropped Wolfgang off at Muenster at 11pm (but still 24 degrees!) and decided to push on, being wide awake. Was able to watch a beautiful thunderstorm between 1.30pm and 2.45 pm. Sometimes the light almost blinded me. Anyway, temp had been dropping for some time, it started to rain at 2.40, and at 2.50 I noticed a certain sleepiness. Got home safely, if distinctly cold (14 degrees outside ...), made a dash for the door in the pouring rain and will now be off to bed. Safe journey again to all other travelling Mudcatters (and honorary Mudcatters). This weekend was definitely worth driving 3011 kilometres to!


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Wolfgang
Date: 02 May 05 - 07:04 AM

Susanne,
that must have been a record breaking speed from Muenster to Kiel! Tell me about all the speeding tickets you get and send me the ones from my legs.

A heartfelt thankyou to our hosts, Jill and Roger. They were not responsible for the splendid weather but they made what they could that we could enjoy it. And a thankyou to Richard and Pat for their part in the oragnisation.

Letty,
I've good news and bad news for you. The good news is that next time the Mudcat gathering will be so close to your place that you easily will be able attend. The bad news is that it will be in Cork and we expect the local Mudcatters to organise it. You can still object but you are outvoted.

Seriously, Letty, of course you can say no thanks, but planning next year in Ireland has a distinct advantage: All the British Mudcatters have a bank holiday at the start of May, the German Mudcatters don't have one (that means that for instance Susanne did drive 32 hours to be in Niort from Friday evening to Sunday morning). But next year, the first of May is on a Monday that means that German Mudcatters have a long weekend which makes the thought to fly over to Ireland much more attractive.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Skipjack K8
Date: 02 May 05 - 01:23 PM

Just manoevering to port in Zeebrugge Roads on the way back to Hull9 across the German Sea. This morning I genuinely saw the sign 'Niort 9'.

Without taking anything away from previous Eurogatherings, they just get better and better, and they were brilliant when they started.

More when I am less expensively vacuous. It was just perfect.


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: GUEST,Wolfgang
Date: 02 May 05 - 01:46 PM

And what I forgot to say: Those being absent have been sadly missed and mentioned often with genuine affection ("I bet you ..... when pissed would have taken the night cover of the swimming pool for safe walking ground" "Imagine what that Portugese master dancer would do now with .... playing the maypole" "With that map by Richard .... would still stand in Calais scratching her head").

Which just means to say we had a lot of fun just thinking of you, sorry, I mean, we tried to have still some fun though you were only there in our thoughts.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 02 May 05 - 03:27 PM

Made it safely home, will try to make it safely to my bed right now, will read all the stuff after some sleep and write more then ...


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 02 May 05 - 04:00 PM

Home as well safely, us! About 7.5 hours door to door and not bad round Gay Paris.

Yo! What a weekend! Will post up again soon and will post some photos to Jeff too. Thanks to all friends, old and new for making it another memorable gathering.

Peace

Richard


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Letty
Date: 02 May 05 - 05:41 PM

Glad you had fun, will be honoured to organise it again next year.
One but: if anyone who hasn't organised a mudmeet yet feels like doing it, I'd be happy to give them the opportunity. Not that I'm not keen, on the contrary, but I think everyone should have the chance, as it's great fun to do. So, if there is anyone who feels a calling, please speak up soon!

It will be very different from Groningen, I expect: Cork still has closing times.

Letty


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 03 May 05 - 04:05 AM

Ok, had some sleep (not yet enough, but can think a bit more clearly) ...

Thanks to everyone involved in this weekend - it was great!
On the RichterEurogather-scale it was definitely a Niort 9 ;-)

Special thanks go to

Jill and Roger for hosting the meeting at La Garenne and for an endless supply of tea, coffee, food, whatever else was needed,

Richard and Pat for organizing the meeting (and food and drinks ...),

the musicians for lots of wonderful tunes and songs,

the birds (including hoopoes, sparrows, blue tits, great tits, yellow hammers, nightingales, starlings, red starts, robins, chaffinches, green finches, gold finches, swallows, house martins, sky larks, wrens, blackbirds, field fares, song thrushes, black caps, white wigtails and some more I don't remember or could not identify) and les grenouilles (frogs) for their concertos

les voisins (the neighbours) for enduring our late-night/early morning sessions



I had an idea how we could show our gratitude to Jill and Roger:
let's send picture postcards to them with pictures from the place where you live. My Munich postcard will be on its way when I go to the post office later this morning.
If all participants do that, Jill and Roger will have a nice collection ...

If you need the address, send me a PM (I don't want to post it here publicly)


I will start processing my photos this afternoon, so I hope I can send them to Jeff tonight.

Andy/Andreas/MudGuard


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 03 May 05 - 10:42 AM

Curse it all, Washington D.C. was very pretty but I really missed you guys and wish I'd been in Niort9 instead. Next year.... ahhh, next year.


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 03 May 05 - 11:15 AM

You were missed at Niort by us as well, Fibs - especially your nekkid dance around the Maybavarian ;-)


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 03 May 05 - 01:20 PM

Hi folks - arrived today just some minutes after midnight, took a bath and a long nap. Missus sleeping, but this morning she told me how glad she was to see me on her side.
So did I.
What a wonderful time to meet some new people, esp. Canadians serenading the cows, and an unkilted Scot with a mighty voice.
Besides the music I learned a lot about European and Transatlantic history.
For some decades ago I eard a cuckoo, now again, and if I might believe his oracle I hope to outlive you all.
And now I'm tired and want to go to bed again.

Wilfried (or Jean, as I allowed our beautiful hosting lady Jill to call me sometimes)


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Wolfgang
Date: 03 May 05 - 02:24 PM

Letty,

there won't be any competition, I guess.
If Skarpi offers Iceland, we'll tell him he has to wait until he can organise the 2010 common AmericoEuroMudgathering as an open air concert in Thingvallir. I shall sell the rights of the TV transmission.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 03 May 05 - 06:24 PM

No speeding tickets for me, I'm sure. It just happened that the motorway was fairly empty between 11.30 and 3am on a Sunday night.

Andy, a PM with the La Garenne address, please!

A lot has been said about this Eurogathering which deserves to be called 'Small but beautiful', but I feel there hasn't been much mention of music so far. Sitting outside in the open barn till after midnight, strumming and humming a little, is one thing. What we didn't realise was that the Saturday night bash at the restaurant at Damvix (sorry, forgot its name) was a) open air and b) most public. There was an audience of fifty or so, all come to partake of the buffet barbecue (barbecue buffet?) accompanied by Mudcat music. Richard and Greg bore the brunt of this, ably supported by Doug, Edmund & Charmion, Giok, Pat singing a couple of her fine songs, and Wilfried who was brave enough to sing a German soldier's song in front of a (very) French audience. I chickened out - the general mood seemed to me not in favour of an a cappella song in a strange language and feeble voice. We all (I think) admired Charmion for getting up and doing an a cappella number during a very lively phase of audience participation. By the end, they were all listening.

There was some dancing, too. I never managed to work out what my partner was dancing (a feeling probably reciprocated by him ...), but it was nice to be asked. And before that night I'd assumed that 'Will the Circle Be Unbroken' was a mournful, reflective number, not a dance tune. Greg, please don't do that again!

Some local performers joined in on the drums and the singing, which made for a happy end to the proceedings around 11pm. So, thanks too to the landlady and landlord who seemed to enjoy the night as much as their guests.


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 04 May 05 - 07:04 AM

WOW !

What a weekend !!!

Just got back (10.30 a.m., Wednesday). A late start from La Garrenne and a bit of sightseeing at La Rochelle, meant an overnight stop sleeping in the car in a lay-by rather than finding proper accommodation but I recovered well enough on the overnight ferry.

Those of you who had to leave to catch boats, trains and the like, missed a very special moment right at the end when Richard, on mandola, Giok, on guitar, and myself, on concertina, gave an impromptu performance as strolling minstrels to serenade the grandmother outside the neighbours' house.

There have been lots of mentions of the sunny weather but not of the fact that it was warm enough to swim in the outdoor, unheated pool on May Day. There were, however, only four of us brave enough to try it.

This year's Eurogathering scored on every point, with the chance to meet and make friends, both old and new, lots of music and beautiful surroundings The whole weekend was fun although I think an opportunity was missed when Greg stubbornly refused to get his pole stuck and fall in the water while punting us round the canals of La Petite Venice Verte.

Our hosts, Jill and Roger, couldn't have made us feel more welcome. My thanks to them and to Richard and Pat for all their hard work organising the event.

I'm already looking forward to next year in Cork


Doug C


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 04 May 05 - 04:10 PM

My pictures are on the way across the atlantic to Jeff (sorry for the delay - yesterday there was some urgent things to be done)


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 06 May 05 - 03:36 AM

Jeff did some work - you can now see the pictures


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 06 May 05 - 07:43 AM

Ace set of photos Andy!

They capture the atmosphere perfectly and you have more or less everything that I took (except the "ghost punt" attack a la Master and Commander!) so I don't need to bother Jeff with more photos.

More reflections from me later but, in the meantime, thanks to everybody for a brill weekend!

Peace

Richard (aka Ricardo or mooman)


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 07 May 05 - 06:26 PM

Thanks for your kind words, Richard ...

Do you have any photos with me in them?
(I know it's unlikely as usually cameras explode if they are supposed to take a picture of me)

Pat wanted me to send her the cow picture - I noticed I have no email address - can you send me a PM with the address?


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 09 May 05 - 09:00 AM

Our good hostess Jill has told Patricia that she and Roger have now joined Mudcat!

Peace

Richard


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 09 May 05 - 09:21 AM

The Mudcat can't have too many Rogers!
RtS


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: mooman
Date: 09 May 05 - 09:24 AM

Roger, Roger!

Richard


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 09 May 05 - 10:08 AM

Newest of the "Roger"s is "Roger TCB"
newest of the "Jill"s is "Jill Heslop"

Are these the two? If not, which Nicks do they use?

Anyway, welcome to the Mudcat, Jill and Roger!


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 09 May 05 - 02:06 PM

Giok has legs! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHH!
Great photos - looks like you did a sterling (or Euro) job Richard and Patricia! Really sorry I missed it.


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: MudGuard
Date: 09 May 05 - 02:39 PM

Yes, we all missed your nekkid dancing ;-)


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: Skipjack K8
Date: 09 May 05 - 06:02 PM

Jill & Roger, welcome indeed. Francophones are welcome to enter the 'Niort9' pronounciation competition, which is being judged by the lovely and absent Dr Fibs.

I am never coming to France again, after my grenuoille was summarily executed by the judges. Harumph.

Thank you both so much for hosting such a wonderful event. The highest praise in the Hull lexicon is that something was 'really nice'. It was really nice.


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: CET
Date: 10 May 05 - 09:03 PM

We are now back safe and sound and enjoying an appreciative feline reception. We had a week in the Netherlands after the Mudgathering, observing the 60th anniversary of the liberation with a group of Canadian veterans, and walked in our front door about an hour ago.

Thanks for the photos Andy. I really must learn not to put my hands in my pockets when I sing.

Thanks to Richard and Pat for organizing everything and to Jill and Roger for being gold medal hosts.

There were so many good memories from this weekend that I hate to single one out, but I will never forget having to leave early on Sunday night and being marched to our car by Wilfried, playing Muss i denn on the harmonica.

I hope to see some of you at the Getaway.

Edmund


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Subject: RE: EuroGathering 2005: The Final Countdown
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 16 May 05 - 03:18 PM

Well it looks like I'm the last one to make it home. Arrived back in Lairg at about 15:30 today,tired happy, and with a van full of booze. We went down to Andorra by small roads and byways, and back up to visit friends near Alencon by the same means, a great trip but nowhere else did we get the lovely weather we had a La Garenne unfortunately. We even had snow in Andorra plus it was a national holiday [Ascencion Day] so the roads were very busy, and the duty free shops were choc a bloc.
I second everything that has been said about how wonderful the weekend was, loved the surroundings too, and would go back there in the blink of an eye. Thank you, thank you, thank you Jill and Roger in particular, and Richard and Pat too, it was lovely to meet you all.
Well met by moonlight, to twist a phrase.
Giok


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