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Ian Chippett
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Re: Champ de rÍves June 2012
« Reply #20: 19.12.11 at 16:49 »
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I wrote : "the place of the post-gig festivities" but meant the pre-gig festivities. The place of any post-gig festivities won't be much farther away.
 
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Re: Champ de rÍves June 2012
« Reply #21: 20.12.11 at 19:53 »
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Amazing: we might actually be able to make it, May 26th will magically work out nicely. Now will have to ensure that my father joins as well, there may be 3 generations of Atkin fans in one concert. Very excited in NZ. Feeling too lucky...
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Re: Champ de rÍves June 2012
« Reply #22: 23.01.12 at 14:53 »
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Latest news from the Champs de RÍve:
 
- The concert is set for 26 May at 19h30 in the Chateau de Saint-Germain-en-Laye. This is right next to the RER (fast metro) station and in the centre of town. It will last about 2 hours including interval.
- The venue is quite small (110 seats) so please reserve as soon as you can to ensure availability. Having said this we will not be publicising the event locally for another few weeks so there is time.  
- Various bars are within 100 yards of the venue.
- Places will cost £18 (children or students £15) and can be reserved by sending a cheque to the order of Oliver Ash to: Oliver Ash, 30 rue de Pontoise, 78100 St Germain en Laye. Please also send me an email to oash@richmond-dev.com so I can confirm to you when your cheque has been received and your place is booked definitively.  
- This is not designed to be a profitable venture, merely to try and keep any loss to a minimum, so apologies if you think the price appears steep.
- The town is close to Paris, which is easily accessible by RER (20 minutes to Arc de Triomphe - Etoile) as above. However it is a delightful town for a weekend in its own right and there are a few local hotels. We are trying to reserve a few rooms on this basis and at an attractive rate at Ermitage des Loges, within 5 minutesí walk of the venue. It is a pleasant hotel where the rooms are likely to cost about 90Ä for a double. Please feel free to look on the internet for hotels or watch this space for booking arrangements at Ermitage.
- For MVs we are also planning on holding an Ďopen gardení party form about 13h on the Saturday afternoon. Our home is close to the venue and the idea is to be able to chill out informally, chat with Pete and other MVs, sunbathe, drink and eat (my children will be manning the Pimms, beer and cheese stand so I am not responsible for their pricing policyÖ). Ian Chippett has dreamed up the idea of a MV quiz, one or two of you may be tempted to grab a guitar and play and sing (melodically please) from the stone steps at the back of the garden, whateverÖ
- Please email me if you have any questions relating to arrangements or contact the esteemed co-organiser Ian Chippett.
- I will update info on the forum from time to time.  
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Re: Champ de rÍves June 2012
« Reply #23: 23.01.12 at 15:35 »
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Great to read that's it's all happening. My cheque is, as they say, in the post...
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Re: Champ de rÍves June 2012
« Reply #24: 23.01.12 at 15:57 »
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Dear Oliver, please reserve two places for the memsahib and moi. I have sent you an e-mail re payment. Looking forward to it.
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Re: Champ de rÍves June 2012
« Reply #25: 23.01.12 at 22:44 »
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Well done Oliver and Ian! It sounds to be a great venue. Give me a couple of days to let the jet-lag wear off and a cheque will be winging its way....
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Re: Champ de rÍves June 2012
« Reply #26: 25.01.12 at 18:32 »
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Excellent news, well done. Have requested 2 tickets, can't wait!
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Re: Champ de rÍves June 2012
« Reply #27: 26.01.12 at 15:14 »
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Quick update:
 
- we're at 17 seats booked so far, an encouraging start;
 
- the hotel mentioned above, Ermitage des Loges, 00 33 1 39 21 50 90, has agreed to hold back 6 rooms until end March; price is 80Ä single and 90Ä double, ex breakfast. Please contact them directly if you want to book, they will take a credit card guarantee but refund you if you have to cancel at 48 hours notice I believe. It's very convenient for the venue and St Germain en Laye as a whole.
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Re: Champ de rÍves June 2012
« Reply #28: 30.01.12 at 10:07 »
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CDR Update 2
 
- We have gone past 20 bookings so far, lots of cheques in the post...
- Please do your own hotel bookings, we can't look after that because there will be a need to give a credit card...however please email me for any advice on travel or any other aspect of arrangements;
- Please also remember that the 'garden party' is a private invitation to MVs who are attending the concert and not a public event; Mrs A has already voiced concerns at hordes of hairy hippies invading her space (!) but I've reassured her most of them (us) are now elderly and harmless...
- er...that's it so far.
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Re: Champ de rÍves June 2012
« Reply #29: 16.02.12 at 15:05 »
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Brief update on the Champ de rÍves: so far 34 MVs from various parts of the world and a few non-MVs have signed up which is more than we had expected. A press release has been sent out to the local paper and to "Le Parisien" which  has special supplements for the various departments around Paris including les Yvelines in which St. Germain-en-Laye is located. Last week we went to the site with a specialist who told us what we'll need in terms of sound and lights which was our principal worry as Oliver and I are equally challenged in terms of technology. Just the poster to do now for various strategic locations around Paris to guarantee a full turnout of expats and English-speaking natives and we're in business. Just keep the cheques coming in...
 
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Re: Champ de rÍves June 2012
« Reply #30: 21.02.12 at 13:51 »
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CDR Update 3
 
The hotel Ermitage des Loges has said they will block a further two rooms until 12 March. 4 of you have already booked so if any others wish to do so please don't wait too long or all the rooms might have gone. Please call them to book as the internet reservations may show no availability. The rooms are booked under 'Pete Atkin'.
 
Nothing else to add at this stage other than we are near the 40 mark for tickets and the excitement - at least in our household - is mounting!
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Re: Champ de rÍves June 2012
« Reply #31: 21.02.12 at 18:53 »
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Oliver wrote:
 
<< Nothing else to add at this stage other than we are near the 40 mark for tickets and the excitement - at least in our household - is mounting! >>
 
For any hesitant Voices we can still get the Stade de France if you book soon enough. Plus it's closer to where I live.
 
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Ch‚teau de rÍves, May 26th
« Reply #32: 25.03.12 at 10:03 »
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Well, as Oliver says, it's not really a field... [nor is it in June!]
 
Latest report indicates close on 50 tickets already sold for the concert, out of 110 or so. And the posters have just been printed!
 
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Re: Champ de rÍves June 2012
« Reply #33: 26.03.12 at 22:41 »
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For various reasons I found myself invited to participate in a TV pilot for a new game show. They told me I would get 100Ä for just being there and could win up to 250,000 quid if I won. Thus it was that I turned up at the studio with my team which included fellow MV and mate Oliver. After a long wait, we were wheeled in front of the cameras where I proceeded to lose 30,000 quid by not being quite as vicious a swine as the other participant. After which for technical reasons too complicated to explain or indeed tio understand I had to pretend that I'd actually won and were asked what we planned to do with the money, why was our strategy so successful, etc etc. Finally, after the interviews when I asked what would happen next, they said that I wouldn't even get the 100Ä as I'd taken part and lost. The girl who signed me up had made a mistake. If I had just turned up and not been selected I would have got the 100Ä which would have paid for the new shirt I had to rush out and buy. What I'm trying to say is, Pete, if you're doing requests in Paris in May, Oliver and I would like to hear Be Careful When They Offer You The Moon...  
 
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Re: Champ de rÍves June 2012
« Reply #34: 02.05.12 at 17:48 »
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CDR Update 4
 
Latest news from the front near Paris.
 
Thanks to a tremendous effort from my sales team (alias Mrs Ash) we have now breached the 70 mark and there are only about 30 tickets left. A big atmosphere is therefore already guaranteed for the concert.
 
Nothing new to add on arrangements except to repeat with some changes the below paragraph from a previous post:
 
"For MVs we are also planning on holding an Ďopen gardení party form about 13h on the Saturday afternoon. Our home is close to the venue and the idea is to be able to chill out informally, chat with Pete and other MVs, sunbathe, lounge around the garden, drink and eat. We are very close to the town centre and therefore we encourage people to bring whatever food and drink they wish to the house in order to picnic in the garden. Just please clear up all rubbish! My children insist upon manning a drinks and crisps stand in order to top you up if necessary and I am not responsible for their pricing policyÖ  
 
You can come and go as you wish during the afternoon, visit the park and forest closeby, wander around the old town, go shopping, sleep, etc. Oh and there is even a WC in the garden for you...
 
As far as events are concerned Ian Chippett has dreamed up the idea of a MV quiz, and we actively encourage an informal play-as-you picnic music session from the stone steps at the back of the garden. I will provide an acoustic guitar to keen musicians but reserve the right to whip it back if the results are not satisfactory and the neighbours complain..."
 
Please encourage any late-comers to join you for the event before it's too late. Look forward to seeing MVs on the 26th. Please also contact me if you have any questions or if I've left something vital out of the arrangements.
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Re: Champ de rÍves June 2012
« Reply #35: 24.05.12 at 17:16 »
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Last Update!
We are already at about 85 tickets so a bumper crowd is guaranteed. Pete will be on his way tomorrow morning across the Channel. We are really looking forward to seeing lots of MVs at various times during the afternoon and evening; for those of you coming round to our place don't forget it's a picnic so please bring whatever you intend to eat and drink;
We're looking forward to a memorable evening and weekend.
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Re: Champ de rÍves June 2012
« Reply #36: 24.05.12 at 21:57 »
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It's stopped raining here in Paris for the first time in months and temperatures have risen above freezing so we will all be able to loaf around in Oliver's garden during the pre-gig festivities. These may include a quiz and musical contributions from anyone so inclined or even vertical though any verticality will depend on what Oliver's kids put in the Pimms which will be on sale during the afternoon...  
 
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Re: Champ de rÍves June 2012
« Reply #37: 25.05.12 at 21:17 »
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It is, indeed a small world. After a train ride from Sheffield, Yvonne and me boarded the Eurostar for Paris. We shared a table with a young French guy and a bearded gent who claimed to be from the USA but clearly wasn't. After an hour or so a few words he spoke clicked in my brain and I deduced that he was none other than Keith Busby, PA fan from Madison, Wisconsin.  
 
This was great good fortune as we speak no French and he teaches it to graduates. So our trip from the Eurostar terminal to St-Germaine en Laye was Teflon smooth. I returned his translation favours by using my acute geographical skills, honed by hours on Google Streetview, to guide us to the hotel.  
 
Keith had arranged to meet up with Robb and his wife for dinner, so we all ended up in a nice Moroccan place where vast amounts of humous were washed down acceptable wines. We have now staggered back to the hotel, refraining from knocking on Oliver Ash's door and asking for a nightcap out of consideration for him needing his sleep before the big day. We are truly noble creatures.  
 
The venue looks magnificent. The weather is appallingly warm (I'm Scottish so this is like exploring the rain forests to me) but there is keen anticipation of the day to come.  
 
Wish you were here.  
 
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Re: Champ de rÍves June 2012
« Reply #38: 25.05.12 at 22:40 »
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Ian, just as well you didn't knock on Oliver's door as he was with me, Pete, Mrs. Pete, Steve and Carole not to mention Mrs. Ash in a local hostelry after 8.00 after setting up the gear for the show. We await your presence as of about 1.30 pm chez Oliver for the pre-gig picnic/rave-up. And don't count on Keith for translation purposes: he speaks medieval French, OK for Ronsard but not much use in present-day St. Germain-en-Laye...
 
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Ch‚teau de rÍves May 26th -- the night before
« Reply #39: 26.05.12 at 09:56 »
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...and here we all were:
 

 
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