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(Message started by: Carole on Today at 15:40)

Title: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Carole on Today at 15:40
Listen up peeps! I've just been down to the Marriott to see if I can arrange a gathering spot for after the show. Very helpful they were too. However, it being a Saturday night they have a few weddings on and all the private rooms are booked. But they offered me sole use of the Café Bar, which forms part of the reception area. This, in my view, is even nicer for our requirements than a private room as it's not so isolated. So I've booked it!

What I need now is for you to indicate to me whether or not you think you will attend. I'm going to order a small quantity of sandwiches, so I'd like to know numbers in order not to overspend.

You may IM or email me, or reply to this thread if you like, I'll log it from here.

Oh yes, one small downside to the Café Bar is that the bar closes at 11pm :o. BUT the management pointed out to me that residents can drink 'til way later than that and so although no money can pass over the bar after 11, residents can get drinks for others (which they'll need to be paid for of course!) I have a feeling that Messrs Busby, Gunningham, Crooks and others are going to find they've suddenly become everyone's best buddies!

Carole

Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Carole on Today at 16:06
I forgot to mention that it would be nice if I could have some firm idea of numbers by the 28th August.

Ta

Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Keith Busby on Today at 17:35
Did I mention Tab is my middle name?

Keith

Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Leslie Moss on Today at 21:39
Gill and I will be staying at the Marriott too - so count us in.

PS To other Marionettes, when/where are you planning to eat? Before the event? Cos we had originally planned to eat afterwards, but if we're schlonching in the Cafe Bar this changes things.

Leslie

Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Nedd on 16.08.06 at 11:26
Yes please. Something before would be nice too, if anyone is arranging anything and doesn't mind an extra one.
By the way, what IS a sclonch? I'm rather dub. about the etym.
Thanks
Nedd Horner

Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Jim_McNeil on 16.08.06 at 13:21
Count me in for post-music refreshments at the Marriott as well.  If I have to travel all the way from Crookes, in North west Sheffield, I might as well make a night of it!
Jim McNeil

Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Keith Busby on 16.08.06 at 14:40
Since I'll be arriving in Sheffield on the Friday, I'll have the time to make a reservation somewhere in the vicinity for for pre-event diners at, say, 6 on Saturday, informing restaurateurs that we would need to be done by 7 so as to get to the Lantern by 7:15. Leslie and Gill are already on board. You too, Nedd? Please let me know if you would like to join in. Humbly suggest meeting in the reception area of the Marriott at 5:45. Given time restraints, I could simply order set dinner for whatever number and have it ready when we arrive. Please advise of any dietary restrictions/preferences.

Keith

PS: this philologist is also in the dark about the origin of sclonch. Slainte? Etym. obsc.? :huh:

Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Richard Bleksley on 16.08.06 at 15:03
As far as I'm aware, a sclonch is a gathering of MVs on a lesser scale than a full-size *oD. The etymology, however, is obscure to me also. I think Mr. Love might know. Andy?

Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Colin Crooks on 16.08.06 at 20:05
Count us in!

Colin & Kate Crooks

Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Alan Manton on 16.08.06 at 22:56
I'd like to be there for the post event bash too.

I've just Googled "sclonch meaning" and amazingly it only gets three hits.  Perhaps even more amazingly, two are to be found at www.peteatkin. com.

Makes yer think...

Alan.

Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Richard_Corfield on 18.08.06 at 08:58
Carole,

I'll be there.

Best,

Richard

Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by John N L Morrison on 18.08.06 at 19:23
Now I'm even more sorry that we can't be there, as we'd booked a room at the Marriott. But regrettably family functions (especially if they're multi-cultural and require a senior male family member to be there) take precedence.

But the tickets have gone to a good home....

Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Andy Love on 19.08.06 at 14:51
Hi Chorus, Hi Nedd

The origins of  the word ‘sclonch’ lie in the sacred texts of Midvodia which are in the keeping of our Elders.  An understanding of its full significance can only be gained through archival study but I think I can help if you will kindly bear with me…

Our civilisation was born of the Songs Of Resonance, as you know.  We came to our consciousness swathed in joy and revelation.  What happened next is best described by quoting this brief extract from the very earliest parchments so far brought to light:

“Then came from the skies Geon DaVish who would wail the Songs of Resonance.

Then came from the skies Valhalla Dunnikhan who would bring impurity to the Songs Of Resonance.

Then came from the skies Din Phartpick Tubthumper who would bring rebellion against the Songs Of Resonance.

Midvodia was afraid.

The skies filled with the poison clouds of Ponkhroc and it did rain much sputum upon this land and the Songs of Resonance faded from the air and the Scribes of The Songs of Resonance departed from this land.

And derision was visited upon they that worshipped even in their private dwelling-places, for their spouses had turned against them in hatred.

The people suffered long and in darkness. Nought remained to hurl at the enemy host.

Then, from far to the North came a stranger. A poor farmer yet were his dishes arrayed upon the fields across the land of Monyash.

He told of his journey of salvation. Borne to the East by mystic force he had found there a Scribe of The Songs of Resonance and had drawn Him even unto his own lands.

He built Him a temple from whence to broadcast the Word and did his helpmeet of Shining Beauty take the Word unto to her heart.

And the Lost Scribe of The Songs Of Resonance was drawn to the temple and the people rejoiced.

And the people were drawn close to the temple and they did gather at the Great Feast of FoD and the beasts of the fields raised voice in praise of Him.

And the Songs Of Resonance were heard anew throughout the land and The Scribes of The Songs Of Resonance did bring further great comfort to the people.”


And so our New Age dawned. Returning to their homelands, the Midvodian diaspora spread the Word individually but would gather together from time to time (and still do to this day) to celebrate the Great Feast of FoD.   Gatherings that involve fewer than a dozen, or so, celebrants became known as ‘sclonches’.  

The word itself roughly translates as “a brotherhood apart”  (our language makes no gender  distinction, of course, so a precise rendering to English is difficult) and first appeared in the sacred texts on Wednesday 18th November 1998 at 23:52, as measured by Muggle chronology.

I do hope this helped, Nedd.

As is my duty I will attend any sclonches organised for Sheffield and I promise to double up on my medication before then.

A.

Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Jan on 19.08.06 at 20:48
Superbly done Andy!
See you at Sheffield  :)

Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Cary on 19.08.06 at 22:08
Well, after an exposition such as that how can you not go a schlonching? So - count me in please Carole for the post show bash and Keith please for the pre show nosh. Have we got an official countdown yet?


Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Colin Crooks on 20.08.06 at 21:56
Keith,

Colin & Kate are up for your pre-dshow dining.  We are "eclectic" in our tastes.

Haggis & Chips & Mushy Peas with a fine Shiraz perhaps?

Colin

Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Secret Drinker on 21.08.06 at 14:18
Wow! Loads of new messages since I got back (just been on tour for a week down in  sunny Kent, 7 gigs in 5 days - beat that, Pete!) ;-)

Frankie & I would love to attend the post-ThOD Marrionated sclonching session, and would also like to be included in any pre-ThOD consumption of comestibles, and of course the requisite accompanying beverages. If anyone (Keith?) has a chance to investigate the local real ale hostelries we wouldn't be averse to a pre-prandial pint or two if that can be arranged as well.

Looking forward to it.

Cheers

Paul

Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Nedd on 21.08.06 at 18:37
Thank you, Andy. That is splendid!

Nedd

Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Dr_Sir_Rev_Steve on 25.08.06 at 16:08
Good Day All

It would be great to meet up prior to the musical entertainment at the Marriott. Count us in.

Regards

Steve

Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Carole on 25.08.06 at 17:06
Hi Dr Sir

The Marriott reception is after the musicality. A chance to have a bit more of a chat than the interval affords before we all, as it were, diasporise. Keith Busby seems to be arranging the pre-do collective nosh so contact him if you're interested in that.

I'll count you in for my bit anyway unless you let me know otherwise.

Carole

Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Keith Busby on 25.08.06 at 17:14
Steve,

Pre-event dinner, you mean? For two?

Currently I have the following waifs and strays to meet at the Marriott at 5:45pm on Saturday:

Jan
Nedd (preference noted)
Carey (ditto)
Paul and Frankie
Leslie and Gill
Colin and Kate

Please advise if incorrect (IM or PM probably best to avoid cluttering up main thread).

Best,

Keith

Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Andy Love on 26.08.06 at 00:13
Hi Chorus, Hi Keith

*waves hand urgently above head*

Please, Sir!  Me, Sir!!

Andy

Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Keith Busby on 26.08.06 at 01:27
Okeli-dokeli.

Keith

Title: Pre-event nosebagging
Post by Keith Busby on 29.08.06 at 02:17
Oyez, oyez. All PRE-EVENT SCLONCHIN' DINERS. After consultation with the local authorities, it has been deemed advisable to bring forward dinner time to 5:30 and to patronize the Cafe Rouge, 383-385 Eccleshall Road. Accordingly, reservations will be made for said time on Saturday 9th September for:

Jan
Nedd
Carey
Paul and Frankie
Leslie and Gill
Colin and Kate
That man with the bell
Dr. Sir. Rev. Steve +1 (?)
Moi

The menu can be consulted at http://www.caferouge.com/uploads/pdfs/menus/core.pdf

Foregather either at the Marriott at 5:15 or at Cafe Rouge itself at 5:30. I will swing by on Friday to make sure all is in order.

Please let me know a.s.a.p. if you do not wish to be of the party (IM best to avoid cluttering main thread).

See y'all soon.

Keith


Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Carole on 29.08.06 at 12:07
Just getting back on track for a minute to the after show gathering, I've just been in touch with those very nice Marriott people and they have agreed to extend my deadline on the sarnie count until Monday 4th September. Which means I need anyone who wants to come who hasn't let me know already, to do so by Sunday evening please.

Carole

Title: Pre-event dinner
Post by Keith Busby on 04.09.06 at 15:47
Just to confirm that two tables have been booked in my name at the Cafe Rouge, 383-385 Eccleshall Road, for 5:30pm on Saturday. There is one place remaining. Let me know tootsweet if you would like it. Meet either at the Marriott at 5:15 or at the restaurant at 5:30.

I will be out of e-mail contact as of about noon UK time on Thursday.

See y'all then.

Keith

Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by naomi on 06.09.06 at 13:09
Rather than clutter the main ThoD thread I am posting my heartfelt Apologies for Absence from ThoD, and indeed from the sclonch, here, Madame Chairwoman (Carole!).

As a huge PA fan and keen Midvodian I'm extremely sorry to have to miss what will no doubt be a wonderful and memorable occasion. The thing is, I have two gigs soon with little overlap between the songs that I'll be performing (i.e. I have a lot of repertoire to prepare!) - and I simply have to rehearse this weekend.

Have a great time - and I very much hope to see Pete in concert soon,
Naomi


Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Simon Reap on 06.09.06 at 16:02
(Following Naomi's lead..)

To all you ThoDers out there, I hope you have a great time!

I'm extremely jealous that I can't be with you, twiddling knobs, but family commitments, I suppose, take precedence (why did my mother pick *this* weekend to be 75?).

I expect to hear a full report immediately after the event, with set lists, dinner menus, numbers of sandwiches consumed, and as much detail of the gossip at the sclonch as possible.  You *know* you want to......     :D

Simon

Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by BogusTrumper on 06.09.06 at 21:07

on 09/06/06 at 16:02:08, Simon Reap wrote :
(Following Naomi's lead..)

To all you ThoDers out there, I hope you have a great time!


Ditto, but in my case there is the small obstacle of the Atlantic Ocean betweem me and thee, and add the organizers uncanny ability to arrange things a fortnight before or after my business trips to the UK   :'(

Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Ian Sorensen on 08.09.06 at 00:48
I know it's well after the deadline but I've been hibernating. I'll be at the gig with 3 friends and I'm sure they will all want to wind down with fellow Atkinites.

See you at the gig.

Ian Sorensen

Title: Re: ThOD: Marriott reception
Post by Carole on 08.09.06 at 10:00
Just to let anyone know who is coming tomorrow, if you haven't previously told me that you will be at the reception, it doesn't matter, you may still go along and will be very welcome. I needed an idea of numbers attending so I would be able to order about the right number of sandwiches and not waste money. This is included in the price of your ticket! At that time of night I know from past experience that one round of sandwiches per person is wasteful. It's not intended to be a meal, only a small snack. So we all share a smaller quantity.

So do come along after the show - it's part of the 'total experience'  :)

Carole




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