Scout Network Gathering 2007

This was to be my first independent voyage to the land of West Lancs. In previous years I’ve hitched a ride with almighty Neil a couple of times, and indeed Jon Ellison once but this year due to academic demands I’m arriving unexpectedly late home into the Easter Holidays and so I depart alone.

The Millennium Canary should be upto it, we’re going to be breaching the 50000 mile mark at some point, either on the way there or on the way back so this is a rather important milestone in the cars history. I know I’m going to wish that I had something more than a radio and tape player for this presumed 5 hour drive but at least I get to listen the the local stations and listen to their accents.

Arrived early expecting to be one of the first on site, I was infact around the last! Most had arrived the day before to assure our usual pitch!

Saturday was quite docile, we spent most of the day in Ambleside in the park playing Frisbee and chilling, fortunately we didn’t have a run with 2 little kids wanting to watergun us. In the evening we played some Guitar Hero, Div and Kelly both did there stint on Dead or alive.

To be concluded

GlosCamp

The Gloucester County Camp

Day 0

Admittedly I’m only a few hours into the day but last night was a bit of a giggle, Derek and I had a rendezvous at Mary’s so we could get an early start today (that and the opportunity of hang out for an evening 😉 First order of business; Food. After a tad of coaxing Mary relented and gave in to using the impromptu griddle, its pretty nifty and tripod suspended free hanging griddle over a log fire, awesome.

Dampa Bread, Sausage, Burger (veggie and regular) mostly vegetable kebabs and onions. Seriously the setup is the stuff that dreams are made off, a smouldering fire with camp and deck chairs surrounding it. With no canopy overhead we got to see the evening sky turn a yellow, orange and red and finally a deep regal blue.

We sat talking about whatever crossed our minds ranging from ‘that hot young captain of the Enterprise’ to ‘I think the Clones in Star Wars had families’ with a game of digital yatzee here and there.

Leanne had a spout at making some cocktails, she made 2, haven’t a clue what they were called, the first one was extremely strong causing most to gag and the second a much improved smooth pineapple which I would’ve happily trade in my Snakebite and Black for.

That’s all so far and depending on whether or not there is a net connection at my desk in the media centre I might be able to drop a few more updates.

Scout Network Gathering 2006

My 4th Network Gathering, despite knowing for months that I would be going in one form or another at the last minute I organised a lift with Jon saving myself and SSAGO some dosh by not having to be reimbursed for travel expenses.

The Milton Keynes vanguard managed to secure the spot we had last year, up the hill behind the Bield and left towards the pond. Gorgeous spot, its secluded enough that we can do what we want without judging eyes but easy enough to get to if you’re walking stumbling around the site.

Setting up site was interesting, being that last to arrive ( semi my fault, stupid job not paying me ) it wasn’t possible to decide how to arrange the site so I got stuck on a little mound overlooking the site, proved to be a bonus in the end! Getting the canapé up was a giggle as you can see from the photos, Kelly was up a tree! It was worth it though when the heavens splattered us the next day.

Despite travelling there with SSAGO I spent most of my day with Network:MK as they were feeding me, however there were times I wish I had been with the new Exec as I there are few opportunities that I can get in with their clique, I’m not the only one that find it like that and it certainly doesn’t help with teamwork!

First to get up in the morning so I broke out the ol’ frying pan and started on the sausages I think it was the smell that quickly rallied everyone else up, apart from Adam which completely through me since he was turning down food.

Spending the afternoon in Windermere was relaxing, getting some Fish’n’chips, playing some Frisbee getting accosted by little children with water pistols…all good. Evening was fantastic, same band was in as last year and they obviously got their set down for their intended audience. We even surprised them as they have never had a gig finish off ‘I’m a believer’. I managed to meet/get to know a few people a bit better ‘little Sarah’ I’ve met her before on a couple of SSAGO adventures but never really gotten to know her Gathering certainly helped, and having her around didn’t hurt as I got introduced to Jenny but thats a whole other story that I don’t see fit to mention on a public blog.

Saturday also saw the first SSAGO Exec 06-07 meeting, lasted about an hour. Mostly seemed a bit daft as it was all about us and what we were going to do, there are lots of things that I need to do but all I can do its sum it up in a few lines because none of them seem to care or even understand how much there is that I have to do.

Missed the ‘It’s a Knockout Rubber Duck Challenge Thingy’ again last year everyone slept in this year there just wasn’t any interest. Afternoon led quickly to evening and the Karaoke, Div and Kelly got their ‘Dead or Alive’ on, calming the mood of the night but not extinguishing it due to their reasonable rendition.

Stayed in late on Monday aswell, so much so that I was the last to rise ( although it wasn’t like I didn’t keep getting distracted ) my punishment was doing the washing up for everyone but I had only done it once at this point so I’d say that was fair.

There you have it some random points of Network Gathering 2006, be there next year!

Monopoly Run 2006

So I’ve just spent the weekend as a part of the ‘Fellowship of the Hat’ attending the GLNE Monopoly Run for 2006. This was, to put it mildly, a small adventure in the capital of our Glorious Country and a prelude to my Birthday this week.

We visited all the streets and stations on the board along with the Electricity Company, Water Works and Jail for a total of 29 places.

One assumes there would be a bonus for finding a Chance, Community Chest, Go! and the most Humorous Free Parking (its very hard to find such a place in London but with the Tupe [aka Subway to the USA] and the the infamous London buses who would want to drive?)

The contest was to visit all the locations and take a picture of your team with today’s newspaper, the chosen one was the ‘Daily Mail’ which isn’t my favourite but what you going to do?
The pictures had to be taken at specific location along each of the streets which makes it a little time consuming for those that know where all the streets are but they won’t know where an exact pub, cafe or shop is on the street.

The event is timed and you received time additions and reductions depending on the number of places you missed and the number of trivia questions you answered correctly, respectively.

The event was planed for 300 people but somewhere close to 1000 attended so the planed logistics couldn’t cope with the extra cooking and winning conditions so some cutbacks were made, mostly in the culinary department which is most frustrating considering the temps were at -1,0,+1 degrees C for the weekend.

Of the 29 locations we visited 23 in around 8 hours this included stopping for an hour for a proper sit down meal in a restaurant on Leicester Square, specifically it was Galdafy’s. I tell you it was interesting walking in wearing hiking boots and slightly mud dried trousers (from being on a muddy campsite).

So what really made it for me? I guess it was seeing so many people so soon after the last event even though I didn’t get to spend half as much time with them as I would’ve liked. I would’ve been more than happy to stay up late but when the temperature that low and campfires aren’t allowed I’d rather be in bed.

Thank You Hobbits for the Early Birthday Present, seriously its Ace. Probably be listening to it all week!

All in all it was a lot of fun and I look forward to doing it again next year.