Bangor “Blackadder” SSAGO Rally

AKA The Great Welsh Rally 2

So this is my inaugural rally as SSAGO Publicity Officer, this is what I thought it would entail: More people knowing my name than knowing theirs, more free drinks, the ability to get anything done without actually doing it myself, a lot of talking and playing of silly games.

Okay more people did know my name, there were the usual offers of free drinks, I did my fair share of the work ( in all honesty I know that I command jack so its not a surprise ) there was a medium about of talking but most of it was in meetings, I missed out on so much of the fun of Rally the Sunday Morning silly games and the Saturday Morning activities and the Gadaffy Plate Challenge that I’ve still only seen at my first Rally in Loughborough.

Barely arrived on the Friday, much disarray was caused by the Football and Rugby matches on the Friday evening just as I was arriving in Cardiff to hitch a lift. I owe a big thanks to Mark for the ride and would thoroughly recommend him as a driver, fast, reliable, cautious.

Stayed up late catching up with the magnitude of happenings to my fellow ssagoers and setting my unfortunately neutral stance on all the politics orbiting the Club Representatives meeting some 5 hours later and the Exec meeting on Sunday.

Despite all the cloak and dagger discussion I wouldn’t say that the Reps’ meeting was outrageously unique, structure complaints, next rally messages, next ball messages. The atmosphere did tense when we came onto AOB as Jon was under scrutiny for impolite behaviour via email. Chris made some valid points, I interjected with some comment and a what if which seemed to me vital; you’re doing silly games without a health form, its the most likely time for an accident to happen! But it picked up little reverence.

The Pub Crawl was fun, Paddies, Rascals, Weather Spoons, Varsity, Yellow, Academy and Skerries. I missed out ‘Le Glob’ because it was a predominantly Welsh Pub that deters non-welsh patrons, I might have some balls but not enough to go into a pub with a stigma of distaste for non-Welshmen. I don’t know how I did it but despite drinking in every pub I didn’t get drunk, tipsy perhaps but not slack jawed or slurry, I’d love to know how I did this as it will come in handy at similar festivities.

That night I sat out most of the Ceilidh opting to chat with those that I hadn’t been able to the night before and about the days occurrences. Then some interrelation work in the form of a game of spin the bottle which I instigated but didn’t partake, Emily complained later that I hadn’t 😉 but I thought it would be wrong to benefit from my own cheekiness. Oh and as this is a quasi public record I calm Best Man Benefits at all weddings proceeding from that event.

Sunday morning I was up and ready for breakfast at 7:30, I suppose this is partly to make up for when Dave, Matt and I went to the first Great Welsh Rally in Summer 2004 and slept in till Noon missing the trip to the Beach for which I am eternally regretful having glimpsed numerous pictures as I’ve crawled the club websites over the past year. Still waited for Breakfast and then the impending Exec Meeting of Doom, but due to certain leading members of the Exec sleeping in it didn’t start till 10am giving me a chance to take down my tent and strike my camp. It was lucky, the heavens opened some 30 minutes later!

The Exec meeting was long and arduous, I hated having to tip toe through it when a majority of misgivings rooted down to differing opinions or were exaggerated worries. I bet all the same concerns have been raised for past rallies and in recent memory none have failed to entertain but there have been problems, some preventable, some not.

Spent a few hours clearing up the buildings at the end of the day which helped to remind me of the connection between some names and faces.

I was shattered when I got home and was hoping Sarah didn’t have guests as they would see me in a state which can only be described as incongruous. Unfortunately she did and they bore witness my incongruity, took me about 24 hrs to get myself together.

All in all another title deserving Great Welsh Rally.

Nottingham “Pirates Vs Robin Hood” Rally [not quite]

Not in Nottingham.

I should be just north of Nottingham right now on the Walesby Forest campsite, most likely prancing around with a bunch of Men in Tights for the Pirates of The Caribbean vs. Robin Hood Men in Tights SSAGO Rally.
But due to a automobile mechanical problem I have been unable to make it there. Don’t know exactly what it is yet but my best guess is that I’ve blown a gasket in the engine of my car.

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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.

Birmingham “Chocolate” SSAGO Rally

Thursday 18th

Apart from a rather disheartening phone call I had a fantastic stay in Birmingham, Went up on Wednesday to visit my old school chum Div. After driving flawlessly for ±90 miles I counted up the road to Div’s house number and somehow it jumps from 60 to 125 right house number after 30 mins of searching I found the right number yet I kid you not I was still 100m off; I was on the wrong road!! So we then went to the pub for drinks.

Friday 19th

Friday was spent checking out the University of Birmingham Student Guild Newspaper, the Red Brick had me a lovely chat for about an hour with tea and coffee. Overall they were greatly impressed with our Business cards and Magazine, neither of which they have but I was impressed at how good their paper looked even when the majority of the page was text.

At night SSAGO Rally commenced the usual meet and greets was unusual to be there so early considering the last rally I arrived at around 3am on a Saturday morning.

Saturday 20th

A difficult wake-up and an uncomfortable get-up. I’ve been cold before but this was shiver city, seriously, last February Rally I camped on snow and that was warmer.

Greatly planed rally with the Reps Meeting beginning at a relaxing 10am. This I thought gave me enough time to get a shower in after flag break. I tell you these showers were my ultimate test of manhood; I had to first rout the water to my shower then when I did it was warm so I striped and jumped into ICE WATER! Considering I was now wet I thought I’d finish so I at least smelt better. Certainly interesting turning upto a Rep Meet with a towel and wet hair.

Then it was a quick rush to get myself sorted for CADBURY’S WORLD! It was great fun getting there, bobbing up and down in the minibus, chatting away, then touring the place with the ‘leaders’ picking up chocolate to share out at the end.

I didn’t really do much at the Ceilidh mostly spent my time in the chillin’ tent chatting to the current exec

Sunday 21st

Today was the culmination of a lot of work and preparation running for the SSAGO Publicity Officer 2006-7 position, it was myself versus RON and I won with only a small percentage wanting nominations reopened. I wasn’t entirely satisfied with the result as there was some controversy surround one of the victorious parties and other is doing it for the fame and not because they want to or can do. I’ve just been elected into a year that in all likeliness will not be as productive as I want because I’m going to be frequently out voted by a minority before we get to the majority. Stupid maximum term limitations.

Trip home was easy, had along a passenger too, Colin, was good to be able to have someone to chat to but my throat decided to swell up but luckily I’d though ahead and had some paracetamol nearby.