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Birthday Plans, September 22nd [Aug. 9th, 2007|09:35 pm]
Douglas Spencer
It's been too long since I made a substantive post, so here are plans for my birthday celebrations.

On September 27th I'll be 42, which in some circles is considered a fannishly significant age. Because the calendar gets so full so very easily, I'm holding the birthday celebrations on Saturday September 22nd, in London.

I'll be starting the day in the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington at around 11am, with some general agenda-free wandering around, pointing at things, and going "oooh". We'll be there until about 1pm.

At around one o'clock, we'll all gather in the front hall, and set off in pedestrian convoy towards St James Park, where we'll have an afternoon picnic. We'll be in that portion of the park which lies to the east of Buckingham Palace, south of The Mall, and immediately north-west of the bridge -- say about here. We'll sit around in the sun eating and drinking and making fun of each other, between about 2pm and 6pm.

When the light begins to fade we'll make our unsteady way to Doggetts Coat and Badge (site currently down, but we live in hope -- try here instead) for an evening's drinking. Note that Polyday is being hosted upstairs in the same pub on that day, and I'm sure a number of my friends will be heavily involved there, but by the time we arrive at sort of 7pm it'll all have degenerated into Disco and you can all come downstairs and have a drink with me between dances.

You can walk from the V+A to St James Park in about three quarters of an hour. St James Park to Doggetts is about the same. There are maps here and here. You can research buses and tubes using your usual techniques if you prefer, but you may find a ten-minute walk at each end which means you don't save much time. Or, of course, you could participate in only part of the day.

So those are the plans for the Saturday preceding my birthday. Oooh look, there's a link to leave a comment.

[User Picture]From: johncoxon
2007-08-09 08:43 pm (UTC)
I may be moving into halls on that day so I'll reply with a more definite answer post-Results Day.
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[User Picture]From: flick
2007-08-09 08:54 pm (UTC)

Little chance of getting me int he morning, will wander along in the afternoon.
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[User Picture]From: flick
2007-08-09 08:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, plans for rain? Just straight to the same pub?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-08-09 09:05 pm (UTC)
It will not rain! There will be no rain on that day!

a bit longer in the museum and then straight to the pub, yes. Pedestrian tunnel to South Ken, tube to Blackfriars, mad dash across bridge in the rain
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[User Picture]From: watervole
2007-08-09 09:34 pm (UTC)
Sounds like an excellent day. I have every intention of being there.
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[User Picture]From: ang_grrr
2007-08-09 09:49 pm (UTC)
I'll do my best. The date is sparking something in my brain, though.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-08-09 10:10 pm (UTC)
Maybe because it's that time of year when all the academics form an orderly queue outside your office to ask you whether you can reset the passwords they've forgotten over the summer.

Either that, or it's that you're presenting a paper at Polyday.
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[User Picture]From: mgspiller
2007-08-10 12:08 am (UTC)
Hmm, it's a while since I trekked down to london village but sounds like fun. Crash space somewhere would make it a good plan for me (I wonder how practical the commute to my youngest brother's new place is...) or suggestion for a reasonable value hotel.

A more definite answer when I'm not just back from t'pub.
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[User Picture]From: lproven
2007-09-21 06:23 pm (UTC)
You're welcome to use my sofa for the night, Spillz dude!
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[User Picture]From: camies
2007-08-10 10:36 am (UTC)
I expect I'll be predictable and just turn up to the pub (which will be a new one for me).
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[User Picture]From: pingopark
2007-08-10 01:23 pm (UTC)
I'll be in Germany on a works outing, a fact finding mission about tourism on the Moselle (i.e. wine tasting). Life is tough. Sounds like you've got a great day planned though.
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[User Picture]From: pinkdormouse
2007-08-10 10:09 pm (UTC)
Not sure what I'll be doing then, but I'll try and let you know nearer the time.
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[User Picture]From: whotheheckami
2007-09-19 06:31 pm (UTC)
It now appears that Number 1 Son will be spending the day of his birthday "doing Lahrnden" and so we may well attempt to rendezvous with your fine self and with you a Happy Birthday!

Do you know if the boys would be welcome at the Dogget?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-09-21 02:45 pm (UTC)
I don't expect the boys to be an issue -- there are tables outside the pub (see website, now working) if it's a problem.
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[User Picture]From: lproven
2007-09-21 06:24 pm (UTC)
the_major has just reminded me of this, so I shall try to join you for as much of it as possible, parlous finances allowing!
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