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mancunians to london @-bookfair?

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Sep 28 2005 10:33
mancunians to london @-bookfair?

So who's going?

And how? Megabus?

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Sep 28 2005 11:10

I think the return trip on the megabus might cost something like £6. Last time I took a train to London it cost me £44, which makes me shudder just thinking about it.

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Sep 28 2005 12:09

shan't be going. the knightrose family's grandfather will be 80, so there's a family party.

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Sep 28 2005 12:27

Nice bit of regionalism going on here, I feel oppressed roll eyes

How about those of whose who are in the NW who can get to Mancs...?

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Sep 28 2005 12:52

no this is strictly for those only whose postcode starts with "M" wink

I guess for preston folks the cheapest option is to take the megabus from manc?

pushka
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Sep 28 2005 13:43

What's the megabus?

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Sep 28 2005 13:46

A giant bus which holds like 100 people and goes all over the country for a small fee. I'm not even joking!

spike
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Sep 28 2005 13:58
pushka wrote:
What's the megabus?

http://www.megabus.com/

theres one leaving at 0650 on saturday arriving at 1115 for £7 bnu the prices will go up.

where id the bookfair anyway? is it near the coach station?

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Sep 28 2005 14:07

Earliest train from blackpool has me arriving at Manchester Piccadilly at 0656. eek

beanis
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Sep 28 2005 14:20

why the hell are you in blackpool?

im in milton keynes the day before, so i might wait around and go to the bookfair - but i'll only end up sitting outside bored while people look at rubbish books and have very important meetings.

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Sep 28 2005 14:24

on the plus side, you'll be able to eat veggies food

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Sep 28 2005 14:40
spike wrote:
on the plus side, you'll be able to eat veggies food

last time they were just selling some naf cold pies outside! I think there were some permission problems or something similar.

Anyways, i am a young growing man and i need my food!

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Sep 28 2005 15:10

yeah yeah..beanis come! twill be fun..we can pretend to be all too cool for skool and smoke fags and drink 20/20 outside..yeah!how cool will we be?!

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Sep 28 2005 16:56

i sortof want to go on the train. i want to be silly with money i haven't got smile

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Sep 28 2005 17:43
lucy82 wrote:
i sortof want to go on the train. i want to be silly with money i haven't got :)

rochelle has been looking into this because she gets travel sickness on the bus so she is not exactly enjoying the ride.

It would not be too bad actually if we would take the bus down (£5) and then take 7pm train back for £17. So a tenner more than the bus which leaves at 8pm and takes 4.5hrs...

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Sep 28 2005 17:51

you know, not the most eco option, but for all this money we could easily just hire a car and car pool five people down for less. I would estimate about £20 per person, and there would be no london subway costs.

I could drive, i'm good, honest wink

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Sep 29 2005 06:00

i've got a car. we could do that JDMF but its a hell of a way there and back in one day...

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Sep 29 2005 06:50

there used to be an option of booking group tickets on the train. they were quite a lot cheaper. you could also book group first class for £25 per person - you needed 4 or 5 people. not sure if you still can. it has to be done over the phone though.

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Sep 29 2005 08:10

knightrose, cheers for the tip, need to check that out!

lucy, i dont have a problem driving that distance, done it loads of times. (used to work as a van driver you see wink )

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Sep 29 2005 11:57

well, what do people think of the car idea? i could put JDMF on my insurance for the day and i'm happy to drive part of the way down. we could fit in four people and the driver. i think capt mission is coming so if me, mission, rochelle and JDMF go theres still room for one more person (although three in the back is less comfy than two, it could be done)...

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Sep 29 2005 12:15

i'd be up for going down in the car and coming back the same day - but me and a little person who also wants to come would make six people - i don't think we'd fit sad

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Sep 29 2005 12:20

or maybe we could hire a small minibus but i don't know what that'd cost between us all or is that just a bit silly?

or we could put the little person in a bike trailer or on the roofrack wink

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Sep 29 2005 12:25

minibus sounds like the solution smile

and JDMF will sober enough to drive it home 8)

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Sep 29 2005 12:33

i've just had a very quick look cause i'm meant to be working but it looks as if a minibus will cost 200.00 ish for a 14 seater. wonder if its possible to get something smaller and cheaper but haven't got the time to look now cause i'd best go before my lack of gainful employment gets me noticed

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Sep 29 2005 13:08

since my lack of gainful employment seem to go unnoticed, i had a look around and found this:

http://www.salfordvanhire.com/sacar.htm

the 12 seater would be £120 + vat = 141 for two days (one day would not be enough).

Plus money for diesel, which wont be more than £40, so that would be about 190 if we are generous and include drivers red bulls to it as well wink

Add couple quid for parking costs and we will be laughing. So prolly not even £18 per person from this calculation.

So, firstly: what do you reckon, is it a good idea?

and would we be able to fill the minibus? If not, then it quickly becomes expensive.

We could leave at 7 am so refused can come along from his first train from blackpool wink

So who would be coming if we had the minibus?

JDMF

rochelle

lucy

spike

the little one

beanie?

nes?

captainmission?

refused?

wayne?

pushka
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Sep 29 2005 13:11

Thanks for the info/links to the megabus Refused and Spike...Refused, please check your email from me about your membership on oogleboogle!

spike
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Sep 29 2005 14:03

kidda might be up for coming

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Sep 29 2005 16:06

do we *have* to buy shit books if we go though wink

hasnt manc got any groups of hippies with a spare veg-oil run bus to lend wink

spike's going by unicycle now i hear.

good luck comrade

(the tyres flat)

wink

nes
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Sep 29 2005 16:53

fink me and 'beanie' are goin on some random mission to cornwall and milton keynes on the way..so maybe dont include us in minibus numbers..though am sure if you put a sign up at the basement to advertise spare seats they'll go pretty sharpish..

if you want i could mention it at the event tomorrow or summat..

but!might be able to give a lift back...though may be tempted to take a little trip to ladyfest in brighton on the way back..well not quite 'on the way' but you know what i mean..

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Sep 29 2005 17:13

dont include me coz i have to be in friggin milton keynes the day before doing a bike assessment (i hope i pass) eek hell on earth that place is. not that i've ever been, but i have passed it on the train. infact, london is hell on earth too!

kidda: course we have to buy shit books, thats the law. they are also overprices. overpriced AND shit, hurray!

maybe crimethinc will have brought out a new book by then, dutty yo.

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Sep 29 2005 17:19

also, when did i become 'beanie' and not beanis? is this your doing JDMF? hey? heEYY!?