Mid conference UK gathering

Paul Richards paul at freebsd-services.com
Tue May 7 15:23:39 BST 2002

On Tue, 2002-05-07 at 16:10, Paul Robinson wrote:
> On May  7, Paul Richards <paul at freebsd-services.com> wrote:
> > I personally prefer the first option since that'd be a laugh, but it
> > depends if that's the sort of thing people on this list will go for. The
> > last option is my least favourite since that'd be a lot of work and
> > stress to organise and I don't fancy that at the moment, I haven't
> > recovered from last time yet :-)
> I agree, the campsite option sounds fun. Only a couple of probs that I can 
> see that need to be worked around (knowing you, you probably already have 
> worked around them), and these are:
> if(Season == SUMMER){
>   FamiliesWithAnnoyingKids++;
>   Price++;
> }

I wasn't thinking of using a "holiday" campsite. They're not that
amenable to turning up with a marquee and taking up X pitches. I was
thinking more of finding a campsite that's more geared to this sort of
thing, like a scout campsite or something similar. I'd encourage
families to come along, if people have them, it's definately aimed at
the social end of the scale this event.
> The only other question is where abouts to put it. Peak District is close to 
> the center of the country and has loads of campsites. Wales equally seems to 
> be full of reasonable places. Anybody any suggestions? For the most remote, 
> but weird campsite that you can get to relatively easy, I know a place right 
> off the tip of Anglesey.... ;-)

I think somewhere central is probably necessary. West Wales is probably
too far, Anglesey definitely is :-)

Peak district might not be too bad actually. It doesn't have to be a
tourist spot though, and would be better actually if it wasn't. A
friendly farmer who has a field that isn't being used would do just as
well, since we just want somewhere we can all pitch up and hang out
> The good side is that numbers are likely to be quite limited for such a
> light and mostly social event - I can't see people really flying in from 
> Europe or US to spend a weekend on a campsite (although it seems to work at 
> HAL), so it should be quite sociable and good fun all round.

Yeah, I'm not even going to mention it outside of this list, so this is
definitely not a major BSD event, just a social gathering of a group of
us in the UK.

> I have loads of spare time at the moment ("between contracts") so could
> offer to help organise but I need a week or two to get a few things sorted
> out before that can become a reality I'm afraid. Give me a shout if you need
> any help. If you don't have my mobile, mail me off-list.

Well if things get firmed up a bit on this list, i.e. there's enough
interest, then I'd appreciate help when we get down to the organising.
Though, like I said, I'm not aiming for this to be a big event, about
all the organising there'll be really is finding and booking a site,
organising some kit and coming up with a programme of events, though
that might just come down to "go to beach", "drink beer around campfire"
etc :-)

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