Snowplains Meet, Nottingham, 28 - 31 May, 1999
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||The Nottingham meet was fairly well attended, with Algol, Athanasius,
Berry, Chatterbox, Dawes, DelBoy, Diesel, Eldskitten, Greywolf, Heaven,
Karen, Martyn, MrFlibble, Odie, Onyx, Oracle, Phlebas, Pooh, Ruby,
Rillaith, Rosseforp, Stud, TooNaughty, Vento and Wendolene all putting in
We all met up in the Tap and Tumbler pub in the centre of Nottingham. Same
old same old - drinking, eating, nattering, tarting, and not getting thrown out.
Most of us managed to get into town almost an hour earlier than we had
originally planned. Unfortunately, the rest where either in bed (cue groans
of "Go away we're not coming out, and Onyx is propped up in the shower anyway")
or managed to arrive well after we'd given up on them (MrFlibble and co.)!
First exciting thing of the meet - a trip to the Caves, underneath the
Broadmarsh centre. Several bumped noggins later, we emerged into the heat and
brightness of the shopping center, only to be dragged into the toy shop for
Heaven to purchase a bouncing tigger! We managed to drag her away, and headed
Ruby wanted to go ice skating next, but decided she'd prefer not
to be the only one there, so most of us went off to the bowling alley instead...
foolishly leaving Athanasius to take Heaven and Ruby to the nearest pub and get
rather drunk. We arrived at the alley to be told to go away - the entire place
was booked for the National Junior Championships. Unimpressed, we went to
the laserquest-alike instead, where we had a very energetic hour or so,
playing a 3-team game. Finally everyone wandered back to the market square
about 6ish, we met up with the sluggabeds from earlier, and we all bundled
ourselves off to Greywolf's local.
Before even half an hour was up, we shooed everyone out of the pub and to
another one round the corner.. we didn't want to scare the other regulars that
much! Between good food, pool table and jukebox, everyone seemed content, and
settled in for the night.
Everyone gathered at the bright and early hour of 10am at Greywolf's house, and
despite various phone calls as people got lost, everyone was there on time!
We exchanged mobile numbers, gave out rough maps, bundled everyone into cars,
and set off for the American Adventure theme park. Again, we didn't lose a
single car, despite having a chain of 6 to potentially lose, but by the time
we arrived the rain had settled in. After such a gloriously too-hot and sunny
day on the Saturday, the weather had finally turned. It didn't stop people
having a good time (or from going on the water rides) .. until the cold
started sinking into their bones. Vento discovered a great talent, previously
unknown to him, for knocking lead-filled cans off a table with a baseball,
and won a huge tiger. Greywolf followed suit, and was soon clutching an
equally huge purple whale, which had Berry and TooNaughty oohing and ahhing.
It wasn't a wolf though, so back we went to spend yet more money at the "Drop
a ring over the bottle neck" stall, who had the wolf prizes. We'd tried playing,
we'd tried bartering, we even tried bribing, but eventually we gave in and
bought an entire bucketful of rings. As almost everyone around joined in, there
was a sudden excited squeal - TooNaughty actually managed to win! She struck a
deal with Greywolf, and the two of them walked off happy... Greywolf with his
4ft wolfie, and TooNaughty somewhere underneath the whale, which was at least
as big as her!
Not long after lunch, we all went back to Greywolf's house, and goodness knows
how we managed to fit everyone in. Most people flaked out for an hour or two,
while others played with the Diefan, Doom, and Gizmo (complete tarts, so they
fitted in well) or used a handy hairdryer to dry themselves, clothes, large
When everyone was (more or less) recovered from the excitement of the day, we
all went off for dinner at a Chinese restaurant in town - all you can eat for
£14 (including crispy duck)! The food was fantastic.. and lots
of it, too. Once everyone had eaten their full, my little plot came to
fruition. Out were brought several plates of battered ice cream, and everyone
sang Happy Birthday to a very surprised TooNaughty. By the time we were done,
we were had to roll out the door!
Well, we had The Parents arriving that afternoon, so we took the few spods we
had left into town at lunchtime and pretty much left them to their own devices
until they were ready to go home.
From comments received so far, everyone had a fantastic time - I know I enjoyed it!
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