COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

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COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Post by Ben Wilson » Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:55 pm

COLIN XIV

Good evening everyone :-)

It’s that time of year again! Well, actually, no, it isn’t. That time of year is still five months away at the time of writing, but that doesn’t mean I can’t start getting hype for it.

COLIN is back! For the fourteenth year in a row, the co-event calendar (and for the third year in a row, FOCAL) will kick off with what was, briefly, the biggest co-event of all time, but remains the oldest and (hopefully) the one everyone wants to win.

Very little is changed from last year. It’ll be the traditional COLIN format of 3 rounds of Edinburgh-style 9 rounders followed by a final, kicking off at 11:50 and ending just before 6pm. The venue will be the Ark on Moor Lane in North Hykeham, as it was last year. And the following day, as with last year, we’ll be at the Memorial Hall on Newark Road in North Hykeham for the fifth Hangover event. This, as always, will be 2 rounds of Edinburgh-style 9 rounders followed by a final, kicking off at 11am (or, if history is any judge, some time afterward when everybody (especially Jen) eventually shows up) and ending at around 2:30pm (or earlier if everyone passes out. Again). The price for this weekend full of Countdowny goodness is a mere £13 for the Saturday, £8 for the Sunday or £18 for both days, payable by Paypal to hulla.mahulla@btopenworld.com or by cheque to my home address (available upon request).

I’m already trawling various hardware stores/Amazon for this- well, next- year’s trophies and prizes, which will hopefully be the most unique yet! There will also be spot prizes on offer throughout the day and maybe even a few prizes for the more creatively-minded among you!

More details will inevitably come over the coming few months, so watch this space! Especially watch this space if you’re interested in people arguing about Travelodge prices.

No badgers.

Any questions, feel free to ask.

See you in January!

Entrants so far (11/10/17)-

COLIN XIV (15)-

Zarte Siempre
Thomas Carey
Callum Todd
Jennifer Steadman
Thomas Cappleman
May Battlefield
Lauren Hamer
Jack Worsley
Paul Worsley
Gevin Chapwell
Dylan Taylor
Graeme Cole
Tracey Mills
Mark Mills
Lee Fisher

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Zarte Siempre
Thomas Carey
Callum Todd
Jennifer Steadman
Adam Gillard
Thomas Cappleman
May Battlefield
Lauren Hamer
Jack Worsley
Paul Worsley
Gevin Chapwell
Graeme Cole
Tracey Mills
Mark Mills
Lee Fisher

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Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Post by Zarte Siempre » Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:50 pm

Decent first table. Just close entries now :)
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Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Post by Matt Morrison » Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:51 pm

Lloyds customers - I don't know how dynamic this is related to your own spending, but check your Everyday Offers. I've got 5% off Travelodge and it lasts until 14 Dec 2017.

So I'm now hoping for a triple layer of savings - Travelodge sale, Topcashback cashback, and then Lloyds cashback on top. Fingers crossed...

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Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Post by Graeme Cole » Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:46 pm

Disillusioned with the price of the weekend at the Thorpe-on-the-Hill Travelbodge stubbornly refusing to drop below £100 for several months? Wish there was a way of spending only a small fortune on the hotel this year rather than a large one?

Well, this weekend they're doing a discount, and it expires tomorrow. The discount code AUTUMNSTAYS gives "up to 30%" off stays before the end of January. As you might have guessed, "up to" means "for lots of hotels that aren't the one you want". The discount for the hotel that matters is 20%.

Still, if you were waiting for a brief window where the price for the weekend drops significantly, there it is.

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Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Post by Matt Morrison » Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:21 pm

Still crackers. I paid <£50 last year. Hold out people, hold out.

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Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Post by Matt Bayfield » Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:18 pm

It's noticeable that a room for COLIN weekend is more expensive than a room for either the weekends before, or the weekends after. I think Travelodge may have realised that their Thorpe-on-the-Hill establishment is in demand for the last weekend every January.

Current prices (before application of the AUTUMNSTAYS discount) for two nights as follows:
  • £90 - two weekends before COLIN
    £94 - one weekend before COLIN
    £108 - COLIN weekend
    £97 - one weekend after COLIN
    £94 - two weekends after COLIN

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Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Post by Mark Deeks » Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:26 pm

Graeme, when you buy at prices like that, the terrorists win. It's simple supply and demand. We have to hold out. We have to be strong, united. You've ruined it now.
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Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Post by Gavin Chipper » Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:35 pm

I went in early and paid £108. But a few years ago I held out and got screwed.

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Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Post by Zubair Patel » Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:54 am

Few more numbers for comparison.
COLIN weekend,full price available in Nov. 2016: £74, Oct. 2015: £63. The £108 this year is a big jump.

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Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Post by Mark Deeks » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:39 pm

If we all agree and threaten en masse to go somwhere else, they will have to cave to our demands.
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Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Post by DJ Marky Mark » Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:05 pm

We booked in here, stayed last year me and Tracey, good hotel and pub etc £113 for 2 nights total. With buffet breakfast.
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Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Post by Ben Wilson » Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:33 pm

Rooms at the Ibis are currently available at £42 each through this link. Though to quote Matt Morrison, 'you'll probably have a fucking terrible time there', so book at your own peril.

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Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:34 pm

It's not really COLIN is it?

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Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Post by Matt Morrison » Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:36 pm

Might as well get in the Ibis anyway, it won't be Colin without me anyway.

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