Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020

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Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020

Post by Fiona T » Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:50 am

When is it?

Part of the Focal Calendar, CO:LON is back on the 16 May 2020 with your new hosts, George Armstrong and Fiona Titcombe.

It's also Eurovision day, so you may notice a bit of a theme! Dressing up on theme is to be encouraged :)

Where is it?

Christian Street Community Hub
30 Challoner Walk
London
E1 1QN

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It’s about 5 minutes from Shadwell DLR/Overground station, or walkable from Liverpool Street. If you're looking for a travel buddy to get across London, please let us know and we'll try and find someone who will be using the same route as you.

The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Please see below for timings.


What will I be doing?

You will play six 9-round games of Countdown in the 'Lincoln' style of tournament. After six games, the top two players will face each other in a 15 round grand final.

The first round is drawn randomly, but don't worry if you have a bumpy start - for the second and third round you will be playing opponents that have scored similarly to you, so everyone should get some good, well matched games. The aim is to have fun, and there will be plenty of prizes on offer.


What about lunch?

Bring a packed lunch, or support the nearby local shops who sell a range of sandwiches and cakes. Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day at the venue.

As it's Eurovision, we have something extra special lined up for the lunchbreak - more details soon!


And after?

We've provisionally booked the Amber Bar at the excellent Baltic Restaurant which serves great food and cocktails. The booked area is wheelchair accessible. We will be choosing from a £30 fixed menu - which for London is pretty good value, but really need at least 30 people to attend to meet the minimum spend requirement, so please let us know as soon as possible if you're interested.

Where can I stay?

There are plenty of hotels across London - Premier Inn and Travelodge are usually affordable, comfortable and clean. Booking early usually secures the best price, so get booked as soon as you can. If you need help, talk to us.


I'm in - what do I do?

Numbers will be capped at 60, so get your entry in early to avoid disappointment.

The entry fee will be £10 -the same as last year. We would prefer you to pay via paypal. If you can't pay via paypal, then please contact George or Fiona to make alternative arrangements.

Under 16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Any questions, please contact George or Fiona, and we'll do our best to help.

garmstrong97@outlook.com
fiona.titcombe@gmail.com


We look forward to seeing you there!


Approximate Timings:

11:00: Doors open
11:45: First round draw is made - please make sure you arrive before 11:45
12:00: First round commences
13:15: Lunch break
14:30: Second round commences
15:45: Third round commences
17:00: Grand final
17:30: Prizegiving
17:45: Clear up
18:00: Head to the restaurant


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Confirmed entrants (12) - max 60:

1) Matt Morrison
2) Heather Badcock
3) Phil Collinge
4) Supee Juachan
5) Phil Collinge - mystery guest!
6) James Robinson
7) Sean Fletcher
8) Jonathan De Souza
9) Phil Stanton
10) Thomas Carey
11) Josh Boddy
12) Thomas Cappleman
13) Jamie Rawson - co event newbie!
14) Ashwin Abinashi
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Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020

Post by Ronan M Higginson » Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:42 am

Great to see this is back, definitely in for this currently :D :D :D

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Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020

Post by Matt Morrison » Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:16 am

I don't think the "family and friends" option has been a thing for a year or two now. It's the other way round - when you're just sending money without it being tied to a third party transaction (e.g. eBay), the assumption is that it is (what was) for "friends and family" and you have to explicitly tick "paying for goods or services" in order for a fee to be taken, and to receive buyer protection from PayPal.

So yeah, all you focal lot can fucking well update your copy-and-paste descriptions if you want to stop annoying me.

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Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020

Post by Matt Morrison » Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:17 am

Ronan M Higginson wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:42 am
Great to see this is back, definitely in for this currently :D :D :D
More or less definitely than every other event held this year?

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Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020

Post by Fiona T » Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:34 am

Matt Morrison wrote:
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:16 am
So yeah, all you focal lot can fucking well update your copy-and-paste descriptions if you want to stop annoying me.
Or keep them, just to annoy you :)

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Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020

Post by Fiona T » Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:38 am

And we have our first signups!

The grumpy and sweary Matt Morrison, and the cheerful and friendly Heather Badcock.

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Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020

Post by Ronan M Higginson » Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:45 am

Matt Morrison wrote:
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:17 am
Ronan M Higginson wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:42 am
Great to see this is back, definitely in for this currently :D :D :D
More or less definitely than every other event held this year?
More :D

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Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020

Post by Phil Collinge » Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:33 pm

A handshake on 3rd April 2019 provides you with 3 more entries*

* deliberately cryptic!

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Re: Countdown in London (CO:LON) - 16 May 2020

Post by Fiona T » Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:45 pm

Phil Collinge wrote:
Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:33 pm
A handshake on 3rd April 2019 provides you with 3 more entries*

* deliberately cryptic!
Intriguing!

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