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Title: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 20, 2018, 04:26:06 pm
Ideas have been discussed already.  Some are practical, others ambitious, a few downright dangerous  :o

But before getting too carried away shouldn't we agree a date?  How about Saturday 5th January '19 flowing seamlessly into Sunday 6th?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Carlosfandango on September 20, 2018, 04:34:36 pm
Ok
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: psyclist on September 20, 2018, 04:52:43 pm
Which venue this year? Will there be a pre-ride? Will it involve pavés? Can we dig a hole for the Lynx to repeat his acrobatic manoeuvre?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 20, 2018, 04:57:30 pm
Which venue this year? Will there be a pre-ride? Will it involve pavés? Can we dig a hole for the Lynx to repeat his acrobatic manoeuvre?

Easy tiger, you're getting ahead of yourself!  Much detail still has to be finalised but I think it's safe to confirm that The Compasses, LG will be where we end up on Saturday evening.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: jiberjaber on September 20, 2018, 05:34:57 pm
I'm not here that week...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 20, 2018, 05:48:09 pm
I'm not here that week...

We could move to the following weekend.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: tedshred on September 20, 2018, 05:49:38 pm
That is the Kelvedon Oyster so please don't.

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Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 20, 2018, 05:53:14 pm
That is the Kelvedon Oyster so please don't.

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Noted, I have started a Pole, he's called Jakub which was the most popular name for newly born Polish boy babies in 2010, Google says so.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 20, 2018, 05:54:32 pm
According to Google, Epiphany 2019 is actually Sunday 6th.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: psyclist on September 20, 2018, 06:31:09 pm
According to Google, Epiphany 2019 is actually Sunday 6th.

Funnily enough, being the 12th day after Christmas, it always falls on the 6th January!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 20, 2018, 06:32:27 pm
Smart arse  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Flatbar Steve on September 20, 2018, 10:18:34 pm
Count me in

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Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: tippers_kiwi on September 26, 2018, 02:21:44 pm
I've voted for the later weekend for no reason other than Jibbers said he couldn't make the earlier one.

After a VERY lazy end to a VERY lazy year I need to get back into things (and it's not starting too well) so a January Jolly would be great....I might even camp!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Grey Sheep on September 26, 2018, 04:16:41 pm
Why is there no option for both weekends ???
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 26, 2018, 04:19:08 pm
Why is there no option for both weekends ???

Huh?  We hold the event twice?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Flatbar Steve on September 26, 2018, 05:08:32 pm
Why is there no option for both weekends ???

Huh?  We hold the event twice?
The Second Coming!

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Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: psyclist on September 26, 2018, 08:33:36 pm
Why is there no option for both weekends ???

I thought that as well. Decided a non vote was essentially the same. I don’t mind either option, but makes sense to wait for jibbers, although that probably moves us closer to Chinese New Year. New theme?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: the straggler on September 27, 2018, 01:36:57 pm
Why is there no option for both weekends ???

I thought that as well. Decided a non vote was essentially the same. I don’t mind either option, but makes sense to wait for jibbers, although that probably moves us closer to Chinese New Year. New theme?

Yep,  2nd epiphany theme  could be based on 12 Chinese zodiac animal signs, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, pig. Each rider to wear compulsory animal outfit by proxy vote. I will be putting on a bathrobe and turning up as a native Bruce Lee. No front battery lights allowed for night riding, just candle lit lanterns...those who make it to final venue without crashing into a hedge should count themselves lucky.
 
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: jiberjaber on September 27, 2018, 02:32:03 pm
Why is there no option for both weekends ???

I thought that as well. Decided a non vote was essentially the same. I don’t mind either option, but makes sense to wait for jibbers, although that probably moves us closer to Chinese New Year. New theme?

Yep,  2nd epiphany theme  could be based on 12 Chinese zodiac animal signs, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, pig. Each rider to wear compulsory animal outfit by proxy vote. I will be putting on a bathrobe and turning up as a native Bruce Lee. No front battery lights allowed for night riding, just candle lit lanterns...those who make it to final venue without crashing into a hedge should count themselves lucky.

Perhaps it could be an annual event?  ???
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 27, 2018, 03:34:03 pm
Why is there no option for both weekends ???

I thought that as well. Decided a non vote was essentially the same. I don’t mind either option, but makes sense to wait for jibbers, although that probably moves us closer to Chinese New Year. New theme?

Yep,  2nd epiphany theme  could be based on 12 Chinese zodiac animal signs, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, pig...

Musky reindeer?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: the straggler on September 27, 2018, 07:47:30 pm
Why is there no option for both weekends ???

I thought that as well. Decided a non vote was essentially the same. I don’t mind either option, but makes sense to wait for jibbers, although that probably moves us closer to Chinese New Year. New theme?

Yep,  2nd epiphany theme  could be based on 12 Chinese zodiac animal signs, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, pig...

Musky reindeer?

Why not? Musky reindeer would count for 13th animal sign/months if your follow the Ethiopian calender...

Better still, how about a Burns night theme - only scotch spirits energy drinks ( no ales), tarten kilt dress code and reciting of Scottish poems until the Angus cows come home
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Johnny Faro on September 29, 2018, 07:25:31 pm
....and substituting pickled eggs for Haggis for indications?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 29, 2018, 07:37:56 pm
I’m not sure I like the way a tried and tested formula is being messed with!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: tippers_kiwi on September 30, 2018, 07:23:22 pm
If we go with the Chinese New Year replacement we could of course do Century Eggs...they make pickled eggs seem like sweets!

EDIT: They taste OK once you get them past your nose though!

(https://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/06/62/db/7a/kam-s-roast-goose.jpg)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oscar's dad on September 30, 2018, 07:29:01 pm
I’ll eat most things but not those  :sick:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 04, 2018, 11:20:20 am
OK, yesterday evening stuff as agreed as follows...

1. The date is confirmed as Saturday 5th January running into Sunday 6th.  jibers can now make it - hooray!  :thumbsup:
2. We're NOT having karaoke, but then again  :demon:
3. We ARE celebrating the happy union of Jem and 'fandango but doing the whole wedding thing all in one day from stag / hen night to wedding reception (happy couple then retire to tent for shagging - remember to keep the noise down!)

Other stuff may have been agreed but I can't remember what it was.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: jiberjaber on October 04, 2018, 11:49:39 am
OK, yesterday evening stuff as agreed as follows...

1. The date is confirmed as Saturday 5th January running into Sunday 6th.  jibers can now make it - hooray!  :thumbsup:
2. We're NOT having karaoke, but then again  :demon:
3. We ARE celebrating the happy union of Jem and 'fandango but doing the whole wedding thing all in one day from stag / hen night to wedding reception (happy couple then retire to tent for shagging - remember to keep the noise down!)

Other stuff may have been agreed but I can't remember what it was.

Yep, just checked, I land on 3rd so that's OK for me..  :thumbsup:

I think item 4 was BYOC for the after party (Guest list, RSVP GenSec/Chief Fire Officer)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: JenM on October 04, 2018, 12:58:57 pm
I fly back on 4th so I’m sure I’ll be around for at least part of the day.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 04, 2018, 01:04:35 pm
I fly back on 4th so I’m sure I’ll be around for at least part of the day.

Why not ask Jem nicely if you can be a bridesmaid too  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: tippers_kiwi on October 09, 2018, 01:31:09 pm
Excellent....I'll book in a few days of Gout Inflicted absence for the following week  ;D I shall actually be camping this year....and brining my Trangia not the cooker in a suitcase!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: tedshred on October 09, 2018, 01:42:39 pm
You can enter the brew off  :thumbsup:

Oaky is the current holder but that will change come January.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: tippers_kiwi on October 09, 2018, 02:31:35 pm
You can enter the brew off  :thumbsup:

Oaky is the current holder but that will change come January.
I didn't get the kettle so I'll spectate while my pig spit roasts
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 09, 2018, 02:49:34 pm
You can enter the brew off  :thumbsup:

Oaky is the current holder but that will change come January.
I didn't get the kettle so I'll spectate while my pig spit roasts

What?!?  :o No kettle!?!  ???  That's the best bit of a Trangia, buy one immediately!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: tedshred on October 09, 2018, 02:58:00 pm
I was too shocked to reply.

What responsible retailer would even sell a Trangia without one ?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 09, 2018, 03:00:38 pm
I was too shocked to reply.

What responsible retailer would even sell a Trangia without one ?

Oddly, Trading Standards aren't interested, I've just phoned them.  Shocking!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 09, 2018, 04:57:01 pm
BTW there are a few Trangia Facebook groups where filthy Trangia porn is readily available. 
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oaky on October 09, 2018, 07:45:17 pm
You can enter the brew off  :thumbsup:

Oaky is the current holder but that will change come January.
I didn't get the kettle so I'll spectate while my pig spit roasts

Brew-off participation is perfectly possibly using a pan.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: tedshred on October 09, 2018, 07:48:25 pm
I might have a spare kettle for hire.

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Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 09, 2018, 07:49:05 pm
You can enter the brew off  :thumbsup:

Oaky is the current holder but that will change come January.
I didn't get the kettle so I'll spectate while my pig spit roasts

Brew-off participation is perfectly possibly using a pan.

But don’t you lose style points?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: tippers_kiwi on October 10, 2018, 01:43:21 pm
I'm swiss, I don't care for Kettles....I may bring an extension cord and my coffee machine.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oaky on October 10, 2018, 01:55:13 pm
You can enter the brew off  :thumbsup:

Oaky is the current holder but that will change come January.
I didn't get the kettle so I'll spectate while my pig spit roasts

Brew-off participation is perfectly possibly using a pan.

But don’t you lose style points?

You might, but more than made up for by the increased difficulty rating, I'd have thought.  Similar to attempting a triple rather than double somersault in a diving competition.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 10, 2018, 04:32:40 pm
I think we can safely say tippers will win the brew off if he manages a triple somersault dive into his Trangia pan.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 13, 2018, 04:26:12 pm
Right then my lovelies, listen up...

I have been in touch with Dee at The Compasses and booked the Green Room, camping is booked too  I have also booked a room for The Current Mrs R, there seem to be a few left and are reasonably priced.

Does anyone have any thoughts on where we might go at lunchtime? 

EDIT: perhaps we should check out The Chequers at Roxwell on Wednesday evening?  Or what about The Three Elms at Chiggers?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Nik's Nick on October 13, 2018, 04:49:53 pm
Annoyingly Junior 2 has her birthday on Epiphany, and it looks like its going to be that way EVERY YEAR!   :facepalm:

So whilst I'm likely to manage a pass out of the night of the 5th, I'll probably need to make like a pumpkin around midnight.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 13, 2018, 04:55:49 pm
Annoyingly Junior 2 has her birthday on Epiphany, and it looks like its going to be that way EVERY YEAR!   :facepalm:

So whilst I'm likely to manage a pass out of the night of the 5th, I'll probably need to make like a pumpkin around midnight.

Fear not, the tried and trusted Epiphany concept allows for folks to dip and out as REAL LIFE allows. The important fing is you’re there for as much as you can manage!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 14, 2018, 03:17:15 pm
In an AMAZING moment of inspiration inspired by Oaky and family (so nothing to worry about) I have sorted this year’s musical interlude! 
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 15, 2018, 11:16:09 am
In an AMAZING moment of inspiration inspired by Oaky and family (so nothing to worry about) I have sorted this year’s musical interlude!

There WON'T be any singing.  There WILL be audience participation  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oaky on October 15, 2018, 11:18:08 am
In an AMAZING moment of inspiration inspired by Oaky and family (so nothing to worry about) I have sorted this year’s musical interlude!

There WON'T be any singing.  There WILL be audience participation  :thumbsup:

 :facepalm: :facepalm: What have I done?!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 15, 2018, 11:30:55 am
You’ve been inspirational - as always. What would we do without you?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Wowbagger on October 15, 2018, 01:43:26 pm
Is there no place for my pianistic virtuosity?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 15, 2018, 02:18:32 pm
Is there no place for my pianistic virtuosity?

There absolutely is if you're available!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Wowbagger on October 16, 2018, 06:30:40 pm
Is there no place for my pianistic virtuosity?

There absolutely is if you're available!  :thumbsup:

If you are in the Green Room, is there a piano?

It is in the diary. Is it intended that we meet early in the morning at the Witham Wetherspoons, do a lot of cycling somewhere, and end up at the Compasses late on? If so, I may join later in the day. I would need to find a way of getting home well after dark and it might be politic to turn up later in the car (provided I've got my driving licence by then... ::-) )

Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: psyclist on October 16, 2018, 06:47:05 pm
... do a lot of cycling somewhere ...

Don't forget OD is organising, so that bit is unlikely  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Tomsk on October 16, 2018, 07:20:12 pm
If you are in the Green Room, is there a piano?

The piano is in the other room - the one on the left that used to have the 1950s juke box, if anyone can remember that far back. #2 has been known to play it, once most drinkers have dispersed ...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 17, 2018, 06:13:54 am
Wow, could you rustle up some sort of portable keyboard?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 17, 2018, 06:16:04 am
Oh, and if a portable keyboard can be rustled we’ll have no smart arse remarks about Wow and his organ  >:(. Remember this is a family show.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on October 18, 2018, 04:08:09 pm
I have news of developments...

Yesterday evening the Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series descended on The Chequers, Roxwell.  We made quite an impression and you can read ted's write up HERE (post 3317) (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=94449.3300). 

Anyhow, quite unbelievably, the landlord and landlady are keen for us to return so I broached the subject of Epiphany lunch.  It looks like we could have exclusive use of the pub  :thumbsup: and I am now liaising with Maria the landlady to firm up arrangements - I will keep you posted.

TTFN  :-*
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 06, 2018, 09:52:52 am
EXCITING NEWS!!!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 06, 2018, 09:55:03 am
There's is every chance that The Musky Reindeer Pelt of Destiny (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=66355.0) lives again  :thumbsup:  Any volunteers to wear at The Epiphany Do?

PS, I will update the thread.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: tippers_kiwi on November 13, 2018, 12:09:33 pm
  It looks like we could have exclusive use of the pub  :thumbsup:
:(
Isn't half the fun scaring the hell out of the 'normal' people? Although it worries me that this might lead to a level of OD antics that we have never before seen....if he needs to scare us instead!  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 13, 2018, 12:34:36 pm
  It looks like we could have exclusive use of the pub  :thumbsup:
:(
Isn't half the fun scaring the hell out of the 'normal' people? Although it worries me that this might lead to a level of OD antics that we have never before seen....if he needs to scare us instead!  ;D

I have no idea what you're talking about!

Are you and the Greater Tippers Clan up for another secret control?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: tedshred on November 13, 2018, 12:45:13 pm
Is Tippers that Kiwi/Swiss guy that used to ride with us   :'(
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 13, 2018, 01:04:37 pm
Is Tippers that Kiwi/Swiss guy that used to ride with us   :'(

I vaguely remember him  :-*
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: tippers_kiwi on November 13, 2018, 02:58:34 pm
I will check on the Secret control.....I suspect there might be a year off though as it was more difficult to convince last year....I shall let you know once I have assessed the BP cost!

You remember me, that's nice! As a reward for riding the 3 R's the other week I got Gout in my Elbow....who would ever have thought that was possible.....anyway...back to health and now time to start tackling the fitness.

Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 18, 2018, 05:04:21 pm
Here's A PROPOSED ROUTE (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28931061) for Saturday.  Thoughts?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: psyclist on November 18, 2018, 06:26:52 pm
Here's A PROPOSED ROUTE (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28931061) for Saturday.  Thoughts?

Looks sensible to me
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: jiberjaber on November 18, 2018, 06:36:58 pm
Here's A PROPOSED ROUTE (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28931061) for Saturday.  Thoughts?

I dont think you can go along the road off Shellow Road just before Skreens Park Road - it's a private activity center access road iirc. (just before 40m)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 18, 2018, 07:26:19 pm
Here's A PROPOSED ROUTE (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28931061) for Saturday.  Thoughts?

Looks sensible to me

Really?  Cruel words, you know how to hurt me. I’ll have another go and remove all the sanity.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: drossall on November 18, 2018, 09:04:51 pm
I dont think you can go along the road off Shellow Road just before Skreens Park Road - it's a private activity center access road iirc. (just before 40m)

I camped there with our lot a few years back. OS map shows it as a public footpath. Here's the sign as well (https://goo.gl/maps/Rn28zrr6PML2). Which means you can go down it, as long as no cycling is involved. Which has already been discussed:


... do a lot of cycling somewhere ...

Don't forget OD is organising, so that bit is unlikely  ;D

Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Tomsk on November 19, 2018, 06:08:46 pm
Here's A PROPOSED ROUTE (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28931061) for Saturday.  Thoughts?

COR possibility ...  :facepalm: Colley Bridge Lane - decent gravel track for about a mile between Cooksmill and Radley Greens, with an [almost] rideable ford, if you want a challenge [there is a footbridge].

I think the bridleway from Roxwell A1060 through to Chignall St James is a bit rough, once you're off the concrete farm road, but I haven't been that way for ages. Knobbly tyres may be fitted ...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 19, 2018, 06:57:59 pm
I think I should also offer a COR option.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Flatbar Steve on November 19, 2018, 08:11:22 pm
I think I should also offer a COR option.
Yes please can we have a good amount of COR!

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Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: jiberjaber on November 19, 2018, 09:01:33 pm
Here's A PROPOSED ROUTE (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28931061) for Saturday.  Thoughts?

COR possibility ...  :facepalm: Colley Bridge Lane - decent gravel track for about a mile between Cooksmill and Radley Greens, with an [almost] rideable ford, if you want a challenge [there is a footbridge].

I think the bridleway from Roxwell A1060 through to Chignall St James is a bit rough, once you're off the concrete farm road, but I haven't been that way for ages. Knobbly tyres may be fitted ...

Given we'd be going down the steepest section in the intended direction I'd be happy with the Cooksmill by-way option (Bonus Alpacas at the Radley Green end as well  :thumbsup: )

Not too keen on the bridleway - it's quite rough and I might be on my clown bike...

http://www.rowmaps.com/showmap.php?place=Roxwell&map=OS&lat=51.7499&lon=0.383927&lonew=E
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 20, 2018, 03:13:22 pm
Here's A PROPOSED ROUTE (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28931061) for Saturday.  Thoughts?

Looks sensible to me

I think I should also offer a COR option.
Yes please can we have a good amount of COR!

You know how I hate to DISSAPOINT (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28955479)  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: jiberjaber on November 20, 2018, 04:58:28 pm
Here's A PROPOSED ROUTE (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28931061) for Saturday.  Thoughts?

Looks sensible to me

I think I should also offer a COR option.
Yes please can we have a good amount of COR!

You know how I hate to DISSAPOINT (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28955479)  :thumbsup:

You swing from one end of the extreme to the other.... NO BEETLES FFS!!!!!!!  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 20, 2018, 05:18:29 pm
The beetles can be done on Sunday.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: jiberjaber on November 20, 2018, 05:43:45 pm
For them that is camping and heading that way home....
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 20, 2018, 06:01:50 pm
For them that is camping and heading that way home....

Would you like the beetles building into Saturday's route?  And which one: COR or No COR?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: jiberjaber on November 20, 2018, 06:23:42 pm
I'll be on clown bike depending on what state the fleet is in when I get back to the UK.  I think so none cor for me potentially
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 20, 2018, 07:36:37 pm
COR onna Clown Bike will get you extra points. If you bivvy as well I think we can safely say you’ll win the whole damn thing!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: jiberjaber on November 20, 2018, 07:54:56 pm
That might save me a job fixing the trophy!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: tippers_kiwi on November 22, 2018, 05:53:18 pm
Can I just say....bring along any spare change :-)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: jiberjaber on November 22, 2018, 06:32:08 pm
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

So with the date fast approaching I guess I better request some votes for the MEMWNS Epiphany Trophy I could of course award it to myself but where would be the fun in that.

So if you please, drop me a PM and let me know you nominations for this coming presentation.  A small not about why wouldn't go amiss but if you don't fancy revealing the reasons for your vote I am sure I can make something up for the awardeeeeee....

:thumbsup:



Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Flatbar Steve on November 22, 2018, 07:19:47 pm
Steve, could this by help you take this year's outfit to the next level?

http://facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2015543741796412&id=1381450335205759

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Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 23, 2018, 07:19:14 am
Steve, could this by help you take this year's outfit to the next level?

http://facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2015543741796412&id=1381450335205759

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Now that’s funny!  I’m not sure I have big enough moobs but ted however...

 ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 04, 2018, 09:39:31 am
Proposed lunch menu from The Chequers at Roxwell, what do we think...?

[Gets my vote  :thumbsup:  ]

Quote
Starter
Prawn Cocktail
or
Home-made vegetable soup
 
Main
Fish Pie or Cottage Pie
Served with seasonal fresh vegetables
or
Vegetarian chilli with rice
 
Dessert
Warm pudding (eg.treacle/choc/jam) with custard
or
Trifle
 
 
This would be at a cost of £19.95 per person.
 
We hope that this is to your liking.  We will most likely have the local guest ales (Ridley’s Rite and 1555) plus the Greene King IPA on draught at the time, but if this changes before then, we will let you know.
 
If there are any particular wines you would like available, we will do our best to get them in stock for you too.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: psyclist on December 04, 2018, 09:52:47 am
[Gets my vote  :thumbsup:  ]

ditto
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: tippers_kiwi on December 04, 2018, 10:20:21 am
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: jiberjaber on December 04, 2018, 12:18:12 pm
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Grey Sheep on December 04, 2018, 12:52:33 pm

I'll check with the pub about dietary specials

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Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 04, 2018, 03:53:48 pm

I'll check with the pub about dietary specials

Ask for Maria.  Let me know how you get on. 
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Nik's Nick on December 05, 2018, 01:35:25 pm
Looks good to me!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oaky on December 05, 2018, 01:45:32 pm
Proposed lunch menu from The Chequers at Roxwell, what do we think...?

Looks good to me.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 05, 2018, 02:08:38 pm
I'm within a gnat's cock of making an executive decision, that being I accept The Chequers proposal.  Are there any voices of descent as yet unheard?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: bhoot on December 05, 2018, 05:55:52 pm
Hoping to be able to confirm attendance soon.. menu looks fine, thanks for sorting!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 05, 2018, 06:00:03 pm
Hoping to be able to confirm attendance soon.. menu looks fine, thanks for sorting!

No singing this/next year. Instead something different and betterer  ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 12, 2018, 12:25:35 pm
Starter
Prawn Cocktail
or
Home-made vegetable soup
 
Main
Fish Pie or Cottage Pie
Served with seasonal fresh vegetables
or
Vegetarian chilli with rice
 
Dessert
Warm pudding (eg.treacle/choc/jam) with custard
or
Trifle
 
 
This would be at a cost of £19.95 per person.
 
We hope that this is to your liking.  We will most likely have the local guest ales (Ridley’s Rite and 1555) plus the Greene King IPA on draught at the time, but if this changes before then, we will let you know.
 
If there are any particular wines you would like available, we will do our best to get them in stock for you too.

OK folks, please listen up, I need some input from you...

Via the medium that is interpretive dance and / or mime private messaging (to save lots of boring posts clogging up this thread) I need to know...

1. Are you coming for lunch at The Chequers, Roxwell?
2. Which of the menu options mentioned above would you like?

Please note... There isn't an option to just have one course and pay less.  The £19.95 charge doesn't just cover a goodly amount of grub, it also covers the cost of the venue and staffing etc.  Basically we have our own private pub (what's the worst...?)  :o  If anyone has a fundamental issue with this arrangement please PM me.

Thanking you all in advance and I look forward to a tidal wave of PMs

 :-*

Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: jiberjaber on December 12, 2018, 01:22:39 pm
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Nik's Nick on December 12, 2018, 01:31:43 pm
OD - missed this, sorry. Have PM'd, hopefully not too late.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 12, 2018, 03:44:52 pm
OD - missed this, sorry. Have PM'd, hopefully not too late.

No, not too late, we have a week or so.  Got your PM BTW, thanks.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 13, 2018, 01:02:34 pm
I can report this is going very well.  I have had lunch responses from:

Me
tippers
jibers
Jem
The bloke she knocks around with (Jem did the typing)
psyclist
JenM
Nick's Nik
EDIT... The Current Mrs R

Bear in mind we have a whole pub to fill so it would be lovely to hear from the rest of you.

Much obliged.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: psyclist on December 13, 2018, 01:18:37 pm
I hope you’ve retained the services of the resident quiz master.

And i’d like to lodge a formal complaint about names which are too similar ... Jem and JenM. Very confusing. At least Nick’s Nik has sought to distinguish himself  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 13, 2018, 01:24:11 pm
I hope you’ve retained the services of the resident quiz master.

And i’d like to lodge a formal complaint about names which are too similar ... Jem and JenM. Very confusing. At least Nick’s Nik has sought to distinguish himself  :thumbsup:

Actually, a pub quiz isn't a bad idea.  Well volunteered, you can organise the questions, we will expect a performance like Smithy off Gavin and Stacey.  As a reward for volunteering we will let you off dressing up as a reindeer.  And, before you moan, consider yourself a lucky chappie as yesterday evening jibers suggested we drug you before wrestling you into The Pelt.  Apparently Andy C33333333 has some useful chemicals in his killing kit  :o
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: psyclist on December 13, 2018, 01:40:46 pm
I’ve never seen Gavin and Stacey so I cannot hope to emulate Smithy, but I do know some terribly hard Audax questions that have defeated the panel previously.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 13, 2018, 02:27:56 pm
I’ve never seen Gavin and Stacey so I cannot hope to emulate Smithy...

So you've done the ride but never seen the telly programme which inspired it?  Shocking  :o  Anyhow, watch and take heed (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fnun3Y4neZo)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 13, 2018, 02:36:45 pm
...but I do know some terribly hard Audax questions that have defeated the panel previously.

Do your worst, the worst that could happen is you get lynched, I don't think we've had one of those  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 13, 2018, 03:58:26 pm
I now have had lunch responses from:

Me
tippers
jibers
Jem
The bloke she knocks around with (Jem did the typing)
psyclist
JenM
Nick's Nik
The Current Mrs R
Oaky
Tomsk
The Strangler

Please keep 'em coming  :thumbsup:

And, I won't have a list of who has ordered what.  Perhaps psyclist can build this into his pub quiz?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: psyclist on December 13, 2018, 05:25:18 pm
I’ve never seen Gavin and Stacey so I cannot hope to emulate Smithy...

So you've done the ride but never seen the telly programme which inspired it?  Shocking  :o  Anyhow, watch and take heed (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fnun3Y4neZo)

To my knowledge only 4 people have ridden Gavin and Stacey; Tomsk, Grey Sheep, jiberjabber and some guy who now rides a motorbike.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: jiberjaber on December 13, 2018, 05:31:16 pm
I’ve never seen Gavin and Stacey so I cannot hope to emulate Smithy...

So you've done the ride but never seen the telly programme which inspired it?  Shocking  :o  Anyhow, watch and take heed (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fnun3Y4neZo)

To my knowledge only 4 people have ridden Gavin and Stacey; Tomsk, Grey Sheep, jiberjabber and some guy who now rides a motorbike.

And a few who rode pretty much the same route so they could have a cuppa on a hillside from teh ACME cafe ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 13, 2018, 05:34:21 pm
I’ve never seen Gavin and Stacey so I cannot hope to emulate Smithy...

So you've done the ride but never seen the telly programme which inspired it?  Shocking  :o  Anyhow, watch and take heed (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fnun3Y4neZo)

To my knowledge only 4 people have ridden Gavin and Stacey; Tomsk, Grey Sheep, jiberjabber and some guy who now rides a motorbike.

No matter, you can still run the pub quiz.  Would you like a PA system?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: psyclist on December 13, 2018, 06:51:59 pm
I’ve never seen Gavin and Stacey so I cannot hope to emulate Smithy...

So you've done the ride but never seen the telly programme which inspired it?  Shocking  :o  Anyhow, watch and take heed (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fnun3Y4neZo)

To my knowledge only 4 people have ridden Gavin and Stacey; Tomsk, Grey Sheep, jiberjabber and some guy who now rides a motorbike.

No matter, you can still run the pub quiz.  Would you like a PA system?

What’s my time window for the quiz ... I would propose 2 rounds (cycling knowledge and general knowledge) and a surprise component. Teams of 3. To be run once people are settled but before food (so people would need to be sat in their team, not around a big table). Will also need a prize.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 14, 2018, 12:51:47 pm
So the quiz will be at lunchtime right?

I think we'll need to do the quiz after lunch as I imagine the pub will want to get us fed not long after we arrive which I anticipate will be between 12:30 and 1pm.  Bear in mind we have the pub all afternoon so there'll be plenty of time.

Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: bhoot on December 14, 2018, 10:21:22 pm
The trains are running... hurrah... pm sent for hoots' lunch
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 16, 2018, 01:56:02 pm
We have 18 people confirmed for Epiphany lunch at The Chequers with more to come. Do I have your lunch choices yet???
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: jiberjaber on December 16, 2018, 05:41:18 pm
Low number of votes for the MEMWNS award...  get them PM's in!

It's now repaired and adorned and ready for a new home!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 22, 2018, 03:51:26 pm
There have been developments of a Musky hue (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=66355.25).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: jiberjaber on December 22, 2018, 04:42:11 pm
2 more potentials for the festivities... will forward them the thread and get them to indicate if they want dinner...
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 22, 2018, 09:57:25 pm
2 more potentials for the festivities... will forward them the thread and get them to indicate if they want dinner...

Lunch. Remember you’re down south now.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Jem on December 24, 2018, 11:13:26 am
2 more potentials for the festivities... will forward them the thread and get them to indicate if they want dinner...

Lunch. Remember you’re down south now.

I sympathise with Jibers...
In SA we have Breakfast, lunch and dinner - in that order. Simple.
Here I've had to get my head around supper vs dinner and then work out if dinner is actually lunch or the evening meal and if supper is actually dinner in which case what happens to lunch if supper is dinner and dinner is lunch.
And then there's tea.
Tea can be anything from tea - as in a simple cup of - to supper - (or is it dinner?) and if it is dinner, is it actually lunch? Just today I had to ask Sister Carol what time tea time was to determine whether he meant afternoon or evening. 
For crying out loud!!!  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: jiberjaber on December 24, 2018, 11:57:09 am
Exactly, though for me, it is quite simple...

Dinner time = 12:00 noon
Tea time = 17:00 to 18:30
Afternoon tea, 15:00ish
Evening dinner 19:30 onwards

Historically, luncheon was the meal taken after breakfast, could have been a 10:00 break meal or whatever.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunch

Dinner referred to a main meal, however historically at noon.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinner

Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 24, 2018, 12:21:56 pm
 ::-)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Carlosfandango on December 24, 2018, 01:49:13 pm
2 more potentials for the festivities... will forward them the thread and get them to indicate if they want dinner...

Lunch. Remember you’re down south now.

Just today I had to ask Sister Carol what time tea time was to determine whether he meant afternoon or evening. 
For crying out loud!!!  :facepalm:

With your ravenous appetite tea time will probably occur this afternoon and this evening ;)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Carlosfandango on December 24, 2018, 01:56:00 pm
Wowbagger is your expert in these matters. A man who is reputed to effortlessly fit at least 8 meals into a day's cycling, must know what each sitting should be called.

Mind you he's slimming world slimmer of the month, so perhaps he's cutting back on gustatory delights.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Carlosfandango on December 24, 2018, 01:57:30 pm
Wowbagger is your expert in these matters. A man who is reputed to effortlessly fit at least 8 meals into a day's cycling, must know what each sitting should be called.

Mind you, he's slimming world slimmer of the month, so perhaps he's cutting back on gustatory delights.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Wowbagger on December 24, 2018, 02:19:06 pm
Wowbagger is your expert in these matters. A man who is reputed to effortlessly fit at least 8 meals into a day's cycling, must know what each sitting should be called.

Mind you, he's slimming world slimmer of the month, so perhaps he's cutting back on gustatory delights.
Wowbagger is your expert in these matters. A man who is reputed to effortlessly fit at least 8 meals into a day's cycling, must know what each sitting should be called.

Mind you he's slimming world slimmer of the month, so perhaps he's cutting back on gustatory delights.

I heard you perfectly well the first time.

The only way you can reasonably fit 8 meals into a single bike ride is to make sure that they have vague names. That means that should you bump into Ted the Shred and he asks, as is his Caledonian wont, "Ye'll have had yer tea...?" you can honestly answer "NO!".
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 24, 2018, 03:11:34 pm
With all this talk of food and meals can I remind you to let me know what you’d like to eat at Epiphany lunch. I have heard from most of you and it looks like we’ll have a record turnout but there’s room for more,remember we have an entire pub to fill!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Carlosfandango on December 24, 2018, 04:33:56 pm
Wowbagger is your expert in these matters. A man who is reputed to effortlessly fit at least 8 meals into a day's cycling, must know what each sitting should be called.

Mind you, he's slimming world slimmer of the month, so perhaps he's cutting back on gustatory delights.
Wowbagger is your expert in these matters. A man who is reputed to effortlessly fit at least 8 meals into a day's cycling, must know what each sitting should be called.

Mind you he's slimming world slimmer of the month, so perhaps he's cutting back on gustatory delights.

I heard you perfectly well the first time.

The only way you can reasonably fit 8 meals into a single bike ride is to make sure that they have vague names. That means that should you bump into Ted the Shred and he asks, as is his Caledonian wont, "Ye'll have had yer tea...?" you can honestly answer "NO!".

Sorry for nagging Wow, my finger is too big for my phone screen and seems to get fatter the more sherry I drink, hic.

Looking forward to seeing you on Epiphany.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Jem on December 24, 2018, 06:39:02 pm
2 more potentials for the festivities... will forward them the thread and get them to indicate if they want dinner...

Lunch. Remember you’re down south now.

Just today I had to ask Sister Carol what time tea time was to determine whether he meant afternoon or evening. 
For crying out loud!!!  :facepalm:

With your ravenous appetite tea time will probably occur this afternoon and this evening ;)

Just as well. I had about 3000 calories to replace after the Soggy Santa but now you can add to that the energy expended peeling 21 potatoes and peeling and crossing 84 sprouts  - and whatever else you have planned for me this evening.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 24, 2018, 07:28:42 pm
Can I just remind you this is a family show and you should keep it clean  :-X
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Bernster on December 27, 2018, 12:54:35 pm
I've been granted permission to come out to play - see you all on the 5th  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 27, 2018, 04:19:55 pm
I've been granted permission to come out to play - see you all on the 5th  :thumbsup:

Top banana!  Got your PM, thanks.

You asked about timings, let’s keep it simples, I think we’ll start to assemble at Witham ‘spoons for 8:30 / 9am. Bar opens at 9, then we’ll just let fings unfold.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: psyclist on December 31, 2018, 04:19:25 pm
Is there a final route yet?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 31, 2018, 05:23:05 pm
Is there a final route yet?

Yes. I think so. I will share it next year if I remember. Did we vote for COR or no COR?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: psyclist on December 31, 2018, 05:38:52 pm
Did we vote for COR or no COR?

No
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 31, 2018, 05:52:01 pm
Did we vote for COR or no COR?

No

That’s an ambiguous answer open to interpretation  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: psyclist on December 31, 2018, 07:01:18 pm
Did we vote for COR or no COR?

No

That’s an ambiguous answer open to interpretation  :thumbsup:

How can 'no' be ambiguous? We didn't vote ... but then if the route includes COR there will always be folks finding an alternative, so perhaps it doesn't matter either way?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Nik's Nick on January 01, 2019, 01:05:45 am
COR=FeckinAnnoyedMuskyReindeerPelt
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Nim on January 01, 2019, 05:43:01 pm
Hi all

I can't make the full Epiphany Extravaganza experience as I'd already planned on a DIY 200 on Saturday for my January RRtY. However, I've plotted a route to arrive at Roxwell at the 130 km point, so I will see you all for lunch. :thumbsup:

Nim
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: the straggler on January 03, 2019, 01:43:56 pm
What's on the agenda after Roxwell? I assume we will end up at Spiritual PH in Little Green with formal evening wear code? Just  wondering, as I will need to consider forward planning whether to bring camping gear for overnight stop.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: jiberjaber on January 03, 2019, 02:17:06 pm
Disturbing lack of votes for the award given the number who are attending - you don't have to be there all day to cast a vote! :)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 03, 2019, 05:36:55 pm
Disturbing lack of votes for the award given the number who are attending - you don't have to be there all day to cast a vote! :)

I have voted!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 03, 2019, 05:37:45 pm
What's on the agenda after Roxwell? I assume we will end up at Spiritual PH in Little Green with formal evening wear code? Just  wondering, as I will need to consider forward planning whether to bring camping gear for overnight stop.

Your assumptions are correct and bring a tent!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Carlosfandango on January 03, 2019, 08:01:33 pm
Who's camping then?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: the straggler on January 03, 2019, 08:44:12 pm
Who's camping then?
You ought to be in for 'carry on camping' as you are the Sid James Ha Ha Ha Ha......

I'm in. Think I might win the Fabled Acme brew off unanimously  uncontested !
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Carlosfandango on January 03, 2019, 09:19:43 pm
Who's camping then?
You ought to be in for 'carry on camping' as you are the Sid James Ha Ha Ha Ha......

I'm in. Think I might win the Fabled Acme brew off unanimously  uncontested !

Dunno about a brew off, but after a chilli for lunch and ten pints of ale you just might win the fabled acme blow off!

Ha ha ha ;D
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 03, 2019, 10:15:48 pm
Who's camping then?

Me.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Carlosfandango on January 03, 2019, 11:05:10 pm
Who's camping then?

Me.

Ha ha ha.

Any other brave souls?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: psyclist on January 04, 2019, 07:07:57 am
Is there a final route yet?

Yes. I think so. I will share it next year if I remember. Did we vote for COR or no COR?

Is the final route the same as you shared as a draft many moons ago?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 04, 2019, 07:31:12 am
Is there a final route yet?

Yes. I think so. I will share it next year if I remember. Did we vote for COR or no COR?

Is the final route the same as you shared as a draft many moons ago?

Yes. I’ll try to get organised today, we only got back yesterday so lots to do!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: psyclist on January 04, 2019, 09:01:31 am
Is there a final route yet?

Yes. I think so. I will share it next year if I remember. Did we vote for COR or no COR?

Is the final route the same as you shared as a draft many moons ago?

Yes. I’ll try to get organised today, we only got back yesterday so lots to do!

No rush :-)

Also, can you confirm there will be a PA available? One of the quiz rounds won’t work very well without a means to project sound, but I can work around it.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 04, 2019, 09:08:49 am
Is there a final route yet?

Yes. I think so. I will share it next year if I remember. Did we vote for COR or no COR?

Is the final route the same as you shared as a draft many moons ago?

Yes. I’ll try to get organised today, we only got back yesterday so lots to do!

No rush :-)

Also, can you confirm there will be a PA available? One of the quiz rounds won’t work very well without a means to project sound, but I can work around it.

You have a PA!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oaky on January 04, 2019, 09:21:19 am
Who's camping then?

I am, naturally.

(Note that that is "naturally", not "naturistically".)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: jiberjaber on January 04, 2019, 10:22:06 am
I've still not made a decision on camping - whilst I have found my very old tent etc I am running out of time to get it sorted out (check for holes and how to put it up). 

I've rulled out the clown bike so will be recommissioning the CdF which will require me to strip the fixed and change tyres plus build up the Jack out of the bike bike box so I can liberate the tools in there.... I forsee a very very busy Friday inbetween meetings today!

Did we agree on who is providing glassware for the after party?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: BFC on January 04, 2019, 12:47:44 pm
Is there a rough schedule and route? Route could determine which bike I drag out.

I am assuming gathering at Witham spoons sometime in the morning for breakfast and beer (open for breakfast from 8:00, serve beer from 9:00).
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oaky on January 04, 2019, 01:44:39 pm
I've still not made a decision on camping - whilst I have found my very old tent etc I am running out of time to get it sorted out (check for holes and how to put it up). 

I've rulled out the clown bike so will be recommissioning the CdF which will require me to strip the fixed and change tyres plus build up the Jack out of the bike bike box so I can liberate the tools in there.... I forsee a very very busy Friday inbetween meetings today!

Did we agree on who is providing glassware for the after party?

I have a batch of disposable plastic champagne coupes.  Can't remember if I got 12 or 24.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Grey Sheep on January 04, 2019, 02:02:09 pm
I'm not.  No tent, no thick sleeping back, no desire to freeze all night... ;D

Who's camping then?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: huggy on January 04, 2019, 03:12:12 pm
Is there a rough schedule and route? Route could determine which bike I drag out.

I am assuming gathering at Witham spoons sometime in the morning for breakfast and beer (open for breakfast from 8:00, serve beer from 9:00).
Those are admirable assumptions but group leader hasn't proposed any firmness to his vague plans, yet.  You'd have thought he'd had plenty of time to itemise everything in great detail while sitting in his mobile shed the last few days  ::-)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Nik's Nick on January 04, 2019, 03:53:58 pm
I'm aiming for the Wetherspoons in Witham 0830-0900.

If this is all some form of complex wind-up just to get me cycle in public in that bloody reindeer outfit I shall be a teeny bit annoyed. And might have to write a letter.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 04, 2019, 03:54:59 pm
I'm aiming for the Wetherspoons in Witham 0830-0900.

If this is all some form of complex wind-up just to get me cycle in public in that bloody reindeer outfit I shall be a teeny bit annoyed. And might have to write a letter.

As if we'd do that to you  :o
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Carlosfandango on January 04, 2019, 04:07:44 pm
Is there a rough schedule and route? Route could determine which bike I drag out.

That's two in drag already!!!!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 04, 2019, 04:08:16 pm
Is there a rough schedule and route? Route could determine which bike I drag out.

I am assuming gathering at Witham spoons sometime in the morning for breakfast and beer (open for breakfast from 8:00, serve beer from 9:00).

Right then, here's the proposed plan for Epiphany 2019 with Bonus Nuptials...

Hen / stag night / breakfast and beer (other forms of refreshment are available)

Assemble at Witham 'spoons between 0830 and 0900hrs.

Grand depart

0930hrs(ish) leave and follow THIS ROUTE (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28931061?beta=false).  There are plenty of opportunities to turn left and we might even ride past some pubs what are open.

Lunch and wedding ceremony

I have told The Chequers that we should arrive between 1230 to 1300hrs.  As well as nuptials (officiated by Tomsk) we have psyclist's pub quiz  :thumbsup:

Dinner and wedding breakfast

I think I booked the Green Room at The Spiritual Home from 1830hrs.  During the course of the happy couple's wedding reception we have The Prize Giving officiated by jibers and a Musical Interlude  :thumbsup:

After Party

I have no idea what's going to happen at the After Party and I'd be surprised if anyone else has a clue either  ;D

Any questions?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Grey Sheep on January 04, 2019, 04:32:15 pm
COR everywhere - even within the first mile :D

Easily avoided, except for the Mashbury bit after lunch, which I think is a decent surface

Assemble at Witham 'spoons between 0830 and 0900hrs.

Grand depart

0930hrs(ish) leave and follow THIS ROUTE (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28931061?beta=false).  There are plenty of opportunities to turn left and we might even ride past some pubs what are open.

Lunch and wedding ceremony


Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 04, 2019, 04:39:14 pm
There can't be any COR!!!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oaky on January 04, 2019, 04:49:23 pm
After Party

I have no idea what's going to happen at the After Party and I'd be surprised if anyone else has a clue either  ;D

After Party



Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 04, 2019, 04:53:48 pm
After Party

I have no idea what's going to happen at the After Party and I'd be surprised if anyone else has a clue either  ;D

After Party

  • PBAB
  • wine glass crampons optional
  • possible re-run of stereo joke telling?

Re PBAB, will a Surly hip flask suffice?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: jiberjaber on January 04, 2019, 06:32:38 pm
...............
I think I booked the Green Room at The Spiritual Home from 1830hrs.  During the course of the happy couple's wedding reception we have The Prize Giving officiated by jibers and a Musical Interlude  :thumbsup:

Any questions?

There might be a lack of award giving if there isn't a a few more votes! so far there are 4 candidates for it across 4 peeps who have let me know... so I guess a bit of name and shame to get some clearer front running votes....

Of those who haven't let me know yet are:

tippers
Jem
sister Carlos
psyclist
JenM
Nick's Nik
The Current Mrs R
Oaky
Joss
GreySheep
AndyC3333333333333333
BFC
(and anyone else I've missed who hasn't PM'ed me yet  :facepalm: )

A PM before 9pm tonight would be fantastic  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Nik's Nick on January 04, 2019, 06:49:58 pm
What's the award actually for?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: jiberjaber on January 04, 2019, 06:57:13 pm
What's the award actually for?

MEMWNS Award is for what ever you want to nominiate it for :)

(I am sure OD can give a better answer  :thumbsup: )
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 04, 2019, 07:06:06 pm
What's the award actually for?

MEMWNS Award is for what ever you want to nominiate it for :)

(I am sure OD can give a better answer  :thumbsup: )

That’s it. You can even vote for yourself!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Grey Sheep on January 04, 2019, 07:24:14 pm
But as you can't win it twice, who can't win it again?

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Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 04, 2019, 08:01:27 pm
But as you can't win it twice, who can't win it again?

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You can just keep the award!  You don’t have to hand it over!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: jiberjaber on January 04, 2019, 10:16:30 pm
HAHAHAHAHAHa  :facepalm:

In typical YACF style we have a dead heat with 6 contenders!  I guess I'll have to work out who on the bike tomorrow!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: bhoot on January 04, 2019, 10:24:45 pm
I'll draw a name from a hat if you like...(as an independent!)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Tomsk on January 06, 2019, 10:03:36 am
A taste of the brilliant Epiphany Extravaganza:

WARNING: Rudolph ahead.

(https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/y387/Tomskinessex/0/48ea3ef2-0759-49f6-b36f-7d1ff803fe0a-original.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://beta.photobucket.com/u/Tomskinessex/p/48ea3ef2-0759-49f6-b36f-7d1ff803fe0a)

Santa and Rudolph re-united at The Chequers, Roxwell. The latter concerned he might be on the menu.

(https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/y387/Tomskinessex/0/07442050-40f2-4869-a153-9b35cfb29a43-original.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://beta.photobucket.com/u/Tomskinessex/p/07442050-40f2-4869-a153-9b35cfb29a43)

Jem won The Trophy.

(https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/y387/Tomskinessex/0/5abcccbb-623f-402c-9c66-084b95d92bf6-original.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://beta.photobucket.com/u/Tomskinessex/p/5abcccbb-623f-402c-9c66-084b95d92bf6)

There was 'music'.

(https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/y387/Tomskinessex/0/ede031ac-5f2f-4052-b24c-4fb5eeb698ec-original.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://beta.photobucket.com/u/Tomskinessex/p/ede031ac-5f2f-4052-b24c-4fb5eeb698ec)

Someone will be along with photos of The Un-Civil Ceremony of the Year. As the Senile Senior Elder I was busy officiating.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Nik's Nick on January 07, 2019, 09:29:05 am
The Musky Reindeer Pelt of Destiny thoroughly enjoyed itself until it had to make like Cinderella rather earlier that it would have liked. Hope the After-Party went with a swing. And less of that god-awful kazoo business.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: jiberjaber on January 07, 2019, 10:25:49 am
The Musky Reindeer Pelt of Destiny thoroughly enjoyed itself until it had to make like Cinderella rather earlier that it would have liked. Hope the After-Party went with a swing. And less of that god-awful kazoo business.

We wondered where you'd gone! ???
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Nik's Nick on January 07, 2019, 10:45:51 am
Reindeer are allergic to Kazoo "music". Who knew?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 07, 2019, 12:06:32 pm
I’m eagerly waiting for The Bard’s write up!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 07, 2019, 12:08:38 pm
BTW, sorry I didn’t make the After Party but 14 hours of being a non-stop dick had taken its toll. I will go into training during 2019 so I have more stamina next time.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Carlosfandango on January 07, 2019, 12:17:25 pm
BTW, sorry I didn’t make the After Party but 14 hours of being a non-stop dick had taken its toll. I will go into training during 2019 so I have more stamina next time.

Only 14 hours?!?!?!? Surely you mean at least 14 years?

But seriously, thank you for all your effort and enthusiasm in arranging an unforgettable experience, both myself and JEM enjoyed ourselves immensely. X
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 07, 2019, 12:20:08 pm
BTW, sorry I didn’t make the After Party but 14 hours of being a non-stop dick had taken its toll. I will go into training during 2019 so I have more stamina next time.

Only 14 hours?!?!?!? Surely you mean at least 14 years?

But seriously, thank you for all your effort and enthusiasm in arranging an unforgettable experience, both myself and JEM enjoyed ourselves immensely. X

Awww, thank you, it was great fun.

For those of you who haven’t seen it on FB here is the Uncivil Wedding Ceremony...

https://youtu.be/gGaGQuqXTfE
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: the straggler on January 07, 2019, 01:47:08 pm
I too would like to extend my appreciation to the Acme Entertainment Team organised by Production Director OD, to Game Host Psyclist for the mastermind pub quiz, Happy Couple Jem & Carlos on the wedding ceremony, and Kazoo Musicians Oaky & Jibers for their talented duet performances, and to Comedian Writer Ted for After Party finale.

It would be a tough ask to better this for next year. Must remember to contribute with a bottle of champers for the after party next time.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 07, 2019, 01:56:21 pm
I still have an idea for the 2018 event which never got used cos I was poorly. Let’s hope I can still remember it in 12 months!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: tedshred on January 07, 2019, 04:15:23 pm
I was running fashionably late as usual for the pre-Epiphany After Party festivities so I decided to intercept the famous Witham peloton en route.  What I should have done was ride back along the actual route rather than the one I thought they would follow  :facepalm:  I must have missed them by yards (or perhaps they saw me and hid).

Who knows what fun they enjoyed on their ride to the Chequers at Roxwell.  For my part, I had a thoroughly pleasant trip over made all the more enjoyable when I found some COR leading from Chignal St James to the Roxwell Road.  It was fairly rough going in parts and I picked up a huge thorn in my front tyre (no problem with tubeless but I didn't dare remove it until I got home yesterday). 

I arrived at the Chequers to find Oaky and Mr and Mrs Bill Bailey standing around looking cold.  Apparently they had turned left but the pub wasn't ready for them.  We were soon admitted by the friendly landlord and the tasting began.  The Chequers was offering Bishop Nick's Ridleys Rite and 1555.  Both were in excellent order and, in fact, the Ridleys Rite was declared the Quaffers' Choice even before we sampled the delights of the Spiritual Home's offerings.

By the time the main peloton arrived, the fire was going well and we were warming up nicely. 

Hotblack, the Hustler, the Strangler, Hernan Cortes, Nim (making a winter DIY 200 that bit harder by stopping with us for a few hours), Joergen, Sue, Martin, Fhoot, Bhoot, JenM, Stanners Kiwi and the two Stannettes, Psyclist, TCMR, Huggy's consort, Huggy junior, Mrs Jiber and Josser formed the remainder of the guests. 

More importantly, the Musky Pelt of Destiny, as worn by NikNack, was there. Even more importantly, we had the uncivil partnership ceremony party of Tomsk (presiding), OD (Matron of dishonour), Huggy (best man) and the Happy Couple (Carlos and Jem).

Oaky declared early on that this was the time when high jinks and nonsense were to be tolerated, the dinner at the Spiritual Home being a more formal and sombre occasion.  He was right about the first part at least.

The food all seemed to be good and even Joergen's complex dietary requirements seemed to be satisfied (summarised as lots of food but no mushrooms, green vegetables or salad but plenty of brown sauce and melted cheese).

You could feel the excitement in the room building towards the uncivil partnership ceremony.

Before we knew it, Tomsk was standing at the raised ceremony section and Bill Bailey was escorting Jem down the aisle while people tried to hum the wedding march.  In front of Tomsk, a very nervous Carlos was being reassured by the ever-attentive Huggy and OD was doing something that he must have thought was helpful - if careening around in a pink wig making excited noises can ever be helpful.  Tomsk led a lovely ceremony full of wise words, thoughtful counsel and stuff about Kebabs and bike cleaning.  Josser and I are still researching whether or not Tomsk has the actual powers vested in him to make the ceremony legal, our current view is a tentative yes.

I wasn't party to OD's meticulous planning of this event so I can only assume that he was concerned about filling in the time gap between the end of the ceremony and the pub's regulars banging on the door at 5pm while they waited for the pub to re-open when he asked Psyclist if he could run a four hour pub quiz marathon.  If that was the brief then it was fulfilled to perfection.  No sooner had Psyclist started the final round of his Pointless-inspired head to head finale than the landlord was begging us to leave so that he could let the unhappy regulars in through the door.  What the quiz lacked in brevity it made up for in the window to the world that is Psyclist's music collection.  If Middle of the Road has a centreline then Psyclist's eight track tape deck is perched right on top of that line.  I am not saying the music round, the 11 rounds we had on things that happened in the '70s or the specialist rounds on Rising Damp and on the life of Phil Collins had anything to do with the fact that the two teams in the final had the oldest average age but I will leave you to draw your own conclusions. 

Imagine my surprise when we left the pub and the peloton turned on to the very COR that I had found on the way there.  Not only that but we managed to go down the private bit necessitating scaling a five bar gate to rejoin the actual right of way.  Fortunately there were just enough of us to lift Fred over the gate after removing a couple of panniers (OD had brought full panniers to keep up the pretence that he had ever intended to camp).

The arrival at the Spiritual Home always marks an important point in the pre-Epiphany After Party festivities for it is at that point that we find out who is taking it seriously.  The most serious group are the overnight campers.  Slightly less serious but nevertheless committed are the overnight B&B stayers.  While the campers are trying to tie their bow ties in a dark tent, the other overnighters are taking a second shower just because they can.  Meanwhile everyone else is tucking into their Huffers and wondering why it is taking the serious people so long.  The outlier to these groupings is Joergen who has a team car that allows him to attend events, take full advantage of everything on offer and then go back to his own bed.

This year's campers were myself, Oaky and the Strangler.  The other overnighters were Mr and Mrs Bailey, the Happy Couple and OD who seemed not to need those panniers full of camping equipment after all.

The highlight of this part of the evening is normally the presentation of The Trophy but this year we had the cake cutting and the first dance to enjoy as well.  The Trophy itself was awarded to Jem who in another step forward for MEMWNS diversity becomes only the second ex-colonial to win it. 

As I said earlier, I was not involved in OD's meticulous planning of this event so I can only imagine what was going through his demented mind when Oaky said "I've got a good idea for the pre-Epiphany After Party dinner musical interlude".  What clearly wasn't going through his mind but should have been was "must resist at all costs".  Thus it was that a packet of Kazoos was distributed amongst our merry throng and that OD conducted the group through a range of numbers.  Each of them had precise cues as to when the kazoo playing should begin and OD had further instructions on pitch, loudness and tempo but within one bar they all sounded like the same cacophony of random feedback.  It was only by grace of the fact that Josser was heartily joining in that we weren't asked to leave immediately.  As it was, our end of the bar was soon cleared.

That was enough for everyone.  That is for everyone except the Kazoo Two.  Oaky and Joergen stockpiled as many kazoos as they could find and treated us to what seemed like a fortnight of trying to play Nellie the Elephant in the style of a tone deaf person who had never heard the song before.  Whenever Mrs Jiber approached Joergen and demanded that he hand over his kazoo, he would look slightly abashed before grinning like a naughty schoolboy and dragging another one out of his male stripper ensemble.  We always lose the less-dedicated attendees at some point after dinner but never so early as this time.  Those of us who suffered the full Kazoo Two experience will probably be exonerated from all charges when we explain to the judge why it was that we rammed a kazoo up some poor unsuspecting person's backside.

In our usual transition, Oaky and I moved on to fine wine after the Loyal Toast but not until after sampling Wibblers' Spiced Porter.  A porter that tastes of cloves and cold mulled wine might be just the ticket on a cold winter's evening after they have finished whatever it is that people with no sense of taste or smell get up to but not so much after a long day on beer and bikes. 

With the departure of the last of the amateurs and with the Baileys and OD taking an early night (possibly separately), it was time for the real purpose of the day to begin - the Epiphany After Party.  This year Oaky and I had given strict instructions - dress to impress and PBAB.  Clearly the Happy Couple and the Strangler consider themselves above trifles like rules but they were made welcome nevertheless.  Mrs Jiber thoughtfully provided what were apparently high tech warming solutions with authentic ethnic colourways and not foil backed tartan travel blankets as I had thought so we were nice and cosy as we sat down and commenced our champagne sampling.  This year's entries came from Aldi, Lidl and Tesco and all three were excellent.  The tasting was helped considerably by Oaky's choice of plastic coupes - last year's glass flutes had proved particularly challenging when they started sliding off the frozen table top.  The centrepiece of the After Party is always the stereo joke.  We only just managed it this year before Oaky lost the power of speech and became reduced to the odd squeak on his kazoo.  Beyond those snippets I can say no more, the first rule of the After Party is that we never talk about the After Party.  Actually, that is the third rule behind the dress code and not "forgetting" to bring a bottle.  Actually it is at least the fifth rule with don't fall backwards off the picnic table and no farting if it can be detected in an outdoor environment coming ahead of it as well.

After a mild night under canvas, it was time for the most serious part of the whole event - the brew off.  I am sorry to relate that this year's event was marred by series of atrocities the likes of which I hope never to see repeated.  For starters, I distinctly heard the removal of Oaky's Trangia strap when he retired to bed in clear contravention of rule 6.4(iii).  That was nothing compared to the Strangler though.  I still find it hard to believe much less talk about but he used a gas-powered MSR stove to make his tea.  As if that wasn't bad enough, he didn't even make tea, he made some sort of hot fruit thing that meant leaving a bag of coloured leaves in the water as he boiled it.  The final straw was down to my own school boy error.  Everybody knows that you never leave your stove unattended during a brew off.  It should have been no surprise therefore when I returned from a quick comfort break to find my stove no longer lit and Oaky standing by whistling innocently.  Our kettles still boiled at the same time so I declared it a dishonourable draw - the Strangler having been disqualified on several grounds already.

Thank you to OD, his quizmaster, the Happy Couple, the Musky Pelt and everyone else who made it such fun.  I except the Kazoo Two from any gratitude or praise, may their Kazoos burn in the big fire.

Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 07, 2019, 05:04:46 pm
The Bard is back!!!
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: jiberjaber on January 07, 2019, 05:21:30 pm
 :thumbsup:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_HYSvFp6_A
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Carlosfandango on January 07, 2019, 07:44:49 pm
:thumbsup:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_HYSvFp6_A

 That wasn't the ear bashing, head mashing racket we were hearing from the Kazoo Two on Saturday.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oaky on January 07, 2019, 08:26:04 pm
Completely independently,  it occurred to me sometime on the ride back to Witham that "Kazoo Two" (although probably spelled "KazU2") would make an excellent name for a duet performing U2 covers.  ("Kazoogoogoo" also has possibilities, but far less recognisable material.)
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: jiberjaber on January 07, 2019, 09:02:45 pm
Perhaps we should form a MEMWNS tribute band?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Carlosfandango on January 07, 2019, 09:08:11 pm
I forsee the band having more members than the audience.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: psyclist on January 07, 2019, 09:28:34 pm
I forsee the band having more members than the audience.

You foresee an audience?
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Carlosfandango on January 07, 2019, 10:17:44 pm
Maybe a hungry, deaf dog sniffing for crumbs on the corpulent couple.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 08, 2019, 08:01:12 am
I’m not sure we should be encouraging them.  This is the first time one of my good ideas has backfired so comprehensively.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: psyclist on January 08, 2019, 08:11:05 am
It was a great day out, so well organised OD. There were multiple facets to the day, and it allowed an extended time for socialising.

I would suggest nothing ‘musical’ is tried in the Compasses in future, but I wouldn’t let that detract from the day you’ve masterfully put together.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: tedshred on January 08, 2019, 10:43:53 am
If only we could have had some time during the day at a private venue - a pub for instance.  That would have been perfect for the musical interlude.  No, strike that, a private venue for the Kazoo Two somewhere remote and outdoors would have been ideal.
Title: Re: Mid-Essex yacf Epiphany Extravaganza (Saturday 5 January 2019)
Post by: Jem on January 09, 2019, 12:52:19 pm
If only we could have had some time during the day at a private venue - a pub for instance.  That would have been perfect for the musical interlude.  No, strike that, a private venue for the Kazoo Two somewhere remote and outdoors would have been ideal.

Yakutsk?  ;D