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Where do I start....First I could tell you of the journey I had up to Brumland, but my getting lost in North London and ending up in Camden is of no interest to you. Neither is the chicken bone in my burger at the service station at Toddington, nor the fact that when I actually reached Birmingham the M38 exit was closed and I had drive around not having a clue where I was! :oP
Secondly I could tell you of the lovely hotel I stayed in, the Holiday Inn Express on Lionel Street. But you don't care about that either do you? :oPI could tell you of all the omens that should have told me not to attend the meet up, but seeing as I totally ignored every single one of them, so should you! :o)
I know what you want to know...... And you should be ashamed of yourselves! :oPYes, I won a motorbike chain and padlock in a quiz! Mo-tor-bike...... Not bondage! Weeellll I suppose technically it could be used as such a thing, if you are extremely strong and muscly as it weighs a tonne! Not that I have tried, of course.
It is now happily on display on the bit at the end of the banisters just opposite my front door for the world to see. How I won this in a quiz will all become clear! As to the reason why... I will never know! :oPBy the way, I could waffle for England, so be prepared for a long read!
******************************I had planned to get to Brum in time to enjoy some of Fridays Festivities, but this wasn't to be. I arrived at the hotel at 11.30 pm, phoned Mr Zeeman, (Paula), my roomie, only to leave a message on a real complete strangers phone saying "It's me, Sarah, I have finally got to the hotel, where are you?".... Hopefully this hasn't caused a divorce proceeding somewhere!
I finally phoned the right phone, only to find they were on their way back to hotel. So I plonked myself down in the lobby and waited a while. Many people came in and out, but I hadn't a clue if they were anything to do with Ciao or not, so I just tried my best to look interested in absolutely nothing.I soon spotted Paula though, when she walked in. She looked just like her picture! With some strange bloke walking next to her. After a chat I discovered this was Theediscerning (for the sake of not typing all that out again I shall now name him Theed). They had left the rest of them in the Hard Rock Cafe. A short while later Sean_Lawston (Andrew) ambled over, as the rest had left the Hard Rock and were off for a curry! After much more chatting Andrew went to his room, and Paula went to ours and Theed went to get a book. This is the point where I started chatting to the bloke behind the desk. I think I almost got him to join Ciao.. Shame I didn't get his e-mail address, I could do with 50p.lol
Theed came back with the book (one of the bookcrossing thingys) and we chatted some more. Then the rest of the revellers came back. People are so interesting to watch and listen to when they are drunk and you are sober :oPI might be wrong, but I think they were Netstation (Steve), Shewhosmiles (Trish), Deano76 (Dean), Jo (Glorificus) and Cheekychicken (Mel).
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