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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:44 pm
by David Flower
ok. As proof of Charlie's frontal claims I'm posting a youtube

Re: Excuse me, are you a forumista?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 4:09 pm
by Tom McPhillips
Charlie wrote:.

I think the identifying characteristic of a forumista is that we all talk and smile at the same time

I have enough trouble walking and talking let alone smiling and talking - as Dury put it "there ain't half been some clever geezers" and didn't he say "pencil squeezers"? How apt...

Maybe a better descriptor of a forumista is "Barkingly Maddening" if present history is to be accounted for. Personally I think there's a lot of Barking Mod around here, but I was never one of those (was I?)

PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 4:24 pm
by Dominic
My full name is Dominic Raymond-Barker - not quite Barking Mod.

Here's how to spot me at Worldly events round town - take this picture, add 5 or 6 years, remove some hair from the top and add 3 or 4 weeks of beard:


PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 4:31 pm
by Dayna
Dominic, that is nice!

Better than seeing 2D there for sure. That is if I ever could get there. LOL

PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 6:47 pm
by Spartacus
I know I'm looking a little cross, but so would you if you were where I was:


PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 7:32 pm
by That Was Jonathan E. Then
With due respect to all the identity spoofing and classification of self-celebratory odd behavioral characteristics, it is pretty well established that online virtual communities operate better, and in a considerably more genuine fashion, with various face-to-face encounters in the real world. Wasn't that part of the momentum besides the DJ Relays?

So a practical way of doing this on a more ad hoc basis would be to simply have a topic somewhere in the Forum like "Where Will You Be?" in which one could say something like, "I'm going to see Orchestra Baobab next week at The Palladium. I'll be at the pub round the corner before at 6 o'clock, why don't you come round and buy me a beer?" Or, "I'll be in the lobby wearing a green blood-stained shirt with my hands nailed to a piece of wood." Or, "I always stand stage left and dance badly."

Even you lot should be able to get the hang of it.

Not that I mean to ruin the air of mystery that shrouds so many of us. Or is it just English reticence? Or the fear of possibly not appearing to have complete sangfroid under the strain of personal encounter? Sorry — no need to take it seriously or personally. I used to be like that before the operation.

Still, imagine! After a while people might get to like each other, phone numbers might be exchanged, group discounts of bulk buys of tickets might be organized!

And don't worry — from my end this is a completely theoretical suggestion. You won't have to put up with me in person because I am in exile. Unless there's any Seattle area Forumnistas who might be interested in the three or four shows a year that get me to leave the island. Use the "Email" button.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 8:45 pm
by Dayna
I would love it if there was some way to get there. I kind of doubt anyone will come to my area. Not that much to see, really.

I have been saving money & I know of some very good travel deals online, as far as getting there. There's a lot of other details I don't know, though.
It may happen soon. Never know.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:00 am
by Des
I'll be number 103 in the toilet queue at Womad. All weekend.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:13 pm
by howard male
As I was making my way back to my seat at last night's Radio 3 Awards event, I spotted Charlie and said hello. He immediately sprang up, and reached out to hand me a small plastic bag. At first, in the half light of the venue, I thought he'd given me some kind of elicit substances - but how likely was that?! I peered more closely and realised it was chunks of cinnamon bark, which, of course, made a lot more sense - kind of.

So I then made it my duty to distribute these symbols of forum unity amongst any other forum folk I bumped into. And, yes, David Flower did have a pencil behind his ear. Other pieces of bark went to Jamie, Dominic and Nigel.

I think some awards were handed out too, but that's another story.

The other highlight of the evening was seeing Mayra Andrade down the front, dancing her socks off to Rachid Taha and his band.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:47 pm
by Chris P
how was the live music ?
(chewin a licorice stick twig in solidarity)

PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:57 pm
by howard male
Chris asked -

how was the live music?

Pretty good. Mayra impressed the most simply because she was only accompanied by an acoustic guitar (well, two acoustic guitars on her second number as she also played on that) and I'm sure she made many converts.

The Justin Adams trio were as good as they always are, but Rachid Taha was a little strange - wandering around the stage a lot, as if he'd lost something (maybe his mind?) and doing the minimal amount of singing. He seemed to enjoy himself though.