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  • Sporting
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    I had an interview in Preston once to do a journalism course. I wasn't accepted. Otherwise I could be posting now about my three years in Preston.

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  • ad hoc
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    Originally posted by Rogin the Armchair fan View Post
    I was less than subtly referencing that earlier on the thread. I only hope Ad hoc, having been to many economically deprived places and many even war-torn ones, didn't take one look at Preston and think "fucked if I'm going there again."
    Seemed alright to me, though my next stop was Stoke, so, that may have helped.

    The people who came to the thing I was at from Gaza did, however, say, "What kind of benighted derelict wasteland is this?"

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  • Moonlight shadow
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    I have found the place quite pleasant to be honest, obviously it's rough around the edges like most northern towns but the walk from the train station to the pub did not exactly scream "deprived hellhole" to me. I do live in such a place so I'm quite easily pleased mind....

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  • Rogin the Armchair fan
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    I was less than subtly referencing that earlier on the thread. I only hope Ad hoc, having been to many economically deprived places and many even war-torn ones, didn't take one look at Preston and think "fucked if I'm going there again."
    Last edited by Rogin the Armchair fan; 08-04-2019, 14:53.

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  • Mumpo
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    Flattery will get you everywhere!

    Good to see all of you ('again' where applicable). Fishergate (Preston's main shopping thoroughfare) is an interesting place after dark.

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  • Moonlight shadow
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    I had to jog to catch the train, judging by the heavy breathing in the carriage, i was not the only one! It was lovely to finally meet in real life Rogin and Ad Hoc, we have indeed known each other for many, many years and the nature of this board means we shared online a bit more than just mundane banalities. Good to see Mumpo again, he has more hair than last time i saw him but still has this slightly manic Duracell bunny energy and enthusiasm that makes him so endearing...

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  • Rogin the Armchair fan
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    It was really great to meet in the real world. And mumpo turning up was as nice a surprise as his recent re-emergence on here. I'm glad the Black Horse was as pleasant as I'd remembered it (our grabbing that table was key!). Wish I could have stayed another half hour in the end. Hope mumpo and MS got their trains okay and that ad hoc's stuff at UCLAN is a success today.

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  • Nocturnal Submission
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    I don't suppose that anyone took any photos? I seem to recall seeing photographic evidence of some of the early OTF get-togethers but recent meetings seem to be semi-clandestine affairs with no records kept.

    MI5 are going to start sniffing around if we're not careful.

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  • ad hoc
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    Realised that I spent the evening in the pub with three people* I'd never met before but who I have known for a probable combined total of over 50 years. Thanks. It was great to actually meet you all.

    (*Moonlight Shadow, mumpo, and Rogin)

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  • Moonlight shadow
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    Well, a pleasant meeting, we should that more often...

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  • elguapo4
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    I'm in the Porterhouse on parliament street.

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  • Gangster Octopus
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    Have fun.

    I'll be in the Mad Bishop And Bear in Paddington station.

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  • ad hoc
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    I'll be there by 7 at the latest

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  • Mumpo
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    Going to leave work early and try to get the 17:4, to get to the BH around half six. If I miss it and get the next one I'll probably be there just after seven.

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  • Moonlight shadow
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    My train arrives in Preston at 6, see u there chaps...

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  • Moonlight shadow
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    Cargo shorts....

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  • Rogin the Armchair fan
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    Black Horse it is to meet up. On Friargate. I'll get there between 6 and 7. I might not be up for dining - Signora Rogin will be in town a bit later to rescue me and I think we'll eat together after - but I don't mind going along with others' plans and I'll just have a drink and enjoy your company if you want to.

    Any other OTFers who fancy joining a very random OTFthon, if you do do get to the Black Horse on Friday night I'll be the middle-aged bloke in cargo shorts and a jumper looking at his phone and sniggering at it in the snug bar. Codeword will be "Reading some Squires?". Response "Well Of course. Nice to meet you ...".
    Last edited by Rogin the Armchair fan; 03-04-2019, 17:07.

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  • ad hoc
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    Exactly.

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  • Moonlight shadow
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    So to confirm, we are talking about the 5th of April, the friday?

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  • Moonlight shadow
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    Fair enough, more reasons to make the effort for Preston then!

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  • ad hoc
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    Liverpool I am busy every night, sadly, so that won't work. I am pretty much full on all week. It's only the evening in Preston when I have a bit of free time

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  • Moonlight shadow
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    AH, I do live a short and cheap train ride from Liverpool just so you know if you have a spare evening....(I'll be coming unless you want to go deep into Leave territory....)

    Pretty sure my mobile is in my Facebook account details which you can see btw.

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  • ad hoc
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    This is only a week away now, and I'm off to Liverpool on Sunday, where I will be spending the week, and with not a great amount of online time, so if you just want to name your preferred venue Rogin (there are a fair few on this thread that sounded pretty good. Black Horse, Guild Ale House, Plug and Taps). MS - you going to be able to make it? Would be great to see you, but obviously would understand if it's bit out of the way for you.

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  • Thierry Ennui
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    I'd also second the Black Horse. Friendly atmosphere, nice design, good jukebox and good selection of drinks. I always nip in when I'm in Preston.

    Regarding the mention of the Plug and Taps - it's a new craft beer place across from the (City Centre) Premier Inn and well worth a visit because of the ales they've got. When I visited it, it was very small and without much seating, so be prepared to stand up if you're going at a busy time.

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  • Kevin S
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    Just checked on Tesco's website and they have them down to 50p apparently. so it gets even better on the biscuit front.

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