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Visting the United Kingdom - Muvipix UK Meetup !

Postby Chuck Engels » Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:44 am

As discussed in a previous topic I will be traveling to the UK this Saturday and will be there for 8 days.
I would love to have a get together with anyone that is available.

I will arrive at Heathrow around noon on Sunday, 3 March. Hopefully I will have slept on the plan and will be available all Sunday afternoon and evening.
My hotel, to the best of my knowledge at present is as follows;
The Stanwell Hotel
171 Town Lane
Stanwell, Staines
Middlesex, TW19 7PW

Meetings during the week, (Monday - Thursday) are from 9am - 5pm so there will be some free time in the evenings.
Friday is not a full day so there may be a possibility of some afternoon and evening time then as well.

My flight departs at 8:45am on Saturday, 9 March and I arrive back in Atlanta around 1pm.

Does anyone have any preference to when and where we meet? I can take a cab to where ever would be a good place centrally located for everyone.

Let me know your thoughts and availability, looking forward to the trip and meeting some old friends in person :)
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Re: Visting the United Kingdom - Muvipix UK Meetup !

Postby John 'twosheds' McDonald » Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:54 am

Meeting at your hotel at Heathrow would be best for me but I am happy to go along with other suggestions.

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Re: Visting the United Kingdom - Muvipix UK Meetup !

Postby Chris B » Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:04 pm

That's a trek John! Heathrow is just fine for me - and Sunday sounds good. Given that it'll take a couple of hours to let you into the country/arrive at the hotel I'd suggest a late afternoon meet 16:00 onwards? What do people want to do?
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Re: Visting the United Kingdom - Muvipix UK Meetup !

Postby Chuck Engels » Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:44 pm

I wonder if it would be possible for Bill Trantor to meet us all as well?
Also would like to see what Paul, UKPal and any others think.
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Re: Visting the United Kingdom - Muvipix UK Meetup !

Postby John 'twosheds' McDonald » Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:00 am

Chris B wrote:That's a trek John! ....

I'll make a couple of days out of it and go to visit my old college chum who lives near Brighton - so two birds with one stone!!
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Re: Visting the United Kingdom - Muvipix UK Meetup !

Postby Chuck Engels » Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:14 pm

I am pretty sure that I am not a 'Bird', especially in British terms :)
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Re: Visting the United Kingdom - Muvipix UK Meetup !

Postby sidd finch » Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:36 pm

Chuck, I think this will really help

The traditional time for afternoon tea is four o'clock.
1. savones (tiny sandwiches) first to blunt the appetite,
2. then scones, and finally,
3. pastries.

Equipment

A china tea set, consisting of
• a teapot,
• a creamer for the milk,
• a sugar bowl,
• a pitcher of hot water (for those who prefer weak tea), and
• a plate for lemon slices arranged on a wooden or tin tray are fine.

The tea tray and china tea set are placed at one end of the table. On the right, set out the necessary number of cups and saucers and teaspoons to accommodate your guests.
Plates, flatware, and tea napkins are placed on the left. Platters of refreshments can include tea sandwiches in fancy shapes, various kinds of nut breads, cakes, pastries, and cookies.

Never use your own utensils to dip into the jam or cream dish.

faux pas
• Cradling the cup in one's fingers when it has a handle.
• Swirling the liquid around in the cup as if it were wine in a glass.
• Filling the cup with tea almost to the rim
• Putting the lemon slice in the cup before pouring the tea. Tea is always poured in the cup first.
• Placing a lemon slice on the edge of the saucer in anticipation of adding it to the cup later.
• Transferring the lemon slice from the cup of tea to the saucer. You will end up with your cup resting in a puddle of tea.
• Removing the cloves from the lemon slice before placing in the teacup. The cloves are placed in the lemon slices to add flavor.
• Using the spoon to press the lemon slice after you place it in the cup. Untouched, the oil from the peel and the juice from the fruit will provide the desired essence.
• Striking the lid against the cup.
• Leaving a spoon upright in the cup.
• Placing the spoon on the saucer in front of the cup.
• Making unnecessary noise by touching the sides of the cup with the spoon while stirring.
• Letting the spoon drop, after stirring the tea, with a clank onto the saucer.
• Placing a used napkin back on the table before the meal is over.

It is considered poor form in most cultures to make unnecessary noises with the accoutrements one uses while eating or drinking.

Stirring a cup of tea is done gently and noiselessly by moving the teaspoon in a small arch back and forth in the center of the cup. Do not allow the teaspoon to touch the sides or rim of the cup. Remove the spoon and place it on the saucer behind the cup, with the handle of the spoon pointing in the same direction as the handle of the cup.

Tea should be served by the host/hostess or a friend (not servants). Do not pour multiple cups at a time and pass several cups at a time. Guests should take their cup directly from the server.
The pourer holds the teacup and saucer in his or her left hand and asks each guest whether they prefer their tea strong or weak.


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Re: Visting the United Kingdom - Muvipix UK Meetup !

Postby Dave McElderry » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:28 pm

I think I'm gonna have me one uh them McDonald's coffees. :-8
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Re: Visting the United Kingdom - Muvipix UK Meetup !

Postby John 'twosheds' McDonald » Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:10 am

Sidd, you forgot just a little but very important detail.

The tea must be freshly made with boiling water - if the water isn't boiling the tea will be ruined. Also tea kept warm in those "press the lid to dispense" vacuum flasks so beloved by hotels will be tea that is virtually undrinkable.

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Re: Visting the United Kingdom - Muvipix UK Meetup !

Postby Chuck Engels » Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:36 am

Sunday afternoon it is then, looking forward to seeing everyone that can make it !!
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Re: Visting the United Kingdom - Muvipix UK Meetup !

Postby Chuck Engels » Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:39 am

Sidd, thank you so much for the lesson in proper tea etiquette.
I've heard you can be seriously punished for any of those offenses :-8
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Re: Visting the United Kingdom - Muvipix UK Meetup !

Postby sidd finch » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:16 am

Thank you Chuck,

Twosheds seems to be a good "bloke" but no need to get his ire up with some bas tea manners. :)

If my wife ever finds out I looked up something about having good manners my goose is cooked....lol

Have a great trip

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Re: Visting the United Kingdom - Muvipix UK Meetup !

Postby Chris B » Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:12 pm

I'll see you Sunday Chuck!
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Re: Visting the United Kingdom - Muvipix UK Meetup !

Postby John 'twosheds' McDonald » Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:49 pm

sidd finch wrote:Twosheds seems to be a good "bloke" ......

Appearances can be very deceptive, Sidd. :hyst:

My wife drinks coffee all day as though it is about to go out of fashion but, I am afraid, I am a real 'teapot'. Maybe once every two or three days I'll risk a coffee, otherwise it's definitely tea all the way. :-D

Of course I blame that King George lll and his parliament........ :-
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Re: Visting the United Kingdom - Muvipix UK Meetup !

Postby Chuck Engels » Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:15 pm

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